through the mountains from Lyon to Strasbourg

I'm planning a trip from Lyon to Strasbourg, leaving Sunday and arriving Tues. or Wed. in the fall. I'd like to go by train through the mountains, provided that the train route is scenic, and stop the 2-3 nights en route in pretty towns along the way.( I speak French as well as English.) Please, any suggestions? Thank you!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 13, 2012 17:48
    Hi Dottie,

    If you would like to visit a particular town, you would have to book your actual tickets to that town (assuming there is a rail station there). If the town doesn't have a rail station, you would let us know of a larger city nearby where there is more likely to be a rail station, or else you can let us know and we can try to determine where the closest rail station to that town is.

    Cities along the most direct routes between Lyon and Strasbourg include Bourg en Bresse, Mâcon, Chalon sur Saone, Dijon, Besancon, Belfort, Mulhouse, and Colmar. Each of these cities do have rail stations along direct train routes between Lyon and Strasbourg.

    If you want to see the Alps, you can head east from Lyon over to cities like Chambéry, Grenoble or Annecy; however, you would then have to backtrack to Lyon in order to continue on up towards Strasbourg.

    You can check ticket costs and schedules under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Trains operating within France can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Would it be possible to take a train from Lyon to Annecy, then a bus (which I've learned exists) to Geneva, then a train through the Alps to Basel and on to Strasbourg?

    Your reply comes on the heels of a new question-what pass(es) to get? We are 2 66 year-olds. We'll have the same itinerary for most but not all this trip. Roissy to Lyon, Lyon to Strasbourg as above, then back to Paris but probably each of us on separate days. Then I'll take the Eurostar from Roissy to St. Pancras.

    Thanks in advance for your help!!!!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 18, 2012 16:06
    Hi Dottie,

    Yes, you can it would be possible to do as you suggested. You can visit cities in any sequence you like.

    For the requested itinerary, you would just purchase a Eurail France-Switzerland Pass. You can purchase the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    The Eurostar between Paris and London is not covered by any rail pass. However, by purchasing the pass, you would be eligible to purchase your tickets for this train at the 'passholder' rate. You would purchase tickets at the passholder rate on the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website, just as you would to make reservations on other trains (reservations would be required on trains from CDG Airport to Lyon and from Strasbourg to Paris). To purchase reservations from the CDG Airport, you would just type 'Paris CDG Airport' in the field for the departure city.

    Trains from Lyon to Annecy, Geneva to Basel and Basel to Strasbourg are regional trains that do not accept reservations. Therefore for the rail pass is all you would need to board each of these trains. For planning purposes, you can just view the schedules for such routes by entering the cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 15:51
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 18, 2012 16:07
    Please note, the Eurostar to London does not depart from the Paris CDG Airport (Roissy). When you take this train up to London, you would depart from the Nord station in the city of Paris.
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