Rail Pass: what you need to know to travel unlimited on SNCF trains

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The government announced on June 4, 2024, the launch of the Rail Pass which will allow unlimited travel for €49/month between July and August. Its sale is scheduled for Wednesday June 5 and will be reserved for young people rather than all French people, as originally promised.

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On Instagram, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, welcomes the implementation of the Rail Pass which is intended to be ecological and economical.

Who can subscribe to the SNCF Rail Pass?

Available for July and August over a rolling month, the Rail Pass is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 27. There are therefore 700,000 potential customers, according to the SNCF which markets this sesame for €49/month. Unlike its German model, it is not valid all year round.

SNCF Connect (OUI.sncf)

SNCF Connect (OUI.sncf)

SNCF Connect (formerly Oui.sncf) is a free mobile application which brings together all SNCF train and bus reservation services as well as numerous information for travelers.

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    20240523.3.0
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    102
  • Release date :
    05/31/2024
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    YES.sncf
  • Licence :
    Free license
  • Categories:

    Leisure – Travel

  • Operating system :

    Android, Online service, iOS iPhone / iPad

Which trains are eligible for the Rail Pass?

The Rail Pass allows unlimited travel on TER and Intercités trains, while the following trains are not eligible: TGV Inoui, Ouigo, Ouigo Train Classique, Eurostar and Transilien trains in Île-de-France (the government does not exclude not include this region in 2025).

The Intercity connections supported by the Rail Pass are as follows:

  • Nantes > Lyon
  • Nantes > Bordeaux
  • Marseille > Toulouse > Bordeaux
  • Clermont-Ferrand > Paris
  • Béziers > Clermont-Ferrand
  • Paris > Limoges > Toulouse
  • Bordeaux > Toulouse > Marseille

It is also possible to take the night lines from Paris to Toulouse, Rodez, Latour-de-Carol, Cerbère, Tarbes, Briançon, Nice and Aurillac. On the other hand, renting a berth requires a supplement of €19.50.

In the event of an inspection, you will need to present your Rail Pass with your ticket and an identity document to the SNCF agent.

It will be possible to purchase the Rail Pass from Wednesday June 5, only online via a dedicated platform. No need to go to the station since the SNCF does not physically deliver this ticket.

Trainline will also sell this Rail Pass, partly financed by the State at 80%, or 15 million euros. The rest is the responsibility of the Regions, while 85% of the revenue will go into the pockets of local authorities and 15% into those of the State.

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