Does the France Rail pass cover the Geneva to Paris TGV?

We are traveling through France on the France Rail pass and then making a quick trip to Geneva. We are planning on traveling back from Geneva to Paris on the TGV--but does the France Rail Pass cover this trip?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 10, 2012 21:27
    Hi Christopher,

    The France Rail Pass does not cover the trains from Geneva to Paris. However, with a France Pass, you can purchase the reservations on this train at what is known as a 'Passholder 2' rate, which is a special rate created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't cover one of the countries being traveled through for a particular route, to still take the train at a lesser cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the reservations at a Passholder 2 rate for one of the applicable trains mentioned above, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'France Rail Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'Select' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'Select', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Lyria Passholder 2' or 'Lyria TGV (France-Switzerland) Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Fully Flexible' or 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option with 'Passholder 2' in its name is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    These trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. These trains can sell out quickly, so we would recommend purchasing reservations as soon as it becomes possible.
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  • Jeff,
    Thank you very much for your reply. However, I had already purchased reservations on the TGV and paid the reservation fees. Do I have to re-book using the method you described? Do I lose my reservations?

    Thank you,

    Chris
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2012 16:40
    Hi Chris,

    If you already booked the reservations from Geneva to Paris at the Passholder 1 rate, you would have a couple of different options.

    One option would be to take your France Rail Pass and the Passholder 1 reservations you booked to the ticket counter at the station in Geneva prior to departure. At the ticket counter, they would then charge you a supplement to cover you on that train and compensate for the fact that you did not book the Passholder 2 fares.

    The other option would be to exchange the Passholder 1 reservations for Passholder 2 tickets, which you would do with us prior to departing for Europe. To exchange your tickets, you can click on 'Tickets & Passes' from the homepage of our website and then refer to the bottom right corner of the next screen, where it says 'Change or Cancel Your Trip'. When you go to book the Passholder 2 rates, you would just follow the procedure I described above. Otherwise, you can call us at 1-800-622-8600 to arrange for the exchange.
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