As flights from local airports become few and far between in comparison to past years, more people are looking at travel alternatives.  At 60 Euros per year, the French senior railcard for the over sixties offers 25% to 50% discount on the trains, as well as car hire, hotels etc

Visit www.raileurope.co.uk to book ahead to ensure the cheapest fare on a long distance journey. If your chosen travel date is too far ahead, you can ask for an e-mail to alert you as soon as there is booking availability.

To apply, pick up a leaflet at any French rail station or SNCF ticket office or visit www.voyages-sncf.com 

Top Tip from our forum

“We paid €161 for 2 people (one of us is over 60) from Perpignan to London St Pancras for December. Of course, it takes longer than the plane but you don’t have to check in 2 hours before, you get an allocated seat with lots of leg room, in a comfortable environment with clean loos and a buffet car selling decent food at reasonable prices. There are sockets to plug in your laptop or DVD player, for those who want to watch a film to pass the time.

You just have to change platforms at Lille (for the Eurostar) very simple, but if you change at Gare de Lyon in Paris you have one stop on the metro to Gare de Nord to catch the Eurostar.

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