I am trying to decide if a rail pass makes sense for my trip in the fall. I have changed plans and now will be heading to the French Alps. I have 5 days of train travel planned, although two of those days are Annency to Chamonix and back, and that is only $35 each way. It is looking like a 3-day pass might be the best bet, letting those two travel days be paid as I go. However, the deciding factor is whether the France Rail Pass covers any of the local traveling I would do in that area (up into the mountains in Chamonix, etc...) I can't seem to find that information anywhere. I also can't find schedules/prices for the Annency/Chamonix part this far in advance. Hoping it won't be a problem at a later date.
I have also seen others on this forum write about cheaper fares than what RailEurope posts. However when I go to the direct websites, it just redirects my query back to Rail Europe.
I would be happy to simply buy my tickets when I arrive there, if the cost will be significantly cheaper. But I don't want to be stuck unable to get a reservation. My travel dates are Sunday Oct 5 to Friday Oct 10. (and not flexible on either end, unfortunately.) BTW, I will be in England the week prior, and could book ahead while in the EU. Would this make a difference?
Thanks for your help!