France Pass and Swiss Pass vs. FRANCE-Swiss pass

I am traveling from Paris to Nice, Nice to Geneva (Switzerland) and Geneva to Paris, all within a month. I followed the questionnaire and it directed me to purchase a France Pass and a Swiss Pass plus reservations. Isn't there a FRANCE- SWISS pass that would cover the same? Please advise.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 30, 2012 14:39

    Yes, there actually is a dual country pass for just France and Switzerland called the 'Eurail France-Switzerland Pass'. You can purchase this pass by clicking here:

    We apologize for any misinformation suggested on our website.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 30, 2012 14:56
    Otherwise, if you are only traveling to Geneva in Switzerland, another option would be to purchase just the France Rail Pass, and you could purchase your reservations on the train from Nice to Geneva and the train from Geneva to Paris at what is known as the 'Passholder 2' fare. The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that only covers one of the countries being traveled through for a particular international TGV route, to still take the train at a lesser cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the reservations at a Passholder 2 rate for direct trains from Nice to Geneva and from Geneva to Paris, 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 'Thalys Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Fully Flexible' or 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'Geneva-Med Passholder 2' is checked (in the case of the train from Nice to Geneva) and 'Lyria Passholder 2' is checked (in the case of the train from Geneva to Paris), and the click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    Of course, in regards to your train from Paris to Nice, you would just be able to purchase your reservations at the regular Passholder or Passholder 1 rate for France Rail Pass holders.

    The Passholder rates can sell out very quickly, so we would just recommend booking your reservations as soon as possible. These trains can be booked at any point within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 24, 2018 16:14

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Nice-Geneva and Geneva-Paris) are no longer valid for travel with Eurail Passes. TGV Lyria now requires that Eurail Passes include all countries being traveled through to be valid.

      The ‘Passholder 3’ rate would now only be valid for travel with a Swiss Travel Pass.
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