Pricing Conditions Group Travel

General conditions

Tickets for international trains can be divided into 2 types: tickets for trains with and without compulsory reservation.

High-speed trains (such as Thalys and TGV) and night trains usually require a reservation and the tickets are valid only on the train, date and class booked, unless otherwise specified in the fare conditions.

International tickets for trains without compulsory reservation (such as Intercity and all-station trains) are linked to a route, but not to a departure time or train, unless otherwise stated in the fare conditions. These international tickets are valid for a maximum of 1 day, the period of validity is indicated on the ticket.

Reserved seats

If you have reserved a seat, you are requested to take your seat within 15 minutes of boarding the train. If you fail to do so, the Train Manager may assign your spot to another passenger.

Homeprint ticket

A homeprint ticket is a digital ticket that must be printed on A4 paper before the journey starts. You will find a print button in the confirmation that you received per email. The following conditions apply to these tickets:

  • The group ticket is in the name of the group and registered in the name of the group leader which is non-transferable.
  • You must print out the homeprint ticket in A4 format before you begin your journey.
  • Specific homeprint rules can be found in the terms of use on the homeprint ticket.
  • Checks are made on, among other things, the basis of identification. Please bring a valid photo ID (passport or identity card) with you; the Train Manager/Conductor may ask you to show it.
  • Travel is only possible on the booked date and/or train booked, unless the fare conditions state otherwise.
  • Travelling with the group fare means that all members of the group must travel together in the same class for the entire journey.
  • Changes and cancellations are subject to the terms and conditions of the fare (see tables below). If you want to change the travel date, the new travel date must fall within the carrier's booking period.
  • Due to pending verification data, if a refund is requested within 2 or 7 days after the ticket's effective date or the train's departure time, the refund will be made via the original payment method after these 2 or 7 days. This period is different for each carrier.

Refunding of unused tickets

If you have bought a ticket and are suddenly unable to travel, you can get a refund from your original point of sale under certain conditions. You can check which conditions apply to you in the tables further down this page.

Refunding of partially unused tickets

A request for partial refund can be submitted up to 2 months after the starting date. This does not apply to the homeprint ticket. Other tickets can be sent to NS International Customer Service, Postbus 2552, 3500 GN Utrecht. The ticket must be authenticated by authorised railway staff or provided with documentary evidence, such as proof of other transport. Minimum cost is €15 per ticket.

Travel tips

Travel insurance

It is always wise to obtain travel insurance from your insurance company. It offers more security in case of necessary medical assistance, accident or lost luggage.

Holiday cancellation insurance

High cancellation fees are associated with certain types of fares. It is, therefore, advisable to obtain cancellation insurance from your insurer.

Luggage

The options for taking luggage vary from train to train. It is compulsory to label luggage on the train with your first and last name. Read more information about carrying luggage.

Compensation for delays

In case of delay of an international train, compensation is possible under certain conditions:

  1. There is a (partially) cross-border route.
  2. The compensation is calculated on the price of the single ticket, including surcharges, but excluding booking fees or transaction charges and is usually paid into a bank account.
  3. Applications are submitted to the railway operator where your ticket was purchased or to one of the carriers involved in your international journey, up to 3 months after your journey, upon presentation of your original ticket.
    Read more information about compensation for delays.

Want to know more?

Travel tips, advice before departure, current travel information, information about planned engineering works and the international itinerary planner. For all questions regarding your tickets, please contact NS International Group Travel via groepsreizen@ns.nl or by phone from Monday to Friday between 09.00 and 17.00 on 030 - 295 08 84

Transport agreement

The general and specific terms and conditions of the carrier(s) concerned shall apply to the transport agreement(s) between the passenger and the carrier(s). Several carriers may be party to the agreement(s) referred to in the previous sentence and your journey may comprise several separate transport agreements, even if only one ticket is used. We refer you to NSInternational.nl/conditions or to the points of sale. The conditions will be sent to you free of charge upon request.

Transport agreements concluded with the carriers NS Internationaal BV, HSA Beheer NV (which use the NS International brand name) only concern transport with high-speed or cross-border trains. In the event of a transfer, an agreement with another carrier may therefore come into effect. The transport agreements referred to in the previous sentence are governed by: the EU Passenger Rights Regulation, the NS International General Terms and Conditions, the applicable Train Type Conditions and the specific Rate Terms and Conditions.

Overview of group rates

From the Netherlands to and through Germany

Check for Sparpreis Europa Gruppe the table on fare conditions Germany.

Thalys

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group 1 Premium
Group 1 Comfort
Group 1 Standard
Group 2 Comfort
Group 2 Standard
Group 3 Standard

For groups of 10 to 35 people

All members of the group travel at a group rate

  • Up to 21 days before departure: 20% charge
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% charge
  • Less than 7 days to departure: no change possible
  • The new travel date must be within the applicable booking period
  • Up to 21 days before departure: 80% refund
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund
  • 7 days or less before departure: No refund
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Group 4 Standard

For groups of 10 to 35 people

All members of the group travel at a group rate

No change possible No refund Content
Group 1 Youth Standard

For groups of 10 to 35 with youth from 12 through 25 years of age

All members of the group travel at a group rate

  • Up to 21 days before departure: 20% charge
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% charge
  • Less than 7 days to departure: no change possible
  • The new travel date must be within the applicable booking period
  • Up to 21 days before departure: 80% refund
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund
  • 7 days or less before departure: No refund
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Group 2 Youth Standard

For groups of 10 to 35 with youth of 12 through 25 years of age

All members of the group travel at a group rate

No change possible No refund Content
Accompanying adult Group 1 Youth Standard

For accompanying adult of a group of youths

Maximum of 1 adult per 10 youths

  • Up to 21 days before departure: 20% charge
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% charge
  • Less than 7 days to departure: no change possible
  • The new travel date must be within the applicable booking period
  • Up to 21 days before departure: 80% refund
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund
  • 7 days or less before departure: No refund
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Companion Group 2 Youth Standard

For accompanying adult of a group of youths

Maximum of 1 adult per 10 youths

No change possible No refund Content
Group 1 Child Standard
Group 2 Child Standard
Group 3 Child Standard

For children aged 4 through 11 in a group of 10 to 35 children

For children 3 or younger in a group who need their own seat

  • Up to 21 days before departure: 20% charge
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% charge
  • Less than 7 days to departure: no change possible
  • The new travel date must be within the applicable booking period
  • Up to 21 days before departure: 80% refund
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund
  • 7 days or less before departure: No refund
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Group 4 Child Standard Mini

For children aged 4 through 11 in a group of 10 to 35 children

For children 3 or younger in a group who need their own seat

No change possible No refund Content

Ski-Thalys to the French Alps

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group 2 Comfort Adult

Group 1 Standard Adult

Group 1 Standard Child

Group 3 Standard Adult

Group 3 Standard Adult

Groups of 10 to 35 people travelling together in the same comfort class

The child fare is for children aged 4 through 11 years old

  • Up to 21 days before departure: 20% charge
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% charge
  • Less than 7 days to departure: no change possible
  • The new travel date must be within the applicable booking period
  • Up to 21 days before departure: 80% refund
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

    7 days or less before departure: No refund

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Sun-Thalys to the South of France

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header

Group 2 Comfort Adult

Group 2 Standard Adult

Group 2 Standard Child

For groups of 10 people or more

All members of the group travel at group rate

For children aged 4 to 11 years old in a group of 10 or more

For children 3 years of age and younger who need their own seat

  • Up to 21 days before departure: 20% charge
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% charge
  • Less than 7 days to departure: no change possible
  • The new travel date must be within the applicable booking period
  • Up to 21 days before departure: 80% refund
  • Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund
  • 7 days or less before departure: No refund
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Nightjet ÖBB

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group For groups of 10 to 36 people (15 years and older) There is no separate Group Child rate Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

Up to 15 days before departure: 100% refund

Up to 1 day before departure: 50% of the costs with a minimum of € 15

From departure day: No refund

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Connect rate within the Netherlands

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group NRN Connect ESN outbound Thalys / Nightjet / Eurostar (NL - NL)
  • Outbound ticket for Thalys, Nightjet or Eurostar within the Netherlands with an international connecting ticket
  • Valid for Thalys from/to Amsterdam C, Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam C
  • Valid for Nightjet from/to Amsterdam C, Utrecht C and Arnhem C
  • Valid for Eurostar from/to Amsterdam C en Rotterdam C
Change means cancelling and re-booking
  • Up to 3 days before departure: € 5 costs p.p.
  • 2 days or less before departure: No refund
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Group NRN Connect ESN outbound Thalys / Nightjet / Eurostar Child (NL - NL)
  • Outbound ticket for Thalys, Nightjet or Eurostar within the Netherlands with an international Group Child ticket
  • Group size is based on physical people , also for children: 1 child = 1 person
  • Valid for Thalys from/to Amsterdam C, Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam C Valid for Nightjet from/to Amsterdam C, Utrecht C and Arnhem C
  • Valid for Eurostar from/to Amsterdam C en Rotterdam C
Change means cancelling and re-booking
  • Up to 3 days before departure: € 5 costs p.p.
  • 2 days or less before departure: No refund
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NRN-tickets (Intercity Brussels)

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group International

For a group of 10 to 36 adults travelling together in the same train and class, and on the same route

Valid for a journey between a Dutch station and a Belgian or Luxembourg station via Hazeldonk border and v.v.

For a journey between the Netherlands and Belgium: valid from Monday to Thursday after 09.00 hrs. And all day on Saturday and Sunday

Valid on all trains between Belgium and Luxembourg

No issue to border points or route coupons

Change means cancelling and re-booking

Up to 3 days before departure: € 5 costs p.p.

2 days or less before departure: No refund

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Group Child International

Children aged 4 to 11 years old

Furthermore, the same conditions as Group International

Change means cancelling and re-booking

Up to 3 days before departure: € 5 costs p.p.

2 days or less before departure: No refund

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Euronight Czech Republic

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group For groups from 6 people Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

Up to 1 day before departure: 10% costs with a minimum of € 3

On departure day until departure of the train 50% costs with a minimum of € 3

From departure train: No refund

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Group Child For children aged 6 to 17 years old Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

Up to 1 day before departure: 10% costs with a minimum of € 3

On departure day until departure of the train 50% costs with a minimum of € 3

From departure train: No refund

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Euronight Hungary

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group

For groups of 6 or more people

There is no separate Group Child rate

Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

Up to 1 day before departure: 10% costs with a minimum of € 5

On departure day until departure of the train 50% costs with a minimum of € 5

From departure train: No refund

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Italian night trains domestic travel

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
Group Intended for groups from 10 people Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

Up to 6 days before departure: 20% charge with a minimum of € 10

5 days before departure: No refund

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Group Child Intended for children from 4 to 14 years old Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

Up to 6 days before departure: 80% refund

Up to 6 days before departure: 20% of the costs with a minimum of € 10

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Italian day trains international travel

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header

Group

For groups of 10 or more people

Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available
  • Up to 14 days before departure: 20% of the costs with a minimum of € 10
  • 13 to 8 days before departure: 50% of the costs with a minimum of € 10
  • 7 days before departure: No refund

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Group Child

For groups of children aged 6 to 15 Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

  • Up to 14 days before departure: 20% of the costs with a minimum of € 10
    • 13 to 8 days before departure: 50% of the costs with a minimum of € 10
  • 7 days before departure: No refund

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Italian day trains domestic travel

Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header

Group

For groups of 10 or more people

Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

  • To 6 days before departure: 20% of the costs with a minimum of € 10
    • From 5 days before departure: No refund

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    Group Child

    For groups of children aged 4 to 14 Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available
    • To 6 days before departure: 20% of the costs with a minimum of € 10
      • From 5 days before departure: No refund
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      DB - ÖBB Brenner day trains

      • Eurocity trains Munich – Innsbruck – Bolzano – Verona – Bologna or Venice
      • Railjet Express trains Vienna - Innsbruck - Bolzano
      • Railjet Vienna ⇔ Venice: Vienna - Villach - Udine - Venice
      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group Intended for groups of at least 6 people

      Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund
      • 6 days or less before departure: No refund
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      Group Child Intended for: Children from 6 to 14 years old Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available
      • Up to 7 days before departure: 100% refund
      • 6 days or less before departure: No refund
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      TGV Brussels-Midi ⇔ France

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

      Content
      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

      Content
      Group Youth For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 12 to 27 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV Brussels-Midi ⇔ Lille

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group Weekend

      For groups of 10 to 24 people travelling together in the same class

      Travel is only permitted on Saturdays, Sundays and Belgian or French public holidays

      Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Youth For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 12 to 25 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Connect rate between the Netherlands and Brussels-Midi

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group NRN Connect (ESN - Brussels-Midi)

      For a group of 10 to 36 adults travelling together in the same train and class on the same route

      Valid on Intercity Brussels between the Netherlands and Belgium from Monday to Thursday after 09.00 hrs. Not valid on Fridays. Valid all day on Saturday and Sunday.

      Valid on all trains between Belgium and Luxembourg

      No issue to border points or route coupons

      Change means cancelling and re-booking

      Up to 3 days before departure: € 5 costs p.p.

      2 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group NRN Connect Child (ESN Brussels-Midi)

      Childred aged 4 to 11 years old

      Furthermore, the same conditions as Group NRN Connect

      Change mean cancelling and re-booking

      Up to 3 days before departure: € 5 costs p.p.

      2 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV France domestic travel

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people (adults and children) travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Youth For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 12 to 27 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV / ICE France ⇔ Germany (Alleo)

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Youth For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 12 to 27 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV Paris ⇔ Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV France ⇔ Luxembourg

      Rate Coniditons Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV France ⇔ Italy

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Youth For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 12 to 25 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 75% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 50% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV France ⇔ Switzerland (Lyria)

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people (adults and children) travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 80% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 70% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 80% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 70% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Youth For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 12 to 25 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 80% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 70% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      TGV France ⇔ Spain

      Rate Conditions Change Cancellation Header
      Group For groups of 10 to 24 people (adults and children) travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 80% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 70% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Child For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 4 to 11 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 80% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 70% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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      Group Youth For groups of 10 to 24 people aged 12 to 25 travelling together in the same class Change means: Cancel and re-book at the current rate available

      Up to 30 days before departure: 80% refund

      Up to 8 days before departure: 70% refund

      7 days or less before departure: No refund

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