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« on: May 26, 2013, 08:52:06 am »

Hi,
I have followed your advise (Thank You) re booking tickets Paris to Lourdes 26th Aug but there only appears to be only 4 trains.  Previously when I've check there was a train departing at 1028 (TGV8573).
Also  www.tgv-europe.com takes you to en.voyages-snfc or am I doing that wrong.

Can you please help
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2013, 07:03:30 pm »

Previously when I've check there was a train departing at 1028 (TGV8573).
Apparently French Railways decided to make some changes, so now at 10:28 departs TGV 8533 to Hendaye (via Bayonne), while for passengers traveling to Lourdes company proposes to use this train until Bayonne and make a change there for the local train Bayonne-Lourdes-Toulouse. Obviously it's not very convenient, but waiting time in Bayonne is just half and hour, plus discounted Prem's tickets are still offered for the whole route Paris-Lourdes (although for direct TGV trains Prem's tickets are cheaper and start from only 25 euro)

Also www.tgv-europe.com takes you to en.voyages-snfc or am I doing that wrong.
That is ok, it's just French Railways (SNCF) finally managed to introduce fully working English version of their official website
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 10:04:42 am »

OK.  Just when I thought I was doing OK.
This is what we are trying to achieve departing Paris anywhere between 0800-1000 to arrive in Lourdes between 1400-1700 approx.
So if I have it correct we can get the 7h28  IDTVG2967 or 7h28 TVG8531 departing same place going to same place but different trains or theTVG8533 at 1028 then get off at Bayonne & having brought  travel onto Lourdes.  How do you know what time the train gets into Bayonne to buy the leg to Lourdes and how much time would you need to transfer.

If you have a better suggestion we are very open to it.

I think I'm beginning to like Italian rail.

One last question is there any way to change your seats I not sure I got it right when I brought another ticket

Thanks heaps
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 01:32:40 pm »

So if I have it correct we can get the 7h28  IDTVG2967 or 7h28 TVG8531 departing same place going to same place but different trains or theTVG8533 at 1028 then get off at Bayonne & having brought  travel onto Lourdes.
Well, at the moment & judging from SNCF website your choices are

As you can see only 6:28 train is the direct one, while all other options require one or two changes   
How do you know what time the train gets into Bayonne to buy the leg to Lourdes and how much time would you need to transfer.
If you scroll down on the same page you would be able to see the exact schedule for all the connections. In this particular case Paris-Bayonne is 10:28-15:32, while Bayonne-Lourdes is 16:03-17:40, totally enough time to change trains. And no need to buy ticket for the second leg from Bayonne to Lourdes, since you can simply buy one through ticket Paris-Bayonne-Lourdes with the predefined train change

One last question is there any way to change your seats I not sure I got it right when I brought another ticket
As far as we know, you can't change seats on your booked tickets, especially when it's discounted tickets. However nobody forbids you simply take any free seat once you already on the train. If the train isn't full, then conductor won't mind that you've taken different seats from the ones listed in your ticket ;)
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