bad news if you want to travel to Europe by train this summer!

bad news if you want to travel to Europe by train this summer!
bad news if you want to travel to Europe by train this summer!

Train tickets to Europe are over. From May 23, SNCF will stop selling tickets from foreign companies. No more Paris-Berlin and Montpellier-Madrid. In a few days, many international journeys will no longer be accessible on the platform. It will become impossible to book a ticket, or even consult the timetables for journeys abroad from sncf.connect.

Summer promises to be tense

Let the globetrotters rest assured, the measure is temporary. In a press release, the SNCF group justifies the situation with “change of reservation system” which will take place sometime in 2025. However, in the meantime, travelers are no longer able to reserve their tickets for the summer period. “This lack of possibility of reserving tickets for the summer raises questions about the importance given to these journeys by the SNCF. Service interruption prevents travelers from knowing about international journeys“, report our colleagues from Le Figaro, who cite the co-founder of the European rail comparator Railee, Marc Sahuguet.

In the end, a double effect is expected for this summer, with consequences both ecologically and touristically: “This discourages the use of trains internationally, even though the challenges of decarbonization through the modal shift from plane to train have never been so important.“.

What alternatives for traveling?

If you are young, you can still register to take advantage of the Rail Pass, which will give you the opportunity to travel for free across Europe. For others, it is always possible to rely on alternatives to SNCF Connect to reserve your tickets. These are little known to the general public, but they do exist. To travel in Europe, you can turn to Trainline, Rail Europe or even Kombo, which allow you to book train and bus tickets from hundreds of train companies across the old continent.

For the most motivated, it will always be possible to use the SNCF website to book the first part of your trip on French soil, then opt for the website of a foreign local company to continue your reservation. All timetables and information concerning European trains remain easily accessible via certain dedicated platforms, such as Rail Planner or DB Navigator.

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