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  • September 27, 2018 18:24
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of How to get from Budapest to Hallstatt? by Jeff to Hi Kim,<br /><br />Yes, that's exactly how you would make this connection. The connections take about 7 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/linz" rel="nofollow">Linz</a> en route. From Hallstatt to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/linz" rel="nofollow">Linz</a>, you would take a regional train. From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/linz" rel="nofollow">Linz</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/budapest" rel="nofollow">Budapest</a>, you would take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow">Railjet</a> train.<br /><br />The train station for Hallstatt is across the lake from the actual town. To get to the station, there are ferries that take arriving passengers across the lake. These ferries are synchronized to meet with the train arrivals and departures. The ferry to the station only takes about 10 or 15 minutes, and there would just be a small fee that you would pay locally.<br /><br />Currently, it is not possible to purchase tickets from Hallstatt to Linz that reflect Hallstatt as the departure point. However, on our website you can purchase tickets from Bad Aussee to Linz, which are valid to cover the trains from Hallstatt to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/linz" rel="nofollow">Linz</a>. These tickets are issued as 'open tickets', which would be valid for you to take any train to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/linz" rel="nofollow">Linz</a> within a 4-day time period after the date you search, enabling you to board in Hallstatt.<br /><br />When purchasing tickets for this route under 'Book Train Tickets' on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our site</a>, you would just break up your search. Therefore, you would do one search from Bad Aussee to Linz and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/linz-budapest" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/linz-budapest">Linz to Budapest</a>.<br /><br />Tickets from Bad Aussee to Linz can only be purchased within 60 days of an intended departure date. The segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/linz-budapest" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/linz-budapest">Linz to Budapest</a> can be booked within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Since the specific schedules from Hallstatt to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/linz" rel="nofollow">Linz</a> do not display on our website, you can call us to check. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600 or 1-847-916-1028. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays..
  • September 27, 2018 17:47
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Seat reservation challenges due to French strike by Jeff to Hi Jim,<br /><br />It should also say 'June' there, because the strike will go through June as well.<br /><br />The rail network of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow">France</a> lists the following dates in June as being when the strike is most likely to affect travel: June 12th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, and 28th.<br /><br />If you book a ticket and your train ends up being canceled due to the strikes, you have two options:<br /><br />1 ) You can wait and go the ticket window in the station to see if they can arrange another way for you to get to your destination.<br /><br />2 ) Otherwise, you can request a refund by sending an email to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. For refund requests submitted after your travel date, you would need to get your ticket stamped as "Not Used" by a railway official at the station.<br /><br />The connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/valencia" rel="nofollow">Valencia</a> takes 10.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona">Barcelona</a> along the way.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets by searching a 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>. For a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/valencia" rel="nofollow">Valencia</a>, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-barcelona" rel="nofollow">Paris to Barcelona</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/barcelona-valencia" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/barcelona-valencia">Barcelona to Valencia</a>.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-barcelona" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-barcelona">Paris to Barcelona</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/barcelona-valencia" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/barcelona-valencia">Barcelona to Valencia</a> are Euromed trains..
  • September 27, 2018 17:06
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of What is difference between Tourista Plus and Preferrente on trains from Barcelona to Madrid? by Jeff to Hi Bobette,<br /><br />When 'Preferente' is offered on trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow">Spain</a>, the only difference between it and 'Turista Plus' on board the train is that food and drink would be included with 'Preferente'; the actual seat accommodations would be identical. ‘Preferente’ tickets would also grant you access to the Club Lounges found in the some of the major rail stations in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>. Access to these lounges would not be available to passengers in possession of ‘Turista Plus’ tickets.<br /><br />On our website, ‘Preferente’ would only be offered on our website if it’s the lowest available 1st class rate. For ‘Preferente’ to be a lower cost than ‘Turista Plus’, it would generally have to be the promo rate, which is rare. Therefore, when you search trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a>, you’ll mostly only see ‘Turista Plus’ being offered as the 1st class rate. If you want the ‘Preferente’ option but you don’t see it offered, you would have to call us to book. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.<br /><br />Keep in mind that trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain">Spain</a> do not serve food and drink on Saturdays. Therefore, even if you have ‘Preferente’ tickets, the only benefit on a Saturday would be access to the lounges..
  • September 27, 2018 17:06
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of What is difference between Tourista Plus and Preferrente on trains from Barcelona to Madrid? by Jeff to For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona">Barcelona</a>, you can shop various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-562" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-562">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-562</a>.<br /><br />For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow">Madrid</a>, you can shop city passes and tours by clicking here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-566" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-566">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-566</a>..
  • September 27, 2018 17:06
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of What is difference between Tourista Plus and Preferrente on trains from Barcelona to Madrid? by Jeff to Hi Bobette,<br /><br />When 'Preferente' is offered on trains in Spain, the only difference between it and 'Turista Plus' on board the train is that food and drink would be included with 'Preferente'; the actual seat accommodations would be identical. ‘Preferente’ tickets would also grant you access to the Club Lounges found in the some of the major rail stations in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow">Spain</a>. Access to these lounges would not be available to passengers in possession of ‘Turista Plus’ tickets.<br /><br />On our website, ‘Preferente’ would only be offered on our website if it’s the lowest available 1st class rate. For ‘Preferente’ to be a lower cost than ‘Turista Plus’, it would generally have to be the promo rate, which is rare. Therefore, when you search trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow">Spain</a>, you’ll mostly only see ‘Turista Plus’ being offered as the 1st class rate. If you want the ‘Preferente’ option but you don’t see it offered, you would have to call us to book. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.<br /><br />Keep in mind that trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow">Spain</a> do not serve food and drink on Saturdays. Therefore, even if you have ‘Preferente’ tickets, the only benefit on a Saturday would be access to the lounges..
  • September 27, 2018 17:02
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Overnight train Switzerland to Amsterdam by Jeff to In that case, you can route yourself through <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/strasbourg" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/strasbourg">Strasbourg</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>. The connections would take 8.5 to 9.5 hours in duration.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel">Basel</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel">Basel</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/strasbourg" rel="nofollow">Strasbourg</a> do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037">3 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/strasbourg" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/strasbourg">Strasbourg</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-germany-7538" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-germany-7538">TGV Est</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-germany-7538" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-germany-7538">France-Germany High Speed</a>) trains, and trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> trains. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’). For a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/strasbourg" rel="nofollow">Strasbourg</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, you would do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/strasbourg-paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/strasbourg-paris">Strasbourg to Paris</a> and then another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-amsterdam">Paris to Amsterdam</a>.<br /><br />When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/strasbourg-paris" rel="nofollow">Strasbourg to Paris</a> arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-l-est" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-l-est">Est station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, while trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-amsterdam" rel="nofollow">Paris to Amsterdam</a> depart from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord station</a>. Conveniently, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord station</a> is only about a 10 minute walk from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-l-est" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-l-est">Est station</a>. Otherwise, you could take M5 of the Paris Métro between these stations. The ride on the Métro from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-l-est" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-l-est">Est</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> only takes about 2 minutes. You would pay to ride the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/bern-basel" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/bern-basel">Bern to Basel</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/basel-strasbourg" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/basel-strasbourg">Basel to Strasbourg</a>. Just do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/bern-basel" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/bern-basel">Bern to Basel</a> and then a separate search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/basel-strasbourg" rel="nofollow">Basel to Strasbourg</a>..
  • September 27, 2018 15:59
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Overnight train Switzerland to Amsterdam by Jeff to Hi,<br /><br />Since we are not an actual travel agency, we are not able to suggest specific destinations. However, we can certainly help you with your rail travel once you decide.<br /><br />What you purchase for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. This can only be determined once a specific itinerary is settled upon. If you need assistance determining the best option for an itinerary, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday..
  • September 27, 2018 15:58
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Overnight train Switzerland to Amsterdam by Jeff to For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a>, you can shop various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Netherlands&amp;cities=cities-525" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Netherlands&amp;cities=cities-525">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Netherlands&amp;cities=cities-525</a>.
  • September 27, 2018 15:53
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Overnight train Switzerland to Amsterdam by Jeff to Hi,<br /><br />I'm sorry, there is no overnight connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a>. Daytime connections take 8-9 hours in duration and involve changing trains at least once along the way in either <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt" rel="nofollow">Frankfurt</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/cologne" rel="nofollow">Cologne</a>, or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Bern to Amsterdam via Frankfurt</u></b><br /><br />Direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt">Frankfurt</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt">Frankfurt</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow">InterCity Express</a>) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. For this option, you would just need to break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt">Frankfurt</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/bern-frankfurt" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/bern-frankfurt">Bern to Frankfurt</a> and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/frankfurt-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/frankfurt-amsterdam">Frankfurt to Amsterdam</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Bern to Amsterdam via Cologne</u></b><br /><br />Direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern">Bern</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/cologne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/cologne">Cologne</a> are EC (EuroCity) trains and direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/cologne" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/cologne">Cologne</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> are high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> trains. On both of these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. However, the EC train from Bern to Cologne is currently not able to be reserved or viewed on our website. Instead, to purchase reservations for this train, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600 or 1-847-916-1028. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.<br /><br /><b><u>Bern to Amsterdam via Basel</u></b><br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/bern-basel" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/bern-basel">Bern to Basel</a> do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow">Bern</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a> depart every half hour throughout the day and the ride only takes about 1 hour.<br /><br />The direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> is a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> train on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. However, the direct <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow">ICE</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/basel-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/basel-amsterdam">Basel to Amsterdam</a> is currently not able to be reserved or viewed on our website. Instead, to purchase reservations for this train, you would call us..
  • September 27, 2018 14:59
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Best option for Rome to Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre to Florence, and Florence to Rome? by Jeff to Hi Heather!<br /><br />A Eurail Pass that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a> would cover trains on those routes; however, your most economical option for the requested itinerary would just be to purchase regular tickets.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>. For any train that requires reservations, the reservation would be automatically included with your ticket purchase. That would be the case for any high-speed or IC train in Italy.<br /><br />The 5 towns of the Cinque Terre are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. All 5 of these towns have rail stations, but Monterosso (the northernmost town of the Cinque Terre) and La Spezia (the town just south of the Cinque Terre) serve as the main rail hubs/gateways. Currently, only schedules to/from Monterosso, Riomaggiore, or La Spezia are able to be viewed on our website.<br /><br /><b><u>Rome to the Cinque Terre</u></b><br /><br />From Rome&nbsp;to La Spezia, there are direct <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IC</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586">InterCity</a>) and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciabianca-7588" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciabianca-7588">Frecciabianca</a> trains. Otherwise, the connections would involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pisa</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence">Florence</a>&nbsp;along the way.<br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow">Rome</a> to Monterosso involve changing trains once in either La Spezia or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa">Pisa</a> along the way.<br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow">Rome</a> to Riomaggiore involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br /><b><u>In the Cinque Terre</u></b><br /><br />Once you're in the Cinque Terre, there are regional trains (Cinque Terre Express) that travel between each of the villages. For these, you can just pay as you go, locally. It is also popular to take a ferry between the villages or hike.<br /><br /><b><u>Cinque Terre to Florence</u></b><br /><br />Most connections from La Spezia to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence">Florence</a> involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pisa</a> along the way. Same with connections from Monterosso to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a>. From Riomaggiore, you'd generally have to change trains once in La Spezia and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pisa</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Rome</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/florence-rome" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/florence-rome">Florence to Rome</a>, you can take a <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>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587">Frecciargento</a>, or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-italo-7544" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italo</a> train. These are all high-speed trains..
  • September 27, 2018 14:52
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Best option for Rome to Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre to Florence, and Florence to Rome? by Jeff to For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow">Rome</a>, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-511" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-511">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-511</a>.<br /><br />For tours and activities in the Cinque Terre, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-22149" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-22149">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-22149</a>.<br /><br />For time in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a>, you can shop city passes and tours here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-519" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-519">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-519</a>..
  • September 27, 2018 14:52
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Best option for Rome to Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre to Florence, and Florence to Rome? by Jeff to Hi Heather!<br /><br />A Eurail Pass that includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow">Italy</a> would cover trains on those routes; however, your most economical option for the requested itinerary would just be to purchase regular tickets.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>. For any train that requires reservations, the reservation would be automatically included with your ticket purchase. That would be the case for any high-speed or IC train in Italy.<br /><br />The 5 towns of the Cinque Terre are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. All 5 of these towns have rail stations, but Monterosso (the northernmost town of the Cinque Terre) and La Spezia (the town just south of the Cinque Terre) serve as the main rail hubs/gateways. Currently, only schedules to/from Monterosso, Riomaggiore, or La Spezia are able to be viewed on our website.<br /><br /><b><u>Rome to the Cinque Terre</u></b><br /><br />From Rome to La Spezia, there are direct <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow">IC</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-intercity-7586" rel="nofollow">InterCity</a>) and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciabianca-7588" rel="nofollow">Frecciabianca</a> trains. Otherwise, the connections would involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a>&nbsp;along the way.<br /><br />Connections from Rome to Monterosso involve changing trains once in either La Spezia or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a> along the way.<br /><br />Connections from Rome to Riomaggiore involve changing trains once in La Spezia along the way.<br /><br /><b><u>In the Cinque Terre</u></b><br /><br />Once you're in the Cinque Terre, there are regional trains (Cinque Terre Express) that travel between each of the villages. For these, you can just pay as you go, locally. It is also popular to take a ferry between the villages or hike.<br /><br /><b><u>Cinque Terre to Florence</u></b><br /><br />Most connections from La Spezia to Florence involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a> along the way. Same with connections from Monterosso to Florence. From Riomaggiore, you'd generally have to change trains once in La Spezia and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Rome</u></b><br /><br />From Florence to Rome, you can take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587">Frecciargento</a>, or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-italo-7544" rel="nofollow">Italo</a> train. These are all high-speed trains..
  • September 26, 2018 20:45
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to It always an option to purchase regular tickets, but the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> would be your most economical option for this particular itinerary..
  • September 26, 2018 20:45
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to It always possible to purchase regular tickets, but the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> would be your most economical option for this particular itinerary..
  • September 26, 2018 20:44
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to Actually, I do need to make one correction. I'm not sure why I mentioned trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> to Lauterbrunnen as being covered by the Eurail Select Pass. The Eurail Select Pass is actually not valid on the Bernese Oberland Railway between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. Whenever you travel between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Lauterbrunnen, you would just need to purchase a regular ticket. Fortunately, the ride only takes about 20 minutes, so the cost shouldn't be too much. If you mention that you have the Eurail Select Pass, they should give you a 25% discount.I'm sorry for any confusion..
  • September 26, 2018 20:43
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to Hi Brittany,<br /><br />The first part of your question is explained in my response above under the 'Zurich to Lauterbrunnen' section.<br /><br />I'm not sure I understand the second part of your question, but I'll take a stab at it. The rail pass can be used on any of the trains. When you purchase a reservation, that reservation would be for a specific train and can only be used on that train. If you were to end up not using that reservation, you would still be free to use your rail pass on other trains. In my response above, I stated where reservations would be necessary. Fortunately, with regard to your trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to Lauterbrunnen, reservations are not needed on any of the trains that make up the connection. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. That includes trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-lucerne" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Lucerne</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, and Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen..
  • September 26, 2018 20:12
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to Hi Brittany,<br /><br />The first part of your question is explained in my response above under the 'Zurich to Lauterbrunnen' section.<br /><br />I'm not sure I understand the second part of your question, but I'll take a stab at it. The rail pass can be used on any of the trains. When you purchase a reservation, that reservation would be for a specific train and can only be used on that train. If you were to end up not using that reservation, you would still be free to use your rail pass on other trains. In my response above, I stated where reservations would be necessary. Fortunately, with regard to your trip from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen, reservations are not needed on any of the trains that make up the connection. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board. That includes trains from Zurich to Lucerne, Lucerne to Interlaken, and Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen..
  • September 26, 2018 20:12
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a>, you can shop various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-577" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/activities/countriesundefinedcitiescities-577">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-577</a>.<br /><br />For time spent in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> area, you can shop tours offered by clicking here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-5011" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/activities/countriesundefinedcitiescities-5011">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-5011</a>.<br /><br />For <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa" rel="nofollow">Genoa</a>, you can shop city passes and tours here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-805" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/activities/countriesundefinedcitiescities-805">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-805</a>.<br /><br />For tours and activities out of the Cinque Terre and La Spezia, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-22149" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/activities/countriesundefinedcitiescities-22149">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-22149</a>.<br /><br />City passes and tours for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a> can be found here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-519" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/activities/countriesundefinedcitiescities-519">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-519</a>.<br /><br />City passes and tours for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/sienna" rel="nofollow">Siena</a> can be found here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-944" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-944</a>.<br /><br />For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome">Rome</a>, you can shop city passes and tours here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-511" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/activities/countriesundefinedcitiescities-511">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-511</a>..
  • September 26, 2018 20:10
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to Hi Brittany,<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, your best option would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass</a> to include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a>. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039</a><br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Lauterbrunnen</u></b><br /><br />If you’re interested in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> route, then I would definitely recommend doing it. It only adds about an hour to your journey time to travel to travel from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to Lauterbrunnen via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a>, as opposed to via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern">Bern</a>.<br /><br />Travel from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to Lauterbrunnen by way of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> route takes just under 3.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a> and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> segment is 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>. Trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen run along the famed Bernese Oberland Railway.<br /><br />On 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" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, reservations are possible but not necessary. 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" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> to Lauterbrunnen do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning, 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>) to view schedules for these trains. For a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich">Zurich</a> to Lauterbrunnen via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne</a>, you would just to have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. 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>, 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://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, and another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 2 Countries’).<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Schilthorn/Mürren</u></b><br /><br />There are 2 different routes you can take to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to Mount Schilthorn; one via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.<br /><br />The Grütschalp route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp<br />-'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren<br />-‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />The Stechelberg route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg<br />-'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a>, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on either of these routes between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> and Schilthorn. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn Eurail Pass Holder' option of the pass for ‘Mount Schilthorn’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schithorn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/mount-schithorn">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schithorn</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Lake Thun (boats)</u></b><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> enables you to receive a 50% discount on the BLS boat services on Lake Thun. You can take one of these boats from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> to Spiez or to Thun.<br /><br /><b><u>Spiez to Genoa or Thun to Genoa</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez">Spiez</a> or Thun, you can board a direct train down to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan">Milan</a> to connect to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa" rel="nofollow">Genoa</a>.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a>, the connection to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa">Genoa</a> takes 4.5 to 5 hours in duration and involve changing trains at least once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa" rel="nofollow">Genoa</a> along the way. Depending on when you depart, you may end up changing trains once in Brig en route from Spiez to Genoa. Thun is the next stop for trains from Spiez to Genoa or Brig, so you can board at either station.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow">Spiez</a>/Thun to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa" rel="nofollow">Genoa</a> and trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa" rel="nofollow">Genoa</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow">Milan</a> do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. You would purchase the reservations by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 2 Countries’). For this route, you would just have to do one search from Spiez to Genoa (or Thun to Genoa) and another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/genoa-milan" rel="nofollow">Genoa to Milan</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Genoa to Vernazza</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/genoa" rel="nofollow">Genoa</a> to Vernazza, there are direct regional trains. Otherwise, you can take a combination of regional trains via Sestri Levante. The regional trains don’t accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. The trip can take anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours.<br /><br />A lot of the regional trains between Sestri Levante and Vernazza/La Spezia (Cinque Terre Express) stop at the other villages of the Cinque Terre.<br /><br /><b><u>Vernazza to Florence</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Vernazza to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence">Florence</a> involve 2 train changes along the way; once in La Spezia and then once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/pisa" rel="nofollow">Pisa</a>. To make this connection, you can take all regional trains. The regional trains don’t accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. If you happen to take an IC train for the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, then reservations would be required.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Siena</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/florence-sienna" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/florence-sienna">Florence to Siena</a>, you would take a direct regional train. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br /><b><u>Siena to Rome</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/sienna" rel="nofollow">Siena</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome">Rome</a> take 3 to 3.5 hours and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a> along the way. The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/sienna" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/sienna">Siena</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a> are regional trains that do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome">Rome</a>, you would take a high-speed <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" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587">Frecciargento</a> train. On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590">Frecciarossa</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587">Frecciargento</a> trains, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/sienna-florence" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/sienna-florence">Siena to Florence</a>. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/florence-rome" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/florence-rome">Florence to Rome</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 2 Countries’)..
  • September 26, 2018 19:28
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport by Jeff to Hi Brittany,<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, your best option would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass</a> to include <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a>. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039</a><br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Lauterbrunnen</u></b><br /><br />If you’re interested in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> route, then I would definitely recommend doing it. It only adds about an hour to your journey time to travel to travel from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to Lauterbrunnen via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/lucerne">Lucerne</a> and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a>, as opposed to via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bern</a>.<br /><br />Travel from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen by way of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546">GoldenPass</a> route takes just under 3.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Lucerne and then once in Interlaken. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment is from Lucerne to Interlaken. Trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen run along the famed Bernese Oberland Railway.<br /><br />On the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/goldenpass-line-7546" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GoldenPass</a> segment from Lucerne to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary. Trains from Zurich to Lucerne and Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For planning, 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>) to view schedules for these trains. For a trip from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen via <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lucerne" rel="nofollow">Lucerne</a>, you would just to have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Zurich to Lucerne, another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow">Lucerne to Interlaken</a>, and another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/lucerne-interlaken" rel="nofollow">Lucerne to Interlaken</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 2 Countries’).<br /><br /><b><u>Mount Schilthorn/Mürren</u></b><br /><br />There are 2 different routes you can take to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interlaken</a> to Mount Schilthorn; one via Grütschalp and the other via Stechelberg.<br /><br />The Grütschalp route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp<br />-'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren<br />-‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />The Stechelberg route would look like this:<br /><br />-Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’<br />-Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg<br />-'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn<br /><br />With the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a>, you would be able to receive a discount of about 25% on either of these routes between Interlaken and Schilthorn. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schilthorn Interlaken to Schilthorn Eurail Pass Holder' option of the pass for ‘Mount Schilthorn’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schithorn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/mount-schithorn">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-schithorn</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Lake Thun (boats)</u></b><br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> enables you to receive a 50% discount on the BLS boat services on Lake Thun. You can take one of these boats from Interlaken to Spiez or to Thun.<br /><br /><b><u>Spiez to Genoa or Thun to Genoa</u></b><br /><br />From Spiez or Thun, you can board a direct train down to Milan to connect to Genoa.<br /><br />From Spiez, the connection to Genoa takes 4.5 to 5 hours in duration and involve changing trains at least once in Genoa along the way. Depending on when you depart, you may end up changing trains once in Brig en route from Spiez to Genoa. Thun is the next stop for trains from Spiez to Genoa or Brig, so you can board at either station.<br /><br />Trains from Spiez/Thun to Genoa and trains from Genoa to Milan do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. You would purchase the reservations by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 2 Countries’). For this route, you would just have to do one search from Spiez to Genoa (or Thun to Genoa) and another search for connecting trains from Genoa to Milan.<br /><br /><b><u>Genoa to Vernazza</u></b><br /><br />From Genoa to Vernazza, there are direct regional trains. Otherwise, you can take a combination of regional trains via Sestri Levante. The regional trains don’t accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. The trip can take anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours.<br /><br />A lot of the regional trains between Sestri Levante and Vernazza/La Spezia (Cinque Terre Express) stop at the other villages of the Cinque Terre.<br /><br /><b><u>Vernazza to Florence</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Vernazza to Florence involve 2 train changes along the way; once in La Spezia and then once in Pisa. To make this connection, you can take all regional trains. The regional trains don’t accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. If you happen to take an IC train for the segment from La Spezia to Pisa, then reservations would be required.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Siena</u></b><br /><br />From Florence to Siena, you would take a direct regional train. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br /><b><u>Siena to Rome</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Siena to Rome take 3 to 3.5 hours and involve changing trains once in Florence along the way. The trains from Siena to Florence are regional trains that do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-2-countries-8039">2 country Eurail Select Pass</a> is all you would need to board. From Florence to Rome, you would take a high-speed <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> train. On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciarossa-7590" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frecciarossa</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-frecciargento-7587">Frecciargento</a> trains, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Siena to Florence. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Florence to Rome by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 2 Countries’)..
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