France – Easier To Use An InterRail!
One of the issues of travelling in France with an InterRail is the requirement to have a reservation on TGV’s, and having to pay either €10 or €20 for that reservation! Costs can start to build when hopping around the country.
Finally the French have realised that they operate trains other than TGV’s and that people are happy not to travel on TGV’s!
It is now possible to travel from Paris to Strasbourg on a direct train with no need to pay for a TGV reservation. Twice a day there is a direct TER (Regional Service) from Paris Est to Strasbourg. This is the epitomy of “slow travel” in a positive way.
From Paris to Strasbourg there are 2 direct TER’s taking just under 5 hours:
From Strasbourg to Paris there is one direct train and one via Mulhouse:
This is the routing of the direct trains:
One thing to note is that there is engineering works on the route and times may change and on some days the direct trains may not run and also the timetable may not be issued until closer to your travel date. The trains currently are running Monday to Friday only.
The trains have 2nd and 1st class.