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Why is a reservation from Amsterdam to Paris more expensive if I already have a Eurail Select 5 country pass?

I have a Eurail select pass for 5 countries (Austria, Benelux, Czech Republic, Frand and Germany. I want to make a reservation from Amsterdam to Paris. Why does it seem like the ticket is more expensive ($91) when I say I have a pass. If I do not not say I have a pass the ticket is ($69). I have a Youth Eurail pass (22 yrs old).
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 01, 2012 15:04
    Hi Sheryl,

    Please note that it is a very rare occurrence that a point-to-point ticket price would be offered at a rate that is lower than a passholder rate. In fact, this can only happen on Thalys trains (the trains from Amsterdam to Paris). On most reservable trains in Europe, the passholder rates range between $11 per person and about $25 per person USD, but are usually $11 or $12 per person. The passholder rates on the Thalys trains happen to be higher than the standard reservation fees on reservable trains throughout the rest of Europe, but the rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover significant distances.

    Another contributing factor is that the Thalys trains happen to offer greatly discounted 'Book Early' or 'Leisure' point-to-point ticket fares offered at a limited availability, which can be even lower than the passholder rates. Therefore, for this particular train, you can just purchase the ticket at one of these discounted fares, and you would not have to use a day on your rail pass to take that train.
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