Buying Train Tickets

Venice Train Buying Tickets Gare de Lyon from the Bercy station

Venice Train at Bercy station of Gare de Lyon

What’s on this page:

Retrieve you TGV/SNCF ticket
Day trip transportation information
Advice for Paris to Venice and Rome

Retrieve your TGV/SNCF ticket

My friend had her electronic ticket information for TGV trip between Paris and Grenoble.

We went to the yellow ticket dispenser and followed the instructions in English.

The touch screen is very sensitive to the touch.

Refer to the information located on the RailEurope Web page.

For additional questions speak to someone at “Accueil” the information desk in the train station.

Day trip transportation information

Transilien ticket machine  – What it  looks like and additional information from Transilien.

Are you going to Auvers-sur-Oise and want to buy  a ticket before you reach Gare Saint-Lazare or Gare du Nord?

Buy a day pass ticket (Mobilis) at a metro station (Zones 1-5).

Metro stations should have two ticket dispensers. One that accepts coins and bills and one that accepts credit cards with the smart chip. If you are using a credit card without the chip, the agent will process your non-chip credit card (USA type, for example).

This ticket will be good for the day on any bus, metro, tram, or RER, within the five zones (Paris center is zones 1 and 2).

Advice for Paris to Venice and Rome

Ludmilla wanted to know about train tickets to Venice and Rome:

“I will go to Paris in May and I will go to Venice and Rome as well.
I have made some research about train tickets and found that are much expensive in the webpage for USA. Some people recommend to buy them and collect them in France and say your residence is France.  This is much cheaper as I can see. The issue is that I have to say I reside in France to get this prices.  This people say is ok, but I am not sure. I don’t want to mess with my trip to Venice.
Do you have any advice on this?
If I buy the tickets the same day in France, am I getting the price for french people? I would prefer make a reservation now, but really is almost double the price”.
The response:
Buy your tickets on-line and pick them up in France. If your card has a smart chip you can retrieve them from the kiosk machines at any train station. Otherwise, take your paperwork to a ticket window and within seconds, you will receive your ticket.
The Voyages-SNCF TGV (previously Artesia – the train is now called Franceitalie) Web site is where to prepare your voyage and pick up your ticket at any French train station.
You can also see their gallery to find out the layout of the train cars. If you want a direct trainleaving from Paris, the train will leave out of Paris Bercy. Read this blog entry on the Bercy train station.
To begin, visit the Voyages-sncf.com Web site and select “Train France, Europe”, fill in your information (dates, travelers, etc).For the direct train Paris-Venice, make sure to choose “Paris Gare de Lyon” on the departure drop-down menu.
Note: On the tariffs page for the direct Paris-Venice train (“Paris Bercy”), you can elect to pick up your tickets at the train station. As far as the French address, I cannot answer that question. I would put in your local address (or contact your hotel/apartment).  Or contact SNCF directly  and order the ticket.