Where can we validate our rail pass at Paris CDG? Are passes valid on Suburban trains?

We land at CDG and are heading to Avignon by TGV. We have a 3 day pass. Is there a Rail Europe office at CDG where we have to validate our pass prior to boarding or do we just board the train?Second question...we return to Paris later in our trip and plan to take a daytrip to Auvers. Are these passes valid on Suburban trains? Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 27, 2017 16:31
    Hi Robin,

    There are no actual 'Rail Europe' offices at the stations in Europe; you would just get a rail pass validated at any ticket counter. Therefore, you can get your pass validated at the rail station in Paris CDG Airport before boarding your train down to Avignon. Trains from Paris CDG to Avignon are high-speed TGV trains.

    As a supplement to the rail pass, trains from Paris CDG to Avignon do require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    When searching trains out of the Paris CDG Airport, you would have to type 'Paris Airport' in the field for the departure city. Also, our website has two different entries for Avignon: 'Avignon TGV' and just 'Avignon'. 'Avignon TGV' refers to the Avignon TGV station, and 'Avignon' refers to the Avignon Centre station. Trains from CDG to Avignon will only arrive into the Avignon TGV station. Therefore, you would do your search from 'Paris Airport' to 'Avignon TGV' for this segment of your itinerary.

    Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    I'm sorry, as a rail pass would not be valid on the commuter trains between Paris and Auvers-sur-Oise.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    I actually have the 3 day France Rail Pass in hand so I won't be purchasing it abroad.

    When we traveled to Germany several years ago and had purchased a Germany Rail Pass our passes needed to be validated by the Rail Europe desk in Munich prior to our first use of the pass. In Spain, we didn't have to do this so I was inquiring whether in France we'd be required to get our passes validated prior to boarding the train for our initial trip or, no?

    Sorry I wasn't more clear. Thank you for letting me know that the passes are not valid on suburban trains from Paris.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 28, 2017 21:07
      Yes, the rail pass would have to be validated before using it for your first train. You would get your pass validated at the ticket counter in the station before boarding.

      Rail Europe is a seller of rail passes and train tickets, separate from the rail networks themselves. Therefore, there are no actual 'Rail Europe' offices at stations in Europe; you would just get your pass validated right at the ticket counter.
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