How do I make a reservation for Paris CDG Airport to Montreux with my Eurail Pass?

I am going from Charles de Gaulle airport to Montreux Switzerland.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 22, 2015 15:09
    Thank you for your question, Mia.

    A connection from Paris CDG Airport to Montreux would require that you commute into the city of Paris first. Connections from Paris to Montreux depart out of the Gare de Lyon (station) in the city. To commute from CDG to the Gare de Lyon station, you would take Line B of the RER to the Châtelet–Les Halles stop. At Châtelet–Les Halles, you would connect to Line A of the RER, which you would take over to Gare de Lyon. The local RER trains depart about once every 7 to 15 minutes and the trip from the airport to Gare de Lyon would take just under an hour in duration. A Eurail Pass would not be valid on the RER, so you would pay to board locally at the turnstiles upon arrival.

    A connection from Paris to Montreux involves changing trains once in Lausanne along the way. The trains from Paris to Lausanne are high-speed 'TGV Lyria' trains, which do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. In contrast, the trains from Lausanne to Montreux don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for your train from Paris to Lausanne by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route ('Paris' to 'Lausanne'), and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with.

    The trains from Paris to Lausanne can sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that the reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for the non-reservable trains from Lausanne to Montreux by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and entering the cities ('Lausanne' to 'Montreux'); this time not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass.
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