Would it use up a day on my Eurail France-Italy Pass if use it to take the train from Paris to Basel?

I am planning to purchase a Eurail France-Italy pass. I also need to travel from Paris, France to Basel, Switzerland however I would not like to use one of the days from my pass. When I look up the train ticket from Paris to Basel and say "yes" to having the rail pass, the ticket costs $11. When I look up the train ticket from Paris to Basel and say "no" to having the rail pass, the ticket costs $83. If I choose to do the $11 option, does that use a day of my Eurail pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 01, 2015 16:37
    Thank you for your question, Dan.

    We are not able to provide or verify prices through this medium, but I can explain how you can go about determining which fare to book.

    With a Eurail France-Italy Pass, you would be eligible to receive a rate called the 'Passholder 2' on the train from Paris to Basel (high-speed 'TGV Lyria' train). However, if you purchase your tickets for this train at the 'Passholder 2' rate, it would require the use of a day on your rail pass.

    You would purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 2' rates for a 'TGV Lyria' train from Paris to Basel by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules'), entering the route, and indicating that you'll be traveling with any rail pass that includes France (i.e. the Eurail France-Italy Pass).

    To ensure that it's a 'Passholder 2' rate you're being quoted when you pull up the results of your search, you would click the 'View' button for the cost listed under your preferred class of service for your preferred departure. After you click the 'View' button, a box will expand out underneath. In this box, you would refer to the option(s) listed under where it says 'Ticket Flexibility' and click 'Read More'. When you click 'Read More', the name of the fare should display as something like 'TGV Lyria Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rates for these trains would be the 'Semi Flexible' option under 'Ticket Flexibility'.

    Otherwise, if you don't wish to use a day of travel on your pass for your trip from Paris to Basel, you would just purchase regular point-to-point tickets. To purchase regular point-to-point tickets for a train from Paris to Basel, you would click 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and enter the route. In this case, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with a rail pass when you're prompted.

    Generally, trains from Paris to Basel can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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