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We are planning a trip in mid September to France and Switzerland. We want to use trains from:

1. Paris to Mont St. Michel and return (1 day)

2. Paris to Lauterbrunnen

3. Lauterbrunnen to Geneva

4. Geneva to Paris Disney

What is the best pass to buy?

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1. Re: Rail Passes

Probably point to point tickets booked about 90 days ahead. There are supplements and quotas for passholders on French TGV trains.

You can book on the sncf web site and they will mail the tickets to the UK.

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2. Re: Rail Passes

Book in English on www.tgv-europe.com/en and take advantage of the substantial discounts for advance purchases. Tickets go on sale 3 months before travel, and will be much cheaper than any pass.

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4. Re: Rail Passes

While passes do offer a bit of flexibility, the TGVs have very limited availability, I have heard that fewer than half offer seats to pass holders. Then there is the supplement.

The Paris to Lauterbrunnen will depart Gare de l´Est as a TGV and you make one of various connects latter. This 7 hour leg will cost as low as 70€ if you purchase 3 months in advance, Geneva will cost as low as 25€ advance purchase (but you would need to pickup these tickets in Paris as the SNCF will not mail tickets to the USA.) This is the website to check:

www.tgv-europe.com (but do not indicate either that you reside or want to pickup tickets in the US or you will be bumped to raileurope and its higher prices).

If you want to look at the pass options, you will probably want the US site:

www.raileurope.com

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The "normal" Paris-Lauterbrunnen route takes you via Basel and Interlaken. You can actually save money by booking the trip as two separate segments. The Paris-Basel segment can cost as little as €22 and even without the benefits of the Swiss Pass, which may indeed be a good option for you, you can book the Basel-Lauterbrunnen trip for less than €48 on www.sbb.ch

There are no direct trains from Geneva to Marne-la-Vallée. If you wanted to make the entire trip by TGV you would have to travel via Lyon. This routing would probably cost around €50 with the least expensive fares. Cheaper and IMO easier, probably quicker, would be to take the direct TGV to Gare de Lyon and then transfer to the RER A train to M-la-V, direct from GdeL. The RER fare is €6.60 one way and the €25 PREMs fare from Geneva gives you a total of €31.20 for this trip.

The folk on the Switzerland forums are probably the best people to advise you on the Swiss Pass which IIRC is not a RailEurope product.

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