Travelers to France are being offered a new and more flexible rail pass. Under the France Vacances Special, you can buy coupons for nine of 16 days.
Generally, rail passes are sold for a specific number of consecutive days, which continue to elapse whether you're using the pass or not. But with the new France Vacances Special, you can break your rail journey without losing credit. For example, you can travel from Paris and remain for a day or two at Lyon or elsewhere and these days will not be eliminated. However, your nine- or 16-day set of coupons must be used within a one-month period.
This new pass was introduced to the North American market Jan. 1 at travel agencies. The pass must be bought in the United States and will be valid for six months from date of issue.
You Write In Dates
Passengers can write in the dates of travel themselves and have the coupons validated aboard the train. If you start your journey after 7 p.m. on one day, your coupon will be good until midnight the following day. However, if your rail trip starts earlier than 7 p.m. and goes beyond midnight, you'll be charged for two days.