Travelers may take the train from Paris, shown above, to other French cities… (Richard Derk / For The Times…)
New York-based Rail Europe is offering a 20% discount on its first-class rail pass that allows travel to France on the country's national rail network. The sale is good for multiday or one-day tickets but must be purchased by the end of April.
The deal: Discount prices on first-class rail passes start at $226 for a three-day adult ticket and $122 for a day pass. Passes for children also are on sale starting at $113 for the three-day pass and $61 for a day pass. The sale price is good for multiday passes that allow three to nine days of travel in France within a one-month period.
When: The offer is good for pass purchases between April 9 and 30, subject to availability.
Details: The savings provide a kind of upgrade for Rail Pass users. For example, a second-class adult rail pass costs $230, more than the first-class sale price.
I asked a spokeswoman about how to make the best of the $122 day pass. She suggested this city-hopping itinerary that would fill a day: Paris to Lyon, then on to Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux and back to Paris.
Info: Rail Europe, (800) 622-8600
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