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  • January 11, 2019 18:58
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our website</a>. For your reference, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC (InterCity)</a> trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regional trains</a> from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556">IC</a> trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam to Paris</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Zurich</a> by searching 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, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bern</a> along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> that involve following along the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. If you're already considering <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a>, I would suggest this route as your way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. This would allow you get off in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a>, should you choose. The segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> is on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a>&nbsp;just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a> and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a>, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. 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> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />Rail connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />When you pull up the schedules from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, be sure to refer specifically to the actual direct trains, because the options that reflect '1 connection' do not follow along the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> route.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a>, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/">our website</a>. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/">our website</a> by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using 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 any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pisa</a>, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pisa</a> take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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.<br /><br />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciabianca-7588" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciabianca</a> trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pisa</a>. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome</a> can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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.<br /><br />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciabianca-7588" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciabianca</a> train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 18:50
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of I purchased a Eurail Benelux Pass- still need to reserve & pay ? by Jeff to Hi John,<br /><br />The engineering work on these rail lines has already been completed. Therefore, the connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/luxembourg" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/luxembourg">Luxembourg</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> have returned to just involving the one transfer in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> en route.<br /><br />For connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/luxembourg" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/luxembourg">Luxembourg</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a>, you can check schedules and purchase tickets by searching the route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/luxembourg-brussels" rel="nofollow">Luxembourg to Brussels</a> are IC (InterCity) trains that can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/brussels-amsterdam" rel="nofollow">Brussels to Amsterdam</a>, there are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> high-speed trains, which can be booked within 90 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 18:35
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC (InterCity)</a> trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regional trains</a> from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556">IC</a> trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam to Paris</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Zurich</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bern</a> along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> that involve following along the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. If you're already considering <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a>, I would suggest this route as your way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. This would allow you get off in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a>, should you choose. The segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> is on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a> and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a>, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. 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> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />Rail connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />When you pull up the schedules from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, be sure to refer specifically to the actual direct trains, because the options that reflect '1 connection' do not follow along the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> route.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a>, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a>, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a> take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow">IC</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciabianca-7588" rel="nofollow">Frecciabianca</a> trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a>. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow">Rome</a> can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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.<br /><br />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow">IC</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciabianca-7588" rel="nofollow">Frecciabianca</a> train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 18:30
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC (InterCity)</a> trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regional trains</a> from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556">IC</a> trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam to Paris</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Zurich</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bern</a> along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> that involve following along the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. If you're already considering <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a>, I would suggest this route as your way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. This would allow you get off in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a>, should you choose. The segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> is on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a> and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a>, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>. 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> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />Rail connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />When you pull up the schedules from Interlaken to Zweisimmen, be sure to refer specifically to the actual direct trains, because the options that reflect '1 connection' do not follow along the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> route.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a>, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to Pisa, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to Pisa take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are IC and Frecciabianca trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to Pisa. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Rome can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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.<br /><br />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an IC or Frecciabianca train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 18:22
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC (InterCity)</a> trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regional trains</a> from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556">IC</a> trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam to Paris</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Zurich</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a> along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> that involve following along the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. If you're already considering <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, I would suggest this route as your way to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>. This would allow you get off in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, should you choose. The segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> is on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a> and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne">Zurich to Lucerne</a>, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>. 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> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>.<br /><br />Rail connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the GoldenPass line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from Interlaken to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow">Brig</a>, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow">Brig</a> 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to Pisa, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to Pisa take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are IC and Frecciabianca trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to Pisa. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Rome can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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 />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an IC or Frecciabianca train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 18:10
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC (InterCity)</a> trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regional trains</a> from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556">IC</a> trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> 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 take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-paris" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam to Paris</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-zurich" rel="nofollow">Paris to Zurich</a> by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to Interlaken take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via Lucerne that involve following along the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. If you're already considering Lucerne, I would suggest this route as your way to get from Zurich to Interlaken. This would allow you get off in Lucerne, should you choose. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line.<br /><br />Trains from Zurich to Lucerne 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 />On trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Lucerne</a> and then another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from Zurich to Lucerne, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. 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> does not cover the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to Interlaken.<br /><br />Rail connections from Interlaken to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the GoldenPass line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from Interlaken to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where Interlaken is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of Interlaken takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Brig, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Brig 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to Pisa, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to Pisa take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are IC and Frecciabianca trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to Pisa. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Rome can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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 />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an IC or Frecciabianca train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 18:08
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to If you'll be spending multiple days in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> 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">Paris Visite</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 <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>. 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</a>' just covers local transportation in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">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</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 '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335">Paris Museum Pass</a>', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>. You would purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335" rel="nofollow">Paris Museum Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-...</a><br /><br />Various other city passes and tours for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">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" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=France&amp;cities=cities-479">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
  • January 11, 2019 18:05
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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 trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow">IC (InterCity)</a> trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow">regional trains</a> from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/dutch-trains-regional-and-7556" rel="nofollow">IC</a> trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Amsterdam to Paris by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to Zurich, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Zurich by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from Zurich to Interlaken take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via Lucerne that involve following along the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. If you're already considering Lucerne, I would suggest this route as your way to get from Zurich to Interlaken. This would allow you get off in Lucerne, should you choose. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> line.<br /><br />Trains from Zurich to Lucerne 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 />On trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search from Zurich to Lucerne and then another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from Zurich to Lucerne, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. 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> does not cover the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to Interlaken.<br /><br />Rail connections from Interlaken to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the GoldenPass line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from Interlaken to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where Interlaken is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of Interlaken takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Brig, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Brig 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to Pisa, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to Pisa take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are IC and Frecciabianca trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to Pisa. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Rome can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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 />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an IC or Frecciabianca train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 17:55
    Jeff
    Changed title of Trip across Netherland, France, Switzerland and Italy. What kind of pass would be best economically by Ashish Kumar to Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically.
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  • January 11, 2019 17:55
    Jeff
    Changed description of Hi, <br /><br /> I am planning to take a trip of around 14 days starting from Amsterdam to Rome. <br /> Route Details: <br /> Amsterdam->Giethoorn <br /> Amsterdam->Paris <br /> Paris->Zurich <br /> Zurich->Interlaken or Zurich->Lucerence <br /> Lucerene->Interlaken (if I choose a stop at lucerene) <br /> Iterlaken->Jungfrajoch <br /> Interlaken->Riomaggerio <br /> Riomaggerio->Pisa <br /> Riomaggerio->Rome <br /> We also plan to visit Bernese and Gastaad not sure about where would that fit in. <br /><br /> Could you please suggest the best pass which I can avail. I am also contemplating taking flight if necessary for selected route if pass across all the routes doesn't fit my budget. Suggestions <br /><br /> Thanks in advance by Ashish Kumar to Hi,I am planning to take a trip of around 14 days starting from Amsterdam to Rome.Route Details:Amsterdam-&gt;GiethoornAmsterdam-&gt;ParisParis-&gt;ZurichZurich-&gt;Interlaken or Zurich-&gt;LucerenceLucerene-&gt;Interlaken (if I choose a stop at lucerene)Iterlaken-&gt;JungfrajochInterlaken-&gt;RiomaggerioRiomaggerio-&gt;PisaRiomaggerio-&gt;RomeWe also plan to visit Bernese and Gastaad not sure about where would that fit in.Could you please suggest the best pass which I can avail. I am also contemplating taking flight if necessary for selected route if pass across all the routes doesn't fit my budget. SuggestionsThanks in advance.
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  • January 11, 2019 17:45
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to In each of the other cities and areas you'll be visiting, you can shop various city passes and tours offered by clicking on the links below:<br /><br />Amsterdam: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Netherlands&amp;cities=cities-525" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Netherlands&amp;cities=cities-525</a><br /><br />Zurich: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-577" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-577</a><br /><br />Lucerne: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-576" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-576</a><br /><br />Interlaken: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-5011" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-5011</a><br /><br />Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore): <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-22149" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-22149</a><br /><br />Pisa: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-520" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-520</a><br /><br />Rome: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-511" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-511</a>.
  • January 11, 2019 17:44
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to If you'll be spending multiple days in Paris 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'.<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' just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the 'Paris Visite' 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 over 60 museums and historic sites around Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-...</a><br /><br />Various 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>.
  • January 11, 2019 17:44
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from Amsterdam to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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 trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, IC (InterCity) trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also regional trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. IC trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From Amsterdam to Paris, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Amsterdam to Paris by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From Paris to Zurich, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Zurich by searching the 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’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from Zurich to Interlaken take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via Lucerne that involve following along the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. If you're already considering Lucerne, I would suggest this route as your way to get from Zurich to Interlaken. This would allow you get off in Lucerne, should you choose. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> line.<br /><br />Trains from Zurich to Lucerne 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 />On trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search from Zurich to Lucerne and then another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from Zurich to Lucerne, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. 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> does not cover the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to Interlaken.<br /><br />Rail connections from Interlaken to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the GoldenPass line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from Interlaken to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where Interlaken is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of Interlaken takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Brig, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Brig 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to Pisa, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to Pisa take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are IC and Frecciabianca trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to Pisa. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Rome can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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 />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an IC or Frecciabianca train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 17:37
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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 that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />There are several different segments to your itinerary, so please bear with me as I run through them.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from Amsterdam to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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 trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, IC (InterCity) trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also regional trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. IC trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From Amsterdam to Paris, you would take a high-speed Thalys train. Thalys trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Amsterdam to Paris by searching the route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">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’). Generally, Thalys trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Paris-Zurich<br /><br />From Paris to Zurich, you would take a high-speed TGV Lyria train. TGV Lyria trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Zurich by searching the route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">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’). Generally, TGV Lyria trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from Zurich to Interlaken take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via Lucerne that involve following along the famed GoldenPass scenic line. If you're already considering Lucerne, I would suggest this route as your way to get from Zurich to Interlaken. This would allow you get off in Lucerne, should you choose. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the GoldenPass line.<br /><br />Trains from Zurich to Lucerne 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 />On trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search from Zurich to Lucerne and then another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from Zurich to Lucerne, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the GoldenPass segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the Eurail Global Pass you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to Interlaken.<br /><br />Rail connections from Interlaken to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the GoldenPass scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the GoldenPass line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from Interlaken to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where Interlaken is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of Interlaken takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Brig, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Brig 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to Pisa, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to Pisa take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are IC and Frecciabianca trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with 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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to Pisa. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Rome can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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 />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an IC or Frecciabianca train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 11, 2019 17:24
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Amsterdam-Giethoorn, Amsterdam-Paris, Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Interlaken, Interlaken-Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore-Pisa, Riomaggiore-Rome. What kind of pass would be best economically by Jeff to Hi Ashish,<br /><br />These are really some great choices for your destinations!<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For that much travel, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs of) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />Giethoorn itself does not have a rail station. The closest station to Giethoorn is Steenwijk, only about 4 miles away. At the station in Steenwijk, you would board a bus that will take you to Giethoorn. Just across the street from the bus stop is the canal, so you'll be able to hop onto a boat right there.<br /><br />The most feasible connections from Amsterdam to Steenwijk take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Almere Centrum along the way. 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 trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum and Almere Centrum to Steenwijk are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, IC (InterCity) trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum depart hourly throughout the day and the ride on these trains takes about 20 minutes. There are also regional trains from Amsterdam to Almere Centrum, which depart hourly and the ride on these takes about 30 minutes. IC trains from Almere Centrum to Steenwijk depart hourly and the ride takes just over 1 hour.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Paris</u></b><br /><br />From Amsterdam to Paris, you would take a high-speed Thalys train. Thalys trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Amsterdam to Paris by searching the 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’). Generally, Thalys trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Paris-Zurich<br /><br />From Paris to Zurich, you would take a high-speed TGV Lyria train. TGV Lyria trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Zurich by searching the 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’). Generally, TGV Lyria trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The shortest options from Zurich to Interlaken take about 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Bern along the way. However, if you don't mind adding about 1 hour to your journey time, there also options via Lucerne that involve following along the famed GoldenPass scenic line. If you're already considering Lucerne, I would suggest this route as your way to get from Zurich to Interlaken. This would allow you get off in Lucerne, should you choose. The segment from Lucerne to Interlaken is on the GoldenPass line.<br /><br />Trains from Zurich to Lucerne 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 />On trains from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but really not necessary.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. For this particular route, you would just have to break up your search in Lucerne. Therefore, you would do one search from Zurich to Lucerne and then another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Interlaken.<br /><br />When doing your search for the segment from Zurich to Lucerne, you would just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked to access the schedules for the direct trains.<br /><br />If you want to have reservations for the GoldenPass segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, you would search the route, check the 'I have a rail pass' box, and then indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Currently, only 2nd class seats on these trains are being offered on our website. Until this is fixed, you would have to call us for 1st class reservations on these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the Eurail Global Pass you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.<br /><br />To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Gstaad</u></b><br /><br />I'm not sure how you want to work in Gstaad, but of the other cities you mentioned, it is closest to Interlaken.<br /><br />Rail connections from Interlaken to Gstaad actually would have you continuing on the GoldenPass scenic line. The connections take just under 2 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Zweisimmen along the way. Trains from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Gstaad both run along the GoldenPass line. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, 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 />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. For connections from Interlaken to Gstaad, you would just have to break up your search once in Zweisimmen. Therefore, you would do one search from Interlaken to Zweisimmen and another search for connecting trains from Zweisimmen to Gstaad. Since you would not be booking actual reservations on these trains, you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when doing these searches.<br /><br />'Bernese' (the Bernese Oberland) just refers to region where Interlaken is. Or I'm not sure if you are referring to Bern?<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />For travel to Riomaggiore, the morning departure out of Interlaken takes about 7.5 hours in duration and involves 4 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Brig, once in Milan, and then once in Monterosso.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Brig 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 />Trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso both do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />From Monterosso to Riomaggiore, you would just take a short regional train through the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Reservations are not accepted on regional trains, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains on this route (Interlaken to Spiez, Spiez to Brig, and Monterosso to Riomaggiore). Just to view the schedules, you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked when entering your searches.<br /><br />Currently, the trains from Brig to Milan are not able to be reserved on our website. To book reservations for this segment you would instead have to call us.<br /><br />Reservations from Milan to Monterroso are able to be booked on our website by entering the segment, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Global Pass'.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Monterosso can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Pisa</u></b><br /><br />From Riomaggiore to Pisa, there is on direct train, which runs in the morning. The ride takes about 1.5 hours. This is a regional train, so reservations are not accepted, and the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board.<br /><br />Throughout the rest of the day, the rest of the connections from Riomaggiore to Pisa take about anywhere between 1 and 2 hours and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />From Riomaggiore to La Spezia, you would just take a 10-minute regional train. Reservations not being accepted, 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 />For the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, there are IC and Frecciabianca trains, which would require reservations. However, you could also just take another regional train so you don't have to book reservations. If you take a regional train from La Spezia to Pisa, you would just hop on with your <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>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can again use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the connections comprised of the non-reservable/regional trains from Riomaggiore to Pisa. If you do one search for the full connection from Riomaggiore to Pisa, the options that display will reflect either '1 connection - Regionale' or '1 connection - Multiple carriers'. The options that reflect '1 connection - Regionale' are the ones where both segments are non-reservable/regional trains. The options that reflect '1 connection - Multiple carriers' are the ones that include a train from La Spezia to Pisa that would require you to book reservations.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Rome</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from Riomaggiore to Rome can take 4.5 or 5.5 hours in duration and also involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Riomaggiore to La Spezia are non-reservable regional trains, 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 />From La Spezia to Rome, you would take either an IC or Frecciabianca train, so reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can refer to the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Riomaggiore to La Spezia. Since you would just be viewing schedules, be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />You would then purchase reservations from La Spezia to Rome by entering these as your cities, checking the 'I have a rail pass' button, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. Generally, trains from La Spezia to Rome can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 10, 2019 15:15
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Zurich to Lucerne, Luceren to Interlaken, Interlaken-Jungfrajoch, Interlaken to Florence, Florence to Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore to Merano, and Merano to Venice by Jeff to Hi Kristen,<br /><br />Eurail is no longer offering the two-country passes, so the rail pass for you would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs for) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the valid countries. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />Of the trains making up your itinerary, only the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch are not covered by the rail pass.<br /><br />Some of your individual trips are pretty involved and will have you taking multiple trains, so please bear with me. I'd just suggest reading each one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Lucerne</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> depart very frequently throughout the day, and the ride only takes 45-50 minutes. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a>. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br /><b><u>Lucerne to Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> represent one segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. On the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but not necessary.<br /><br />If you want reservations, you would purchase the reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> by searching the 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’). However, there is currently an error on our website preventing 1st class from being offered for these particular trains. Until the error is fixed, you would have to call us to book 1st class reservations for these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />All trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />As you're already aware, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken to Florence</u></b><br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> would take about 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> (otherwise, the connection may involve an additional train change in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> in between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/spiez">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>.)<br /><br />On the trains from Interlaken to Spiez or Interlaken to Brig, reservations are not necessary or even accepted (the same would be the case if you need to take a train between Spiez and Brig.) Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board these trains.<br /><br />In contrast, the trains from Spiez to Milan (or Brig to Milan) and Milan to Florence do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, reservations from Spiez or Brig to Milan can be booked on our website, but there is currently an error preventing these particular reservations from being booked there. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />When the Spiez-Milan or Brig-Milan reservations are working on our site, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez to Milan</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence">Milan to Florence</a>).<br /><br />When doing these searches, you would just have to be sure to match the station of arrival for your train from Spiez/Brig to Milan with the station of departure for your connecting train from Milan to Florence. You will see that direct trains from Spiez/Brig to Milan only arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a>, while some trains from Milan to Florence depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>.<br /><br />If it happens that you need to commute between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a> and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centrale</a> only takes about about 5 minutes. You would pay to board the Metro locally at the station.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still just view schedules for the unreserved segments from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken to Spiez</a> (or, if needed, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig">Spiez to Brig</a>) by doing a search 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.<br /><br />Note: From Milan to Florence, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains, but these trains do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would want to be sure to choose one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a>' or '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciargento</a>' trains for this segment.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/florence">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way. From both Florence to La Spezia and La Spezia to Riomaggiore, you would just take regional trains, which do not even 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, 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> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains. For the trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore, you would just break up your search in La Spezia. Therefore, you would do one search from Florence to La Spezia and another search for connecting trains from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel&nbsp;between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Merano</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible/shortest connections from Riomaggiore to Merano take just under 8 hours in duration and involve 4 train changes along the way; once in Levanto, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/verona">Verona</a>, and then once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen).<br /><br />Trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto are regional trains that 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.<br /><br />From Levanto to Milan, you would take an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586">IC (InterCity)</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow">IC</a> trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow">Italy</a> require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) train. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From Verona to Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen), there are high-speed trains that require reservations, but you would just take a non-reservable regional train for the purpose of your trip. Since the regional trains do not accept reservations, 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. Traveling from Riomaggiore to Merano, the regional trains from Verona to Bolzano will fit better into the full connection.<br /><br />The trains from Bolzano to Merano are regional trains, so reservations are not accepted and 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto and Verona to Bolzano. To display these particular schedules, you would once again just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.<br /><br />Schedules from Bolzano to Merano are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, these trains depart about once every 35 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />For the trains that require reservations (Levanto to Milan and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-verona">Milan to Verona</a>), you can purchase reservations by searching each of these segments individually on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, making sure to check the ‘I have a rail pass’ box and indicate that you'll be traveling with the the ‘Eurail Global Pass’. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Merano to Venice</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Merano to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a> take 4 to 5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Merano to Bolzano are regional trains that don't 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. Schedules from Merano to Bolzano are not able to be viewed on our website, but the trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />From Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) to Verona, you can either take one of the high-speed trains or a regional train. The high-speed trains on this route are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) trains.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice">Venice</a>, you can either take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> train or a regional train.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> and EC trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The regional 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.<br /><br />For the Frecciarossa/EC trains, you wold purchase reservations by doing a search for the segments on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, checking the 'I have a rail pass' box, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. You would do one search from Bolzano to Verona and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/verona-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona to Venice</a>. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date. To view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains on these segments, you would do the very same thing, but you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked..
  • January 10, 2019 14:58
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Zurich to Lucerne, Luceren to Interlaken, Interlaken-Jungfrajoch, Interlaken to Florence, Florence to Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore to Merano, and Merano to Venice by Jeff to Hi Kristen,<br /><br />Eurail is no longer offering the two-country passes, so the rail pass for you would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs for) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the valid countries. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />Of the trains making up your itinerary, only the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch are not covered by the rail pass.<br /><br />Some of your individual trips are pretty involved and will have you taking multiple trains, so please bear with me. I'd just suggest reading each one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Lucerne</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> depart very frequently throughout the day, and the ride only takes 45-50 minutes. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a>. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br /><b><u>Lucerne to Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> represent one segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. On the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but not necessary.<br /><br />If you want reservations, you would purchase the reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> by searching the 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’). However, there is currently an error on our website preventing 1st class from being offered for these particular trains. Until the error is fixed, you would have to call us to book 1st class reservations for these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />All trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />As you're already aware, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken to Florence</u></b><br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> would take about 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> (otherwise, the connection may involve an additional train change in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> in between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/spiez">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>.)<br /><br />On the trains from Interlaken to Spiez or Interlaken to Brig, reservations are not necessary or even accepted (the same would be the case if you need to take a train between Spiez and Brig.) Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board these trains.<br /><br />In contrast, the trains from Spiez to Milan (or Brig to Milan) and Milan to Florence do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, reservations from Spiez or Brig to Milan can be booked on our website, but there is currently an error preventing these particular reservations from being booked there. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />When the Spiez-Milan or Brig-Milan reservations are working on our site, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez to Milan</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence">Milan to Florence</a>).<br /><br />When doing these searches, you would just have to be sure to match the station of arrival for your train from Spiez/Brig to Milan with the station of departure for your connecting train from Milan to Florence. You will see that direct trains from Spiez/Brig to Milan only arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a>, while some trains from Milan to Florence depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>.<br /><br />If it happens that you need to commute between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a> and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centrale</a> only takes about about 5 minutes. You would pay to board the Metro locally at the station.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still just view schedules for the unreserved segments from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken to Spiez</a> (or, if needed, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig">Spiez to Brig</a>) by doing a search 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.<br /><br />Note: From Milan to Florence, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains, but these trains do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would want to be sure to choose one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a>' or '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciargento</a>' trains for this segment.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/florence">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way. From both Florence to La Spezia and La Spezia to Riomaggiore, you would just take regional trains, which do not even 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, 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> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains. For the trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore, you would just break up your search in La Spezia. Therefore, you would do one search from Florence to La Spezia and another search for connecting trains from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel&nbsp;between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can instead just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Merano</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible/shortest connections from Riomaggiore to Merano take just under 8 hours in duration and involve 4 train changes along the way; once in Levanto, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/verona">Verona</a>, and then once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen).<br /><br />Trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto are regional trains that 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.<br /><br />From Levanto to Milan, you would take an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586">IC (InterCity)</a> train that does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) train. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From Verona to Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen), there are high-speed trains that require reservations, but you would just take a non-reservable regional train for the purpose of your trip. Since the regional trains do not accept reservations, 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. Traveling from Riomaggiore to Merano, the regional trains from Verona to Bolzano will fit better into the full connection.<br /><br />The trains from Bolzano to Merano are regional trains, so reservations are not accepted and 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto and Verona to Bolzano. To display these particular schedules, you would once again just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.<br /><br />Schedules from Bolzano to Merano are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, these trains depart about once every 35 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />For the trains that require reservations (Levanto to Milan and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan to Verona</a>), you can purchase reservations by searching each of these segments individually on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, making sure to check the ‘I have a rail pass’ box and indicate that you'll be traveling with the the ‘Eurail Global Pass’. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Merano to Venice</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Merano to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a> take 4 to 5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Merano to Bolzano are regional trains that don't 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. Schedules from Merano to Bolzano are not able to be viewed on our website, but the trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />From Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) to Verona, you can either take one of the high-speed trains or a regional train. The high-speed trains on this route are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) trains.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a>, you can either take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> train or a regional train.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> and EC trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The regional 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.<br /><br />For the Frecciarossa/EC trains, you wold purchase reservations by doing a search for the segments on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, checking the 'I have a rail pass' box, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. You would do one search from Bolzano to Verona and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/verona-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona to Venice</a>. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />To view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains on these segments, you would do the very same thing, but you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked..
  • January 10, 2019 14:55
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Zurich to Lucerne, Luceren to Interlaken, Interlaken-Jungfrajoch, Interlaken to Florence, Florence to Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore to Merano, and Merano to Venice by Jeff to Hi Kristen,<br /><br />Eurail is no longer offering the two-country passes, so the rail pass for you would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs for) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the valid countries. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />Of the trains making up your itinerary, only the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch are not covered by the rail pass.<br /><br />Some of your individual trips are pretty involved and will have you taking multiple trains, so please bear with me. I'd just suggest reading each one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Lucerne</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> depart very frequently throughout the day, and the ride only takes 45-50 minutes. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a>. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br /><b><u>Lucerne to Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> represent one segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. On the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but not necessary.<br /><br />If you want reservations, you would purchase the reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> by searching the 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’). However, there is currently an error on our website preventing 1st class from being offered for these particular trains. Until the error is fixed, you would have to call us to book 1st class reservations for these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />All trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />As you're already aware, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken to Florence</u></b><br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> would take about 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> (otherwise, the connection may involve an additional train change in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> in between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/spiez">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>.)<br /><br />On the trains from Interlaken to Spiez or Interlaken to Brig, reservations are not necessary or even accepted (the same would be the case if you need to take a train between Spiez and Brig.) Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board these trains.<br /><br />In contrast, the trains from Spiez to Milan (or Brig to Milan) and Milan to Florence do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, reservations from Spiez or Brig to Milan can be booked on our website, but there is currently an error preventing these particular reservations from being booked there. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />When the Spiez-Milan or Brig-Milan reservations are working on our site, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez to Milan</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence">Milan to Florence</a>).<br /><br />When doing these searches, you would just have to be sure to match the station of arrival for your train from Spiez/Brig to Milan with the station of departure for your connecting train from Milan to Florence. You will see that direct trains from Spiez/Brig to Milan only arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a>, while some trains from Milan to Florence depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>.<br /><br />If it happens that you need to commute between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a> and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centrale</a> only takes about about 5 minutes. You would pay to board the Metro locally at the station.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still just view schedules for the unreserved segments from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken to Spiez</a> (or, if needed, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig">Spiez to Brig</a>) by doing a search 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.<br /><br />Note: From Milan to Florence, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains, but these trains do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would want to be sure to choose one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a>' or '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciargento</a>' trains for this segment.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/florence">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way. From both Florence to La Spezia and La Spezia to Riomaggiore, you would just take regional trains, which do not even 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, 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> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains. For the trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore, you would just break up your search in La Spezia. Therefore, you would do one search from Florence to La Spezia and another search for connecting trains from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can travel&nbsp;between the villages of the Cinque Terre by using your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate regularly along this route (Cinque Terre Express). If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Merano</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible/shortest connections from Riomaggiore to Merano take just under 8 hours in duration and involve 4 train changes along the way; once in Levanto, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona">Verona</a>, and then once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen).<br /><br />Trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto are regional trains that 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.<br /><br />From Levanto to Milan, you would take an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586">IC (InterCity)</a> train that does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) train. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From Verona to Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen), there are high-speed trains that require reservations, but you would just take a non-reservable regional train for the purpose of your trip. Since the regional trains do not accept reservations, 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. Traveling from Riomaggiore to Merano, the regional trains from Verona to Bolzano will fit better into the full connection.<br /><br />The trains from Bolzano to Merano are regional trains, so reservations are not accepted and 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto and Verona to Bolzano. To display these particular schedules, you would once again just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.<br /><br />Schedules from Bolzano to Merano are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, these trains depart about once every 35 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />For the trains that require reservations (Levanto to Milan and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan to Verona</a>), you can purchase reservations by searching each of these segments individually on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, making sure to check the ‘I have a rail pass’ box and indicate that you'll be traveling with the the ‘Eurail Global Pass’. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Merano to Venice</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Merano to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a> take 4 to 5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Merano to Bolzano are regional trains that don't 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. Schedules from Merano to Bolzano are not able to be viewed on our website, but the trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />From Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) to Verona, you can either take one of the high-speed trains or a regional train. The high-speed trains on this route are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) trains.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a>, you can either take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> train or a regional train.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> and EC trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The regional 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.<br /><br />For the Frecciarossa/EC trains, you wold purchase reservations by doing a search for the segments on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, checking the 'I have a rail pass' box, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. You would do one search from Bolzano to Verona and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/verona-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona to Venice</a>. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />To view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains on these segments, you would do the very same thing, but you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked..
  • January 10, 2019 14:50
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Zurich to Lucerne, Luceren to Interlaken, Interlaken-Jungfrajoch, Interlaken to Florence, Florence to Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore to Merano, and Merano to Venice by Jeff to Hi Kristen,<br /><br />Eurail is no longer offering the two-country passes, so the rail pass for you would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs for) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the valid countries. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />Of the trains making up your itinerary, only the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch are not covered by the rail pass.<br /><br />Some of your individual trips are pretty involved and will have you taking multiple trains, so please bear with me. I'd just suggest reading each one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Lucerne</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> depart very frequently throughout the day, and the ride only takes 45-50 minutes. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a>. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br /><b><u>Lucerne to Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> represent one segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. On the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but not necessary.<br /><br />If you want reservations, you would purchase the reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> by searching the 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’). However, there is currently an error on our website preventing 1st class from being offered for these particular trains. Until the error is fixed, you would have to call us to book 1st class reservations for these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />All trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />As you're already aware, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken to Florence</u></b><br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> would take about 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> (otherwise, the connection may involve an additional train change in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> in between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/spiez">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>.)<br /><br />On the trains from Interlaken to Spiez or Interlaken to Brig, reservations are not necessary or even accepted (the same would be the case if you need to take a train between Spiez and Brig.) Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board these trains.<br /><br />In contrast, the trains from Spiez to Milan (or Brig to Milan) and Milan to Florence do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, reservations from Spiez or Brig to Milan can be booked on our website, but there is currently an error preventing these particular reservations from being booked there. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />When the Spiez-Milan or Brig-Milan reservations are working on our site, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez to Milan</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence">Milan to Florence</a>).<br /><br />When doing these searches, you would just have to be sure to match the station of arrival for your train from Spiez/Brig to Milan with the station of departure for your connecting train from Milan to Florence. You will see that direct trains from Spiez/Brig to Milan only arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a>, while some trains from Milan to Florence depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>.<br /><br />If it happens that you need to commute between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a> and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centrale</a> only takes about about 5 minutes. You would pay to board the Metro locally at the station.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still just view schedules for the unreserved segments from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken to Spiez</a> (or, if needed, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig">Spiez to Brig</a>) by doing a search 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.<br /><br />Note: From Milan to Florence, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains, but these trains do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would want to be sure to choose one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a>' or '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciargento</a>' trains for this segment.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/florence">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way. From both Florence to La Spezia and La Spezia to Riomaggiore, you would just take regional trains, which do not even 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, 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> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains. For the trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore, you would just break up your search in La Spezia. Therefore, you would do one search from Florence to La Spezia and another search for connecting trains from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can also use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate between the villages of the Cinque Terre. If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Merano</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible/shortest connections from Riomaggiore to Merano take just under 8 hours in duration and involve 4 train changes along the way; once in Levanto, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>, and then once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen).<br /><br />Trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto are regional trains that 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.<br /><br />From Levanto to Milan, you would take an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586">IC (InterCity)</a> train that does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) train. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From Verona to Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen), there are high-speed trains that require reservations, but you would just take a non-reservable regional train for the purpose of your trip. Since the regional trains do not accept reservations, 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. Traveling from Riomaggiore to Merano, the regional trains from Verona to Bolzano will fit better into the full connection.<br /><br />The trains from Bolzano to Merano are regional trains, so reservations are not accepted and 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto and Verona to Bolzano. To display these particular schedules, you would once again just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.<br /><br />Schedules from Bolzano to Merano are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, these trains depart about once every 35 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />For the trains that require reservations (Levanto to Milan and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan to Verona</a>), you can purchase reservations by searching each of these segments individually on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, making sure to check the ‘I have a rail pass’ box and indicate that you'll be traveling with the the ‘Eurail Global Pass’. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Merano to Venice</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Merano to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a> take 4 to 5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Merano to Bolzano are regional trains that don't 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. Schedules from Merano to Bolzano are not able to be viewed on our website, but the trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />From Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) to Verona, you can either take one of the high-speed trains or a regional train. The high-speed trains on this route are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) trains.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a>, you can either take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> train or a regional train.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> and EC trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The regional 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.<br /><br />For the Frecciarossa/EC trains, you wold purchase reservations by doing a search for the segments on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, checking the 'I have a rail pass' box, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. You would do one search from Bolzano to Verona and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/verona-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona to Venice</a>. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />To view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains on these segments, you would do the very same thing, but you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked..
  • January 10, 2019 14:49
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Zurich to Lucerne, Luceren to Interlaken, Interlaken-Jungfrajoch, Interlaken to Florence, Florence to Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore to Merano, and Merano to Venice by Jeff to Hi Kristen,<br /><br />Eurail is no longer offering the two-country passes, so the rail pass for you would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. 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">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover (the ticket costs for) trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the valid countries. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass.<br /><br />Of the trains making up your itinerary, only the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch are not covered by the rail pass.<br /><br />Some of your individual trips are pretty involved and will have you taking multiple trains, so please bear with me. I'd just suggest reading each one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Lucerne</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> depart very frequently throughout the day, and the ride only takes 45-50 minutes. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Lucerne</a>. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br /><b><u>Lucerne to Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> represent one segment of the famed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> scenic line. On the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but not necessary.<br /><br />If you want reservations, you would purchase the reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> by searching the 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’). However, there is currently an error on our website preventing 1st class from being offered for these particular trains. Until the error is fixed, you would have to call us to book 1st class reservations for these trains. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM CT Monday to Friday. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />All trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> have panoramic windows for taking in all the surrounding scenery.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken-Jungfraujoch</u></b><br /><br />As you're already aware, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> does not cover the trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. However, with 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> you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315</a>.<br /><br />This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch. These routes are as follows:<br /><br />The Grindelwald route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)<br />-Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)<br /><br />On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>' and have to be made locally at the stations in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken Ost</a>), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.<br /><br />At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.<br /><br /><b><u>Interlaken to Florence</u></b><br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> would take about 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez</a> and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> (otherwise, the connection may involve an additional train change in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig</a> in between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/spiez">Spiez</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>.)<br /><br />On the trains from Interlaken to Spiez or Interlaken to Brig, reservations are not necessary or even accepted (the same would be the case if you need to take a train between Spiez and Brig.) Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board these trains.<br /><br />In contrast, the trains from Spiez to Milan (or Brig to Milan) and Milan to Florence do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, reservations from Spiez or Brig to Milan can be booked on our website, but there is currently an error preventing these particular reservations from being booked there. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />When the Spiez-Milan or Brig-Milan reservations are working on our site, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spiez to Milan</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-florence">Milan to Florence</a>).<br /><br />When doing these searches, you would just have to be sure to match the station of arrival for your train from Spiez/Brig to Milan with the station of departure for your connecting train from Milan to Florence. You will see that direct trains from Spiez/Brig to Milan only arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a>, while some trains from Milan to Florence depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>.<br /><br />If it happens that you need to commute between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/milano-centrale">Centrale station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a> and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi station</a>, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milan-porta-garibaldi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Porta Garibaldi</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/milano-centrale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centrale</a> only takes about about 5 minutes. You would pay to board the Metro locally at the station.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still just view schedules for the unreserved segments from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/interlaken-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken to Spiez</a> (or, if needed, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-brig">Spiez to Brig</a>) by doing a search 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.<br /><br />Note: From Milan to Florence, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains, but these trains do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would want to be sure to choose one of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a>' or '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciargento</a>' trains for this route.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre)</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/florence">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way. From both Florence to La Spezia and La Spezia to Riomaggiore, you would just take regional trains, which do not even 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, 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> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains. For the trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> to Riomaggiore, you would just break up your search in La Spezia. Therefore, you would do one search from Florence to La Spezia and another search for connecting trains from La Spezia to Riomaggiore.<br /><br />While you're in Riomaggiore, you can also use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take any of the regional trains that operate between the villages of the Cinque Terre. If you do not wish to squander a day of travel on your pass for these short trips, you can just purchase these particular tickets locally.<br /><br /><b><u>Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) to Merano</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible/shortest connections from Riomaggiore to Merano take just under 8 hours in duration and involve 4 train changes along the way; once in Levanto, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>, once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>, and then once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen).<br /><br />Trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto are regional trains that 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.<br /><br />From Levanto to Milan, you would take an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586">IC (InterCity)</a> train that does require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) train. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />From Verona to Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen), there are high-speed trains that require reservations, but you would just take a non-reservable regional train for the purpose of your trip. Since the regional trains do not accept reservations, 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. Traveling from Riomaggiore to Merano, the regional trains from Verona to Bolzano will fit better into the full connection.<br /><br />The trains from Bolzano to Merano are regional trains, so reservations are not accepted and 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.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains from Riomaggiore to Levanto and Verona to Bolzano. To display these particular schedules, you would once again just have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked.<br /><br />Schedules from Bolzano to Merano are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, these trains depart about once every 35 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />For the trains that require reservations (Levanto to Milan and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan to Verona</a>), you can purchase reservations by searching each of these segments individually on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, making sure to check the ‘I have a rail pass’ box and indicate that you'll be traveling with the the ‘Eurail Global Pass’. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Merano to Venice</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Merano to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a> take 4 to 5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a>.<br /><br />Once again, the trains from Merano to Bolzano are regional trains that don't 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. Schedules from Merano to Bolzano are not able to be viewed on our website, but the trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 40-45 minutes.<br /><br />From Bolzano (Bolzano Bozen) to Verona, you can either take one of the high-speed trains or a regional train. The high-speed trains on this route are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> or EC (EuroCity) trains.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/verona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a>, you can either take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> train or a regional train.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> and EC trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. The regional 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.<br /><br />For the Frecciarossa/EC trains, you wold purchase reservations by doing a search for the segments on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a>, checking the 'I have a rail pass' box, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Global Pass'. You would do one search from Bolzano to Verona and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/verona-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Verona to Venice</a>. Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />To view schedules for the non-reservable regional trains on these segments, you would do the very same thing, but you would leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked..
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