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Bar­gain travel

Your fea­ture ‘Back on Track’ (Au­gust 2017, is­sue 227) on rail travel in France prompted me to write about ‘bar­gain base­ment’ fares that I en­coun­tered in the south of France this sum­mer.

For the past three years, I have had the good for­tune to spend a fort­night in Nîmes, stay­ing in the stu­dio apart­ment of a French friend, a re­tired TGV driver.

The town is an ex­cel­lent base for rail travel; from there I vis­ited Sète, Avi­gnon, Mont­pel­lier and Mar­seille, to name but a few places. This year, there was a spe­cial €2 re­turn fare from Nîmes to the Mediter­ranean coast and I made sev­eral trips to Le Grau-du-roi and Aigues-mortes. To go from Nîmes to Sète and back, I paid €28 on the TER re­gional train, so that spe­cial €2 fare was an ab­so­lute bar­gain!

I would also like to thank you for an ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine. Your ar­ti­cles have in­spired nu­mer­ous trips to l’hexagone over the years.

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