Do I still have time to purchase the France Rail Pass if I'm leaving the USA in 9 days?

Can I still purchase and use a France rail pass if I'm leaving USA in 9 days?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 31, 2016 21:26
    Hi Gary,

    Yes, you do still have time to purchase the France Rail Pass. I would recommend doing so before you leave, because rail passes are generally not widely available to be purchased once you're there.

    For the France Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    Any order placed on our website can take 24-48 business hours to be processed in addition to the time it takes to ship the documents, which would be an additional 2 to 3 business days if the option of standard delivery is chosen or an additional 1 business day if the option of express delivery is chosen.

    If you need the documents within the next couple days, then you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600 to place your order and request overnight delivery. By calling us, you would be able to bypass the potential 24-48 hour processing time and ensure that your order is able to go out today, so you can receive it tomorrow. The last shipment on any given weekday leaves our office at 5:30 PM CT.

    Please note, with the rail pass you'll also want to be sure to purchase reservations for any trains you might need. A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In France, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed TGV trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase 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 (i.e. the 'France Rail Pass'). TGV trains on certain routes can sell out quickly, especially during the busy summer travel season, so it would be recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible.
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