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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.

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SNCF (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



Eurostar.Eurostar 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 England.

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The 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 and Perpignan. The journey time from Paris to Marseille is three hours. The Mediterranean Sea is now four and a half hours from the North Sea.




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