Can I use French Rail Pass to travel in Paris Metro?

I am not yet booked for the pass, but I need to know what you recommend.

I am planning to visit Paris, spend 2 days in Paris before going to :

Paris-Bordeaux (1 day stay)

Bordeaux-Lourdes (3 days stay)

Lourdes-Aix du Province (1 day stay)

Aix-du Province - Lyon (1 day stay)

Lyon-Paris (3 days stay)

Total trip : 10 days

2 Adults + 2 Kids

Planning to stay in Paris near Gare Montparnasse or Gare de Lyon

Can I use French Rail Pass to travel from CDG Airport to Gare Montparnasse or Gare de Lyon? or do I have to buy the local Metro ticket?

Shall I just purchase the 9 days within the month (use for metro travel in Paris) or just 5 days consecutive (for TGV and TER onlY)?

Official Answer
photo Travel Expert
Rail Europe Posted 4 years ago

Hello Alex,

Thanks for your question.

After reading your itinerary, the best option would be two separate passes. That is the France Rail Pass for your travel from city to city and the Paris Pass which would cover travel on local transport and hop on hop off bus services within Paris.

The France Rail Pass would cover all regional and national train carriers within France, i.e. TER, French Intercites trains.

Keep in mind that seat reservations would be mandatory for all High-Speed, Night, Scenic and Border Crossing trains. But, you will avail pass holder/discounted fares for these journeys with the pass.

To purchase the France Rail Pass click “Here”.

The Paris Pass would give you the following few benefits:

Free entrance:

Benefit from free entry to over 50 of Paris’ world famous attractions, including the Louvre Museum, Arc of Triumph, Notre Dame, Palace of Versailles, Orsay Museum, Tropical Aquarium, Grevin Wax Museum etc. Get a free passage on Seine River Day Cruise with Bateaux Parisians, Tour Maine-Montparnasse, Tenniseum of Roland Garros.

Unlimited travel:

With a Paris Pass you will benefit from unlimited travel time on the Metro, buses, tramway and RER within central Paris.

Free guidebook:

To make sure you do not to miss anything, use your free guidebook. It details useful information including maps and directions as well as great tips on how to make the most out of your trip.

Once you get in to Paris CDG, I would request you to purchase point to point tickets as you would have to pick the Paris Pass from Grand Rex Cinema on Entrée 4, 35 rue Poissonnière, Paris.

To purchase the Paris Pass and for more information click "Here".

The following is your travel routing:

- Paris to BordeauxTGV train.

- Bordeaux to Lourdes – TGV train.

- Lourdes to Marseille via Toulouse – TER and Intercites trains.

- Marseille to Aix-en-Provence – TER train.

- Aix-en-Provence to Lyon via Marseille – TER and TGV trains.

- Lyon to Paris – TGV train.

Lastly, as your train from Paris to Bordeaux would depart from Paris Montparnasse station, I would suggest you put up close Montparnasse. You return journey to Paris would get you to Paris Gare Lyon train station.

In order to book tickets, please visit our website www.raileurope.com.au.

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on “Seat Reservations” & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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