When a client’s rail travel is limited to one or two cities or trips, city-to-city train tickets might be the perfect choice. With city-to-city tickets, clients may need to be comfortable having a set plan and itinerary to get the best value. The earlier they buy their tickets, the lower fare they’ll pay, and the more restricted the after-sales policy will be.
E-tickets are available on many trains for almost all routes within France, and on many international routes to destinations in Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland. E-tickets can be booked up to 90 days in advance, and are available in the form of either Print at the Station or Print at Home. When purchasing online, e-tickets will be displayed as a delivery option whenever available. Just select the preferred ticketing method for your client.
Print at Station e-tickets
Print at the station e-tickets need to be retrieved from a yellow self-service kiosk in a France rail station. French international train e-tickets can only be retrieved from a train station in France, so should only be selected when the trip originates in France. This includes round trip tickets; remind your client to retrieve both the outbound and return trip at the same time. If your client fails to do so and is traveling outside of France, they will find themselves unable to print the return train ticket.
Print at Home e-tickets
For most print at home e-tickets, the actual ticket will just need to be printed from your or your clients printer. The ticket is contained in a PDF document sent to you at the time of booking, in most cases through a web link on your Rail Europe confirmation email.
Eurail France Pass
France Passes make the most sense for clients taking multiple rail journeys, and who want the flexibility and freedom to choose their travel days and change plans.
- A choice of any 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 8 days of rail within a 1-month period
- Travel days that can be used consecutively or non-consecutively
And whether your clients are interested in staying a Francophile or roaming the continent, you can almost always find a discount:
- Youth pass in 1st and 2nd class for travelers under 28
- Two children ages 4 to 11 travel free per one adult, excludes reserved accommodations
- Under age 4 free when sharing an adult passenger’s accommodations
Reservations are required for most trains in France, so when you book a ticket on our website that offers reserved seats, we’ll include that reservation in the cost of the ticket. If you’re booking an overnight train, the type of accommodations available will be displayed. With a rail pass, the fare for the journey is covered, but the cost for a reservation (passholder fare) is an additional fee. Just click “Yes” to “Are you traveling with a rail pass?” for the proper fare. French trains require the traveler to hold either a ticket (including a reservation) or a rail pass (with a seat/sleeper reservation) for a specific train departure date and departure time. Seats/sleeper reservations available at the pass holder fare are limited and we recommend advanced purchase. Children traveling free with each adult are also required to purchase individual seat or sleeper accommodations.