In France, it’s no stretch to say all railroads lead to Paris.
As the hub of the SNCF railway, Paris connects France’s many high-speed routes and links numerous regional train routes, too. Plus, every corner of l’Hexagone is reachable by train from Paris, if not directly then with minimal transfers. In fact, it’s often faster to backtrack to Paris by TGV high-speed train than it is to link together slow regional trains. Not to mention, the majority of travelers reach France — the world’s most-visited country — by way of Paris. It’s particularly true of non-European travelers, who will almost always arrive by plane into Paris’ De Gaulle or Orly airports.
But Paris is just the tip of France’s culinary, cultural, historic and tourism iceberg. As a launching point into the rest of France, be it Lyon, Provence, Normandy or Bordeaux, it gets no better than hopping an SNCF train and exploring France beyond Paris. So, set up your SNCF account and start perusing train trips from Paris, starting with these three popular routes:
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