Every story has an ending and so has our September 2019 France escapade with Bordeaux and Marseille. It was time to return home from Marseille-Saint-Charles. We took an inOui, ex-TGV, to Lille-Europe and then a Belgian NMBS / SNCB train to Kortrijk and Antwerp.
It will sadden Thibault of Simply Railway but push-pull trains are losing ground to EMU’s (automotive trains). Danny and I were happy to still be able to experience Corail coaches from Bordeaux-Saint-Jean to Marseille-Saint-Charles in France.
After the Thalys from Antwerp-Central to Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy near Paris we took an inOui (ex-TGV) train to Bordeaux-Saint-Jean. SNCF uses aging Alstom TGV Atlantique EMU’s for this service.
Train operators Thalys and Eurostar plan to merge. The stakeholders of the two companies announce more efficiency.
To escape the grey and wet Belgian wintery weather Gillis and I went for a short break in Southern France. We would be staying 5 nights in Avignon and use it as a base for discovering the region and cities like Arles, Orange and Nîmes.
TGV Lyria is the brand name for trains between France and Switzerland. In February I travelled from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lausanne.
The Salon Grand Voyageur lounge at Paris Gare de Lyon is open to first class ticket holders and members of the Grand Voyageur fidelity programme. It offers a quiet spot to sit down while waiting for your train.
Train enthusiast Jeroen shares his story of the night train in Portugal and Spain. After describing his love of night trains and how he booked his cama grand clase, he tells Trip By Trip how the journey itself was.
Train enthusiast Jeroen shares with Trip By Trip his experience with night trains in Spain and Portugal. In this first blogpost, he explains where his love for night trains comes from.
After a wonderful 17 days of travelling across 4 different countries in a whole bunch of different trains, it was time to board my last 3 trains and return home.