Summer train timetable changes 2017

The summer train timetable for 2017 is due to launch on Sunday 11 June. This article contains dates for when each rail operator will start selling tickets beyond that date. We update this article with new information as we receive it.

When will booking open?

The European train timetable usually changes on the second Sunday in June and the second Sunday in December. For several months before the change, while the timetable is revised and compiled, the booking horizon, which determines how far in advance you can book, is reduced.

This year's timetable amendment is scheduled on Sunday 11 June 2017

If you search for trains on or after 11 June and don't get results, you will be invited to set a booking alert so that you are notified once booking opens. See Setting up or managing booking alerts for more information.

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SNCF (France)

Domestic SNCF train tickets in France are usually available to book 3 months (3 calendar months) in advance. For international services from France, see the individual operator information below.

  • Sales for popular TGV destinations in the south of France opened on Thursday 2 February for travel from 30 June - 27 August. Our blog post contains more information.
  • International TGVs from France to Spain/Italy and Switzerland came on sale on Thursday 2 March for travel 2 July - 27 August 2017.
  • The TGV L'Océane and TGV Ouest high-speed services to destinations such as Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Nantes, Rennes St Malo, Qiumper, Biarritz and Toulouse opened on Wednesday 15 March for travel 30 June - 27 August 2017. The fully operational high-speed line is available for travel from 2 July 2017.

    The new high-speed routes:

    • Ile-de-France / Paris <> Angouleme / Bordeaux
      Paris Montparnasse, Massy TGV, Vendome Villiers, St Pierre des Corps, Chatelleraut, Poitiers, Angouleme, Libourne, Bordeaux
    • Paris <> Arcachon
      Paris Montparnasse, Poitiers, Angouleme, Libourne, Bordeaux, Facture Biganos, La Teste, Arcachon
    • Ile-de-France / Paris <> Poitiers
      Paris Montparnasse, Massy TGV, Vendome Villiers, St Pierre Des Corps, Tours, Chatelleraut, Futuroscope, Poitiers
    • Paris <> Toulouse
      Paris Montparnasse, Bordeaux, Agen, Montauban, Toulouse Matabiau
    • Paris <> Hendaye / Tarbes
      Paris Montparnasse, Bordeaux, Dax, Orthez, Pau, Lourdes, Tarbes, Bayonne, Biarritz, St-Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Irun


    The routes that are open:

    Brittany: Le Mans, Laval, Vitré, Rennes, Dol-de-Bretagne, St-Malo, Lamballe, St-Brieuc, Guingamp, Plouaret-Trégor, Lannion, Morlaix, Landermeau, Brest, Redon, Vannes, Auray, Lorient, Quimperlé, Rosporden, Quimper.

    Atlantic Coast: Vendôme-Villiers-sur-Loir TGV, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Tours, Saumur, Angers, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Ancenis, Nantes, Savenay, Saint-Nazaire, Pornichet, La Baule-Escoublac, Le Pouliguen, Le Croisic, La Roche-sur-Yon, Les Sables d’Olonne, Châtellerault, Futuroscope, Poitiers, St-Maixent-l’École, Niort, Surgères, La Rochelle.

    Bordeaux and the South-West: Ruffec, Angoulême, Libourne, Bordeaux, Facture, La Teste, Arcachon, Morcenx, Dax, Bayonne, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Hendaye, Irun, Agen, Montauban, Toulouse.

  • All other destinations on France's high-speed network and French night trains will open for sale on Thursday 30 March for travel from 30 June - 27 August.
  • Regional services in France (TER) are not typically affected by the timetable change and can often be booked up to 6 months in advance.

TGV Lyria (France-Switzerland)

International services from France to Switzerland are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

TGV Lyria from France to Switzerland are expected to come on sale on Thursday  2 March for travel 2 July - 27 August 2017.

TGV Alleo (France-Germany)

International services from France to Germany are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

TBC

TGV France-Italy

International TGV services from France to Italy are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

TGV France-Italy are expected to come on sale on Thursday  2 March for travel 2 July - 30 July 2017. Services in August are currently closed for sale due to  engineering works.

Thello (France-Italy)

International trains between France and Italy operated by Thello are usually available to book 4 months (120 days) in advance.

TBC

Renfe-SNCF (France-Spain)

International trains between France and Spain (Renfe-SNCF) are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

Renfe-SNCF from France-Spain are expected to come on sale on Thursday  2 March for travel 2 July - 27 August 2017.

Deutsche Bahn (Germany)

Deutsche Bahn tickets, including international Sparpreis tickets are usually available to book 180 days in advance.

  • The timetable change usually has relatively little impact on booking German trains.
  • If booking isn't open for your preferred dates, we recommend setting up an alert so that you are notified once booking opens.

Eurostar (UK-France, Belgium)

Eurostar tickets are usually available to book 6 months (180 days) in advance. This includes inter-capital routes, London-Paris/Brussels and Lille and direct services such as London-Lyon/Avignon.

  • Eurostar are not affected by the summer timetable change. Tickets can be booked as normal.
  • Eurostar's "French Connection" through-fares that combine Eurostar and TGV will open at the same time as SNCF high-speed network - Thursday 2 February for destinations in the south of France and Thursday 3 March for all other destinations of France's high-speed network. 

Renfe (Spain)

Renfe is largely unpredictable, with the booking window almost impossible to pin down.

  • Booking is often delayed around timetable changes and it's likely that some services will open earlier than others.
  • If booking isn't open for your preferred dates, we recommend setting up an alert so that you are notified once booking opens.
  • If you search for trains and find some results, but not the train you were hoping for, you can contact us. We can set up a search check for a specific train and notify you once booking opens.

Thalys (France-Belgium-Netherlands)

Thalys tickets are usually available to book 3 - 4 months in advance for its everyday services between France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • Thalys services between France/Belgium and the Netherlands are not expected to be affected by the summer timetable change. They are usually bookable from 4 months in advance.  
  • Thalys Sun ('Thalys Soleil') is a seasonal service from Belgium and The Netherlands to destinations in the south of France (Valence, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille). Bookings are due to open on Thursday 9 February for travel every Saturday from 24 June to 26 August 2017.

Trenitalia (Italy)

Italian trains are released in batches and somewhat unpredictably.

  • Booking is often delayed around timetable changes and it's likely that some services opening earlier than others. Some services are already open for sale beyond 12 June.
  • If booking isn't open for your preferred dates, we recommend setting up an alert so that you are notified once booking opens.
  • If you search for trains and find some results, but not the train you were hoping for, you can contact us. We can set up a search check for a specific train and notify you once booking opens.

NTV Italo (Italy)

Italo trains in Italy are usually available to book 4 months (119 days) in advance.

  • We are waiting for confirmation from the rail operator about when booking will open.
  • If you search for trains and find no results for your preferred dates, we recommend setting up an alert so that you are notified once booking opens.
  • If you search for trains and find some results, but not the train you were hoping for (for instance an Italo service, rather than a Trentialia service), you can contact us. We can set up a search check for a specific train and notify you once booking opens.

United Kingdom

Trains in the UK can usually be booked 84 days (12 weeks) in advance.

  • The timetable change usually has very little impact on booking trains in the UK.
  • If booking isn't open for your preferred dates, we recommend setting up an alert so that you are notified once booking opens.

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