France Rail Pass From AU$ 205
- Unlimited travel in France.
- Children under 4 travel for free.
- Youth (12 - 25) and senior (60+) discounts available
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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 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.
Special Pass holder fare on several European operators and trains:
Lunea (overnight) trains
Paris-Germany Night Train
Château de Chambord
Special fare : 9€ instead of 11 for the visit of the castle
Château de Blois
from 1,5€ to 5€ discount for the visit of the castle, the sound and light show and the museum of magic
25% discount on entry tickets
La Mère Poulard
Mont Saint Michel
10% discount per room
Musée de Montmartre
15% discount at the entrance to the museum
10% discount on the 2nd show with half of a bottle of Champagne every days of the week // 10 % discount on the 1st show with half of a bottle of Champagne except Friday and Saturday and special days
50% discount on the Strasbourg Pass
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.
- A. Paper tickets will be sent to you by postal mail prior to departure.
- A. In order to accommodate a group of 5 travelers, you will need to do 2 separate requests. You have the following options: * 2 passengers in a double, and the other 3 in a T3 compartment (if offered). * 4 passengers in a T4 (if offered) and 1 passenger in a single. * 4 passengers split into 2 double compartments, and 1 passenger in a single. * Reserve all 5 in a T6 compartment. Options a, b, and c will need to be requested separately as it has been broken down. Option d can be requested all at once.
- A. You can buy all your AVE tickets trains quickly and easily online, with no booking fee, and print them in the convenience of your home.
- A. Most cites with airports are easily accessible by public transportation (Train, Bus, Subway or Taxi). The following airports listed have access to the downtown train stations: Amsterdam Schiphol, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin Schoenefeld, Birmingham, Brussels National, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dresden, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva-Cointrin, Glasgow, Graz, Hannover, Krakow, Leipzig, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stanstead, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Munich, Milan Malpensa, Newcastle, Nice, Nuremberg, Oslo, Palermo, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Porto, Rome Fiumicino, Southampton, Stockholm, Stuttgart , Torino, Tronheim, Valencia, Vienna , and Zurich.
- A. Our popular Swiss Card provides 1 roundtrip by rail from any Swiss airport or border to 1 single destination. It also includes a 50% discount on all Swiss railways, lake steamers, postal buses, and excursions to mountaintops.
- A. A pass holder is a reduced fare that can be purchased in place of a ticket. It requires the use of 1 day on a rail pass and is generally required for high-speed trains.
- A. There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding ICE trains. Just be aware that for international destinations, ticket control and passport checks will occur on boarding the train. And if you are a pass holder, just remember that you have to validate your pass prior to boarding the ICE trains.
- A. You can print your Thalys ticket directly from your printer at home or retrieve it from the self-service machines available in FRANCE ONLY before boarding your Thalys train.
- A. You can request 2 passengers in a double compartment. If there are no Double compartments available, you can then book a shared T3 but keep in mind, the third bed will be occupied by another passenger.
- A. We offer an exclusive Rail Protection Plan that provides compensation to you in the case of loss or theft in Europe. The nominal fee is a small price to pay for some big peace-of-mind. The complete policy can be reviewed under "About Us". Note: The Rail Protection Plan fee is non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
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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