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SNCF SocietÚ Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais (France)

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... The signs in various towns, point you to the SNCF yet, they don't all the time take you to it. Once at the train station, when you finally do figure out the line you need to be on , etc... the station that you get off at has the minimal amount of signs needed. Then, after following the signs ... Read review

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Community Level 3i_heart_elo

i_heart_elo

SNCF........Suffer Notoriously Crafty French...Train Systems Review with images

AdvantagesYou can buy a car or use the busing system instead at least

DisadvantagesCost, Smells, Locations, Strikes, Foul People, Unreliable, everything that could go wrong w/ a tra

"...towns, point you to the SNCF yet, they don't all the time take you to it. Once at the train station, when you finally do figure out the line you need to be on , etc... the station that you get off at has the minimal amount of signs needed. Then, after following the signs to get to the NEXT line, that line happens to be "on strike" (we'll go into the Strikes wayyyy down this top 10). So, you just have to "figure out" an alternate route "somehow". I ..." Read review
05.03.2009

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Community Level 2helendavis83

helendavis83

SNCF really puts British rail services to shame

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"...the ridiculous system in Britain, SNCF is nationalised, so provides rail services for the entire country. Whether it is the nationalisation, or just the way in which SNCF is run, the train network in France is fantastic. Without doubt I can say that it certainly fulfils its aim stated on its website (www.sncf.com - it helpfully has an English version, just click the Union Jack in the top right hand corner): SNCF’s ambition is to become the ..." Read review
12.05.2001

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Community Level 8thingywhat...

thingywhatsit

FRENCH RAILWAYS.

AdvantagesEfficiency is superb.

DisadvantagesNone.

"...area, it was interesting that SNCF (which actually stands for National Society of Iron Roads) even serve smaller communities in France, and what they do is have a network of coaches that link small towns like the one in which I live to mainline stations, so that the whole of France is adequately served by the railway network. STARTING OUT THE SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT SERVICE. SNCF now have a superb website, and compared with other French companies, ..." Read review
13.05.2004

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Community Level 2Cargill

Cargill

Cardboard burger and 200mph beer!

AdvantagesExtensive network, fast trains

DisadvantagesCostly, Inter-Railers must pay supplements

"...good. But the French state owned SNCF is.... ...Well, just... Better! In fact, the French boast the best railway in Europe, and much of the network is covered by TGV (Trains Grande Vitesse) high speed trains, capable of eating 200 miles in an hour. Yep, these are comfortable, quiet and safe trains that travel at incredible speed. Expensive to use they may be, but they do compete very well with travelling by air. I needed to travel from ..." Read review
19.11.2004

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TGV is just the ticket!

AdvantagesFast and effiecient service

DisadvantagesBe early - the TGV waits for no man

"...you can even use the SNCF website to order and pay for TGV tickets which will be posted to your home in the UK. You will need to pay using a credit card. Alternatively, you can pay sterling in cash but you must pick up the tickets in person from their offices in London. SNCF Website: http://voyages.sncf.fr/hs_reservation?url_action=choix_horaires_seuls_reservation&langue=GB London Office: RAIL EUROPE TRAVEL CENTRE 179 Picadilly LONDON ..." Read review
27.07.2000

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