London to Paris to Bordeaux

Looking for information on what pass to purchase for a 10 day trip. Arriving at Heathrow and wanting to take the train to Paris and then spend a few days in Bordeaux from Paris. And then returning to Heathrow from Paris. Thank you!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 01, 2017 19:42
    Hi Lisa,

    There is no rail pass that combines England with countries on the mainland continent of Europe. However, as of 2017, the Eurostar (the train that connects London and Paris) is now covered by any rail pass that includes France. This would enable you to purchase the single country 'Eurail France Pass'. For the Eurail France Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    In addition to the pass, you would just need to purchase tickets for the Heathrow Express (the short express train between Heathrow and the city of London) and reservations for your other trains.

    A connection from Heathrow to Paris does involve going into the city of London first. The Eurostar trains to Paris depart from the St Pancras station in London. To commute from the airport, you would take the Heathrow Express into the Paddington station. The Heathrow Express trains depart once every 15 minutes (taking about 15 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington and 23 minutes from terminal 5 to Paddington). Tickets for the Heathrow Express would be purchased here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/heathrow-express/index.html.

    To get from Paddington to St. Pancras, you would take the Circle line of the Tube. The ride on the Circle Line from Paddington to St. Pancras takes about 15 minutes. You would pay to board the Tube locally at the turnstiles when you're there.

    The Eurostar from London to Paris would then just require reservations in addition to your Eurail France Pass. Trains between Paris and Bordeaux (high-speed TGV trains) also will require reservations in addition to your pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase the reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. Due to an error, the Eurail France Pass is not yet listed as an option when checking passholder reservation costs on our website. Until the Eurail France Pass is added, you can indicate that you'll be traveling with the Eurail Global Pass just in order to get a price and purchase your reservations.

    Eurostar and TGV trains can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as it becomes possible. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure, while TGV trains can only be reserved within 90-120 days of a departure.
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