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I am located in India and wish to travel between Nice and Paris by train. Please guide me on the following:-
1. Which is the internet site to buy the cheapest day train ticket.
2. I do not wish to undergo the hassle of having the ticket delivered to me. Will I be able to print the internet ticket on my home computer in advance.
3. How many months early can I purchase the ticket.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Here is the website for SNCF. We used this website to purchase tickets and print tickets at home for our journey between Paris and Bern, Switzerland.
TGV-Europe.com and idtgv.com are other options. But avoid been bumped to Raileurope.com, unless there are special prices (worth investigating all sites)
90 days in advance is the time limit to book tickets. The earlier, the cheaper of course.
You may encounter some problems with credit card payment: change "country of residence" for Canada for instance, if it doesn't work. There may also be a limit in your payment (over 150€ sometimes). You can have to try with different credit cards, too, and receive a "verified by Visa" message, meaning your bank will immediately phone/email you a special password to allow the transaction.
If you can get e-tickets (from idtgv.com), just print them and don't forget to bring your passport along (need ID when boarding trains).
Choose "pick up at automat" only if you have the (chipped) card used for booking and don't forget the file number that was emailed to you. There may be trouble with cards...
Safer option is "pick up at station", at a manned window, with card used for purchase, file number, everything...You can do that in any station, any day before your trip, to avoid queues and hassles before departure.