Voyages-sncf.eu has announced that tickets to two summer hot spots are now on sale.

The coastline of Brittany and the vineyards of Bordeaux will both be reached in a fraction of the current journey times this summer thanks to the opening of the highly anticipated new high-speed rail services TGV Armorique and TGV Océane later this year.

Although the services themselves won’t start running until July 2, tickets for travel between Paris and Brittany and Bordeaux are on sale. Demand is expected to be high so agents should advise their clients to book early to secure the best fares.

Services commence on July 2 when the new TGV Océane will reduce journey times from Paris to Bordeaux by up to one hour and 15 minutes with a frequency of more than 33 return journeys a day. Travellers will cover the 581km from the centre of Paris to the centre of Bordeaux in two hours and four minutes. It is anticipated that 2.4 million passengers a year will travel on the line.

At the same time, tickets for the new TGV Armorique service will go on sale. This new route will link Paris to Rennes in one hour 25 minutes, a saving of 40 minutes on the current journey times, with more than 29 return journeys per day. Around 1.5million passengers are expected to use this line every year. The two new high-speed routes will open the regions of Brittany and the south-west of France to rail travellers.

Additional destinations including Toulouse – with six return journeys per day in a time of four hours and nine minutes – Poitiers, Angoûleme and La Rochelle will benefit from TGV Océane services, while TGV Armorique will also serve Brest and Quimper in Brittany, with reductions in journey times to both destinations of up to 45 minutes.

Running on both these new routes are newly designed TGV trains, travelling at speeds of up to 320km per hour. On board features include increased leg room, seating which can swivel to face the direction of travel, on board Wi-Fi, large tables with plugs and USB ports and moveable personal lights.

To book or for further information see voyages-sncf.eu or call 0844-848 4066.

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