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London-Paris, Paris-Strasbourg, Strasbourg-Marseille, Marseille-Venice overnight

We will be traveling from London to Paris via Chunnel.
From Paris to Strasbourg via train
From Strasbourg to Marseille via train
From Marseille to Venice via overnight train

What is the best way to arrange this?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 05, 2016 19:21
    Hi Carol,

    For your trains operating in France, I would recommend purchasing the France Rail Pass instead of regular tickets. For the France Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    By purchasing, the France Rail Pass, you would also be eligible to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on the Eurostar train from London to Paris.

    It would not use up a 'travel day' on your pass when you travel on the Eurostar with tickets booked at the Passholder rate. Therefore, you can just purchase your France Rail Pass to cover you for the other 3 days you'll be traveling. This would account for your trains from Paris to Strasbourg, Strasbourg to Marseille, and also the part of your connection from Marseille to Venice that's in France.

    Even though the Eurostar (London to Paris) would not require a 'travel day' on your rail pass, the pass would still have to be validated at the station in London prior to boarding.

    London to Paris with a France Rail Pass

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar from London to Paris by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'France Rail Pass'). Incidentally, this is also how you would go about booking reservations for your trains operating within France. The Eurostar is unique from other trains in that it can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The ride from London to Paris only takes about 2.5 hours in duration.

    Paris to Strasbourg with a France Rail Pass

    The trains from Paris to Strasbourg are high-speed TGV Est (France-Germany High Speed) and TGV trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to your pass.

    You would purchase the reservations by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'France Rail Pass'. Generally, TGV and TGV Est trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. The ride from Paris to Strasbourg takes just under 2.5 hours in duration.

    Strasbourg to Marseille with a France Rail Pass

    Direct trains from Strasbourg to Marseille are high-speed TGV trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to your pass.

    You would purchase the reservations by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'France Rail Pass'. Generally, TGV trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. The ride from Strasbourg to Marseille takes 5.5 to 6 hours in duration.

    Marseille to Venice with a France Rail Pass

    An overnight connection from Marseille to Venice involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Lyon and then once in Dijon. The segment from Dijon to Venice would be on the actual overnight train.

    Trains from Marseille to Lyon are high-speed TGV trains. Trains from Lyon to Dijon are either regional 'TER' trains or high-speed TGV trains. The night train from Dijon to Venice is a 'Thello' overnight train.

    The TGV trains (Marseille to Lyon and Lyon to Dijon) will require reservations in addition to your pass. Unlike the TGV trains, TER trains don't even accept reservations. Therefore, if you take a TER train for the segment from Lyon to Dijon, then the France Rail Pass would be all you'd need to board.

    The Thello night train actually does not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would still have to purchase a regular ticket in order to be booked on this train.

    You would purchase the reservations for the segment from Marseille to Dijon by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'France Rail Pass'. The train change in Lyon will be reflected when you pull up the results of this search. Generally, the TGV trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    To purchase tickets for the night train from Dijon to Venice, you would just enter the cities on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. Generally, the Thello night train can be booked 90 to 120 days in advance of a departure. Since this train doesn't accept reservations, you would be quoted for regular tickets.

    Also, when trying to access schedules for night trains on our site, it is usually necessary to adjust your preferred departure time by entering a time closer to the specific hour of the train's departure time. Therefore, when you go to enter the criteria of your search, you would want to choose some time in the evening, like '07 pm' as your preferred departure time. By doing this, you will get the night train to display in the results of your search; and you can proceed to purchase these tickets.
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