What is the best train route/pass (May 2019):Paris-Bayeux (3 nights). Bayeux-London (5 nights). London-Lourdes (3 nights). Lourdes-Paris.

Please help...what is the best train route and pass to purchase in May 2019: Paris to Bayeux (3 nights in Bayeux). Bayeux to London (5 nights in London). London to Lourdes (3 nights). Lourdes to Paris.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 24, 2019 16:30
    Hi Anna,

    The totals for the option of getting a rail pass and the option of just getting regular ticket is comparable; it just depends on the ticket costs you're able to find. You might even prefer just to purchase regular tickets instead of getting a rail pass.

    If you purchase a rail pass, the pass you'd get would be the Eurail Global Pass. This way, your Eurostar trains between Paris and London would also be covered. For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    For the most comfort, we recommend purchasing your pass for 1st class.

    Paris to Bayeux

    From Paris to Bayeux, you would take a direct Intercité train. As a supplement to a rail pass, these trains do require reservations.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Bayeux by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    Generally, the trains from Paris to Bayeux can only be booked once within 60-90 days of an intended departure date.

    Bayeux to London

    The most feasible connections Bayeux to London involve going back down through Paris and switching trains. From Bayeux to Paris you take an Intercité train, and from Paris to London you take a Eurostar high-speed train. Both of these trains require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Once again, you would purchase reservations by entering the route right on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating that you'll be traveling with the ‘Eurail Global Pass'. For a trip from Bayeux to London, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Bayeux to Paris and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to London.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that trains from Bayeux to Paris arrive into the St Lazare station in Paris, while the trains to London depart from the Nord station in Paris. To commute from St Lazare to Nord, you would take Line E of Paris’s RER commuter rail network. The ride from St Lazare to Nord only takes about 4 minutes. You would pay to board the RER locally when you’re there.

    The Bayeux-Paris trains can generally be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure, while the Eurostar trains can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    London to Lourdes

    Connections from London to Lourdes take 8 to 9 hours in duration and involve transferring again in Paris along the way. The trains from London to Paris are Eurostar high-speed trains, and the trains from Paris to Lourdes are TGV high-speed trains. Both of these trains require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Again, you would purchase reservations by entering the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating that you'll be traveling with the ‘Eurail Global Pass'. For a trip from London to Lourdes, you would again just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from London to Paris and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to Lourdes.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that the trains from London to Paris arrive into the Paris Nord station, while the trains from Paris to Lourdes 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 take 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.

    The Eurostar can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure, while the TGV can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure.

    Lourdes to Paris

    To get back to Paris, you would just hop back on the TGV from Lourdes to Paris. You would purchase reservations from Lourdes to Paris by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating that you'll be traveling with the ‘Eurail Global Pass'.

    The TGV trains can be booked once within 90 days of a departure.
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