If I buy the France Pass are high-speed trains included? Do I have to book reservations?

If I buy a rail pass for France, are high speed trains included in the price? How do you book individual stops using a high speed train?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 28, 2013 16:24
    Hi Katherine,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass (considering that any costs for needed reservations would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances.)

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. In France, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains called TGV trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there.

    After you add the rail pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would click 'Add A Trip' to include your reservations. On the next screen, you would just enter the cities under where it says 'Get Train Tickets or Reservations' and indicate that you'll be traveling with a rail pass where it says 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'. Otherwise, to check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our actual homepage.

    Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, depending on availability. If your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation cost and view schedules when searching the route on our website.

    TGV trains can sell out very quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as it becomes possible to do so.
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  • I'll arrive in France on June 3, and stay a little more than a full month. So I'll apparently have to buy separate and more expensive single tickets for either the beginning or the end of the trip. Is there a possible
    extension of the 30-day limit?
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