France Rail Pass From AU$ 203
- Unlimited travel in France.
- Children under 4 travel for free.
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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
Things to know
Who can buy a rail pass?Any persons living in a non-European country can use the France Rail Pass. Please note that residents of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria are not eligible.
To travel on board high speed and night trains, you need to book a seat reservation.
Seat reservations are compulsory on most premium trains and are a guarantee to get a seat or a sleeping berth. As a pass holder, you will only be charged a fraction of the usual standard fare.
In most cases, you can reserve your seat up to 90 days in advance. Don’t wait too long to book your seat. They are limited!
Book a seat reservation with Rail Europe.
As an alternative to high speed and night trains, you can travel on board regional trains. Most don’t require a seat reservation when you have a rail pass so you won’t have to pay any extra charge. Just sit back and relax!
What is a Saver pass discount?
A Saver pass discount is offered to families and groups of 2 to 5 people when all parties are travelling together. Adults usually get a 15% discount and children get a 50% discount.
How to use a rail pass?
It is required that you start using your rail pass within 6 months of the date of purchase.
To use your rail pass for the first time, you have to go to any train station in Europe. A railway official will write down your passport number on the rail pass and stamp it. Don’t forget to write down the date of travel on your rail pass.
Please ensure that all the above information is reflected on your rail pass. An unstamped rail pass or incomplete travel information can lead to a fine and payment of a full fare ticket.
A travel day starts from midnight and ends at midnight the next day. It lasts 24 hours. During that period, you can take as many trains as you want.
You can get a free travel day with the 7 PM rule when the four conditions below are met:
- Your rail pass should be activated by a rail official.
- You must travel on board a night train which departs after 7 pm, and this trip should be the first one you are taking during that day.
- You must reach your destination no later than 4 am on the following day.
- The arrival date must be within the validity of your rail pass.
The validity is the number of travel days of a rail pass.
For a rail pass with a validity of 5 days within 1 month. If you activate your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can travel on the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th and 30th of this month.
Rail pass benefits
Most rail passes include discounts and bonuses. Save money and make the most of your trip with your rail pass.
When available you will get hotel discounts, free entrance to museums, discounted boat trips and more.
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.
Interactive Rail Map
The Interactive Travel Map will allow you to plan your trip easily in Europe. Type-in your itinerary or choose it directly from the map. You can even provide your travel dates to view trains and fares related to your itinerary.
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.
Q.Can I get off the train for a few hours and then get back on later that day if I'm holding a train ticket?A. A ticket that does not include a reservation for a specific train, does allow you to get on and off the train as much as you would like provided that your journey is completed within 2 months. Most tickets now include the reservations within the ticket, and do not permit the traveler to hop on or off the train If you are looking for more freedom to hop on and off the train, a railpass would be the best choice.
- A. With a Eurail Italy pass, you can travel on all trains from Trenitalia, the Italian railway company. Just bear in mind that reservation is compulsory on-board Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, Frecciargento, and Eurostar trains. Overnight trains also require reservation of the sleeping compartments.
- A. To begin using your pass, go to the ticket window at the rail station before boarding your first train and have a railroad official enter the first and last day of the validity on your pass. The railroad official will also stamp your pass and you will have to show your passport.
- A. Most major train stations have lockers or luggage storage available at an additional cost. Make sure you have some change available if you are planning to use a locker. We have information about luggage storage on our train station information pages.
- A. The following items of luggage are accepted at no extra cost on TGV trains and must be stored in the racks provided: hand luggage (suitcases, travel bags, rucksacks); skis in a bag; children’s prams; dismantled bikes in a bag; portable wakeboards in a bag. Also remember that on all French trains, including TGV, it is mandatory to place a tag on each piece of luggage identifying the traveller.
- A. The prices of accommodations on an overnight train are dependent on a few factors: 1. The expense of the ticket 2. The type of train you will be traveling on 3. The type of compartment you wish to sleep in Similar to Day trains there are different levels of overnight trains. Typically, during the day, high-speed premier trains are more expensive then local services that travel at a slower speed, and offer fewer services on-board. For night trains longer International journeys are more expensive as they tend to be nicer trains, offering the traveler more services.
- A. With most passes the pass will start the when you get your pass validated by a rail official.
- A. When travelling to Switzerland, or departing from this country, your ticket does not need to be punched. Ticket inspectors will check your ticket during your Lyria journey. You should be able to produce currently valid proof of eligibility for the fare you have chosen at any time.
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"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