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Paris to Bremen

To travel in France, as well as go from Paris to Bremen, Germany, would one of the RailEurope passes work? If not, what is the cost of a ticket to get from Paris to Bremen?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 25, 2013 18:48
    Hi Reinhard and Sue,

    A connection from Paris to Bremen involves changing trains once in either Cologne or Mannheim along the way.

    For your travels in France, you can purchase a France Rail Pass, which would also enable you to purchase tickets at a rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a train from Paris to either Cologne or Mannheim. You would then purchase a regular ticket for a connecting train from Cologne or Mannheim to Bremen.

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

    The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate on these particular trains, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that only covers one of the countries being traveled through to still take the train at a discounted cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 2 rate for a direct train from Paris to either Cologne or Mannheim, for instance, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for trains from Paris to Cologne or Mannheim under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'France Rail Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train for the route you're searching and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Thalys Passholder 2' for trains from Paris to Cologne or 'TGV Est European Passholder 2' for trains from Paris to Mannheim. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option 'Passholder 2' in its name is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    You would then purchase regular point-to-point tickets for a connecting train from Cologne or Mannheim to Bremen by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.

    You would refer back to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservatons' to purchase any of your reservations for your rail travel in France to go along with your France Rail Pass.

    The Passholder rates from Paris to Cologne or Mannheim, as well as many routes in France, can sell out very quickly, so I would just recommend booking tickets for these trains as soon as possible. These trains can be booked at any point within 90 days of an intended date of departure, depending on availability.

    If you just wish to check regular point-to-point ticket prices for the full connection from Paris to Bremen, then you can do so by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2018 14:33
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ rates on Thalys trains (Paris-Cologne) are no longer valid for travel with Eurail Passes. Thalys trains now requires that Eurail Passes include all countries being traveled through to be valid.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2018 14:33
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ rates on TGV Est/France-Germany High Speed trains (Paris-Mannheim) are no longer valid. For a TGV Est/France-Germany High Speed train to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 25, 2013 18:54
    Another option would just be to purchase the Eurail France-Germany Pass to cover the ticket costs for your travel in both of those countries.

    You can purchase the Eurail France-Germany Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    In this case, you would just purchase reservations under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' for your trains in each of those countries.
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