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  • April 17, 2019 15:47
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Choosing a train from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels by Jeff to There are a couple <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> trains to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> that depart right out of the station at <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748">Paris CDG Airport</a>. However, most direct trains from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow">Paris CDG Airport</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> are the 'Brussels-France TGV' trains. If you just need to go straight from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow">CDG</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a>, then there would be no reason for you to go a different station altogether.<br /><br />If you were departing from the actual city of Paris, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels">Brussels</a> to depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>..
  • April 17, 2019 15:31
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow">Barcelona</a> is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow">Barcelona</a> to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains) and trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a> to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a>, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a>, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Montparnasse station</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/blois">Blois</a>. Reservations are only required on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/blois">Blois</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-st-pierre-des-corps">Paris to St Pierre des Corps</a> and then there would be open seating on the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/st-pierre-des-corps-blois" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/st-pierre-des-corps-blois">St Pierre des Corps to Blois</a>.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10">France</a> can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> (in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/blois">Blois</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St Pierre des Corps</a> arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Paris Montparnasse station</a>, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> only depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>. To commute from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse station</a> to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord station</a>, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a> and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a>, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurostar</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a>, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris">Blois to Paris</a> and then another search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-londres" rel="nofollow">Paris to London</a>. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. On the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 15:04
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a>, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Montparnasse station</a> to St Pierre des Corps and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a>. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Paris Montparnasse station</a>, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> only depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>. To commute from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse station</a> to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord station</a>, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a> and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a>, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a>, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris">Blois to Paris</a> and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. On the trains from Manchester to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 14:56
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a>, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Paris Montparnasse station</a> to St Pierre des Corps and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> train from St Pierre des Corps to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a>. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from St Pierre des Corps to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in St Pierre des Corps and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to St Pierre des Corps and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from St Pierre des Corps to Paris. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from St Pierre des Corps to Paris.<br /><br />The trains from St Pierre des Corps arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Paris Montparnasse station</a>, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> only depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>. To commute from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse station</a> to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord station</a>, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a> and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a>. The Eurostar train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a>, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The Eurostar from Paris to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from Blois to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a>, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from Blois to Paris and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a> from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. On the trains from Manchester to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 14:52
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">London Travel Card</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.<br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">London Travel Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london...</a><br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visito...</a><br /><br />To browse other city passes for a stay in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
  • April 17, 2019 14:51
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the 'London Travel Card' or the 'Visitor Oyster Card', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.<br /><br />To purchase the 'London Travel Card' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london...</a><br /><br />To purchase the 'Visitor Oyster Card' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visito...</a><br /><br />To browse other city passes for a stay in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
  • April 17, 2019 14:50
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to Blois, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the Paris Montparnasse station to St Pierre des Corps and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> train from St Pierre des Corps to Blois. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Blois to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in St Pierre des Corps and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from Blois back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> train from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from St Pierre des Corps to Paris. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from St Pierre des Corps to Paris.<br /><br />The trains from St Pierre des Corps arrive into the Paris Montparnasse station, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> only depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow">Paris Nord station</a>. To commute from the Montparnasse station to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow">Nord station</a>, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Montparnasse to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a>. The Eurostar train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At Montparnasse, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The Eurostar from Paris to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from Blois to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a>, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from Blois to Paris and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow">Nord</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. On the trains from Manchester to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 14:43
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> for multiple days and you plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite Pass</a>'.<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId">http://www.raileurope.com/activities/...</a>=<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite Pass</a>' just covers local transportation in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-...</a><br /><br />There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to 50 museums and historic sites around <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=30310P1&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=30310P1&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=8">https://www.raileurope.com/activities...</a><br /><br />Other city passes and tours for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> can be found here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=France&amp;cities=cities-479" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
  • April 17, 2019 14:41
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow">TER</a> trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to Blois, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the Paris Montparnasse station to St Pierre des Corps and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow">TER</a> train from St Pierre des Corps to Blois. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Blois to London take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in St Pierre des Corps and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from Blois back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow">TER</a> train from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from St Pierre des Corps to Paris. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from St Pierre des Corps to Paris.<br /><br />The trains from St Pierre des Corps arrive into the Paris Montparnasse station, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to London only depart from the Paris Nord station. To commute from the Montparnasse station to the Nord station, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Montparnasse to Nord would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse and your departure out of Nord. The Eurostar train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to London requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At Montparnasse, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The Eurostar from Paris to London also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from Blois to London, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from Blois to Paris and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of Nord to London.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a>. On the trains from Manchester to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 14:14
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in Spain should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: mailto:customercare@raileurope.com">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: mailto:customercare@raileurope.com">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in Barcelona, then in Valence, then in Geneva, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: mailto:customercare@raileurope.com">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are France-Spain High Speed trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, France-Spain High Speed trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (TER trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris, you would first have to get back to Geneva. In Geneva, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from Geneva to Paris by searching this segment of the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the TGV Lyria from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From Paris to Blois, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the Paris Montparnasse station to St Pierre des Corps and a regional TER train from St Pierre des Corps to Blois. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. TER trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Blois by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Blois to London take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in St Pierre des Corps and then in Paris (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from Blois back to Paris, you would again take that regional TER train from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then a high-speed TGV from St Pierre des Corps to Paris. Once again, it would be open seating on the TER segment from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the TGV segment from St Pierre des Corps to Paris.<br /><br />The trains from St Pierre des Corps arrive into the Paris Montparnasse station, while the trains from Paris to London only depart from the Paris Nord station. To commute from the Montparnasse station to the Nord station, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Montparnasse to Nord would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse and your departure out of Nord. The Eurostar train from Paris to London requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At Montparnasse, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The Eurostar from Paris to London also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from Blois to London, you would just have to actually break up your search in Paris. Therefore, you would do one search from Blois to Paris and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of Nord to London.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from London to Edinburgh, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into London from Paris.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from London to Edinburgh. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from Edinburgh to Manchester, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the UK are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for trains from Edinburgh to Manchester -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from Manchester to Gatwick Airport, you would first take a direct train from Manchester back to the city of London. On the trains from Manchester to London, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to Gatwick Airport, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from Manchester arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from Manchester to the city of London by using the route search feature on our homepage and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 13:33
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the United Kingdom will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the UK is part of it, travel within the UK would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the Madrid Chamartin station. This train is an Alvia train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in Spain should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from Madrid to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in Leon along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are Alvia trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in Barcelona, then in Valence, then in Geneva, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are France-Spain High Speed trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, France-Spain High Speed trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (TER trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris, you would first have to get back to Geneva. In Geneva, you can board a high-speed TGV Lyria train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from Geneva to Paris by searching this segment of the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the TGV Lyria from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From Paris to Blois, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the Paris Montparnasse station to St Pierre des Corps and a regional TER train from St Pierre des Corps to Blois. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. TER trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Blois by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Blois to London take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in St Pierre des Corps and then in Paris (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from Blois back to Paris, you would again take that regional TER train from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then a high-speed TGV from St Pierre des Corps to Paris. Once again, it would be open seating on the TER segment from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the TGV segment from St Pierre des Corps to Paris.<br /><br />The trains from St Pierre des Corps arrive into the Paris Montparnasse station, while the trains from Paris to London only depart from the Paris Nord station. To commute from the Montparnasse station to the Nord station, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Montparnasse to Nord would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse and your departure out of Nord. The Eurostar train from Paris to London requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At Montparnasse, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The Eurostar from Paris to London also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from Blois to London, you would just have to actually break up your search in Paris. Therefore, you would do one search from Blois to Paris and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of Nord to London.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from London to Edinburgh, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in UK, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into London from Paris.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from London to Edinburgh. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from Edinburgh to Manchester, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the UK are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for trains from Edinburgh to Manchester -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from Manchester to Gatwick Airport, you would first take a direct train from Manchester back to the city of London. On the trains from Manchester to London, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the UK.<br /><br />To get to Gatwick Airport, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from Manchester arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from Manchester to the city of London by using the route search feature on our homepage and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 16, 2019 20:50
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to You can also shop activities and tours for Madrid, Edinburgh, and Manchester at the following links:<br /><br />Madrid:<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-566" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-566</a><br /><br />Edinburgh:<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-739" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-739</a><br /><br />Manchester: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=731&amp;cities=cities-4056" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=731&amp;cities=cities-4056</a>.
  • April 16, 2019 20:49
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to If you'll be staying in London for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the 'London Travel Card' or the 'Visitor Oyster Card', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.<br /><br />To purchase the 'London Travel Card' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london...</a><br /><br />To purchase the 'Visitor Oyster Card' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visito...</a><br /><br />To browse other city passes for a stay in London, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
  • April 16, 2019 20:48
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and you plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the 'Paris Pass' or the 'Paris Visite Pass'.<br /><br />The 'Paris Pass' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Pass' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/activities/...</a>=<br /><br />The 'Paris Visite Pass' just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the 'Paris Visite Pass' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-...</a><br /><br />There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to 50 museums and historic sites around Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=30310P1&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=8" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/activities...</a><br /><br />Other city passes and tours for Paris can be found here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=France&amp;cities=cities-479" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
  • April 16, 2019 20:30
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the Eurail Global Pass would be your best option. For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the United Kingdom will be included on the Eurail Global Pass. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the Eurail Global Pass while the UK is part of it, travel within the UK would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the Madrid Chamartin station. This train is an Alvia train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in Spain should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from Madrid to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in Leon along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are Alvia trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in Barcelona, then in Valence, then in Geneva, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are France-Spain High Speed trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, France-Spain High Speed trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (TER trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris, you would first have to get back to Geneva. In Geneva, you can board a high-speed TGV Lyria train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from Geneva to Paris by searching this segment of the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the TGV Lyria from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From Paris to Blois, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the Paris Montparnasse station to St Pierre des Corps and a regional TER train from St Pierre des Corps to Blois. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. TER trains do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board for the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Blois by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Blois to London take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in St Pierre des Corps and then in Paris (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from Blois back to Paris, you would again take that regional TER train from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then a high-speed TGV from St Pierre des Corps to Paris. Once again, it would be open seating on the TER segment from Blois to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the TGV segment from St Pierre des Corps to Paris.<br /><br />The trains from St Pierre des Corps arrive into the Paris Montparnasse station, while the trains from Paris to London only depart from the Paris Nord station. To commute from the Montparnasse station to the Nord station, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Montparnasse to Nord would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse and your departure out of Nord. The Eurostar train from Paris to London requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At Montparnasse, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The Eurostar from Paris to London also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from Blois to London, you would just have to actually break up your search in Paris. Therefore, you would do one search from Blois to Paris and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into Montparnasse from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of Nord to London.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from London to Edinburgh, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in UK, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the Eurail Global Pass. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into London from Paris.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for trains from London to Edinburgh. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from Edinburgh to Manchester, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the UK are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for trains from Edinburgh to Manchester -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from Manchester to Gatwick Airport, you would first take a direct train from Manchester back to the city of London. On the trains from Manchester to London, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the UK.<br /><br />To get to Gatwick Airport, you can use your Eurail Global Pass to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from Manchester arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from Manchester to the city of London by using the route search feature on our homepage and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 16, 2019 16:19
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Choosing a train from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels by Jeff to Hi Kheng,<br /><br />I'm sorry, we do not offer flights or hotels, and we are not a travel agency. We are sell rail tickets and rail passes for the various national rail networks and train companies in Europe.<br /><br />Also, we are not able to choose a specific departure for you. You can use the information I provided above to make a decision about which train to pick.<br /><br />All direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow">Paris CDG Airport</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> are high-speed trains. Most are Brussels-France TGV trains, but there are also a couple <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains. Even though they are all 'high-speed', some trips might take slightly longer than others. The ones that a little longer would just make a couple more stops on the way. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> trains do not make any stops en route between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748">Paris CDG</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a>. Most of the Brussels-France TGV trains only stop once in Lille along the way. The Brussels-France TGV trains that take a little bit longer make 2 additional stops.<br /><br />The Brussels-France TGV and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> trains can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date..
  • April 16, 2019 15:22
    Jeff
    Changed title of Dublin to Belfast by Cathy Taing to Dublin to Belfast. Where does the train drop you off in Belfast? Are there multiple stops or just one?.
    Dispute this change
  • April 16, 2019 15:21
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Dublin to Belfast. Where does the train drop you off in Belfast? Are there multiple stops or just one? by Jeff to For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/dublin" rel="nofollow">Dublin</a>, you can shop various city passes, activities and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=56&amp;cities=cities-503" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=56&amp;cities=cities-503">https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=56&amp;cities=cities-503</a><br /><br />For time in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/belfast" rel="nofollow">Belfast</a>, you can shop city passes, activities and tours here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=56&amp;cities=cities-738" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=56&amp;cities=cities-738">https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=56&amp;cities=cities-738</a>.
  • April 16, 2019 15:20
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Dublin to Belfast. Where does the train drop you off in Belfast? Are there multiple stops or just one? by Jeff to Hi Cathy,<br /><br />You would purchase tickets from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/dublin-belfast" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/dublin-belfast">Dublin to Belfast</a> by searching the route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/dublin" rel="nofollow">Dublin</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/belfast" rel="nofollow">Belfast</a> arrive into the main rail station in Belfast, which is called the Belfast Lanyon Place station. Until recently, it was just known as Belfast Central, but the two are synonymous -- you may still see it referred to as that. When you pull up the results of your schedule search on our website, it would just display simply as 'Belfast'.<br /><br />Generally, these trains make 4 stops in between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/dublin" rel="nofollow">Dublin</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/belfast" rel="nofollow">Belfast</a>..
  • April 15, 2019 20:30
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Disappointed with Live Chat and was given wrong information by Jeff to Hi Tom,<br /><br />We are very sorry to hear you received bad information. Of course, it would take more time than that to commute between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow">Gare de Lyon</a> stations. We'll make sure our new staff is made aware of this.<br /><br />If not a bus, you can also take the Métro. To commute from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow">Gare de Lyon</a> via the Métro, you would take the M4 line to the Châtelet Les Halles stop. At Châtelet Les Halles, you would switch to the M14 line and take it to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Gare de Lyon</a>. The ride on M4 and M14 between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Gare de Lyon</a> takes at least 15 to 20 minutes, but I would still advise allowing yourself at least an hour to make this transfer. You would pay to get on the Métro locally when you're there.<br /><br />Again, we are very sorry for the confusion..
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