Northern Italy is a region not to be missed! With TGV® France - Italy, Milan and Turin are just a few hours’ train journey from France. Book tickets at low fares via SNCB Europe.
The TGV® bar carriage is open to all passengers. Here you can purchase a wide selection of refreshments including drinks, warm meals, sandwiches and salads, as well as magazines, children's games, USB sticks, etc.
The on-board communications areas are specially designed for working or simply making phone calls and are located in carriages 5 and 7. You’ll find a table and electrical sockets there.
Book the family compartment to enjoy a relaxing journey with your children, who’ll have the freedom to move around and play as they please. Each train has 8 family areas with 4 seats.
To reserve a family compartment (subject to availability), simply request one when booking. You can do this at any SNCB Europe station, via the SNCB Europe Contact Centre or at your travel agent.
For most high-speed trains (notably Thalys, Eurostar, TGV®, TGV Lyria and ICE), the cheapest fares are available in limited quantities. So to benefit from the best prices, we suggest you avoid peak times and book as far ahead as possible.
To help you find the lowest prices on the main Thalys and Eurostar services, we can offer you a clever fare calendar: at a glance, you can see all trains with seats at the lowest prices over a period of several months.
In some circumstances, it can be more cost-effective to travel as a group, as some rail companies offer fares which are exclusively available to small groups of 3-5 passengers. Examples include the Thalys "Mini Group" fare or the "Pack Tribu" fare from TGV®.
Finally, many railway operators regularly run temporary offers on fares, offering passengers good deals on rail travel. To ensure you don't miss out on these offers, we recommend you visit our website or Facebook page regularly, or sign up for our newsletter.
The booking period can vary from one type of train to another. The main international trains at a glance:
Exception: every year in mid-December, different European rail companies simultaneously amend their train services, with new timetables taking effect more or less throughout Europe.
On certain rail networks (particularly in Germany), the new timetables for mid-December are only confirmed and published at some point during October. When this occurs, bookings for rail travel from mid-December onwards can also only be made after a given date in October.