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  1. Peter Ashford
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  3. Tuesday, November 10 2015, 08:32 PM
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Hi,

Anyone got experience with bicycles and trains in France?

I have had all kinds of problems trying to get my bike on a train from Paris to Rennes. Either told the bike has to be in a box (not practical for me) or the train only has a very limited number of spaces and it is already full. This is always when trying to book the high speed (SNCF - i think they are called). I know France has a slower, local network of trains. Has anyone used these to transport bikes across France? I know it will mean lots of trains, but if it allows me to transport me and bike, I'll go for it.

any help appreciated.

cheers PEte
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Book well in advance in my experience!  Like you say, the local trains are pretty good, but the high speed ones don't like bicycles unless taken apart. Odd seeing as the French love cycling so much!

Another option is to find a coach company. I know you can catch a coach with trailer for bicycles to take you back to UK.   [url=http://www.bike-express.co.uk/]http://www.bike-express.co.uk[/url]    Never used them myself, but have heard good things.

Good luck!
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Take a few extra days off and just cycle all the way :-)
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Hi - I had the same issue. This link below shows a map of all local trains that accept bicycles free of charge in France. 

Bit of advice - arrive early to make sure you get a place for your bicycle. 

Good luck!

[url=http://medias.sncf.com/sncfcom/pdf/velo/carte_lignes_tgv.pdf]http://medias.sncf.com/sncfcom/pdf/velo/carte_lignes_tgv.pdf[/url]
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