Paris or Rennes to Geneva with a Eurail France Pass. Is the Eurail France Pass valid on the train to Geneva since it's on the border?

At the end of June, my daughter and I will need to travel from either Paris or Rennes to Geneva. I'm trying to determine whether the France single country pass will cover that route since Geneva is a border city. When I go to tickets on Raileurope and select that I have a France pass, the route pricing is only the reservation fee making me think it's included. However, I don't want to but the France pass and then find out I'm wrong. Does anyone know? Thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 24, 2019 16:48
    Hi Kim,

    From Paris to Geneva, you would take a high-speed TGV Lyria train.

    With a Eurail France Pass, you would be eligible to purchase reservations on the TGV Lyria at a rate called the Passholder 2. To receive the Passholder 2 rate on a TGV Lyria from Paris to Geneva, you would search the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail France Pass'.

    When you pull up the results of the search, be sure to look for the actual direct trains labeled 'TGV Lyria'.

    To verify that you're being quoted the correct rate, you would click 'Fare details' after you click on the fare itself. When you click 'Fare details' a box will display where the fare would be labeled '1st Cl Pass 2' or '2nd Cl Pass 2'.

    These rates can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that the reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, TGV Lyria trains can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date.

    If you start in Rennes, you would still have to connect through Paris. You would take a high-speed TGV from Rennes to Paris. The TGV requires reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. To purchase the reservations from Rennes to Paris, you would follow the same steps you took for the TGV Lyria from Paris to Geneva, but this time you'll be purchasing a regular reservation (aka 'passholder' or 'passholder 1'), which would be labeled '1st Cl Pass - Eurail Pass' or '2nd Cl Pass - Eurail Pass' under the 'Fare details'.

    When you pull up the schedule, you'll see that the trains from Rennes to Paris arrive into Montparnasse station in Paris, while the TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Geneva depart from the Gare de Lyon (station) in Paris. To commute from the Montparnasse station to Gare de Lyon, you would take M4 of the Paris Metro to the Chatelet Les Halles stop. At Chatelet Les Halles, you would then switch to M14 of the Metro and take it to Gare de Lyon. The ride on M4 and M14 of the Metro between these stations would take at least 15-20 minutes, but I would still advise that you allow yourself at least an hour to make this transfer. You would pay to board the Metro locally when you're there.

    For the Eurail France Pass itself, click here: www.raileurope.com/pass/france-rail-pass-5911
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  • Thank you. That information is helpful.

    Follow-up question. There is an option to get from Rennes to Geneva via Lyon rather than Paris. It's on TGV to Lyon and then TER from Lyon to Geneva. The reservation fee for 2 people is only $24 (rather than $62 through Paris). If I buy that reservation through Lyon and have my France pass, is there anything else I need? Am I then covered for the portion of the journey from Lyon to Geneva even though it says there is no reservation for that leg (assuming that's because it's a TER train)?
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