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Anniversary Fling in France - Paris to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to Monaco, and Monaco to Paris

Next March my wife and I will be staying for 3 days in Paris, then 2 nights in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 6 nights in Monaco, then traveling back to Paris to fly back to the US. I'm 62 years old, but my wife is only 61. I'm wondering if there are regular trains connecting all of these locations, and if it's worth it to buy a senior pass or better to get a Saver Pass and both of us travel on a single Saver Pass at a 15% discount per person. thank you!
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  • Hi Gerry,

    Saint-Rémy-de-Provence itself does not have a rail station. The closest stations to there would be either in Avignon or Tarascon-sur-Rhône. Avignon is about 12-13 miles from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, while Tarascon-sur-Rhône is about 9-10 miles from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. However, I would imagine that it might be easier to find transportation to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence from Avignon rather than from Tarascon-sur-Rhône.

    For the itinerary you laid out, your best option would be to get the Eurail France Pass. For the Eurail France Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/france-rail-pass-5911.

    This pass does not offer senior rates, but you would be able to purchase the pass at the discounted 'Saver' rate. To be eligible for the 'Saver' rate, there just needs to be 2 or more passengers traveling together at all times. As long as there will be 2 or more adults in your party, you would just check the box where it says, “Adults traveling as a group get a discount”. By doing this, it would ensure that our website quotes you the ‘Saver’ rate.

    Paris to Avignon (Avignon TGV)

    Trains from Paris to Avignon are high-speed TGV trains, which require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass’).

    On our website, there are 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. Most trains from Paris to Avignon arrive into the TGV station. To access these trains, you would have to type 'Avignon TGV' in the field for the arrival city. If you just type 'Avignon' there, our website would only display schedules for the trains that go to the Avignon Centre station, which are much less frequent.

    However, if you do want to continue on to Tarascon-sur-Rhône, you would take a regional TER train out of the Avignon Centre station. Therefore, you would purchase reservations on one of the TGVs from Paris to there just by searching 'Paris' to 'Avignon'. TER trains do not accept reservations, so the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board for the segment from Avignon to Tarascon-sur-Rhône.

    Avignon (Avignon TGV) to Monaco

    Connections from Avignon to Monaco take just under 4 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Nice along the way.

    Trains from Avignon to Nice are TGV high-speed trains that depart from the Avignon TGV station and require reservations. Trains from Nice to Monaco are regional TER trains, which do not accept reservations.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the segment from Avignon to Nice by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass’).

    Since these trains depart out of the TGV station in Avignon, you would just have to be sure to type 'Avignon TGV' as the departure station when you do your search.

    Since TER trains do not accept reservations, the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board for the segment from Nice to Monaco.

    Monaco to Paris

    There is a direct TGV from Monaco to Paris in the morning; however, most options from Monaco to Paris involve changing trains once in Nice along the way. Once again, the trains from Monaco to Nice are regional TER trains, which do not accept reservations. Trains from Nice to Paris are TGV high-speed trains that require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Since the trains from Monaco to Nice do not accept reservations, the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the segment from Nice to Paris by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass’).
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