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Connecting trains between cities in France / Paris, Strasbourg, French Alps, Toulouse, Lourdes, Nantes

I plan to take a solo trip abroad the train from Paris to Strasbourg - down to French Alps - continue to Toulouse and Lourdes. Then heads up to Nantes before going back to Paris. Which train I should take? All I know is that there is an overnight train. But I do not know whether it passes those cities that I want to visit. Would you kindly enough to explain to me which trains to take and the name of the stations where I can board the train? Can I store my luggage at each of the connecting stations?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 18, 2012 18:30
    Hi Theresa,

    The European rail network is vast and reaches cities all throughout the continent. Cities all throughout Europe have rail stations, including each of the cities you intend to visit. In most cases, the station name is just the same name as the city it services.

    For your requested itinerary, you would purchase a France Rail Pass. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets (therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances).

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. In France, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations for any reservable trains and check reservation costs. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass'). When you do your searches, you would just type the names of the cites you intend on traveling between.

    Reservable trains in France can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended date of departure happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of the reservation cost and view schedules.

    The distances between these cities are too short for there to be any overnight trains that connect them. Night trains generally connect popular destinations that are a considerable distance from one another, so the train can span the course of a night.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 18, 2012 18:42
    We have pages on our site only for some stations in Europe, as we only have such official information regarding some of the more major stations.

    For information on the Paris Est station (the station of departure for trains heading for Strasbourg), you can refer here: http://www.raileurope.com/europe-trav.... There it does mention that there are left-luggage lockers at this station.

    For information on the Paris Montparnasse station (the station of arrival for direct trains coming from Nantes), you can refer here:
    http://www.raileurope.com/europe-trav.... There it mentions that there is baggage consignment service at this station.

    We also happen to have a page for the station in Strasbourg. For this page, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/europe-trav.... There you will see that baggage consignment service is available at this station.

    The stations in Toulouse and Nantes are also said to have lockers; however, it is my understanding the station in Lourdes does not have lockers or any kind of baggage consignment.

    Since the fee to store luggage is one that is assessed locally at the station, we do not have any information about how much it would cost to store luggage. Generally, these fees can range anywhere from 3 to 6 Euro per day at stations in Europe.
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    Dear Jeff,
    Thank you so very much for your reply and for all your detailed explanation on what website to visit and on which train station that provides baggage consignment service.
    I really appreciate it.

    Best regards,
    Theresa
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