France Rail & Route Map from Paris to Montpellier, Montpellier to Lyon, Lyon to Chambery, Chambery to Chamonix, & Chamonix to Geneva

Hello,I'll be visiting France in a few months and would like to do this particular route:Paris-Montpellier-Lyon-Chambery-Chamonix-GenevaI'm wondering if France Rail Pass covers these places and if there are maps available online. Thank you,Agustina
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2017 18:46
    Hi Agustina,

    The Eurail France Pass would cover each of the requested trips, with the exception of the route from Chamonix to Geneva that follows the path of the 'Mont Blanc Express' (via Martigny). If you avoid Martigny by backtracking through St Gervais-les-Bains on your way up to Geneva, then the Eurail France Pass would be valid most of the way.

    For the Eurail France Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    On some of these trips, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any 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').

    Paris to Montpellier

    Trains from Paris to Montpellier are high-speed 'TGV' trains. 'TGV' trains from Paris to Montpellier do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Montpellier to Lyon

    Trains from Montpellier to Lyon are high-speed 'TGV' or 'France-Spain High Speed' trains. These trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Lyon to Chambery

    From Lyon to Chambery, you can take a high-speed 'TGV' or a regional 'TER' train. On the 'TGV' trains from Lyon to Chambery, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass. In contrast, the 'TER' trains don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board.

    Chambery to Chamonix

    A connection from Chambery to Chamonix goes through St Gervais-les-Bains; however, there is currently construction on the rail line between St Gervais-les-Bains and Chamonix. As the construction goes on, the French rail network is running buses between St Gervais-les-Bains and Chamonix. Since the buses are substitutions for the trains that ordinarily operate along this stretch, the Eurail France Pass would still be valid. In some instances, you might also take a bus for the segment from Annecy to St Gervais-les-Bains. The Eurail France Pass would also be valid on any buses between Annecy and St Gervais-les-Bains.

    The full connection from Chambery would take 3.5 to 4.5 hours in duration and involves at least 2 transfers en route; once in Annecy and then once in St Gervais-les-Bains to the bus.

    The trains and buses comprising of a connection from Chambery to Chamonix do not even accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can view schedules for the segments from Chambery to Annecy and Annecy to St Gervais-les-Bains by searching under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage. Generally, when just searching for schedules for non-reservable segments, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    Chamonix to Geneva

    From Chamonix to Geneva, there are a couple different routes you can take.

    The first option takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours in duration and involves 2 transfers along the way; once in St Gervais-les-Bains and then once in Annemasse. Once again, the segment from Chamonix to St Gervais-les-Bains would be a bus for which the Eurail France Pass is valid. For the segment from St Gervais-les-Bains to Annemasse, you would take a bus or a regional train, and the Eurail France Pass would be valid for either. For the segment from Annemasse to Geneva, you would take a local bus for which the Eurail France Pass would not be valid. Therefore, you would just have to pay to board the Annemasse-Geneva bus locally when you're there.

    The other option from Chamonix to Geneva involves following the famed 'Mont Blanc Express' scenic route in the direction of Martigny. This option takes about 3.5 hours and involves at least 2 transfers along the way; once in Le Châtelard and then once in Martigny. The part from Chamonix to Martigny is considered the 'Mont Blanc Express' scenic route.

    Just like the segment from St Gervais-les-Bains to Chamonix, there is also currently construction on the rail line between Chamonix and Le Châtelard, and the French rail network is running buses to substitute. The Eurail France Pass is therefore valid on these particular buses. If you opt for this route, however, the Eurail France Pass would not cover anything beyond Le Châtelard, including the trains from Le Châtelard to Martigny and the trains from Martigny to Geneva. With that being the case, you would have to purchase separate tickets for the segments from Le Châtelard to Martigny and Martigny to Geneva.

    To purchase regular tickets for the segments from Le Châtelard to Martigny and Martigny to Geneva, you would click 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage before searching the route. Generally, when purchasing regular tickets, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.
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