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Adult vs Youth prices with the France Rail Pass (Paris CDG Airport-Paris-Dieppe-Paris-Aix en Provence-Antibes-Nice Airport

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just wondering why the adult prices are a lot less expensive than the youth? I would like to purchase 1 Adult and two youth (children are age 13 & 10) and the youth is $75.00 more than the adult! This would be for the France only rail pass...we need it to go from the Paris airport to the Louvre, Paris to Dieppe (July 1) and return that day, Paris to Aix du Provence, Aix du Provence to Antibes, then to Nice airport. Sorry to trouble you, I am just trying to get the best deal and understand the train fair system! Thanks, Claudine
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 27, 2015 15:41
    Hi Claudine.

    There are youth rates offered for the France Rail Pass, and the youth rates are less expensive than the adult rates. In fact, a 10 year old would qualify as a 'child', and the child rate is 50% off the regular adult rate.

    You would purchase the France Rail Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    To be quoted the youth and child rates, you would choose the 'Youth/Child (4-25)' option from the drop-down menu under where it asks 'Who is traveling?' once you've accessed the page for the France Rail Pass on our site. By choosing the 'Youth/Child (4-25)' option for the 13 year old and the 10 year old and indicating their ages, the youth and child rates would be factored into the total cost that's quoted to you.

    We are not able to provide or verify actual prices through this forum. If you'd like to verify costs shown on our site, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    Paris CDG Airport to the city of Paris

    To commute from the CDG Airport into the city of Paris, you would take Line B of the local RER rail network. The RER departs every 7 to 15 minutes and the ride into the city takes about 35 to 45 minutes, stopping at stations that include Nord, Châtelet Les Halles, St. Michel, Luxembourg, Port Royal, and Denfert Rochereau. The France Rail Pass does cover Line B of the RER from the airport into the city (incidentally, it would not cover the RER going in the reverse direction from the city to the airport). With that said, it would be up to you if you want to expend a day of rail travel on your pass for such a short trip. To use your France Rail Pass on the RER, you would just have to be sure to go to the RER ticket window and request a 'contremarque' voucher prior to boarding.

    If you opt not to use your France Rail Pass on the RER, you would just pay to board locally.

    Paris-Dieppe Roundtrip

    A connection between Paris and Dieppe involves changing trains once in Rouen along the way. From Paris to Rouen, there are 'Intercités' trains and regional 'TER' trains. In addition to the rail pass, reservations are recommend on the 'Intercités' between Paris and Rouen. In contrast, the 'TER' trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Trains between Rouen and Dieppe are regional 'TER' trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    To purchase reservations for an 'Intercités' trains from Paris to Rouen, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, enter the route, and indicate that you'll be traveling with a 'France Rail Pass'.

    Paris to Aix en Provence

    Trains from Paris to Aix en Provence are high-speed 'TGV' trains that require reservations. To purchase these reservations, you would once again refer to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, but you would have to be sure to type 'Aix En Provence TGV' in the field for the arrival city (instead of just 'Aix En Provence').

    Aix en Provence to Antibes

    Reservations would be required for a connection from Aix en Provence. There are direct 'TGV' trains from Aix en Provence to Antibes, but most connections would involve changing trains once in Marseille or Avignon en route. You would refer back to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage to purchase the reservations; you would just have to be sure to type 'Aix En Provence TGV' in the field for the departure city (instead of 'Aix En Provence').

    Antibes to Nice

    Trains from Antibes to Nice are regional 'TER' trains, which don't accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for these trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route, this time not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when you're prompted. When you do this search, the results should display options arriving into either the Nice St. Augustin station or the Nice Ville station. Ville is the main station in Nice; however, the St. Augustin station is located right by the airport.

    The Nice Ville station is still about 7 km from the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport. From the Ville station to the airport, there are buses that depart about once every 20 minutes, and the ride takes about 20 minutes.
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