Traveling can be difficult, especially in a country where you don’t speak the language. Here are a few tips that should help you when you get to the train station.
Before you go to the train station you should have a few things ironed out. You should have the trains that you want to make reservations for already, and a backup itinerary in case those trains are booked. That means that you should know the train ID number and the time that it is departing and from which station. It is also important to note that all trains don’t require a reservation, and if you have a Eurail pass you just need to get on the train.
After gathering this information it is time for you to head to the train station.
<<Bonjour>> or <<Bonsoir>>: The attendants at the desk will greet you with one of these greetings typically. Bonjour is a greeting used before the evening where Bonsoir will be used later in the day. You should repeat the greeting back to them.
Requesting Your Reservation
<<Je voudrais réserver un billet de train . . .>>
This is the start of your statement saying the you would like to make a reservation for a train. After this you need to provide the information about your journey.
<< . . . Pour [Insert Departing Station] le [Insert Date – first the day, then the month] et arrivée de [Insert Arriving Station] sur le [Insert Date – first the day, then the month] s’il vous plaît>>
The only other thing that should be in French will be the dates and times of the trains. In French, they list the day first and then the month. Below is a table with the months and days in French.
January – Janvier
February – Février
March – Mars
April – Avril
May – Mai
June – Juin
July – Juillet
August – Août
September – Septembre
October – Octobre
November – Novembre
December – Décembre
|21||vingt et un|
|31||Trente et un|
One last thing to note is that you should always check the times and dates on your reservation before you buy them, because depending on the situation they might not be exchangeable or refundable. Typically the attendant will show you your ticket before you purchase it, so make sure to check the dates, times, and stations.