Frankfurt to Paris with France-Swiss Pass

Hi, i plan to travel from Frankfurt to Paris (via Saarbrucken)on ICE1013+ICE9556. With a France-Swiss pass, can i just pay for Frankfurt-Saarbrucken and then use the pass for Saarbrucken-Paris? As these are 2 separate reservations, seems that i may need to change seat at Saarbrucken (i guess i have enough time to get off the train and board again onto another car?)
Will this plan work? Not sure if I am missing anything.
Thanks in advance for your reply.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 25, 2013 21:48
    Hi Vincent,

    For the train in question from Frankfurt to Paris, you would not have to get off in Saarbrücken along the way. Instead, the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass would enable you to purchase reservations on this train at a rate called the 'Passholder 2' rate, and you would remain on board for the full duration of the route all the way from Frankfurt to Paris.

    The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate on these particular trains, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that only covers France (and not Germany) to still take the train at a discounted cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 2 rate for a direct train from Frankfurt to Paris, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for trains from Frankfurt to Paris under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Eurail France-Switzerland Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train from Frankfurt to Paris and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', 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 'TGV Est European Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled 'TGV Est European Passholder 2' is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    Generally, these trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended date of departure happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of cost and view schedules when searching the route on our website.
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  • Hi Jeff, thanks for your advice.
    By the way, i read something here about France-Swiss Pass vs France Pass & Swiss Pass but I'm still not clear about the benefit. Swiss Pass is entitled for free public transportation on 75 cities but it's not mentioned under France-Swiss pass. Can i say there are differences between the two, especially on the city public transport?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 26, 2013 15:25
    Hi Vincent,

    Yes, that is a difference between the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass and the individual country Swiss Pass. The Swiss Pass is unique from other passes in that it covers travel on city transit systems throughout Switzerland (but in 41 cities, not 75). The Eurail France-Switzerland Pass would not cover city transit systems. In general, most rail passes do not include city transit systems and bus service within a city.

    Another difference between these passes is that the Swiss Pass allows for entry to over 400 museums and discounts on various hotels and guided tours.

    To view the bonuses offered, you would click the tab for 'Travel Bonuses' once you have accessed the page for each pass on our website.
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  • Hi Jeff,
    Thanks! Looking fwd to visit Europe next week.
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