France has an up-to-date rail system which includes abundant high-speed rail lines. Using the rail map below, you can find the major rail lines to plan your French vacation and get information on the rail passes available to the tourist in France.
France Rail Map
The France Rail Map shows the major rail routes in France. In a map of this scale, not all of the smaller lines can be included, but you should be able to plan your vacation using the lines shown here.
The red lines indicate rails upon which the faster trains can travel safely. In France, the names of the fast trains are TGV, Thalys, and Eurostar. Eurostar links London to Paris and Avignon through Lille.
The Thalys trains link Belgium and the Netherlands with Paris. TGV trains are France's homegrown speed train. TGV trains are capable of traveling at speeds up to 320 km/h (200 mph). High-speed trains require special supplemental fares, even if you have a Eurail Pass.
To see a larger map, see Rail Map of France.
France Rail Passes
There is a variety of single country and two-country rail passes available for travelers to use on their vacations. On the linked page you'll find tickets, rail passes, and passes that include other countries in western Europe. You'll also find some day trip and tour options.
TGV Europe is the SNCF National railroad's website for visitors from the Americas. If you travel without a rail pass, you might want to check this site for information on special offers on the French rail lines.
If your destination in France includes the Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, and Alsace regions, you should consider hopping aboard TGV East in France. Fast trains that will increase your time at your destination.
Need to make a decision on transportation within Europe? Check out of Train Travel Toolbox. You'll find information on rail passes, buying point to point tickets, and determining if a rail pass will really save you money.