How does the France Rail Pass work?

Hi,
I would like to know what we have to do to travel in France with the France rail Pass.
In fact, I want to know what are exactly all the steps to do?
1. Buy the France Rail pass with the number of days I plan to travel
2. Buy all the reservations I want for the TGV
3. Enjoy!?!

Moreover, If I buy my Pass, can I take any reservation offered for the France by your siteweb, or is there some towns/cities that are not diserved by the pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 19, 2012 18:50
    Hi Roxanne,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains (day trains and night trains) between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. Reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into or supplementary to the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, and they are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. Generally, high-speed trains connect most of the larger cities and more popular destinations in western Europe. Within France, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is very likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips.

    You would purchase the France Rail Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass').

    Trains in France can be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure. They can sell out very quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as it becomes possible to do so.

    In general, most rail passes do not include subway networks and bus service within a city. For some major cities such as Paris and Madrid, we do happen to offer city passes that will cover the subway networks and buses. For instance, for travel on the Paris Metro, you would purchase the 'Paris Visite Pass'. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    If you ever wish to see what city passes may be offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country where prompted.

    Once you have your rail pass and your reservations, you would take them with you to Europe and validate your pass at the station prior to using it to board your first train. From that point on, all you'll need are your pass and any reservations that you purchased to board each train. Some trains may not accept reservations, in which case, the rail pass is all you would need to board.
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