Traveling France and where to go by train vs car?

I will be traveling to France next July, which cities are best served by Trains and which ones will I need to rent a car? I do not want to stay in cities alone and want to experience the rural and unique France also. Thanks for any guidance. - Tony
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 01, 2016 21:22
    Hi Tony,

    The rail network in France is very vast and extensive, so there are many different places you can go. With that said, we are not a travel agency and are generally not able to provide actual recommendations of places to visit. To help you decide, you can check train schedules to various cities by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    You can also view a map of the rail lines in France by clicking here:
    https://www.raileurope.com/europe-tra....

    On this map, you can use the blue bar in the upper left corner to zoom, and you can use your cursor to move around the country.

    If need be, you can use Google Maps (or another map) as reference to see if you can correspond specific cities to the rail lines you see on our map.



    If you'd like suggestions for actual places to visit on your trip, I would recommend contacting a travel agent.
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    Thank you. I know the rail systems is extensive in France and know you are not a travel agency, I am just starting my research and was looking to see if anyone had any favorite places that are not accessible by train and that we would need a car. I also read that in many train stations you can rent a car if you want to drive to smaller towns and villages, is this true? One final question, how would you suggest visiting Normandy and the different sites? Thank you
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 03, 2016 14:06
      Great! You're welcome, Tony. Have a great trip.
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