zurich to paris

I would like to travel with my wife and two children under 7 from Zurich to Bern (overnight stay), to Zermatt (2nights), to Lyon (2nights), to Marseille (overnight) to Montignac (2 nights) to Chateauroux (2 nights) to Givernny, (overnight), and finish in Paris. Can you please advise on the best rail pass?

Kind regards, Mike

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Rail Europe Posted 5 years ago

Hello Mike,

Thanks for your question.

Since you would be traveling extensively in Switzerland and France, I would suggest a Swiss-France Rail Pass.

With a pass you can avail of unlimited travel on the national rail networks of the countries covered by your pass.

However reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains.

As for your journey, you can travel as follows:

- Zurich to Bern – Eurocities train.

- Bern to Zermatt via Visp – Eurocities trains.

- Zermatt to Lyon via Visp and Geneva – Eurocities and TGV Duplex trains.

- Lyon to Marseille – TGV Duplex train.

- Marseille to Le Bugue via Agen – Corail Troz and TER trains.

- Le Bugue to Montignac (return) – You would have to book locally.

- Le Bugue to Châteauroux via Perigueux and Limoges –TER and Corail TEOZ trains.

- Châteauroux to Vernon via Paris - Corail TEOZ and Intercites trains.

-Vernon to Giverny (Return)– This sector would have to be booked locally.

- Vernon to Paris – Intercites or TER

In order to book tickets, please visit our website.

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "Seat Reservation” & 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.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy

Hope this helps!!!

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thank you, this is quite helpful. I have made a few changes and would really appreciate your help. I am thinking ofskipping Lyon from Zermatt to Chamonix and then onto Marseille instead. Also I would like to go to Carcasonne after Marseille and then onto Montignac.

Kind Regards,


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Hello Mike,

Thanks for your relpy.

You can travel as follows:

- Zermatt to Martigny via Brig – Other train and Eurocities train.

- Martigny to Chamonix via Vallorcine – Eurocities and TER trains.

- Chamonix to Annecy via St.Gervais – TER trains.

- Annecy to Marseille via Lyon – TER and TGV Duplex trains.

- Marseille to Carcassonne via Narbonne – TER trains. There are also direct trains.

- Carcassonne to Toulouse – TER train.

- Toulouse to Montignac – You would have to travel locally.

You can book all except the Toulouse to Montignac sector on our website.

Hope this will help you!!!


Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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