France Set To Launch Unlimited Rail Pass This Summer

France Set To Launch Unlimited Rail Pass This Summer

France, with its impressive architecture, fabulous cuisine, wonderful wine, and rich history, is a popular destination for holidaymakers. Moreover, with the increasing convenience of train travel, exploring France has become even more accessible and enjoyable.

Following on from the success of Germany’s Deutschlandticket, France is set to launch its own version this summer.

France will introduce a nationwide pass for unlimited rail travel at just €49 (£42) a month

The scheme will be available to around 700,000 young people under the age of 27 this July and August.

It will allow unlimited travel on TER and Intercity trains but will exclude high-speed TGV trains.

The new pass is expected to go on sale in June and will be available to buy through SNCF Connect.

Routes For The France Rail Pass

The decision to introduce an age cap to the national rail pass and exclude the Ile-de-France area was met with disappointment from several of the French regions.

However, it will open up large parts of the country at affordable rates this summer for young people.

TER trains connect local destinations within French regions. Popular TER routes include Bordeaux to Arcachon (which costs around €13) and Marseille to Toulon (€14). Commuters who make these journeys regularly could save hundreds of euros with a pass.

The less than four-hour trip from Lyon to Marseille is another option where a one-way ticket often costs more than the €49 price of the new rail pass.

Popular intercity train routes include Bordeaux to Montpellier and the rail pass would also lead to savings on a return trip.

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