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When I was in France a few weeks ago I took a train from Paris to Nice. When I got my ticket I started thinking that many people who don’t speak French may not understand what this ticket is telling them.  In this post I’ll break down this ticket and tell you the things you need to know.


1. Billet a composter avant l’accès au train

This is telling you that you must stamp your ticket before you board the train. It is at the top of your ticket and in bigger font which means it is important. If you don’t stamp your ticket (the machines are usually yellow and located before you get on the train) you will be fined.  


2. Aeroport CDG2 TGV –>Nice Ville

This is letting you know where you bought your ticket and where you are going. I was at the airport in Charles De Gaulle terminal 2, I took the TGV train and heading to Nice.


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3. Composte: 18/06 A 09h00

You can only stamp your ticket an hour before you board, this is telling you what time you are able to start.

4. Depart 18/06 etc.

In France the date is written day/month/year  and they use military time. This line is telling me the date and time my trip and from where it was leaving (Aeroport CDG2 TGV)

4. Arriv. a 13H48 etc. 

The train arrives in Marseile at 13H48 (1:48pm) on the TGV 9800 (the number of the train)



This is a full price ticket that was paid for on the day of departure.  You can buy train tickets ahead of time, you may get a better rate. 


5. Depart 18/06 a 14H29

This section is the same premise as 4, except since I had to change trains this is telling me the details of my second train. 

6. Class 1 Voiture 03 

Classe- 1: I was in 1st class

voiture 03-that is the number of the car I was seated in

Place assise: 41 that is my seat number


7. Classe 1 

This tells you if you are in 1st or 2nd class. I purchased a ticket in 1st.


8. Prix par voyageur

This is the price paid for the ticket. Remember the price is in Euros, not in dollars.


So there you have it, I hope this post can help you when you find yourself in France holding a train ticket. Thanks for reading and please come back!


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