Rail pass or point to point tickets for trips from Paris to Strasbourg, Lyon, Chambord, & Mont St Michel?

I was wondering if it is cheaper to buy the eurail pass for 5 day trips during a week in Paris or just buying individual tickets when we get to the train station.6 people (3 adults & 3 youth) doing day trips We are thinking of going to Strasbourg for 1 night, then day trips to Lyon, Chateau Chambord, and Mt St Michel
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 17, 2018 16:29
    Hi Michele,

    I would definitely recommend getting a rail pass if your itinerary includes destinations as far from Paris as Strasbourg, Lyon, Chambord, and Mont St Michel.

    For the Eurail France Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/france-rail-pass-5911

    For the amount of travel you're planning, I would recommend 1st class.

    The TGV and Intercités trains will just require reservations a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Paris to Strasbourg with a Eurail France Pass

    Trains between Paris and Strasbourg are high-speed TGV trains, which require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The trains from Paris to Strasbourg depart from the Paris Est station.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Strasbourg by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass').

    Paris to Lyon with a Eurail France Pass

    The trains between Paris and Lyon are also high-speed TGV trains, which require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The trains from Paris to Lyon depart from the Paris Gare de Lyon station.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Lyon by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass').

    Chambord (Mer Loir Et Cher or Blois) with a Eurail France Pass

    The closest station to Chambord is Mer Loir Et Cher, which is about 10-12 km away. Otherwise, there is a station in Blois, which is about 14-16 km away from Chambord.

    From Paris, a connection to Blois or Mer Loir Et Cher would take about 2 to 2.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in either Orléans or St Pierre des Corps along the way.

    The connection via Orléans would involve taking an Intercités train from the Paris Austerlitz station to Orléans, where you would connect to a regional TER train that would continue on to Mer Loir Et Cher and then Blois.

    The Intercités trains from Paris to Orléans do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The regional TER trains from Orléans to Mer Loir Et Cher or Blois do not accept reservations, so the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board.

    The connection via St Pierre des Corps would involve taking a high-speed TGV train from the Paris Montparnasse station to St Pierre des Corps, where you would connect to a regional TER train that goes on to Blois and then Mer Loir Et Cher.

    The TGV trains from Paris to St Pierre des Corps do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The regional TER trains from St Pierre des Corps to Blois or Mer Loir Et Cher do not accept reservations, so the Eurail France Pass is all you would need to board.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Orléans or Paris to St Pierre des Corps by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass’).

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains from Orléans or St Pierre des Corps to either Mer Loir Et Cher or Blois.

    Mont St Michel (Rennes) with a Eurail France Pass

    Mont St Michel is not directly accessed by rail. To get to Mont St Michel, the most feasible options involve taking a bus from Rennes.

    To get from Paris to Rennes, you would take a high-speed TGV out of the Paris Montparnasse station. These do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Rennes by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail France Pass').

    Rail passes are not valid on the bus between Rennes and Mont St Michel, but the ticket for this bus can be purchased on our website. You would so just by doing a search from Rennes to Mont St Michel on our homepage. The buses depart from right outside the Rennes station. Tickets for this bus can be purchased within 60 to 90 days of an intended departure date.
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