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Thousands of low-cost train tickets go on sale in France

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Thousands of low-cost train tickets go on sale in France
A TGV (high speed train) train at the railway station in Bordeaux. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

France's national rail service has put at least 300,000 train tickets on sale - all under €50 - for last-minute trips across the country in August.

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France's national rail service, SNCF, announced that at least 300,000 low-cost tickets will be on sale starting Monday, July 31st. 

The tickets will be for trips during the month of August, and they will range in price from €29 to €49. According to SNCF, some upgrades to first-class will be available for just €1 more.

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"The vast majority of tickets available will be between €29 and €39. We want to make it possible for people to be able to travel last-minute by train. We know that not everyone has the ability to plan their vacations several months in advance, which would let them benefit from early-bird prices", Alain Krakovitch, the head of SNCF Voyageurs told French daily Le Parisien. 

The sale will be open just Monday and Tuesday.

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Several domestic locations and routes will be available, including those for both high-speed TGV trains and Intercités rail services.

As of Monday morning, tickets were available from Paris to Nancy or Lille for €29, as well as €39 tickets to Lyon, Grenoble and La Rochelle and €49 for Marseille. 

You can purchase your tickets directly on the SNCF website.

The flash sale comes shortly after France's transport minister, Clément Beaune, announced €19 tickets for one-way Intercités trips, a deal that was meant to only run until July 15th but will be extended until August 31st. 

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