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France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

Delray Beach
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France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

Couple (74 & 84 respectively) are taking an organized bus tour of France next July. Tour ends in Monaco. Afterwards, we want to take a train(s) to Aix-en-Provence, then after a few days, the TGV to Paris (already checked Rail Europe's website to have an idea of timetable, knowing it'll change by July). We both speak French.

Trying to decide if a 2-day rail pass is the best way...or buy the tickets individually. Don't want to get a cheap ticket that is non-refundable since one never knows what the future may hold. Didn't see on the website a place where I could ask them direct.

Any suggestions?

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Alberta, Canada
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1. Re: France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

Hello Ann. You have posted your question on the TA support forum which is meant for general help for members on using various Trip Advisor features. I would suggest you repost on the train travel forum https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g1-i124… Alternatively, you may find some help on the France forum.

Quainton, United...
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2. Re: France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

Just go to www.trainline.eu or www.loco2.com and buy a Monte Carlo to Aix ticket, then an Aix to Paris ticket.

Cheaper in advance, expensive on the day, just like booking a flight.

You do not need to buy a pass giving unlimited flexible travel across the whole of France unless you plan to spend all day on trains.

Brussels, Belgium
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3. Re: France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

And in general, you are unlikely to need a travel pass for any type of transport anywhere, when you are only taking 2 trips, and especially when you are eligible for seniors fares (http://www.sncf.com/en/discounts/seniors)!

You say you checked Rail Europe's website for the train timetable: why, when it is not a train operator??? You would do much better going to "the horse's mouth" (SNCF) or even, when only looking for times, the website of any European train operator linked to the same database, like DB: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en

Although when it comes to actual booking, if you have to use an agent some (those suggested by The Man) are better than others, and can avoid potential difficulties for use of U.S. credit cards on SNCF.

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

As advised, use trainline.eu, and ALWAYS avoid RailEurope.

Yorkshire, United...
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5. Re: France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

Forget you ever heard the name Rail Europe. Type their name into the forum search to find out why.

Wales, United...
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6. Re: France Train Travel: Rail pass vs. Individual Tickets

Rail Europe will likely only lead you down a path to misery and frustration. Buy your tickets directly from SNCF, or, if you have issues with card payments, trainline,eu or loco2.com

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