France Rail Pass and Eurostar Booking

Sorry, I need clarification. If I buy a rail pass that covers 5 days of travel within a month and I have already travelled those 5 days, can I still book the Eurostar using the rail pass discount as long as it is within a month of the first trip?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 13, 2016 15:24
    Hi Sarah,

    The Eurostar is not fully covered by any rail pass. However, by purchasing a rail pass that includes France, you would be able to receive a discounted 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on this train.

    It would not require the use of a 'travel day' on your pass to receive the Passholder rate for tickets on the Eurostar. As long as your pass has been validated and the travel date on the Eurostar falls within the validity period of your pass, you would be eligible to receive the Passholder rate for your ticket.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on a Eurostar by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'France Rail Pass'). Incidentally, this is also how you would book reservations for trains that are covered by rail passes.

    Passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that the tickets be purchased as soon as possible. The Eurostar is unique from other trains in that it can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 06, 2018 16:54
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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