Should I buy a railpass for trips from Bordeaux to Lyon & Lyon to Paris?

I would like to travel from Bordeaux to Lyons, spend row days in Lyon, and then travel to Paris. What is the best way to do this? Should I buy a railpass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 01, 2017 18:10

    The total for the option of purchasing a rail pass and the total for regular tickets would be comparable. It really depends on what kinds of fares you're able to find for regular tickets.

    If you go with the option of a rail pass, you would purchase the 'Eurail France Pass'. For the Eurail France Pass, you would click here:

    When calculating the grand total for the rail pass option, you would also want to be sure to factor in any reservation costs as well. Each of the trains you'd be taking will require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail France Pass'). Generally, trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Bordeaux to Lyon

    A connection from Bordeaux to Lyon involves changing trains once along the way in either Nîmes, Toulouse, or Montpellier. When purchasing reservations for a trip from Bordeaux to Lyon, you would just have to break up your search in any of these cities. For example, for the option via Nîmes, you would do one search for trains from Bordeaux to Nîmes and another search for connecting trains from Nîmes to Lyon.

    The option via Nîmes would only take about 6.5 hours in duration, while the options via Toulouse or Montpellier take between 7 and 8 hours in duration.

    Direct trains from Bordeaux to Nîmes are Intercité trains.

    Direct trains from Bordeaux to Toulouse are either TGV or Intercité trains.

    Direct trains from Bordeaux to Montpellier are Intercité trains.

    TGV trains are the trains run from Bordeaux to Nîmes, Bordeaux to Toulouse, or Bordeaux to Montpellier.

    Once again, all of these trains would require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    Lyon to Paris

    From Lyon to Paris, you would take a high-speed TGV. These trains will also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.
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