Rome to Bandol/Marseilles and then on to Paris

In June, landing in Rome and planned on taking train to Bandol/Marseilles and then on to Paris. I cannot find schedules for any trains that run along the coast for the Rome to Bandol leg....and other website route me on a 2 day journey up in the Alps. Any recommendations and what pass would be best. Thank you
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 16, 2013 21:16
    Hi Bob,

    A rail connection from Rome to Bandol would take about 11 hours in duration and involves at least 4 train changes along the way; once in Milan, once in Ventimiglia, once in either Nice or Antibes, and then once in Toulon. However, the trains from Rome to Milan do not run along the coastline. These trains run inland, express through Florence and Bologna.

    If you wish to visit specific cities along the coast en route, you would have to do specific searches for trains to those cities, and the connection would not be able to be completed within the span of one day.

    The connection described above via Milan is the only way you would be able to get from Rome to Bandol within a day, and the rail lines would not run parallel near the cost until the train from Milan to Ventimiglia reaches Genoa on its path.

    You can purchase the tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. For Rome to Bandol, you would break up your search in Milan, Ventimiglia, and either Nice or Antibes. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Rome to Milan, another search for the connecting trains from Milan to Ventimiglia, another search for connecting trains from Ventimiglia to Nice or Antibes, and then another search for the part of the connection from Nice or Antibes to Bandol (which would reflect the train change in Toulon when you pull up the results of your search).

    You can then purchase tickets for trains from Bandol to Marseille and Marseille to Paris as needed.

    Trains in Italy and France can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 16, 2013 21:19
    If you were to purchase a rail pass to cover the ticket costs for these trips, the pass you would purchase would be the Eurail France-Italy Pass. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    In addition to the pass, reservations would be required on trains from Rome to Milan, Milan to Ventimiglia, Nice to Toulon, and Marseille to Paris.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (to check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.)

    The trains from Ventimiglia to Nice or Antibes, Antibes to Toulon, Toulon to Bandol, and Bandol to Marseille don't accept reservations, in which case the Eurail France-Italy Pass is all you would need to board.
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  • Thank you for the information...might make sense to make a stop or two along the way. I assume for my final trip to Amsterdam from Paris, just buy a ticket.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 17, 2013 14:22
    Hi Bob,

    Yes, you would just purchase a regular a ticket for a trip from Amsterdam to Paris. If you end up purchasing the Eurail France-Italy Pass, you would be able to purchase tickets on this train at a rate called the 'Passholder 2' rate.

    The 'Passholder 2' rate is a special rate created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that only covers one of the countries being traveled through for a particular Thalys route, to still take the train at a discounted cost (Thalys is the train from Paris to Amsterdam).

    To ensure you are purchasing the reservations at a Passholder 2 rate for a direct train from Paris to Amsterdam, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Eurail France-Italy Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train 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'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'Thalys Passholder 2' is checked, and the click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    The Thalys trains can be booked at any point within 90 days of an intended date of departure, depending on availability.

    If you don't purchase the Eurail France-Italy Pass, then you would just purchase regular tickets for a train from Paris to Amsterdam by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.
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