TGV from Bern to Paris w/ Swiss Travel Pass Flex?

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Jdelchau2
Jdelchau2
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Mar 13, 2019 - 4:23 AM

Hi all,

I will be in Bern in June and want to travel on the TGV to Paris. I will have the Swiss Pass Flex.

I know the Swiss pass covers the trip from Bern to Basel but I'm not sure how to buy the Basel to Paris part of the ticket. Do I also need to reserve a seat on the TGV and would I do this when I buy the extension ticket ie Basel to Paris?

Also should I be booking this ticket and reservation before I leave Australia or is it easier to do it in Bern. I'll be there for a week before the trip to Paris would that be enough time or maybe the train would be booked out already?

Thankyou for your help

Jacqui

rockoyster
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Mar 13, 2019 - 5:34 AM in reply to Jdelchau2

It's the reverse direction but does this help? www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/france

Use the SBB Timetable (bit.ly/2HH1U7B) to plan your travel. Take any train Bern to Basel to connect with the TGV there. You will need a reservation on the TGV but not in Switzerland. NB for TGV Book as early as possible for best price.

Last modified on Mar 13, 2019 - 5:49 AM by rockoyster
Jdelchau2
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Mar 13, 2019 - 6:00 AM

Thankyou Rockoyster.

Your response is very easy to understand. I now have this clear in my head.

Thankyou so much, Jacqui

rockoyster
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Mar 13, 2019 - 6:09 AM in reply to Jdelchau2

Hi Jacqui

You're welcome.

Bern to Basel full fare is CHF41 so whether that makes for a good use of a day of your STP(Flex) is something you need to consider.

Bon voyage. 🤓

Jdelchau2
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Mar 13, 2019 - 7:04 AM

Hmm yes something to think about

,

Thankyou Rockoyster :o)

Maria
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Mar 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Hi Jacqui

As Rockoyster said, it would make sense to evaluate whether the Bern to Basel trip is worth counting within the Swiss Travel Pass Flex. You can check here for the coverage: www.myswissalps.com/sw isstravelpassflex/vali dity

You can check all about point to point tickets in Switzerland on this link: www.myswissalps.com/tr aintickets/switzerland

Also a couple of links to the destinations you mentioned for further information:

All the best on your trip!

Maria.

Last modified on Mar 13, 2019 - 9:44 PM by Maria
Jdelchau2
Jdelchau2
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Mar 13, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Thankyou also for your help Maria.

Jacqui

1960man
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Mar 14, 2019 - 2:49 AM

Switzerland - France high speed trains are operated by Lyria:

www.tgv-lyria.com/en

Jdelchau2
Jdelchau2
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Mar 14, 2019 - 4:52 AM in reply to 1960man

Thankyou 1960man,

I think I can book the Basel to Paris part of my trip at a local SBB station in Bern even though the train is operated by TGVLyria???? Cheers Jacqui

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 14, 2019 - 6:02 AM in reply to Jdelchau2

As per previous post - NB for TGV Book as early as possible for best price.

If you leave it to when you are in Bern you will pay more than if you book well in advance I would say.

Jdelchau2
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Mar 14, 2019 - 6:27 AM

Hi Rockoyster,

I have a bit of an issue in that I need to book a one-way ticket for my grandaughter but a return ticket for me. Of course we want to sit together on the TGV from Basel. So thought maybe easier at the station????

Cheers Jacqui

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Mar 14, 2019 - 6:35 AM in reply to Jdelchau2

I wonder if the return fare is any different than twice the one way trip. I doubt it.

Jdelchau2
Jdelchau2
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Mar 14, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Good point, I'll look into doing it that way, thankyou Rockoyster,

Cheers Jacqui

Jdelchau2
Jdelchau2
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Mar 16, 2019 - 12:54 AM

Well with help from you all, I have booked my TGV tickets to Paris online and printed the tickets. I decided against using my Swiss pass flex 15 day pass on any of the journey . Did the math and it was as cheap to just buy the TGV ticket Bern to Paris direct...where after one weeks holiday I will be leaving my granddaughter to return to Bern. I have also bought a ticket from Paris to Basel on the TGV but couldn't get a direct train except for one that arrived at 10.50pm in Bern. Much too late for an old lady :o)

Or the other option was a change in Basel of 5 minutes so again not suitable.

This way I get to leave Paris at 12.23 close to the time my granddaughter leaves for London, but with a change in Basel to a local train to Bern. Very easy and it will have me in Bern well before dinner.

Thankyou so much for all of your input it made me think of things I wouldn't have.

Cheers Jacqui

rockoyster
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Mar 16, 2019 - 1:28 AM in reply to Jdelchau2

Hi Jacqui

Great. Glad you are sorted and now a qualified timetable ninja. 🤓

Jdelchau2
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Mar 16, 2019 - 1:38 AM

I don't know about a ninja Rockoyster but I can tell you a glass of wine helps😊

Cheers Jacqui

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