Eurail France Pass. How many days for Paris-Strasbourg, Nice-Marseille-Aix en Provence, Aix en Provence-Lyon, & Lyon-Paris?

Hi,I wonder how many day Eurail France Pass I need to purchase if I want to travel every 1, 2, or 3 days in France. Furthermore, I will be traveling from (1) Paris-Strasbourg; (2) Nice - Marseille; Marseille - Aix en Provence; (3) Aix en Provence - Lyon; and (4) Lyon - Paris.Regards,Linne
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 16, 2017 15:13
    Hi Linne,

    The Eurail France Pass is only offered in the form of a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame. With a Eurail France Pass, you would have 1 month to complete the number of 'travel days' you choose. The 1 month would start to count down after you get your pass 'validated' at the station, which is something you would need to do before boarding your first train.

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel day’ is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24-hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    You would need your Eurail France Pass to be for 4 days; assuming the only trips are:

    1.) Paris to Strasbourg on one day
    2.) Nice to Aix en Provence via Marseille on another day (there are also direct trains from Nice to Aix en Provence)
    3.) Aix en Provence to Lyon on a third day
    4.) Lyon to Paris on a fourth day

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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 reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Paris to Strasbourg with a Eurail France Pass

    From Paris to Strasbourg, you would take a TGV train or a TGV Est (France-Germany High Speed) train. On trains from Paris to Strasbourg, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Nice to Marseille and Marseille to Aix en Provence with a Eurail France Pass

    From Nice to Marseille, you can take a high-speed TGV train, an Intercités train, or a regional TER train. On the TGV and Intercités trains, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass. In contrast, TER trains do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    From Marseille to Aix en Provence, there are TGV trains and regional TER trains.

    On the TGV trains, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass. Once again, the TER trains do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    When entering a search on our website, there will be two different entries for Aix en Provence: 'Aix en Provence TGV' and just 'Aix en Provence'. 'Aix en Provence TGV' refers to the station that services the TGV trains, while 'Aix en Provence' refers to the station that services the regional TER trains.

    To purchase reservations for a TGV from Marseille to Aix en Provence, you would type 'Aix en Provence TGV' in the field for the arrival city. To search schedules for a non-reservable TER from Marseille to Aix en Provence, you would just type 'Aix en Provence' in the field for the arrival city.

    If you have no need to stop in Marseille, you can just take a direct TGV from Nice straight through to Aix en Provence. To purchase reservations for a direct TGV from Nice to Aix en Provence, you would type 'Aix en Provence TGV' in the field for the arrival city when you do your search.

    Aix en Provence to Lyon with a Eurail France Pass

    To get from Aix en Provence to Lyon, you would take a TGV. These trains require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    To purchase reservations for a TGV from Aix en Provence to Lyon, you would type 'Aix en Provence TGV' in the field for the departure city when you do your search.

    Lyon to Paris with a Eurail France Pass

    From Lyon to Paris, you would take another TGV. On the TGV trains from Lyon to Paris, reservations would once again be required as a supplement to the rail pass.
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