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  • September 13, 2018 19:13
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of 3 countries (Italy, Switzerland and France) / Florence-Venice, Venice-Zermatt, Zermatt-Lyon, Lyon-Paris, Paris-Versailles-Paris, Paris-Chantilly-Paris / Which is the best option, Eurail Pass or one-way tickets? by Jeff to Hi Fernanda,<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, the two options (regular tickets vs. rail pass) are very close in cost. It would come down to the specific rates you'd choose if you opted to purchase regular tickets, as well as your own preferences.<br /><br />If you go with the option of purchasing a rail pass, the specific pass you'd get would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass</a> to include Italy, Switzerland, and France. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037</a>.<br /><br />When considering the option of the rail pass, you would also need to be sure to account for reservation costs (I'll explain below how you'd go about doing that with regard to your specific itinerary, segment by segment). Rail passes only cover ticket costs for 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. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, depending on the itinerary, a rail pass can still often work out to be the most economical option for travelers planning multiple train trips.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in certain Western European countries.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Venice with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />From Florence to Venice, you would use the rail pass to take a high-speed Frecciarossa or Frecciargento train. There are also Italo high-speed trains on this route, but these are privately operated and not covered by rail passes.<br /><br />Frecciarossa/Frecciargento trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Frecciarossa or Frecciargento from Florence to Venice by searching the route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br /><b><u>Venice to Zermatt with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Venice to Zermatt take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Brig. Checking schedules/purchasing reservations on our website would require piecing together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment.<br /><br />For the segment from Venice to Milan, you would use the rail pass to take a high-speed Frecciarossa train. The privately ran Italo trains also run this route, so just be sure to choose a Frecciarossa, since the Italos are not covered by rail passes.<br /><br />Frecciarossa trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Frecciarossa from Venice to Milan 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br />Trains from Milan to Brig are EC (EuroCity) trains that also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a connecting train from Milan to Brig 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br />For the segment from Brig to Zermatt, you would just take a regional train. The regional trains don't even accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board. These trains do follow along part of the famed Glacier Express scenic route. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for the segment from Brig to Zermatt.<br /><br /><b><u>Zermatt to Lyon with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Zermatt to Lyon take just over 6 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in Geneva.<br /><br />For all segments making up a connection from Zermatt to Lyon, the trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. To do so, you would just piece together the connection segment-by-segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Zermatt to Visp, another search for connecting trains from Visp to Geneva, and then another search for connecting trains from Geneva to Lyon.<br /><br />The trains from Zermatt to Visp follow the same scenic route you took from Brig on your way into Zermatt.<br /><br /><b><u>Lyon to Paris with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />From Lyon to Paris, you would take a direct TGV high-speed train. TGV trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Lyon 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Chantilly with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />Trains between Paris and Chantilly are regional TER trains, which do not accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. Once again, 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 get an idea of the schedules. This ride only takes about 25 minutes.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Versailles</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to Versailles, you would take Line C of the local RER network. RER trains are like suburban commuter trains, so the Eurail Pass would actually not be valid.<br /><br />If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite</a>'.<br /><br />The 'zones 1-5' version of a pass called 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>' would cover you on the full route of the RER between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> and Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château. The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow">Paris Visite</a>' covers local transportation in Paris, including the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses.<br /><br />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="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339</a><br /><br />There is also the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=">Paris Pass</a>'. However, the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' is only valid on RER lines running solely within zones 1, 2, and 3. Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château is located outside of these zones, so this particular pass would not be valid to cover the entire ride on the RER, but it does cover free entry to the palace. If you purchase the 'Paris Pass', you would just have to purchase an additional ticket locally to cover you for the portion of RER Line C that continues beyond zone 3 to Versailles. The 'Paris Pass' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris (zones 1 to 3).<br /><br />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="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/activities/activitycode2036PARISdestId479catId">https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId</a>=<br /><br />Line C of the RER can be picked up at a number of local RER/Métro stops in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, including Champs de Mars/Tour Eiffel, Pont de l'Alma, Invalides, St. Michel/Notre Dame, and Austerlitz. You would get off the RER at the 'Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château' stop, which is only about a 5 minute walk from the palace itself. These RER trains depart 3 or 4 times every hour and the ride between the city and 'Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château' only takes about 25 to 40 minutes in duration (depending on the station in Paris where you board)..
  • September 13, 2018 19:11
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of 3 countries (Italy, Switzerland and France) / Florence-Venice, Venice-Zermatt, Zermatt-Lyon, Lyon-Paris, Paris-Versailles-Paris, Paris-Chantilly-Paris / Which is the best option, Eurail Pass or one-way tickets? by Jeff to To check regular ticket costs, you would just search a route under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>) and leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />For the trips that involve changing trains en route, you would just piece together your search segment-by-segment. Therefore, for the trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/venice">Venice</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zermatt" rel="nofollow">Zermatt</a> as I described it above, you would do one search from Venice to Milan, another search for connecting trains from Milan to Brig, and then another search for connecting trains from Brig to Zermatt. For the trip from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zermatt" rel="nofollow">Zermatt</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a> as I had described it, you would do one search from Zermatt to Visp, another search for connecting trains from Visp to Geneva, and then another search for connecting trains from Geneva to Lyon. <br /><br />Taking the RER between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> and Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château would still involve purchasing the ticket locally or using the 'zones 1-5' version of the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow">Paris Visite Pass</a>' to cover you..
  • September 13, 2018 19:09
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of 3 countries (Italy, Switzerland and France) / Florence-Venice, Venice-Zermatt, Zermatt-Lyon, Lyon-Paris, Paris-Versailles-Paris, Paris-Chantilly-Paris / Which is the best option, Eurail Pass or one-way tickets? by Jeff to When in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zermatt" rel="nofollow">Zermatt</a>, one of the main draws is the observation deck at Gornergrat, where you'll have spectacular views of the Matterhorn and surrounding Alps. To reach Gornergrat, you would take the Gornergratbahn cogwheel train, which is not covered by any multiple country Eurail Passes. To be covered on the Gornergratbahn you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Gornergrat Zermatt to Gornergrat Full Fare Ticket' option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-gornergrat" rel="nofollow">Mount Gornergrat</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-gornergrat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-...</a> .<br /><br />Also very highly recommended in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zermatt" rel="nofollow">Zermatt</a> is the gondola and cable cars up to Klein Matterhorn/Glacier Paradise. To be covered on the journey from Zermatt up to Klein Matterhorn (gondola from Zermatt to Furi, cable car from Furi to Trockener Steg, and then the highest cable car in Europe from Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn), you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Full Fare’ option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for ‘<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/matterhorn-glacier-paradise-8319" rel="nofollow">Matterhorn Glacier Paradise</a>’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/matterhorn-glacier-paradise-8319" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/matterhorn-glacier-paradise-8319">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/matter...</a>.<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/matterhorn-glacier-paradise-8319" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/matterhorn-glacier-paradise-8319">Matterhorn Glacier Paradise</a>’ pass also includes entrance through the ice tunnel to the Glacier Palace and access to the viewing platform for more views of the Matterhorn and surrounding Alps..
  • September 13, 2018 19:07
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of 3 countries (Italy, Switzerland and France) / Florence-Venice, Venice-Zermatt, Zermatt-Lyon, Lyon-Paris, Paris-Versailles-Paris, Paris-Chantilly-Paris / Which is the best option, Eurail Pass or one-way tickets? by Jeff to When in Zermatt, one of the main draws is the observation deck at Gornergrat, where you'll have spectacular views of the Matterhorn and surrounding Alps. To reach Gornergrat, you would take the Gornergratbahn cogwheel train, which is not covered by any multiple country Eurail Passes. To be covered on the Gornergratbahn you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Gornergrat Zermatt to Gornergrat Full Fare Ticket' option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for 'Mount Gornergrat' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-gornergrat" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-...</a> .<br /><br />Also very highly recommended in Zermatt is the gondola and cable cars up to Klein Matterhorn/Glacier Paradise. To be covered on the journey from Zermatt up to Klein Matterhorn (gondola from Zermatt to Furi, cable car from Furi to Trockener Steg, and then the highest cable car in Europe from Trockener Steg to Klein Matterhorn), you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Zermatt to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Full Fare’ option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’ here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/matterhorn-glacier-paradise-8319" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/matter...</a>.<br /><br />The 'Matterhorn Glacier Paradise’ pass also includes entrance through the ice tunnel to the Glacier Palace and access to the viewing platform for more views of the Matterhorn and surrounding Alps..
  • September 13, 2018 19:07
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of 3 countries (Italy, Switzerland and France) / Florence-Venice, Venice-Zermatt, Zermatt-Lyon, Lyon-Paris, Paris-Versailles-Paris, Paris-Chantilly-Paris / Which is the best option, Eurail Pass or one-way tickets? by Jeff to To check regular ticket costs, you would just search a route under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>) and leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><br />For the trips that involve changing trains en route, you would just piece together your search segment-by-segment. Therefore, for the trip from Venice to Zermatt as I described it above, you would do one search from Venice to Milan, another search for connecting trains from Milan to Brig, and then another search for connecting trains from Brig to Zermatt. For the trip from Zermatt to Lyon as I had described it, you would do one search from Zermatt to Visp, another search for connecting trains from Visp to Geneva, and then another search for connecting trains from Geneva to Lyon. <br /><br />Taking the RER between Paris and Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château would still involve purchasing the ticket locally or using the 'zones 1-5' version of the 'Paris Visite' to cover you..
  • September 13, 2018 18:48
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of 3 countries (Italy, Switzerland and France) / Florence-Venice, Venice-Zermatt, Zermatt-Lyon, Lyon-Paris, Paris-Versailles-Paris, Paris-Chantilly-Paris / Which is the best option, Eurail Pass or one-way tickets? by Jeff to Hi Fernanda,<br /><br />For the requested itinerary, the two options (regular tickets vs. rail pass) are very close in cost. It would come down to the specific rates you'd choose if you opted to purchase regular tickets, as well as your own preferences.<br /><br />If you go with the option of purchasing a rail pass, the specific pass you'd get would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037" rel="nofollow">3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass</a> to include Italy, Switzerland, and France. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037</a>.<br /><br />When considering the option of the rail pass, you would also need to be sure to account for reservation costs (I'll explain below how you'd go about doing that with regard to your specific itinerary, segment by segment). Rail passes only cover ticket costs for 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. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, depending on the itinerary, a rail pass can still often work out to be the most economical option for travelers planning multiple train trips.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in certain Western European countries.<br /><br /><b><u>Florence to Venice with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />From Florence to Venice, you would use the rail pass to take a high-speed Frecciarossa or Frecciargento train. There are also Italo high-speed trains on this route, but these are privately operated and not covered by rail passes.<br /><br />Frecciarossa/Frecciargento trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Frecciarossa or Frecciargento from Florence to Venice 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br /><b><u>Venice to Zermatt with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Venice to Zermatt take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Brig. Checking schedules/purchasing reservations on our website would require piecing together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment.<br /><br />For the segment from Venice to Milan, you would use the rail pass to take a high-speed Frecciarossa train. The privately ran Italo trains also run this route, so just be sure to choose a Frecciarossa, since the Italos are not covered by rail passes.<br /><br />Frecciarossa trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Frecciarossa from Venice to Milan 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br />Trains from Milan to Brig are EC (EuroCity) trains that also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a connecting train from Milan to Brig 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br />For the segment from Brig to Zermatt, you would just take a regional train. The regional trains don't even accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board. These trains do follow along part of the famed Glacier Express scenic route. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for the segment from Brig to Zermatt.<br /><br /><b><u>Zermatt to Lyon with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from Zermatt to Lyon take just over 6 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Visp and then once in Geneva.<br /><br />For all segments making up a connection from Zermatt to Lyon, the trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. To do so, you would just piece together the connection segment-by-segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Zermatt to Visp, another search for connecting trains from Visp to Geneva, and then another search for connecting trains from Geneva to Lyon.<br /><br />The trains from Zermatt to Visp follow the same scenic route you took from Brig on your way into Zermatt.<br /><br /><b><u>Lyon to Paris with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />From Lyon to Paris, you would take a direct TGV high-speed train. TGV trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Lyon to Paris 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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Chantilly with a Eurail Pass</u></b><br /><br />Trains between Paris and Chantilly are regional TER trains, which do not accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. Once again, you can use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to get an idea of the schedules. This ride only takes about 25 minutes.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris-Versailles</u></b><br /><br />To get from Paris to Versailles, you would take Line C of the local RER network. RER trains are like suburban commuter trains, so the Eurail Pass would actually not be valid.<br /><br />If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the 'Paris Pass' or the 'Paris Visite'.<br /><br />The 'zones 1-5' version of a pass called the 'Paris Visite' would cover you on the full route of the RER between Paris and Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château. The 'Paris Visite' covers local transportation in Paris, including the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses.<br /><br />You would purchase the 'Paris Visite' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339</a><br /><br />There is also the 'Paris Pass'. However, the 'Paris Pass' is only valid on RER lines running solely within zones 1, 2, and 3. Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château is located outside of these zones, so this particular pass would not be valid to cover the entire ride on the RER, but it does cover free entry to the palace. If you purchase the 'Paris Pass', you would just have to purchase an additional ticket locally to cover you for the portion of RER Line C that continues beyond zone 3 to Versailles. The 'Paris Pass' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris (zones 1 to 3).<br /><br />You would purchase the 'Paris Pass' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId">https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId</a>=<br /><br />Line C of the RER can be picked up at a number of local RER/Métro stops in Paris, including Champs de Mars/Tour Eiffel, Pont de l'Alma, Invalides, St. Michel/Notre Dame, and Austerlitz. You would get off the RER at the 'Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château' stop, which is only about a 5 minute walk from the palace itself. These RER trains depart 3 or 4 times every hour and the ride between the city and 'Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château' only takes about 25 to 40 minutes in duration (depending on the station in Paris where you board)..
  • September 13, 2018 15:21
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Eurail Global Pass to cover Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Munich, Munich-Salzburg, Salzburg-Vienna, Vienna-Budapest, Budapest-Prague, Prague-Berlin, Berlin-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-London by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">London Travel Card</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.<br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">London Travel Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327</a><br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331">Visitor Oyster Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331</a><br /><br />To browse other city passes for a stay in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737</a>.
  • September 13, 2018 15:19
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Eurail Global Pass to cover Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Munich, Munich-Salzburg, Salzburg-Vienna, Vienna-Budapest, Budapest-Prague, Prague-Berlin, Berlin-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-London by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite</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" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId">http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId</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">Paris Visite</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339</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" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335">Paris Museum Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-museum-pass-8335</a><br /><br />Various other city passes and tours for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> can be found here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=France&amp;cities=cities-479" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=France&amp;cities=cities-479">http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=France&amp;cities=cities-479</a>.
  • September 13, 2018 15:15
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Eurail Global Pass to cover Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Munich, Munich-Salzburg, Salzburg-Vienna, Vienna-Budapest, Budapest-Prague, Prague-Berlin, Berlin-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-London by Jeff to Hi Rachael, <br /><br />For the requested itinerary, your best option would be 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>. For this pass, 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 />Rail passes only cover ticket costs for 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. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It just depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in certain Western European countries. With regard to your specific itinerary, I'll outline below:<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to 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" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/zurich">Zurich</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a <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 purchase passholder 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'). When you pull up the results of your search, be sure to locate the actual direct trains.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Munich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/munich">Munich</a>, there are EC (EuroCity) trains taking about 4.5 hours in duration, but your pass would also be valid on buses (IC Buses) that take only about 3hr43min.<br /><br />On the EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/munich">Munich</a>, reservations are not required but they are recommended. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-munich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zurich to Munich</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').<br /><br />It may also be the case that only one departure is able to be shown for each search you do. In addition to that, the 'Later Trains' button does not function. To get around these issues and view more departures, you would need to adjust to the specific hour of the day for which you want to view schedules when you enter the criteria of your search. For example, if you want to view trains departing after 10am, click '10AM'.<br /><br /><b><u>Munich to Salzburg</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Munich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/salzburg" rel="nofollow">Salzburg</a>, there are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Railjet</a> trains and Meridian trains.<br /><br />On the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Railjet</a> trains, reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. On Meridian trains, reservations are not even accepted, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Railjet</a> trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/munich-salzburg" rel="nofollow">Munich to Salzburg</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').<br /><br />The route from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/munich-salzburg" rel="nofollow">Munich&nbsp;to Salzburg</a> follows along the very scenic 'Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway' for a stretch of the trip.<br /><br /><b><u>Salzburg to Vienna</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/salzburg" rel="nofollow">Salzburg</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/vienna" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/vienna">Vienna</a>, you would take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543">Railjet</a> train on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/salzburg-vienna" rel="nofollow">Salzburg to Vienna</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').<br /><br /><b><u>Vienna to Budapest</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/vienna" rel="nofollow">Vienna</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/budapest" rel="nofollow">Budapest</a>, you would take another <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Railjet</a> train on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/vienna-budapest" rel="nofollow">Vienna to Budapest</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').<br /><br /><b><u>Budapest to Prague</u></b><br /><br />The direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/budapest" rel="nofollow">Budapest</a> to Prague are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/budapest-prague" rel="nofollow">Budapest to Prague</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').<br /><br /><b><u>Prague to Berlin</u></b><br /><br />Direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/prague" rel="nofollow">Prague</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/berlin" rel="nofollow">Berlin</a> are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/prague-berlin" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/prague-berlin">Prague to Berlin</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').<br /><br /><b><u>Berlin to Amsterdam</u></b><br /><br />The direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/berlin" rel="nofollow">Berlin</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264">Amsterdam</a> are IC (InterCity) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/berlin-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/berlin-amsterdam">Berlin to Amsterdam</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').<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam to Brussels</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/brussels" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels">Brussels</a>, there are IC (InterCity) trains and high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains. IC trains in this part of Europe don't 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> would be all you'd need to board. On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a <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 from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-brussels" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/amsterdam-brussels">Amsterdam to Brussels</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'). If you prefer to take one of the IC trains on this route, there is no need to do this, because the pass is all you need.<br /><br /><b><u>Brussels to London</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> you would take the high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a>. Even this train takes you to the UK, 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 valid. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> trains would just require passholder reservations as a supplement to 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>. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/brussels-london" rel="nofollow">Brussels to London</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')..
  • September 13, 2018 15:05
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Eurail Global Pass to cover Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Munich, Munich-Salzburg, Salzburg-Vienna, Vienna-Budapest, Budapest-Prague, Prague-Berlin, Berlin-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-London by Jeff to Hi Rachael, <br /><br />For the requested itinerary, your best option would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />Rail passes only cover ticket costs for 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. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It just depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in certain Western European countries. With regard to your specific itinerary, I'll outline below:<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Zurich</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/zurich" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich">Zurich</a>, you would take a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> train. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a> trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would purchase passholder 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://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 your search, be sure to locate the actual direct trains.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Munich</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich">Munich</a>, there are EC (EuroCity) trains taking about 4.5 hours in duration, but your pass would also be valid on buses (IC Buses) that take only about 3hr43min.<br /><br />On the EC trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich">Munich</a>, reservations are not required but they are recommended. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/zurich-munich" rel="nofollow">Zurich to Munich</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').<br /><br />It may also be the case that only one departure is able to be shown for each search you do. In addition to that, the 'Later Trains' button does not function. To get around these issues and view more departures, you would need to adjust to the specific hour of the day for which you want to view schedules when you enter the criteria of your search. For example, if you want to view trains departing after 10am, click '10AM'.<br /><br /><b><u>Munich to Salzburg</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich" rel="nofollow">Munich</a> to Salzburg, there are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow">Railjet</a> trains and Meridian trains.<br /><br />On the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow">Railjet</a> trains, reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. On Meridian trains, reservations are not even accepted, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow">Railjet</a> trains from Munich to Salzburg 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').<br /><br />The route from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/munich" rel="nofollow">Munich</a> to Salzburg follows along the very scenic 'Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway' for a stretch of the trip.<br /><br /><b><u>Salzburg to Vienna</u></b><br /><br />From Salzburg to Vienna, you would take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow">Railjet</a> train on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Salzburg to Vienna 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Vienna to Budapest</u></b><br /><br />From Vienna to Budapest, you would take another <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow">Railjet</a> train on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Vienna to Budapest 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Budapest to Prague</u></b><br /><br />The direct trains from Budapest to Prague are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Budapest to Prague by searching the route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass').<br /><br /><b><u>Prague to Berlin</u></b><br /><br />Direct trains from Prague to Berlin are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Prague to Berlin 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Berlin to Amsterdam</u></b><br /><br />The direct trains from Berlin to Amsterdam are IC (InterCity) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Berlin to Amsterdam 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam to Brussels</u></b><br /><br />From Amsterdam to Brussels, there are IC (InterCity) trains and high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains. IC trains in this part of Europe don't accept reservations, so 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. On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> train from Amsterdam to Brussels 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'). If you prefer to take one of the IC trains on this route, there is no need to do this, because the pass is all you need.<br /><br /><b><u>Brussels to London</u></b><br /><br />From Brussels to London you would take the high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a>. Even this train takes you to the UK, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is valid. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> trains would just require passholder reservations as a supplement to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> from Brussels to London 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')..
  • September 13, 2018 14:52
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Eurail Global Pass to cover Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Munich, Munich-Salzburg, Salzburg-Vienna, Vienna-Budapest, Budapest-Prague, Prague-Berlin, Berlin-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-London by Jeff to Hi Rachael, <br /><br />For the requested itinerary, your best option would be the Eurail Global Pass. For this pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />Rail passes only cover ticket costs for 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. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It just depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in certain Western European countries. With regard to your specific itinerary, I'll outline below:<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Zurich</u></b><br /><br />From Paris to Zurich, you would take a high-speed TGV Lyria train. TGV Lyria trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase passholder reservations from Paris to Zurich by searching the route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass'). When you pull up the results of your search, be sure to locate the actual direct trains.<br /><br /><b><u>Zurich to Munich</u></b><br /><br />From Zurich to Munich, there are EC (EuroCity) trains taking about 4.5 hours in duration, but your pass would also be valid on buses (IC Buses) that take only about 3hr43min.<br /><br />On the EC trains from Zurich to Munich, reservations are not required but they are recommended. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the trains from Zurich to Munich 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').<br /><br />It may also be the case that only one departure is able to be shown for each search you do. In addition to that, the 'Later Trains' button does not function. To get around these issues and view more departures, you would need to adjust to the specific hour of the day for which you want to view schedules when you enter the criteria of your search. For example, if you want to view trains departing after 10am, click '10AM'.<br /><br /><b><u>Munich to Salzburg</u></b><br /><br />From Munich to Salzburg, there are Railjet trains and Meridian trains.<br /><br />On the Railjet trains, reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. On Meridian trains, reservations are not even accepted, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the Railjet trains from Munich to Salzburg 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').<br /><br />The route from Munich to Salzburg follows along the very scenic 'Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway' for a stretch of the trip.<br /><br /><b><u>Salzburg to Vienna</u></b><br /><br />From Salzburg to Vienna, you would take a Railjet train on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Salzburg to Vienna 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Vienna to Budapest</u></b><br /><br />From Vienna to Budapest, you would take another Railjet train on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Vienna to Budapest 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Budapest to Prague</u></b><br /><br />The direct trains from Budapest to Prague are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Budapest to Prague 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Prague to Berlin</u></b><br /><br />Direct trains from Prague to Berlin are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Prague to Berlin 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Berlin to Amsterdam</u></b><br /><br />The direct trains from Berlin to Amsterdam are IC (InterCity) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Berlin to Amsterdam 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').<br /><br /><b><u>Amsterdam to Brussels</u></b><br /><br />From Amsterdam to Brussels, there are IC (InterCity) trains and high-speed Thalys trains. IC trains in this part of Europe don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need to board. On Thalys trains, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Brussels 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'). If you prefer to take one of the IC trains on this route, there is no need to do this, because the pass is all you need.<br /><br /><b><u>Brussels to London</u></b><br /><br />From Brussels to London you would take the high-speed Eurostar. Even this train takes you to the UK, the Eurail Global Pass is valid. Eurostar trains would just require passholder reservations as a supplement to the Eurail Global Pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the Eurostar from Brussels to London 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')..
  • September 12, 2018 18:26
    Jeff
    Changed title of 7 minutes transfer in Mannheim hbf by Carly Farrah to 7 minutes to transfer at Mannheim Hbf station?.
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  • September 12, 2018 18:18
    Jeff
    Changed description of I am looking to buy a global euro rail pass. I couldn't find a good map. Does this pass cover these places? <br /> Paris --> Zurich <br /> Zurich --> Munich <br /> Munich --> Salzburg <br /> Salzburg --> Vienna <br /> Vienna --> Budapest <br /> Budapest --> Prague <br /> Prague --> Berlin <br /> Berlin --> Amsterdam <br /> Amsterdam --> Brussels <br /> Brussels --> London <br /> Also, does this mean if I buy the euro rail pass, then that is the only cost I pay? Because when I try to reserve a spot on the train while saying that I have a pass, it still charges me. by Rachael Strom to I am looking to buy a global euro rail pass. I couldn't find a good map. Does this pass cover these places? Paris --&gt; ZurichZurich --&gt; MunichMunich --&gt; SalzburgSalzburg --&gt; ViennaVienna --&gt; BudapestBudapest --&gt; PraguePrague --&gt; BerlinBerlin --&gt; AmsterdamAmsterdam --&gt; BrusselsBrussels --&gt; LondonAlso, does this mean if I buy the euro rail pass, then that is the only cost I pay? Because when I try to reserve a spot on the train while saying that I have a pass, it still charges me..
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  • September 12, 2018 18:18
    Jeff
    Changed title of GLOBAL EURO RAIL PASS QUESTIONS by Rachael Strom to Eurail Global Pass to cover Paris-Zurich, Zurich-Munich, Munich-Salzburg, Salzburg-Vienna, Vienna-Budapest, Budapest-Prague, Prague-Berlin, Berlin-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Brussels, Brussels-London.
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  • September 07, 2018 17:07
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Are my routes covered by the Eurail Global Pass? by Jeff to Hi,<br />Yes, these routes are covered by the Eurail Global Pass. For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><b><u>Vienna to Budapest</u></b><br />Trains from Vienna to Budapest are Railjet trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from Vienna to Budapest 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’).<br /><b><u>Krakow to Prague</u></b><br />From Krakow to Prague, you would take an overnight train on which reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass. The night train from Krakow to Prague carries single compartments, double compartments, triple compartments, 6-berth compartments, and 2nd class seats. Due to an error, it may currently be the case that our website is only able to offer a maximum of two of these accommodation types. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that doesn't show, you would have to call us to book. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.<br /><b><u>Prague to Český Krumlov</u></b><br />From Prague to Český Krumlov, there is a direct train taking just under 3 hours.<br />Otherwise, connections from Prague to Český Krumlov involve changing trains once in České Budějovice en route and take about 3 to 3.5 hours.<br />Reservations are not necessary on any of the trains connecting Prague and Český Krumlov, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked.<br /><b><u>Český Krumlov to Salzburg</u></b><br />Connections from Český Krumlov to Salzburg take 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in České Budějovice and then once in Linz.<br />On trains from Český Krumlov to České Budějovice and České Budějovice to Linz, reservations are not necessary or accepted, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.<br />Trains from Linz to Salzburg are Railjet on which reservations are only recommended. If you want reservations on this segment (Linz to Salzburg), you can purchase them 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’).<br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for the unreserved trains from Český Krumlov to České Budějovice and České Budějovice to Linz. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked.<br /><b><u>Salzburg to Zurich</u></b><br />Direct trains from Salzburg to Zurich are Railjet on which reservations are highly recommended as supplement to a rail pass.<br />The Railjets from Salzburg to Zurich run along a notably scenic stretch of railway called the Arlberg Railway. The Arlberg Railway starts around Innsbruck and goes up to Bludenz (just before the train crosses the border into Switzerland). Before that, these trains also cross over the Rosenheim-Salzburg and Rosenheim-Kufstein Railways through Bavaria, which are also scenic.<br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Salzburg to Zurich 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’)..
  • September 05, 2018 20:45
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Is it more economical to buy Eurail or Renfe pass? by Jeff to Hi Betsy,<br />For the requested itinerary, your best option would be the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931" rel="nofollow">Eurail Spain Pass</a> for 3 days in combination with regular tickets just for your Madrid-Segovia and Madrid-Toledo trips. This would be more economical than purchasing the Renfe Spain Pass.<br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931" rel="nofollow">Eurail Spain Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931</a>.<br /><b><u>Barcelona to Madrid</u></b><br />Trains from Barcelona to Madrid are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow">AVE</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations as a supplement to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931" rel="nofollow">Eurail Spain Pass</a>.<br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Barcelona to Madrid 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 Spain Pass’).<br /><b><u>Madrid-Segovia-Madrid</u></b><br />Trains between Madrid and Segovia are Alvia and Avant trains. These trains do require reservations; however, the ride is so short that it would not be worth devoting a 'travel day' on your pass to this trip. With that being the case, as I alluded to above, I actually just recommend that you purchase regular point-to-point tickets for this part of your trip.<br />You would purchase tickets from Madrid to Segovia 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>. To purchase regular tickets (as opposed to reservations), you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><b><u>Madrid-Toledo-Madrid</u></b><br />Trains between Madrid and Toledo are Avant trains. These trains do require reservations, but just like the Madrid-Segovia trip, the ride is so short that it would not be worth devoting a 'travel day' on your pass to this trip. Therefore, I would just recommend purchasing regular point-to-point tickets for this part of your trip as well.<br />You would purchase tickets from Madrid to Toledo 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>. To purchase regular tickets (as opposed to reservations), you would just have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.<br /><b><u>Madrid to Seville</u></b><br />Trains from Madrid to Seville are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow">AVE</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations as a supplement to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931" rel="nofollow">Eurail Spain Pass</a>.<br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Madrid to Seville 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 Spain Pass’).<br /><b><u>Seville to Granada</u></b><br />The construction on the rail line outside of Granada is still not complete, so travel to Granada would still involve taking a bus from Antequera. The trains from Seville to Antequera are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow">AVE</a>/Avant trains, which do require reservations as a supplement to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/spain-pass-5931">Eurail Spain Pass</a>. So that you'll also be covered on the Antequera-Granada bus, you would need to search the full route from Seville to Granada when you go to purchase reservations on our website (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com)" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com)</a>. When purchasing these reservations, just be sure to check the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Spain Pass’). The bus ride can take anywhere from around 1 hour and 20 minutes to 2 hours..
  • September 05, 2018 17:42
    Jeff
    Changed title of Flexibility of eurorail vs swisspass by Hans Zuckerman to Flexibility of Eurail Pass vs Swiss Pass.
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  • September 05, 2018 17:42
    Jeff
    Changed description of We are currently debating about renting a car vs using rail passes on a vacation in the next couple weeks. <br /><br /> We are going to be in Switzerland, Interlaken for 5 days, then spend 2 days in southern Germany (Garmisch or Fussen if we can get there), 3 in Salzburg, and 2 in Munich before heading back to Switzerland. We don't know exactly what we plan to do each day, we want to go to Gruyeres, Lucerne, Lauterbrunnen, etc. But when and where will depend a little on the weather and advice we get, etc. We like to be a little flexible in where we go and what we do. This worked great with the rail passes in Japan where we'd decide a day or two before, check the schedules, show up at the station and jump on. However, deciding on Eurail vs swiss pass vs also incorporating Germany and Salzburg has become a giant headache! We don't have a good idea of what is covered in swisspass which isn't in the Eurail and the possibility of Eurail for everything vs a swisspass + a shorter duration eurail is frustrating. Any advice? We might just give up and get a car, it most likely will be cheaper but I don't think it will be as relaxing and fun. <br /><br /> Thanks for any, all advice. I keep reading posts on other websites which end up being 10 years old. by Hans Zuckerman to We are currently debating about renting a car vs using rail passes on a vacation in the next couple weeks.We are going to be in Switzerland, Interlaken for 5 days, then spend 2 days in southern Germany (Garmisch or Fussen if we can get there), 3 in Salzburg, and 2 in Munich before heading back to Switzerland. We don't know exactly what we plan to do each day, we want to go to Gruyeres, Lucerne, Lauterbrunnen, etc. But when and where will depend a little on the weather and advice we get, etc. We like to be a little flexible in where we go and what we do. This worked great with the rail passes in Japan where we'd decide a day or two before, check the schedules, show up at the station and jump on. However, deciding on Eurail vs swiss pass vs also incorporating Germany and Salzburg has become a giant headache! We don't have a good idea of what is covered in swisspass which isn't in the Eurail and the possibility of Eurail for everything vs a swisspass + a shorter duration eurail is frustrating. Any advice? We might just give up and get a car, it most likely will be cheaper but I don't think it will be as relaxing and fun.Thanks for any, all advice. I keep reading posts on other websites which end up being 10 years old..
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  • September 05, 2018 17:36
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Flexibility of Eurail Pass vs Swiss Pass by Jeff to For time in Lucerne, the nearby ‘Mountaintop’ excursions include Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis, Stanserhorn, and Mount Rigi.<b><u><br /></u></b><b><u><br /></u></b><b><u>Mount Pilatus</u></b><br /><br />The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, you would make your ascent by taking the cog railway up to Mount Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Pilatus Kulm, you would descend via a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to Lucerne, you would take a bus from Kriens.<br /><br />With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount between Lucerne and Mount Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm). To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Pilatus Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Eurail Pass’ option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus</a>.<b><u><br /></u></b><b><u><br /></u></b><b><u>Mount Titlis</u></b><br /><br />The ascent to Mount Titlis starts in Engelberg (43 minute train ride from Lucerne). It starts with a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the famous 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.<br /><br />The train between Lucerne and Engelberg is covered by the Eurail Select Pass. For the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 20-25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Titlis Engelberg-Mt Titlis/Eurail Pass’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/mount-titlis-8165">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165</a> .<br /><br />This pass covers the round-trip between Engelberg and Klein Titlis, as well as a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.<b><u><br /></u></b><b><u><br /></u></b><b><u>Stanserhorn</u></b><br /><br />Until November 18th of 2018, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby (Mount) Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.<br /><br />The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Stans. For the remaining part of the excursion (funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn), however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Stanserhorn Stans – Stanserhorn for Eurail Pass Holder’ option of the pass for 'Mount Stanserhorn' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-stanserhorn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom/pass/mount-stanserhorn">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-stanserhorn</a>.<b><u><br /></u></b><b><u><br /></u></b><b><u>Mount Rigi</u></b><br /><br />Between Lucerne and nearby Mount Rigi, there are 2 different routes you can take.<br /><br />The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. For this first route, the Eurail Select Pass is only valid to cover you on the train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount.<br /><br />The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on both the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' both can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount. The boats on Lake Lucerne are operated by SGV..
  • September 05, 2018 17:35
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Flexibility of Eurail Pass vs Swiss Pass by Jeff to For time in Lucerne, the nearby ‘Mountaintop’ excursions include Mount Pilatus, Mount Titlis, Stanserhorn, and Mount Rigi.<br /><b><u>Mount Pilatus</u></b><br />The excursion to the Mount Pilatus summit starts with a steamer across Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. Once you get to Alpnachstad, you would make your ascent by taking the cog railway up to Mount Pilatus itself (Pilatus Kulm). After reaching Pilatus Kulm, you would descend via a cable car to Fräkmüntegg and a gondola from Fräkmüntegg to Kriens. To get back to Lucerne, you would take a bus from Kriens.<br />With the Eurail Select Pass, you would be able to receive a 50% discount between Lucerne and Mount Pilatus (Pilatus Kulm). To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Pilatus Alpnachstad or Kriens-Mt Pilatus/Eurail Pass’ option of the pass for 'Mount Pilatus' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-pilatus</a>.<br /><b><u>Mount Titlis</u></b><br />The ascent to Mount Titlis starts in Engelberg (43 minute train ride from Lucerne). It starts with a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and then the famous 'Titlis Rotair' gondola from Stand to Klein Titlis. The 'Titlis Rotair' is the world's first 360 degree revolving gondola, offering spectacular panoramic views. Off the Klein Titlis station, you have access to the 'Titlis Cliff Walk', the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift, the Titlis Glacier Park, and a wondrous illuminated cave known as the 'Glacier Grotto'. The 'Titlis Cliff Walk' is a pedestrian suspension bridge (the highest suspension bridge in Europe) from where you can enjoy more incredible views. There is also a panorama restaurant.<br />The train between Lucerne and Engelberg is covered by the Eurail Select Pass. For the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 20-25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Titlis Engelberg-Mt Titlis/Eurail Pass’ option of the pass for 'Mount Titlis' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-titlis-8165</a> .<br />This pass covers the round-trip between Engelberg and Klein Titlis, as well as a ride on the 'Ice Flyer' chairlift and entrance to the 'Glacier Grotto'.<br /><b><u>Stanserhorn</u></b><br />Until November 18th of 2018, you would also have the option of making the ascent to nearby (Mount) Stanserhorn. From Lucerne, you would take a short train to the nearby village of Stans. In Stans, you would board an 1893 vintage funicular to the intermediate station of Kälti. In Kälti, you would board the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn summit. The CabriO cable car is the world’s first double decker open-air cable car. From the summit, you would experience incredible views of the surrounding Alps and 10 different lakes. There is also a revolving restaurant called the Rondorama and a marmot park.<br />The Eurail Select Pass is valid on the train between Lucerne and Stans. For the remaining part of the excursion (funicular from Stans to Kälti and the CabriO cable car from Kälti to Stanserhorn), however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount of about 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Stanserhorn Stans – Stanserhorn for Eurail Pass Holder’ option of the pass for 'Mount Stanserhorn' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-stanserhorn" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-stanserhorn">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/mount-stanserhorn</a>.<br /><b><u>Mount Rigi</u></b><br />Between Lucerne and nearby Mount Rigi, there are 2 different routes you can take.<br />The route via Arth Goldau involves taking a train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau and the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. For this first route, the Eurail Select Pass is only valid to cover you on the train from Lucerne to Arth Goldau, but it would enable you to receive a 50% discount on the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Arth Goldau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the 'Arth-Rigi Bahn' can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount.<br />The route via Vitznau involves taking a boat on Lake Lucerne from Lucerne to Vitznau, and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 50% discount on both the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' cog railway from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. Tickets for the Lake Lucerne boat and the 'Vitznau-Rigi Bahn' both can only be purchased locally. Just be sure to mention the Eurail Select Pass, so you can receive the 50% discount. The boats on Lake Lucerne are operated by SGV..
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