I bought a France Rail Pass, "9 days within 1 month" (single country)

My itinerary is

  • Paris
  • Lyon
  • Grenoble
  • Chamonix (I want to go to Chamonix from either Lyon or Grenoble)
  • Nice
  • (pop out to Monaco)
  • Cannes
  • Marseille, back to Paris

Spending a few days at each location. Would i need to reserve seats in advance for these?


For seat reservations in France, it does not directly depends on your destinations but on the type of trains. In short, reservations are required for TGVs, some Intercités, but not on regional trains.

Other interesting things to know are that in France the amount of reservable seats for Interrail pass holders is limited, so you'd better book the sooner you can. And as @Tor-Einar Jarnbjo mentioned, reservations are not free, and they are around 6-9 euros each.

Follow the reservation guidelines on the Interrail website, it is all clearly explained.

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    Don't you have to pay a surcharge as well, if you want to use a rail pass on the TGV? Nov 2 '15 at 17:05
  • That's a good point, I am updating my answer
    – Vince
    Nov 2 '15 at 17:18
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    Also a good site which has useful information, seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm#reservations or pay supplements with a railpass
    – Willeke
    Nov 2 '15 at 20:06
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    @JinahAdam The direct or most convenient route from Lyon to Chamonix is only operated by regional trains, for which a seat reservation is not possible. Nov 3 '15 at 5:32
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    @JinahAdam I recommend you to use voyages-sncf.com for figuring your itineraries, that's one of the most complete websites (with regional trains too) for that (but booking might be easier with RailEurope)
    – Vince
    Nov 3 '15 at 7:49

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