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Is the France rail pass good for all the different types of trains in France, ie TGV and Intercity, regional trains?

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  • Hi Adriana,

    Yes, the France Rail pass is valid on all trains like the TGV and regional trains throughout France. The TGV trains will require reservations made in advance before travel. Regional trains you can board with your pass and take any available seat.

    The France Rail pass is not valid on the Paris Metro, but it is valid on some RER train lines to the suburbs of Paris.

    I hope this helps in deciding he amount of days for you to travel. Have a great vacation.

    Thanks,
    Jen
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 04, 2015 20:44
    Thank you for your question, Adriana.

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on it. In France, this includes the high-speed TGV trains, regional 'TER' trains, Intercités trains, and Intercités de Nuit trains (overnight trains that operate within France). When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. In addition to a rail pass, reservations would be required on TGV trains, Intercités trains, and Intercités de Nuit trains in France. In contrast, 'TER' trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    You would purchase the France Rail Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/the-france-rail-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted. Generally, trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    As the objective of rail pass is more to cover travel between different cities, the France Rail Pass would not cover the Métro or RER public transit networks in Paris, with the exception of Line B of the RER from the CDG Airport into the city of Paris (but not in the reverse direction going from the city to the airport) and Line C of the RER both directions between the city of Paris and Versailles (the 'Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château' stop). If you wish to use a France Rail Pass on either of these RER lines, you would just have to be sure to go to the RER ticket counter and request a "contremarque" voucher prior to boarding. Keep in mind that this would use up a day of travel on your pass. Therefore, you might choose not to use your pass for such a short trip, unless you'll already be using it for another trip on the same day (connecting to or from somewhere else in France).
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  • Are there quotas for each train on the French Rail pass as there are the Select Eurail pass?

    Catherine
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 09, 2015 15:19
      Hi Catherine.

      Yes, trains in Europe have a set allotment of seats that can be sold at the Passholder rate, whether you'd be traveling with a France Rail Pass or a Eurail Select Pass. Therefore, a particular train may be sold out at the Passholder rate but may still have seats available to be sold to passengers purchasing regular tickets.

      It is especially the case in France that rates can sell out very quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. This includes the high-speed trains operating domestically within France ('TGV' trains), as well as high-speed trains operating internationally between France and other countries ('Thalys', 'TGV Lyria', 'France-Italy TGV', 'TGV Est', and 'France-Spain High Speed' trains). All of these trains open up for bookings 90 days from a departure date.

      For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted.
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