Getting to the Languedoc: Trains
France has a good railway system (but not a good online
system for booking) operated by SNCF.
If you travel from the UK by train you will cross from the
UK to France via the Eurostar,
which can now take you as far as Avignon in the Summer.
Once in France to fastest way to travel between major cities
is the TGV
now serving Narbonne and Perpignan.
See below for more details on:
(Société Nationale des Chemins de fer français),
is France's national state-owned railway company. SNCF operates
the country's national rail services, including the TGV, France's
high-speed rail network. SNCF is a driving force behind Europe's
high-speed rail industry and a global leader in design, construction
and operation of high-speed rail systems throughout the world.
SNCF has a good safety record. After nearly 30-years in operation,
SNCF's TGV system has never experienced a fatal accident.
The rail network consists of about 32,000 km (20,000 mi)
of route, of which 1,800 km (1,100 mi) are high-speed lines
and 14,500 km (9,000 mi) electrified. About 14,000 trains
are operated daily
is a high-speed passenger rail service connecting London with
Paris (and Brussels). Its trains go through the Channel Tunnel
under the English Channel (le Manche).
The London terminal is St Pancras, with calling points at
Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International in Kent.
Calling points in France are Calais-Fréthun and Lille-Europe,
with the main Paris terminus at Gare du Nord. Trains to Belgium
terminate at Midi/Zuid station in Brussels. In addition, there
are seasonal destinations in southern France (Avignon in Summer,
Alpine ski resorts in Winter)
You can take your car on the Eurostar, carried on special
carriages. You stay with your car during the journey.
The service is operated by eighteen-coach Class 373/1 trains
which run at up to 300 kilometres per hour (186 mph) on a
network of high-speed lines. The LGV Nord line in France opened
before Eurostar services began in 1994, and newer lines enabling
faster journeys were added later in Belgium and in southern
TGV (French: Train à Grande Vitesse, meaning high-speed
train) is France's high-speed rail service, currently operated
by SNCF Voyages, the long-distance rail branch of SNCF, the
French national rail operator.
The success of the first line led to an expansion of the
network, with new lines built in the south, west, north and
east of the country.
The network of fast trains (TGV) extends to Marsielle, Narbonne
The journey time from Paris to Marseille is three hours. The
Sea is now four and a half hours from the North Sea.