Best Deal for Paris CDG to Avignon & Lyon to Paris CDG? France Rail Pass or TGV tickets?

I'm a bit unclear as to which pass I should order. I will travel by train only 2 days in one month: from CDG to Avignon, and then Lyon to CDG. Should I just buy the TGV tickets, or do I buy the France Rail Pass and then get the TGV tickets, which is the best value? I haven't been able to figure out the cost/premium to buy the TGV if I have the France Rail Pass? Help
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2016 21:19
    Hi Marie,

    The most economical option would really depend on the rates you're able to get for regular tickets on the requested routes.

    You would check regular ticket costs (and purchase tickets) by entering a route on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    When doing a search for trains out of the Paris CDG Airport, you would have to type 'Paris Airport' in the field for the departure city.

    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.

    For the segment returning to CDG from Lyon, you would do your search from 'Lyon' to 'Paris Airport'.

    Your other option would be to purchase the France Rail Pass, along with reservations for each of the requested trains.

    For the France Rail Pass costs, you would click here:
    https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass-1/index.html

    With the rail pass, you would also have to factor in reservation costs. For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs (and purchase reservations) by entering a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass you'll with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'France Rail Pass'). You would enter the routes just as you would when checking regular ticket costs. Therefore, you would still do one search for trains from 'Paris Airport' to 'Avignon TGV' and another search for trains from 'Lyon' to 'Paris Airport'.

    You would then determine your most economical option by comparing the total cost for the rail pass and reservations with the total for regular tickets.

    The trains on these routes can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that tickets or (passholder) reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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