Rail and Train
Connections in The Charente & Nouvelle Aquitaine France
This page was
originally produced by the 2009 volunteer and intern group and will
help you complete the final part of
your travel arrangements "Arriving at Chalais station"
system is split between TGV
which is the high speed
inter city trains and TER which are the local trains
and both come
under the sncf.com
to Angouleme train
is called ligne16 so
searching for a train you need to be sure you have the TER
and not the TGV which does not stop at Chalais. Also
remember this when you
are at the station and do not get on a TGV train going to Bordeaux or
Angouleme thinking that it will stop at Chalais which has happened to
members of the group before.
Angouleme to Bordeaux
was cancelled so he jumped onto
the TGV train to Bordeaux and then at Bordeaux he jumped onto the TER
which was going back to Angouleme and was stopping at Chalais.
I hope you are ok and
far if not maybe this is the time
to pour a glass of red wine, French of course, take a few sips and then
go back over it.
Before using the
French Rail Website it is worth knowing in which
French Department are you flying or arriving into.
divided into regions and then into departments and every department as
number. For example, La Rochelle Airport is situated in
the Charente-Maritime and it's dept number is 17.
Charente-Maritime is situated in the region of Poitou-Charentes.
Chalais is in the Department of
Charente and The Charente is also in the region of Poitou-Charentes.
The dept number for the Charente is 16. For a full list of the French
regions and departments visit the following
and Regions of France
Armed with this information will help
you navigate around the TER website. Maybe a few
more sips of
before diving in.
The main page for the French national
rail service or French
local rail service is at
Here you should choose the region you want
16 - Charente "This is where you are
going ~ Chalais
which is in The
Charente which is No16"
17 - Charente-Maritime "If you arrived at
or Royan then
these are in the Charente Maritime which is dept no 17"
Either of the above will take you to the following page
in Nouvelle Aquitaine
If you are arriving at Bergerac in the Dordogne dept 24 or Bordeaux in
the Gironde dept 33 then select
24 - Dordogne ~ For Bergerac
33 - Gironde ~ For Bordeaux
Either of the above will now take you to
Trains in the Nouvelle
Once you are at the page for your arrival dept click on the blue box to
the center that is marked
This will then take you to page
where you can enter your arrival point
and point of depart.
if you landed at Bergerac which is in the Dordogne or dept no 24 then
depart would be Bergerac and your point
Some volunteers and interns have found a very useful website at
http://www.voyages-sncf.com/ - For access to the main webpage of
Voyages - SNCF visit the following link www.voyages-sncf.com
you will have the possibility to change the language from French to
whatever you wish.
This exercise will certainly test your French and your patience good
luck and if you need further help or suggestions then drop us a line
Or better still maybe you would like to update or
improve this page during your stay in SOUTH WEST FRANCE please also bear
in mind that this page is not up to date so check with the SNCF web
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