France Pass Usage for Paris-Reims, Reims-Epernay, Epernay-Paris, Paris-Bordeaux, and Bordeaux-St Emilion ?

Will the France Pass cover all trains in France. For example Paris to Reims, Reims to Epernay, Epernay to Paris, Paris to Bordeaux, Bordeaux to St. Emilion?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 11, 2019 19:31
    Hi Jamie,

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs for trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. Rail passes cover 'city -to-city' trains operated by the national rail network(s) of the included country or countries. Rest assured, the Eurail France Pass is valid on each of the requested routes (Saint-Émilion itself does not have a rail station but a rail pass would cover you to the closest one).

    When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. For travel in France, reservations would be required on the TGV high-speed trains there.

    For the Eurail France Pass itself, you would click here: www.raileurope.com/pass/france-rail-pass-5911

    Paris to Reims (with a Eurail France Pass)

    Trains from Paris to Reims are TGV high-speed trains, so these will require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Reims by searching the 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, TGV trains within France can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Reims to Epernay (with a Eurail France Pass)

    Trains from Reims to Epernay are regional TER trains. TER trains don't accept reservations, so the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board, and there will be open seating.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from Reims to Epernay, even though you wouldn't actually reserve them.

    Epernay to Paris (with a Eurail France Pass)

    Direct trains from Epernay to Paris are regional TER trains, so reservations again would not be accepted, and the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board.

    Once again, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from Epernay to Paris, even though they aren't reserved.

    Paris to Bordeaux (with a Eurail France Pass)

    Trains from Paris to Bordeaux are high-speed TGV trains, so reservations would be required, as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Bordeaux by searching the 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’).

    Bordeaux to Saint-Émilion (with a Eurail France Pass)

    The closest station to Saint-Émilion is Libourne, about 5 miles away. From Bordeaux to Libourne, you would take a regional TER trains, so the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board, since these trains do not take reservations.

    You can again refer to the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from Bordeaux to Libourne.

    At the station in Libourne, there should be buses that go to Saint-Émilion.
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