Travel from London to Paris with a Eurail France Pass. Trip from London to Bordeaux, Bordeaux to Nice, Nice to Paris, and Paris to London

Hello, I am going to be traveling from London to Bordeaux to Nice to Paris and back to London. Working with the itinerary scheduler on your site it seems I can buy a 4 day pass and do this with a bit higher reservation fee coming to and from London? Is this true? Or do I need to buy one ticket for London to Paris (Bordeaux goes through Paris) and then a 3 day pass for my trips in France?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 12, 2017 20:45
    Hi Cherie,

    As of just this year, a Eurail France Pass will cover the Eurostar trains between London and Paris.

    Therefore, assuming your trips from London to Bordeaux, Bordeaux to Nice, Nice to Paris, and Paris to London are all going to be on separate days, you would purchase the 4 day option of the Eurail France Pass.

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

    For each of your individual trips, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase the reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail France Pass').

    London to Bordeaux

    A connection from London to Bordeaux takes 7 to 7.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains in Paris along the way.

    Of course, from London to Paris you would be on the Eurostar. From Paris to Bordeaux, you would take a high-speed TGV. The Eurostar and TGV both require reservations as a supplement to the pass.

    When booking the reservations for this route, you would just break up your search once in Paris. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from London to Paris and then another search for trains from Paris to Bordeaux.

    When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that the trains from London to Paris arrive into the Paris Nord station, while the trains from Paris to Bordeaux depart from the Paris Montparnasse station.

    To commute from Nord to Montparnasse, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Nord to Montparnasse would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still want to give yourself at least 1 full hour between your arrival into Nord and your departure from Montparnasse. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At Montparnasse, you should also expect a bit of a walk from the Métro area to the area from where the TGV trains depart.

    Eurostar and TGV Trains can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that the reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, Eurostar trains can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure, while TGV trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure.

    Bordeaux to Nice

    The only direct train from Bordeaux to Nice is an Intercité train. The ride from Bordeaux to Nice takes about 9 hours. On this train, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Nice to Paris

    From Nice to Paris, you would take a high-speed TGV. The ride on a TGV from Nice to Paris only takes about 5.5 hours. On this train, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Paris to London

    Then you would just need reservations one more time for your trip back to London on the Eurostar. Once again, the Eurostar can generally be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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