Genoa to Avignon stopping in Monaco and/or Nice

We are planning a trip from Genoa Italy to Avignon France in Sept 2016 .We plan on spending 4 days to complete the trip,stopping along the coast in Nice and/or Monaco. Is it worth getting a Eurail Select Pass for those two countries? Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2016 19:12
    Hi Dave,

    If you're only planning on traveling to Genoa to Avignon (with stops in Monaco and/or Nice), I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets, as opposed to any rail pass.

    You would purchase tickets by entering a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com).

    Our website has two different entries for Avignon -- 'Avignon TGV' or just 'Avignon'. 'Avignon TGV' refers to the Avignon TGV station, and 'Avignon' refers to the Avignon Centre station. Trains from Monaco to Avignon and Nice to Avignon will only arrive into the Avignon TGV station. Therefore, you would type 'Avignon TGV' in the arrival field when doing your search from Monaco or Nice to Avignon. The trains from Monaco to Avignon TGV and Nice to Avignon TGV are 'TGV' trains.

    Trains from Genoa to Monaco and Genoa to Nice are 'Thello' trains.

    If you take a train from Monaco to Nice, you would just take a regional 'TER' train.

    Generally, TGV and TER trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while Thello trains can be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure. You can just enter an earlier date to get an idea of the ticket costs and schedules in the meantime.
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  • Hi Jeff I'm doing similar but want to go from Genoa as direct as pssible and with high speed if possible. I do not care about the coast line. Is there a train from Genoa to Ventimiglia (on the border) and then from there high speed to Avignon going more inland?
    Appreciate if you could also direct me how to book with who?
    • Hi Karen,

      The route I advised of above is the way you would get from Genoa to Avignon. The rail line that goes from Ventimiglia to Avignon is the same as the one I advised of above, going through Monaco and Nice en route. That is just where they built the rail lines, likely because that is where the cities are. In the area north of the coastline, you have 3 large natural parks (Mercantour, Verdon, and Luberon) occupying much of the territory, and it is sparsely populated.
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