Too late to buy a France Pass for travel in March? Paris CDG-Paris-Avignon-Nice


I'm going to be in France next month (March). I'd like to go from CDG to Paris to Avignon to Nice.

1) Is it too late to buy a pass?
2) Would I need to buy a 4 day pass to cover this?
3) I noticed that on SNCF, the ticket from Paris to Avignon on TGV costs 162 EUR per person. Does the pass cover this? As well as the 82 EUR per person from Avignon to Nice? The reason I ask is because the pass appears to only be 174 EUR per person. That would be a significant savings!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 22, 2016 20:01
    Hi Dennis,

    Please note, we are the United States-based seller of European tickets and passes for the North American market, and we do not sell/quote any of our products in euros.

    Like most rail passes, the France Rail Pass is issued as a physical document that would have to be shipped to you. Any order placed on our website can take 24 to 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.

    The France Rail Pass would be purchased here:

    Any rail pass that includes France does cover the trains from Paris to Avignon and Avignon to Nice. These trains would just also require reservations in addition to the pass.

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on a pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (, entering a route, and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the 'France Rail Pass').

    Our website has two different entries for Avignon - 'Avignon TGV' or just 'Avignon'. 'Avignon TGV' refers to the Avignon TGV station, and 'Avignon' refers to the Avignon Centre station. Most trains from Paris to Avignon will only arrive into the Avignon TGV station, but there are some that arrive into the Avignon Centre station. Therefore, you can type either one of these in the arrival field when doing your search from Paris to Avignon, but you will get more options by typing 'Avignon TGV'.

    Direct trains from Avignon to Nice only depart from the Avignon TGV station, you will want to enter this search to be for trains from 'Avignon TGV' to Nice.

    Trains from Paris to Avignon TGV, Paris to Avignon (Centre station), and Avignon TGV to Nice are TGV trains.

    The passholder rates (reservations for passengers traveling with a rail pass) on these routes can sell out very quickly, especially during the busy spring and summer travel seasons, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. These trains open up for reservations 90 days in advance of a departure.

    A trip from Paris to Avignon and a trip from Avignon to Nice would only account for 2 days on a rail pass.

    To commute from the Paris CDG Airport to the city of Paris, you would take Line B of the local RER network. The RER departs every 7 to 15 minutes and the ride into the city takes about 35 to 45 minutes, stopping at stations that include Nord, Châtelet Les Halles, St. Michel, Luxembourg, Port Royal, and Denfert Rochereau.

    The France Rail Pass does cover Line B of the RER from the airport into the city (incidentally, it would not cover the RER in the reverse direction from the city to the airport). With that said, you might not want to squander a day of travel on your pass for such a short trip. If you do want to use the France Rail Pass for the RER, you would just have to be sure to go to the RER ticket window and request something called a 'contremarque voucher' prior to boarding.

    If you don't use your France Rail Pass for the RER, you would have to pay to board locally upon arrival.
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