Best pass option for Paris to Rennes, Rennes to Avignon, & Avignon to Nice? Is the best way to take the TGV?

I am planning my trip from Paris > Rennes > Avignon > Nice. Is the best way taking the TGV tain? We are a family of 4 (2 adults 2 kids aged 6 and 9), what passes shall we get or is there any family discount?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 19, 2018 18:00
    Hi Yvonne,

    For travel in France, you would purchase the Eurail France Pass. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/france-rail-pass-5911.

    With this pass, a 6 and 9 year old would both actually be free. With Eurail Passes, two children (between the ages of 4 and 11) would be free per each adult.

    When you go to purchase the pass, you would refer to where it says 'WHO' and indicate that there will be 2 adults and 2 'youths'. After you indicate that there will be 2 youths, you will be prompted to enter their ages. By indicating that they are 6 and 9 and also checking the box where it says 'Adults traveling as a group get a discount', you would not be charged additional for the child passes.

    The TGV does connect the cities you're planning to visit. TGV trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a 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’). Generally, trains in France can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. TGV trains can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as it's possible.

    Paris to Rennes

    From Paris to Rennes, you would take a TGV. The ride takes about 1.5 or 2 hours. Since these are TGV trains, reservations are required.

    Rennes to Avignon

    A connection from Rennes to Avignon takes about 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Paris along the way.

    Trains from Rennes to Paris and Paris to Avignon are both TGV trains. Since these are TGV trains, reservations are required.

    When booking reservations for a trip from Rennes to Avignon, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment.

    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 Paris to Avignon will only arrive into the Avignon TGV station. Therefore, you would do one search from 'Rennes' to 'Paris' and another search for connecting trains from 'Paris' to 'Avignon TGV'.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that TGVs from Rennes to Paris arrive into the Paris Montparnasse station, while TGVs from Paris to Avignon (Avignon TGV station) depart from the Paris Gare de Lyon station. To commute from Montparnasse to Gare de Lyon, you would take M4 of the Métro to the Châtelet Les Halles stop. At Châtelet Les Halles, you would switch to M14 of the Métro and take it to Gare de Lyon. The ride on M4 and M14 between Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon takes at least 15 to 20 minutes, but I would still advise allowing yourself at least an hour to make this transfer. You would pay to get on the Métro locally when you're there.

    Avignon to Nice

    From Avignon to Nice, there are direct TGV trains. Since these are TGV trains, reservations are required. These trains depart from Avignon TGV station, so would enter your search as 'Avignon TGV' to 'Nice'.
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