Eurail benefits in France

The Sacre Coeur in Paris

If your Eurail pass is valid in France, you get free bus travel and other benefits offered by our partners.

To take advantage of these offers just show your Eurail pass or contact the company, that offers the benefit, directly. Free travel offers are only valid during travel days, whereas other benefits apply during the entire validity of your pass.


Ferry between France and Ireland
Ferry between France and Ireland

Set sail for Ireland with Irish Ferries

Eurail pass holders get a 30% discount on ferry crossings between France and Ireland on the routes:

  • Roscoff – Rosslare (Ireland) (May to September)

  • Cherbourg – Rosslare (Ireland) (February to December)

Booking information

In order to claim the discount, please make your booking by phone through +33 233 234 444, +353 818 300 400 or +33 170 720 326 (in French).  You may be asked to show your Eurail pass when you check in for the sailing.



  • The discount is valid on foot passenger fares on the ferry routes if your Eurail pass is valid in either the country of departure OR the country of arrival.

  • No daily sailings, reservation is compulsory.

  • Cabin accommodation is available at an extra charge.


Roscoff has it’s own train station and can be reached from Paris in about 5 hours. From Roscoff’s train station it’s a 20-minute walk to the passenger terminal.

Cherbourg can be reached by train. From there you can take a taxi (€8,- to €10,-) or walk (30 minutes) to the passenger terminal.


Travel with the French national railway's bus service

Eurail pass holders can travel for free with the French national railway’s bus service on the routes:

  • Digne – St Auban

  • Digne – Veynes

  • Oloro – Canfranc (Spain)

Booking information

The best place to enquire about bus services is at local tourist offices or at a train station. In large towns and cities, buses run to and from bus stations (gare d’autobus/routière) usually located next to train stations. In rural areas, bus services are often operated by the SNCF and run between local towns and the train station. An SNCF bus, on which rail tickets and passes are valid, is shown as an autocar in timetables.

Thello night train
Thello night train

Sleep your way from France to Italy with Thello

Looking for a comfortable way to travel between France and Italy? The Thello night train connects Paris to many Italian cities, such as Milan, Verona and Venice. On this train, Eurail pass holders get a 25% discount!


Reservations are mandatory. We recommend you make your reservation well in advance.

Visit the Thello website for more information.

Travel directly from Paris to Nuremberg

Travel by bus between France and Germany on the following routes:

  • Paris-Strasbourg-Heidelberg-Mannheim-Nuremberg

Pass holders with a Global Pass need a reservation only (regular reservation fee). Pass holders with a Pass which is not valid in all countries through which the bus passes need a reservation and a ticket for the section not covered by the pass.

Tickets and reservations are available at railway ticket windows in Germany or by calling the DB.


Lyon City Card
Lyon City Card

See all of Lyon with the Lyon City Card

With your Eurail Pass, you get a 50% discount on the second Lyon City Card. Traveling solo? You then get a 20% discount on your Lyon City Card! This card will give you:

  • Free entrance to museums, shows, cruises and more

  • Unlimited access on Lyon's public transportation


Get your Lyon City Card at the Tourist Information Center on Bellecour Square 69002, Lyon.
Opened daily from 9:00 to 18:00.

For more information, please visit, call 0033 472776969, or send an email to

This discount applies to the Adult Card only. It cannot be applied to the Rhonexpress City Card.

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