EURAIL/SNCF Complaint - Eurail Pass almost useless in France
PARIS, FRANCE -- I was foolish enough to buy a 4coutry Eurail pass to make a journey from Switzerland to Portugal. There is effectively no capacity made available on french long distance trains (TGV) for the Eurail pass. I was unable to book a direct train from Geneva to Paris on a Monday afternoon over a week in advance or a any connection from Paris to Irun on the Spanish border for a Wednesday/Thursday. I was ultimately forced to buy another ticket full fare ticket for the train I wanted to travel on - but was denied with a pass.
The SNCF knowingly creates this situation and locks out capacity while continuing to promote the pass for sale - leaving pass travelers stranded, frustrated and out of pocket. Attempts to get appropriate action or a refund fall on deaf ears.
Don't waste your money on a Eurail pass if you journey involves France.