France Rail Pass

From AU$ 109 France : SNCF
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Key features

  • Unlimited travel in France.
  • Children up to 11 travel for free. More details
  • Youth (12 - 25) discounts available
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Overview

The France Rail Pass is the most complete rail pass to visit France, the world leading tourist destination! Travel on board the high speed iconic TGV, or the modern regional trains (TER, Intercités…) to discover the multiple facets of France. From unique local traditions and regional cuisines to world known landmarks and vibrant cities, France has it all. This unique blend offers a magical feeling to all visitors. Paris, the capital city of France, is the starting point of any trip, while the French Riviera is the ultimate destination for a prestigious summer vacation. Of course the world class cuisine in Lyon or the champagne from Epernay are not to be missed!

With the France Rail Pass, you can travel where you please, whenever you want! Take as many trains as you like, there is no limit on the distance you can travel in a day. The France Rail Pass, to put it simply, offers unlimited travel at a fixed price!

Hop on hop off trains to visit any place you want. The France Rail Pass gives you access to all trains, but remember that premium trains require a seat reservation. The Things to know section explains everything you need to know about seat reservations.

Enjoy the bonuses which are included in the France Rail Pass. You will get discounted fares for selected hotels, reduced museum fares, and more.

The France Rail Pass is the key to have a hassle-free trip throughout France.

Things to know

Who can buy a rail pass?

Any person living in a non-European country can use the France Rail Pass. Please note that residents of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria are not eligible.

Seat reservation

A seat reservation is a guaranteed seat on board a train.

Seat reservations are compulsory for high speed, international and night trains. However, as you will be travelling with a rail pass, you will only have to pay for a small reservation fee, as opposed to the usual standard fare.

Seats are generally available for reservation up to 90 days prior to departure and are limited. Book early to secure your seat!
We are not currently offering online seat reservations for high speed, international and night trains covered by the BritRail passes.You can book your seat reservation directly from train stations once you are in the United Kingdom.

Our tip:
Most regional trains do not require a seat reservation. Just hop on board with a valid rail pass, find a seat and relax as the train takes you to one of the many destinations served.

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What is a Saver Pass?

A Saver Pass is a single pass listing the names of all people travelling together. It is offered to families or groups of 2 to 5 people.

  • Adults usually get a 15% discount with a Saver Pass.
  • Remember, children can travel for free with an adult. See conditions below.

Child concessions

Children under 4 travel for free. Do not include them in your booking as they don’t need a rail pass. However if you want them to have a guaranteed seat on board high speed trains or a bed on board night trains, you must make a reservation before travelling.

Children from 4 to 11 travel for free. As a rail pass will still be issued for them, please make sure you include them in your booking. For guaranteed seats on board high speed and night trains, please remember to book a seat for you and your children.

How to use a rail pass?

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France Rail Pass

Taking local and regional trains allows you to explore at will. Simply board with your rail pass and choose any open seat. Reservations are required on most high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. With the France Rail Pass you may travel on TGV and French trains: Intercités which require additional seat reservations. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements.

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.

Download PDF of all benefits included in France Rail Pass

Interactive Rail Map

Use our interactive travel map to plan your trip and view the rail network of each country covered by your rail pass.

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F.A.Q

  • Q. Is there a limit for luggage on trains?

  • Q. Can I go back and forth between the countries that are on my pass?

  • P. How do I know what my e-ticket is ?

  • Q. Do I need to book my Frecciarossa ticket train?

  • Q. When do I need to check in before boarding an AVE train?

  • Q. How do I make a reservation with a pass?

  • Q. What is the policy regarding children's accommodations on overnight trains?

  • Q. How old do you have to be to qualify for Senior Fare on Eurostar?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the TGV East (Paris to Stuttgart)?

  • Q. How can I validate my Eurail Italy pass?

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  • "Bordeaux Study Tour"    
    I was in France to do a study trip in Bordeaux. I had a pass that gave me 5 days of travel in a month. I found this useful because the cost was only marginally more than the cost of a return trip between Paris and Bordeaux, while giving me 3 extra days of travel.  
  • "France at a glance"    
    Excellent way of travelling around the country    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Smooth travel-Value for money"    
    Only improvement for Rail Europe - Travellers are not able to reserve seats closer to the time of actual travel. Once the seat is reserved online, traveller should be able to print out tickets themselves rather to have to wait for the tickets to be sent. This is not so convenient if travellers are overseas and therefore unable to use your system.  
  • "TGV STRIKE UPSETS TRAVEL PLANS"    
    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"    
    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"    
    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
  • "Comfortable trip"    
    Sorry firstly you have the date wrong. I was not there on 29/06/2013. Don't know where you got that from ! Anyway in July we travelled by train in a Europe and it was very enjoyable. Comfortable and very convenient.  
  • "France Rail"    
    All good, except we found out after the third trip that there is no need to "compostage" (validate) your France Rail pass tickets because they were pre-purchased outside of France and are dated already. I was told this by a rail office in Sete when I approached them to do it manually as the machine on the platform was not working. The conductor/ticket inspector on the train also told me the same thing.  
  • "Adelaide to Avignon in one day"    
    We left home in Australia on Saturday and enjoyed a wonderful lunch in our Avignon hotel a day later thanks to being able to go from CDG Airport-Avignon TVG Station. A down side was the long wait at train station at CDG to verify our France Rail Pass. There needs to be a counter for quick transactions.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Passes worth having."    
    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"    
    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"    
    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"    
    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
  • "pleasant, comfortable journey"    
    2nd class ticket, about 2 hours which was comfortable as the train was not full.