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If you're planning on covering a lot of ground by train, you probably want a Global Pass, which gives you Europe by the tail, buying you unlimited travel on public.


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While a rail pass is often the smart way to ride the rails in Europe, sometimes it Unlike rail passes, it's generally easy to buy point-to-point train tickets right at.


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If you're planning a whirlwind trip all around the continent, a pass (specifically, a Global Pass) is almost certainly the way to go. No matter what, it's smart to figure​.


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While the Eurail Global Pass will get you a 25 percent discount on Thello trains (​also works if you have either a Eurail France Pass or Italy Pass), this doesn't beat​.


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Before using your rail pass for the first time, you need to have it activated by someone behind the train-station counter. By Rick Steves. Rail passes are pretty​.


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Rail Passes and Train Travel FAQ. Figuring out whether you need to buy a rail pass, and if so how to choo-choo-choose between your options, can seem more​.


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International TGV trains charge a range of prices for required seat reservations higher than rates within the country, and often higher in first class — and the number of places available for rail-pass holders can be limited. Be aware that seat reservations for direct daytime connections between Paris and anywhere in Italy or Spain sell out fairly far in advance. Also see our general tips for buying point-to-point tickets. Use this map to add up approximate pay-as-you-go fares for your itinerary, and compare that cost to the price of a rail pass for the number of days you expect to spend on the train. Night trains within France are now rare. On most regional trains, such as between Paris and Normandy, rail-pass holders can just hop on and find an open seat. While the Eurail Global Pass will get you a 25 percent discount on Thello trains also works if you have either a Eurail France Pass or Italy Pass , this doesn't beat most advance-purchase deals — for the best price, buy your ticket months ahead or consider flying. But many types of French trains always require paid seat reservations : TGV trains , the high-speed trains that serve most of France's main lines as well as some international routes, require seat reservations. To check whether a given train requires reservations, check online train schedules. France Eurail Pass. How do I see whether a rail pass makes sense for my trip in particular? Trains on the island of Corsica and those between Nice and Digne just buy tickets in stations as you go. Any tips for buying point-to-point train tickets in France? See our further advice on France—Italy trains. If a rail pass doesn't pencil out for your trip, you may be able to shave off the cost of your train tickets with some of these tips: Advance-purchase discounts: Buying tickets in advance can get you 50 percent off the full fare. Also, follow the links below for:. Rail passes do not , however, cover these privately run trains: Thello : Thello operates the only direct night train between France Paris or Dijon and Italy stops include Milan, Verona, and Venice ; they also run the only daytime trains on the Milan—Genova—Nice—Marseille route that don't require a change at the border. Aside from the extra reservation fees required for certain classes of train see above , rail passes for France cover most travel on trains operated by the SNCF , France's national railway. For first-class fares, add 50 percent. Here's a quick how-to: Visit the SNCF's site once you feel comfortable committing to a travel date tickets are on sale starting about three months out, sometimes earlier. Review and complete it here. If asked to "choose a country" from a drop-down menu, select "France," then, when presented with choice of flags, choose "Europe other countries ," which gets you the English version of the site. These trains may show up as "EuroCity" or "EC" on some schedules. If a ticket in the "Prem's" category works for you, you can purchase it through the SNCF via PayPal; choose the eticket delivery option and print your ticket at home. Direct night trains to Italy, however, do not accept rail passes; see our advice on Paris—Italy trains. Otherwise, check here for your next-best options. On those still running, four-passenger couchette compartments require a first-class ticket or rail pass, six-passenger couchettes accept second-class rail passes, and there are no private sleepers. If a rail pass doesn't pencil out for your trip, you may be able to shave off the cost of your train tickets with some of these tips:. Book your required-reservation train trips as soon as you can commit to a date and time; they're available starting 90 days in advance sometimes even earlier. Do I need to make seat reservations on French trains? What do rail passes cover in France?

Rail passes can be a good value in France if you'll be taking some long-distance rides, or riding mostly on trains that don't require reservations. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Share. But if rick steves eurail global pass taking just a couple of train rides and can commit to dates and times in advance, look into France's advance-purchase discounts on point-to-point train ticketswhich rick steves eurail global pass save you money over a pass, and be the best way to secure seats on your prefered train departures as reservations may be limited for passholders.

If asked to select your "Ticket collection country," choose source yes, France.

These trains can fill up, especially around weekends, holidays, and special events. Note that the offer is new and not well described online.

For customer-service questions, contact them online or call , but expect long waits and periods of unavailability at the call desk — and keep in mind that refund options are fairly limited. By Rick Steves Are rail passes a good value for France? But many types of French trains always require paid seat reservations :. The best deals have limited seat availability, sell out early, are not refundable or changeable, and aren't always sold by US-based retailers.