The historic city of Nimes in southern France has topped a Which? survey to find the best cities in Europe that can be visited by train.
Nimes fared best in our survey of over 3,400 holiday experiences, achieving an impressive city score* of 86%. Over 30 cities, that can be reached by Eurostar and train within seven hours from London, were rated by Which? members.
By contrast, the French cities of Calais and Limoges sit at the bottom of the table with a city score of 53%. Calais received just one star out of five for its cultural sights.
Popular destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, Avignon, Brussels, Cologne and The Hague were also included in the survey. You can see how each of the 36 cities performed in the full table of results – these include star ratings for accommodation, cultural sights and tourist attractions, food and drink, public transport, shopping and value for money.
Eurostar city breaks
The historic city of Nimes is just over six hours by train from London and features a pretty medieval Old Town, and some of the world’s best preserved Roman remains, not to mention a reliable climate and lots of good restaurants.
Members gave the city’s cultural sights and tourist attractions five stars. They also gave Nimes a four-star rating for food and drink, and value for money.
Other Eurostar destinations that received high city scores in our survey include Bruges, with 85%, and Strasbourg, with 83%.
For the best prices for Eurostar tickets to our top city break destinations, always buy your tickets as far in advance as possible. Tickets to Paris, Lille and Brussels go on sale four months in advance of the travel date. Tickets to onward destinations such as Nimes, Bruges and Strasbourg go on sale three months in advance.
Ratings for Eurostar cities
*To produce city scores for each destination, we asked Which? members how satisfied they were overall with their experience and how likely they would be to recommend the city to a friend.