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  • January 16, 2019 16:34
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Trip to Italy & Switzerland. Going from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Otherwise, Rome-Florence-Tuscany-Venice-Milan. by Jeff to Hi Samreen,<br /><br />The pass you purchase depends on the countries. If you’ll be traveling in more than 1 country, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. If you’ll be traveling in one country, you would just purchase the single country pass for that country.<br /><br />A rail pass covers trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass.<br /><br />Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/italy-pass-5922">Eurail Italy Pass</a> does not cover travel in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>, and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> does not cover trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a>.<br /><br />Note: There are a couple notable exceptions with regard to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swiss Travel Pass</a>. One exception is the route from Brig to Locarno via Domodossola. This route passes through Italy, but the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> would still be valid. The other exception is the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/bernina-express-7545" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/bernina-express-7545">Bernina</a> bus between Lugano and Tirano.<br /><br />If you'll just be doing either of the routes you laid out above, then I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets instead of a rail pass. It really just depends on the specifics of what you'll be doing.<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>.<br /><br /><b><u>Milan (or Rome) to Wengen</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to Wengen take 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involve at least 3 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/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. In certain cases, there will be another 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/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/spiez">Spiez</a>. When checking schedules and purchasing tickets for a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to Wengen, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez">Milan to Spiez</a>, another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken">Spiez to Interlaken</a>, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and then another search for connecting trains from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen).<br /><br />If starting in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome</a>, you would first just have to take a direct high-speed train up to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a>. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan">Rome to Milan</a> are 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 <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-italo-7544" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-italo-7544">Italo</a> trains.<br /><br />Generally, trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan">Rome to Milan</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan to Brig</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez">Milan to Spiez</a> can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date. Tickets for trains within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/brig-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig to Spiez</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken">Spiez to Interlaken</a>, Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen) call can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen follow along the scenic Bernese Oberland Railway, and the short trip from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen runs along the Wengernalp Railway.<br /><br />If you'll be staying in Wengen, I assume you'd be planning to&nbsp;make the trek up to Jungfraujoch while you're there. If that is the case, you would need to purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch' (Low-season, Mid-season, or High-season option 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 />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>'&nbsp;would cover you for a round-trip on the Wengernalp Railway from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and then the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.<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 <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>), 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" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. 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>Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan</u></b><br /><br />For your itinerary that consists solely of travel in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a>, you could purchase the single country <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/italy-pass-5922">Eurail Italy Pass</a>, but regular tickets would work out to be more economical for the cities you mentioned. There are direct high-speed trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/rome">Rome</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/florence">Florence</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>. Tuscany is a region, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> is in Tuscany.<br /><br />Once again, 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>.<br /><br />Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/italy">Italy</a> can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 16, 2019 16:34
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Trip to Italy & Switzerland. Going from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Otherwise, Rome-Florence-Tuscany-Venice-Milan. by Jeff to Hi Samreen,<br /><br />The pass you purchase depends on the countries. If you’ll be traveling in more than 1 country, you would purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>. If you’ll be traveling in one country, you would just purchase the single country pass for that country.<br /><br />A rail pass covers trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass.<br /><br />Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/italy-pass-5922">Eurail Italy Pass</a> does not cover travel in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>, and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> does not cover trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a>.<br /><br />Note: There are a couple notable exceptions with regard to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swiss Travel Pass</a>. One exception is the route from Brig to Locarno via Domodossola. This route passes through Italy, but the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> would still be valid. The other exception is the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/bernina-express-7545" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/bernina-express-7545">Bernina</a> bus between Lugano and Tirano.<br /><br />If you'll just be doing either of the routes you laid out above, then I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets instead of a rail pass. It really just depends on the specifics of what you'll be doing.<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>.<br /><br /><b><u>Milan (or Rome) to Wengen</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to Wengen take 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involve at least 3 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/interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. In certain cases, there will be another 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/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/spiez">Spiez</a>. When checking schedules and purchasing tickets for a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a> to Wengen, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez">Milan to Spiez</a>, another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken">Spiez to Interlaken</a>, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and then another search for connecting trains from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen).<br /><br />If starting in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome</a>, you would first just have to take a direct high-speed train up to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/milan">Milan</a>. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan">Rome to Milan</a> are 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 <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-italo-7544" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/italian-trains-italo-7544">Italo</a> trains.<br /><br />Generally, trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan">Rome to Milan</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-brig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan to Brig</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez">Milan to Spiez</a> can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date. Tickets for trains within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/brig-spiez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brig to Spiez</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken">Spiez to Interlaken</a>, Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen) call can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen follow along the scenic Bernese Oberland Railway, and the short trip from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen runs along the Wengernalp Railway.<br /><br />If you'll be staying in Wengen, I assume you'd be planning to&nbsp;make the trek up to Jungfraujoch while you're there. If that is the case, you would need to purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch' (Low-season, Mid-season, or High-season option 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 />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>'&nbsp;would cover you for a round-trip on the Wengernalp Railway from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and then the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.<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 <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>), 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" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. 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>Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan</u></b><br /><br />For your itinerary that consists solely of travel in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a>, you could purchase the single country <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/italy-pass-5922">Eurail Italy Pass</a>, but regular tickets would work out to be more economical for the cities you mentioned. There are direct high-speed trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/rome">Rome</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/florence">Florence</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan</a>. Tuscany is a region, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a> is in Tuscany.<br /><br />Once again, 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>.<br /><br />Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/italy">Italy</a> can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 16, 2019 16:09
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Trip to Italy & Switzerland. Going from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Otherwise, Rome-Florence-Tuscany-Venice-Milan. by Jeff to We do recommend taking the train for your travels in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow">Italy</a> (and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>, for that matter). Trains are a very relaxing way to travel and allow you to just sit back and gaze out at the countryside. Many of the routes you'll be taking are particularly scenic. If you were to drive, whoever is behind the wheel misses out on all that. We also recommend going with 1st class on your trains..
  • January 16, 2019 16:07
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Trip to Italy & Switzerland. Going from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Otherwise, Rome-Florence-Tuscany-Venice-Milan. by Jeff to Hi Samreen,<br /><br />The pass you purchase depends on the countries. If you’ll be traveling in more than 1 country, you would purchase the Eurail Global Pass. If you’ll be traveling in one country, you would just purchase the single country pass for that country.<br /><br />A rail pass covers trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass.<br /><br />Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922">Eurail Italy Pass</a> does not cover travel in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>, and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> does not cover trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow">Italy</a>.<br /><br />Note: There are a couple notable exceptions with regard to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow">Swiss Travel Pass</a>. One exception is the route from Brig to Locarno via Domodossola. This route passes through Italy, but the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-pass-5934">Swiss Travel Pass</a> would still be valid. The other exception is the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/bernina-express-7545" rel="nofollow">Bernina</a> bus between Lugano and Tirano.<br /><br />If you'll just be doing either of the routes you laid out above, then I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets instead of a rail pass. It really just depends on the specifics of what you'll be doing.<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>.<br /><br /><b><u>Milan (or Rome) to Wengen</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow">Milan</a> to Wengen take 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involve at least 3 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/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a>, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. In certain cases, there will be another train change in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brig" rel="nofollow">Brig</a> in between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow">Milan</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/spiez">Spiez</a>. When checking schedules and purchasing tickets for a trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow">Milan</a> to Wengen, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez">Milan to Spiez</a>, another search for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken">Spiez to Interlaken</a>, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and then another search for connecting trains from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen).<br /><br />If starting in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow">Rome</a>, you would first just have to take a direct high-speed train up to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan">Milan</a>. Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan">Rome to Milan</a> are high-speed <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> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-italo-7544" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/italian-trains-italo-7544">Italo</a> trains.<br /><br />Generally, trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/rome-milan">Rome to Milan</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-brig" rel="nofollow">Milan to Brig</a> or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/milan-spiez">Milan to Spiez</a> can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date. Tickets for trains within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/brig-spiez" rel="nofollow">Brig to Spiez</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/spiez-interlaken">Spiez to Interlaken</a>, Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen) call can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen follow along the scenic Bernese Oberland Railway, and the short trip from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen runs along the Wengernalp Railway.<br /><br />If you'll be staying in Wengen, I assume you'd be planning to&nbsp;make the trek up to Jungfraujoch while you're there. If that is the case, you would need to purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch' (Low-season, Mid-season, or High-season option 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" 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 />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315">Jungfraujoch Top of Europe</a>'&nbsp;would cover you for a round-trip on the Wengernalp Railway from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and then the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.<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 <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/interlaken-ost" rel="nofollow">Interlaken Ost</a>), Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> and Jungfraujoch. 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>Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan</u></b><br /><br />For your itinerary that consists solely of travel in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow">Italy</a>, you could purchase the single country <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922">Eurail Italy Pass</a>, but regular tickets would work out to be more economical for the cities you mentioned. There are direct high-speed trains between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/rome">Rome</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence">Florence</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow">Venice</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/milan" rel="nofollow">Milan</a>. Tuscany is a region, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/florence" rel="nofollow">Florence</a> is in Tuscany.<br /><br />Once again, 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>.<br /><br />Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy">Italy</a> can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 16, 2019 15:42
    Jeff
    Changed title of trip to itlay and Switzerland. by Samreen Sultan to Trip to Italy & Switzerland. Going from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Otherwise, Rome-Florence-Tuscany-Venice-Milan..
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  • January 16, 2019 15:42
    Jeff
    Changed description of We are planning a trip to italy and switzerland! So many options of passes hence getting Clueless about selection of passes. <br /><br /> *Which pass should we take to travel from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Is Italian flexi pass a viable option? <br /><br /> *Which pass is suitable to travel from one city to another in italy? Rome to Florence to tuscany to Venice OR Milan. <br /><br /> *While in Italy is it better to rent a car and roam around intercity or travelling via train? What saves more time, and hassle. We are 2 adults and one infant. Seems like renting and train passes might be same cost wise. by Samreen Sultan to We are planning a trip to italy and switzerland! So many options of passes hence getting Clueless about selection of passes. *Which pass should we take to travel from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Is Italian flexi pass a viable option?*Which pass is suitable to travel from one city to another in italy? Rome to Florence to tuscany to Venice OR Milan. *While in Italy is it better to rent a car and roam around intercity or travelling via train? What saves more time, and hassle. We are 2 adults and one infant. Seems like renting and train passes might be same cost wise..
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  • January 16, 2019 15:36
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Trip to Italy & Switzerland. Going from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Otherwise, Rome-Florence-Tuscany-Venice-Milan. by Jeff to Hi Samreen,<br /><br />The pass you purchase depends on the countries. If you’ll be traveling in more than 1 country, you would purchase the Eurail Global Pass. If you’ll be traveling in one country, you would just purchase the single country pass for that country.<br /><br />A rail pass covers trains running ‘inter-city’ (between different cities) within the country or countries included on the pass.<br /><br />Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass does not cover travel in Switzerland, and the Swiss Travel Pass does not cover trains in Italy.<br /><br />Note: There are a couple notable exceptions with regard to the Swiss Travel Pass. One exception is the route from Brig to Locarno via Domodossola. This route passes through Italy, but the Swiss Travel Pass would still be valid. The other exception is the Bernina bus between Lugano and Tirano.<br /><br />If you'll just be doing either of the routes you laid out above, then I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets instead of a rail pass. It really just depends on the specifics of what you'll be doing.<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>.<br /><br /><b><u>Milan (or Rome) to Wengen</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Milan to Wengen take 4 to 4.5 hours in duration and involve at least 3 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Interlaken, and then once in Lauterbrunnen. In certain cases, there will be another train change in Brig in between Milan and Spiez. When checking schedules and purchasing tickets for a trip from Milan to Wengen, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search from Milan to Spiez, another search for connecting trains from Spiez to Interlaken, another search for connecting trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and then another search for connecting trains from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen).<br /><br />If starting in Rome, you would first just have to take a direct high-speed train up to Milan. Trains from Rome to Milan are high-speed Frecciarossa or Italo trains.<br /><br />Generally, trains from Rome to Milan and Milan to Brig or Milan to Spiez can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date. Tickets for trains within Switzerland (Brig to Spiez, Spiez to Interlaken, Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, and Lauterbrunnen to Wengen) call can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen follow along the scenic Bernese Oberland Railway, and the short trip from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen runs along the Wengernalp Railway.<br /><br />If you'll be staying in Wengen, I assume you'd be planning to&nbsp;make the trek up to Jungfraujoch while you're there. If that is the case, you would need to purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch' (Low-season, Mid-season, or High-season option 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 would cover you for a round-trip on the Wengernalp Railway from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg and then the Jungfrau Railway from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.<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), Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.<br /><br />Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. 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>Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan</u></b><br /><br />For your itinerary that consists solely of travel in Italy, you could purchase the single country Eurail Italy Pass, but regular tickets would work out to be more economical for the cities you mentioned. There are direct high-speed trains between Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. Tuscany is a region, and Florence is in Tuscany.<br /><br />Once again, 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>.<br /><br />Generally, trains in Italy can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure date..
  • January 15, 2019 22:56
    Samreen Sultan
    Changed description of We are planning a trip to italy and switzerland! So many options of passes hence getting Clueless about selection of passes. <br /><br /> *Which pass should we take to travel from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Is Italian flexi pass a viable option? <br /><br /> *Which pass is suitable to travel from one city to another in italy? Rome to Florence to tuscany to Venice OR Milan. by Samreen Sultan to We are planning a trip to italy and switzerland! So many options of passes hence getting Clueless about selection of passes. *Which pass should we take to travel from Rome or Milan to Wengen. Is Italian flexi pass a viable option? *Which pass is suitable to travel from one city to another in italy? Rome to Florence to tuscany to Venice OR Milan. *While in Italy is it better to rent a car and roam around intercity or travelling via train? What saves more time, and hassle. We are 2 adults and one infant. Seems like renting and train passes might be same cost wise. .
  • January 14, 2019 15:51
    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 />Your pass would still be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, which you would get here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Disneyland Paris</u></b><br /><br />The station servicing Disneyland Paris is Marne-la-Vallée, located right at the gates to the park. To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to Marne-la-Vallée, you would just take Line A of the local RER rail network. These are like local commuter trains for which tickets can only be purchased locally when you're there. You can board an RER to Marne-la-Vallée at either the Châtelet/Les Halles or <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow">Gare de Lyon</a> stations in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>. From Châtelet/Les Halles, the ride to Marne-la-Vallée takes about 42 minutes. From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow">Gare de Lyon</a>, the ride to Marne-la-Vallée takes about 39 minutes. Line A of the RER departs every 5 to 10 minutes throughout the day.<br /><br />Since the RER is just like a local commuter train, 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 not valid on these. Unless you purchase a city pass for public transit in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, tickets for the RER would have to be purchased locally when you're there.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Amsterdam</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">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 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-amsterdam" rel="nofollow">Paris to Amsterdam</a> 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, Thalys trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />I'm just going to restate the description of connections between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> and Steenwijk (Giethoorn) from above, so it's all included in one response.<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, 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 />The connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> to Steenwijk I described above leave from main station in Amsterdam, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/amsterdam-centraal" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/amsterdam-centraal">Amsterdam Central</a>. However, there are also direct trains to Steenwijk that depart from a more secondary station in Amsterdam called Amsterdam Zuid. The direct trains from Amsterdam Zuid to Steenwijk depart hourly throughout the day, and the ride takes about 1.5 hours.<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken">Interlaken</a> takes just under 9 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a> along the way.<br /><br />The direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a> is a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">InterCity Express</a>) on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />On trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/interlaken" rel="nofollow">Interlaken</a>, reservations are not necessary at all, 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 travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-basel" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-basel">Amsterdam to Basel</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’). When you pull up the results of this search, be sure to look specifically for the direct train. Generally, the direct Amsterdam-Basel train can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for connecting trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/basel-interlaken" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/basel-interlaken">Basel to Interlaken</a>..
  • January 14, 2019 15:38
    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 />Your pass would still be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>, which you would get here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Disneyland Paris</u></b><br /><br />The station servicing Disneyland Paris is Marne-la-Vallée, located right at the gates to the park. To get from Paris to Marne-la-Vallée, you would just take Line A of the local RER rail network. These are like local commuter trains for which tickets can only be purchased locally when you're there. You can board an RER to Marne-la-Vallée at either the Châtelet/Les Halles or Gare de Lyon stations in Paris. From Châtelet/Les Halles, the ride to Marne-la-Vallée takes about 42 minutes. From Gare de Lyon, the ride to Marne-la-Vallée takes about 39 minutes. Line A of the RER departs every 5 to 10 minutes throughout the day.<br /><br />Since the RER is just like a local commuter train, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> is not valid on these. Unless you purchase a city pass for public transit in Paris, tickets for the RER would have to be purchased locally when you're there.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Amsterdam</u></b><br /><br />From Paris to Amsterdam, 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 require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Amsterdam 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 /><b><u>Amsterdam-Giethoorn</u></b><br /><br />I'm just going to restate the description of connections between Amsterdam and Steenwijk (Giethoorn) from above, so it's all included in one response.<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-Interlaken</u></b><br /><br />The most feasible connection from Amsterdam to Interlaken takes just under 9 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way.<br /><br />The direct train from Amsterdam to Basel is a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow">ICE</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow">InterCity Express</a>) on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.<br /><br />On trains from Basel to Interlaken, reservations are not necessary at all, 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 travel with the rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Amsterdam to Basel by searching the 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 Global Pass’). When you pull up the results of this search, be sure to look specifically for the direct train. Generally, the direct Amsterdam-Basel train can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for connecting trains from Basel to Interlaken..
  • January 11, 2019 19:03
    Jeff
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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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