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Interrail France Germany Pass - Network doesn't cover train

  • 17 July 2023
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Hello people,

 

I have the Interrail France Germany friend Pass and I’m having some troubles using it.
I live in Bordeaux (France) and I’d like to visit Berlin (Germany) on July 28, 2023 for a week.

 

From my understanding, I should use a Outbound trip to go Bordeaux-Berlin and an Inbound trip for my return Berlin-Bordeaux. Then I have 7 usable days for train travel within Germany.

Here’s the catch, the app won’t let me use my pass to go to Berlin. I must take these trains:

Bordeaux - Paris Montparnasse
Paris Nord - Koeln
Koeln - Berlin

 

I can activate my outbound journey for Bordeaux - Paris. They want that I use one of my 7 days for my Koeln - Berlin train. But I cannot use my pass for my Paris - Koeln train (this is the train that crosses the frontier). The app says “Our network doesn’t cover some of theses trains”.

 

Am I missing something? Everytime my train needs to cross the frontier it seems like I can’t use my pass.
Also, is that normal that I need to pay 92€ of sit reservation fees for my trip? I’ll just do Bordeaux - Berlin and Berlin - Bordeaux. 92€ of sit reservation on top of my pass sound a bit excessive.

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Best answer by rvdborgt 17 July 2023, 11:09

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The direct Paris-Cologne trains pass through Belgium and that means your pass isn't valid. Look for trains via Saarbrücken or Karlsruhe.

As to the reservation fees: you can get outbound and inbound reservations free of charge at the SNCF ticket office, they're called parcours (or trajet) d’approche. That includes TGVs in France and the TGV/ICE from France to Germany. In Germany, reservations are optional; they can be booked on bahn.com (€4.90 per journey) or on tickets.oebb.at (€3 per train).

Ahhhhh Köeln is actually Cologne?! I was unaware of that, it makes sense now. 😅

Thank you for your answer and the tip for reservations fees.

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