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France Rail Pass
From AU$ 196
Reviews & ratings (163)
Book a France Rail Pass and get a meal voucher worth €8.50. Take some time to relax and enjoy a gourmet meal in the TGV Bar Car! See conditions
- Destinations: unlimited travel on the national rail network of France.
- Seat reservation: Not included in the pass. Must be booked separately.
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Travel for up to nine consecutive or flexi days in one month across the French network.
Imagine sitting back in your seat with a drink or a book as France and its beautiful countryside unfolds through the train window.
Travelling by train is the best way to discover France, and the France Rail Pass allows passengers to travel unlimited on the whole French National Railway network (SNCF) in either First or Second Class
Who can getAny person living in a non-European country for more than 6 months can use the France Rail Pass. Please note that residents (more than 6 months) of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria are not eligible to use it.
How to useValidation
- Passes must be validated within 6 months of issuing date by a railway official in one of the countries mentioned on the rail pass (station’s desk) who also fills in the passport number.
- Passes must be validated prior to boarding 1st train (All parties must be present when validating a Saverpass).
- The date of travel has to be entered in the correct way before boarding the first train, by the traveller, in the corresponding box of the calendar.
The 7PM rule allows you to benefit from a free travel day. Make sure that the following conditions are respected:
- Your pass should be activated
- You should not have travelled by train prior to your boarding on the departure day
- Board a night train after 7:00 pm
- Arrive at your destination after 4:00 am on the next day
- The arrival date should be within the validity of the pass
If the conditions are not respected, then you have to enter the departure and arrival dates on your pass.
How to activate your pass?You must activate or validate your rail pass at the train station. A railway staff will write down the first and last day of validity on your pass and will stamp it. This procedure must be done before using your rail pass.Click on the link to view the features that are necessary to activate a France Rail Pass .
Benefit from bonuses during your stay in France and tailor-make your own tour across the country. Hotels discount, reduced boat crossing, buses, museums... your France Rail Pass allows you a wide range of negotiated offers so that you will fully enjoy the journey!
Here are some examples of what you can get by choosing France Rail Pass:
Special Pass holder fare on several European operators and trains:
- Lunea (overnight) trains
- Paris-Germany Night Train
- TGV Lyria
Special France Rail Pass “Paris Airport” Bonus:
Valid on RER Line B between Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris Nord Station, this bonus allows you priority to boarding RER, proceed to the SNCF-Transilien ticket counter in Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle and ask for a “contremarque” voucher
Discounted rate or special offers among more than 200 partners
- Visit: http://www.francerailpass.com Bonuses are subject to availabilities and changes. Client is responsible to confirm bonuses locally.
With a France Rail Pass you can travel across France, stopping off where you like at any of the 7,000 stations on the SNCF network.
Take the slow scenic trains or the high speed TGV and get to know the French culture. If you want to travel further afield, Rail Europe has special discounts and offers for international operators across the continent – so let your journey begin.
Reviews & ratings
Overall rating (163)
Overall appreciationExcellent 29% Very good 38% Average 21% Poor 11% Terrible 1%
"TGV STRIKE UPSETS TRAVEL PLANS"Michael d.
We pre purchased tickets on 24 april for 3 trips in 30 days.. we had a pleasant trip to Decazevliie on friday 6th june where we stayed nearby in a B Value for money Convenience
"Great Trip from Paris"Wyn v. 30/07/2014
Thanks for a comfortable and relaxing trip from Paris to Strasbourg. The train was on time and clean and comfortable. Staff were helpful and the best aspect was the booking and ticket delivery process via online and mail in Australia - very good experience. Value for money Convenience
"Standard TGV"Thomas m. 16/07/2014
The only issue we had was that because we had to pre book the seats we had to allow time to spare in case of airline delays. Also the Station at CDG has very few seats and very litlle in the way of services. Other than that it was standard TGV. Comfortable, impaired vision as the panels between windows are very wide and a typically slack French buffet service. Value for money Convenience
"Passes worth having."Geraldine o. 07/10/2013
The trip on the Eurostar was very comfortable and seemed to take no time at all. We felt that the whole exercise on the trains (we had a France Pass as well) was cheap and convenient. The only thing to remember is to make sure you book in plenty of time as there are only a certain number of seats allocated for Euro Pass Holders. Value for money Convenience
"Could have been good"Lee Stewart r. 02/10/2013
We were travelling over 5 weeks in France hence reasonably heavy suitcases - a no no if planning to travel a lot by train. Could have been informed about this in advance. Most stations had stairs to clamber up or down. We prebooked our tickets in plenty of time but were allocated seats at random although booking first class. We were always stressed and once nearly missed our connection as our seats were in the very last carriage. Such a pity. Do something about it. Value for money Convenience
"great trains through France"Angela s. 21/09/2013
My husband and I found that the trains were always on time, mostly very comfortable and it was great having our tickets already pre-purchased before we left Australia as it made it so easy to just go to our platform and hop on a train without lining up for tickets. It was easier getting on and off trains than waiting to get on airport buses and at customs before getting on to planes. Trains took us right into the towns and cities we stayed in and often we could just walk to our hotels - it is good to only take a back pack or small suitcase in case you do need to climb stairs at any of the stations. It was a great way to travel through the French countryside. Value for money Convenience
"Aix to Marseille"Alan h. 21/07/2013
Both rail stations were easy to navigate, including transfer to another train at Marseille. I am comfortable with the cost of a 4-day France Rail Pass although I did not seek to compare the cost of buying rail tickets in-country as and when needed. Value for money Convenience