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Paris to Bruges area, to Figueres, and later to Benicassim and Bordeaux...time for a rail pass?

Hi there!

I'm visiting Paris for a family event, then I will go to Bruges and then to Figueres, Spain.

Since after that itinerary I need to go to Benicassim, Bordeaux and back to Paris (all within a month) I wonder if I'm better off buying a pass or instead go to Belgium with a car rental and do everything else buying individual train tickets. What do you suggest?

Thank you for your help!

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Rail Europe Posted 4 years ago

Hello Marty,

Thanks for your question.

Please note that a rail pass allows you to travel extensively within the countries you have chosen. If you plan only 2 - 3 train journeys during your stay in Europe, point to point tickets will certainly be cheaper than a rail pass and ensure you save money.

You can travel as follows :-

- Paris to Brugge via Brussels - Thalys and Eurocites trains.

- Brugge to Figueras via Brussels and Lyon - Eurocites, TGV Brussels-France and France-Spain High Speed train.

- Figueras to Benicassim via Camo De Tarragona - AVE and Renfe trains.

- Benicassim to Barcelona - Direct train.

- Barcelona to Bordeaux via Narbonne OR Montpellier - France-Spain High Speed train and TGV Duplex trains.

- Bordeaux to Paris - TGV train.

In order to book tickets, please visit our website.

You would need to 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. You need to select the fare which is preferable to you and then Add it to Cart. Once added, you need to mention the names of the passengers to make the payment on the next page.

Hope this helps!!!

Priyanka, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thank you for the great information Priyanka,

I would like to look at passes since it seems that with these many trips at about 50-100 euro each way, it may be worth looking at a pass? Where can I determine the cost of a pass when I'm going from France, Belgium and Spain? Would the pass work in the three countries?

Marty

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Hello Marty,

Thanks for your reply.

Kindly note that the 3 Select country pass has been discontinued and is no longer available.

Despite having a pass reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains.

If you still wish to buy a rail pass then i would suggest you to buy the France-Spain Rail Pass.

Your travel from Paris to Brussels would be covered by the France-Spain Rail Pass. However from Brussels to Brugge you would have to buy point to point tickets.

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "book a compulsory seat reservation when using your rail pass" & then 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.

Hope this helps!!!

Priyanka, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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