Changes made in Rail Europe

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  • April 17, 2019 20:12
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Why are there additional fees for every train connection I want to make even though I have a rail pass?? by Jeff to Hi Tara,<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. 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 can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It 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 (including within France, Italy and Spain), most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in those countries.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, reservable trains can be booked within a range of 60 to 120 days of an intended departure. It just depends on the train/route.<br /><br />For trains that do not accept reservations, there is nothing you need to book, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for many unreserved 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' button unchecked..
  • April 17, 2019 20:10
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Why are there additional fees for every train connection I want to make even though I have a rail pass?? by Jeff to Almost all trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations.<br /><br />There are 3 slow-moving regional (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a>) trains for which all you’d need is the rail pass to board; however, the regional trains take over 3 hours longer to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a>.<br /><br />The regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> depart out of the Paris Bercy station and take over 5 hours. The high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> trains depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Paris Gare de Lyon station</a> and only take about 2 hours.<br /><br />When you do a search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Lyon</a>, you can scroll through the results to locate the schedules for the regional trains, which will be labeled as ‘TER’ trains. Once again, the regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not take 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>&nbsp;would be all you’d need to board.<br /><br />On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV </a>trains within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10">France</a>, the passholder reservation fees are only a small amount, so it would likely be worth it for you to just take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> instead so that extra 3 hours on the train doesn't cut into your time in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a>. On most reservable trains, this would be the case, as the reservation fees would just be a small amount. Additinally, unless your traveling a short distance, longer connections comprised of non-reservable trains would often take significant amount of time..
  • April 17, 2019 20:04
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Why are there additional fees for every train connection I want to make even though I have a rail pass?? by Jeff to Almost all trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations.<br /><br />There are 3 slow-moving regional (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow">TER</a>) trains for which all you’d need is the rail pass to board; however, the regional trains take over 3 hours longer to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a>.<br /><br />The regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a> depart out of the Paris Bercy station and take over 5 hours. The high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> trains depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Paris Gare de Lyon station</a> and only take about 2 hours.<br /><br />When you do a search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-lyon" rel="nofollow">Paris to Lyon</a>, you can scroll through the results to locate the schedules for the regional trains, which will be labeled as ‘TER’ trains. Once again, the regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not take reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>&nbsp;would be all you’d need to board..
  • April 17, 2019 20:01
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Why are there additional fees for every train connection I want to make even though I have a rail pass?? by Jeff to Hi Tara,<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. 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 can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In France and 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 />For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, reservable trains can be booked within a range of 60 to 120 days of an intended departure. It just depends on the train/route.<br /><br />For trains that do not accept reservations, there is nothing you need to book, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for many unreserved 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' button unchecked..
  • April 17, 2019 18:25
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With Eurail Global Pass, do I need to pay extra when I make reservations? London-Paris, Paris-Switzerland, Switzerland-Austria, Austria-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Belgium, and Belgium to London by Jeff to You can also shop activities and tours for some of your other destinations at the following links:<br /><br />Frankfurt: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&amp;cities=cities-489" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a><br /><br />Amsterdam: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Netherlands&amp;cities=cities-525" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a><br /><br />Brussels: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Belgium&amp;cities=cities-458" rel="nofollow">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
  • April 17, 2019 18:22
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With Eurail Global Pass, do I need to pay extra when I make reservations? London-Paris, Paris-Switzerland, Switzerland-Austria, Austria-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Belgium, and Belgium to London by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> for multiple days and you plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite Pass</a>'.<br /><br />The '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=" rel="nofollow">Paris Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=2036PARIS&amp;destId=479&amp;catId" rel="nofollow" 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 Pass</a>' just covers local transportation in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339">Paris Visite Pass</a>' here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/paris-visite-pass-8339" rel="nofollow" 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 'Paris Museum Pass', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to 50 museums and historic sites around <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=30310P1&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=8" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=30310P1&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=8">https://www.raileurope.com/activities/activity?code=30310P1&amp;destId=479&amp;catId=8</a><br /><br />Various other city passes and tours for <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> can be found here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=France&amp;cities=cities-479" rel="nofollow" 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>.
  • April 17, 2019 18:19
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With Eurail Global Pass, do I need to pay extra when I make reservations? London-Paris, Paris-Switzerland, Switzerland-Austria, Austria-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Belgium, and Belgium to London by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">London Travel Card</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.<br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">London Travel Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">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">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>.
  • April 17, 2019 18:15
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With Eurail Global Pass, do I need to pay extra when I make reservations? London-Paris, Paris-Switzerland, Switzerland-Austria, Austria-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Belgium, and Belgium to London by Jeff to Hi Sri,<br /><br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For the most comfortable experience, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. 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 can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a 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 />Reservations are required on the high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurostar</a>, which is the train that goes from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> (for your first trip) and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> (for your last trip).<br /><br />Reservations are required on the 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>, which is the train that runs connects <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to certain hubs in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a>, including <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva">Geneva</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lausanne" rel="nofollow">Lausanne</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/basel" rel="nofollow">Basel</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/bern">Bern</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a>.<br /><br />Trains operating within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland">Switzerland</a> generally do not even accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board once you get into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a> (after arriving on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>).<br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Switzerland</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/austria" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Austria</a> often would involve taking 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. These run from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/zurich" rel="nofollow">Zurich</a> to cities like <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/innsbruck" rel="nofollow">Innsbruck</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/salzburg" rel="nofollow">Salzburg</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/vienna" rel="nofollow">Vienna</a>. On the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543">Railjet</a> trains, reservations are not required, but they are recommended.<br /><br />A connection from somewhere in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/austria" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Austria</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt">Frankfurt</a> would likely involve taking a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ice-7534">InterCity Express</a>) train at least for part of the way. On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> trains, reservations are not required, but they are recommended.<br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/frankfurt" rel="nofollow">Frankfurt</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a>, you would take a direct <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> train. Once again, reservations are not required on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> trains, but they are recommended.<br /><br />Between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/amsterdam-264" rel="nofollow">Amsterdam</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/belgium" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/belgium">Belgium</a>, you would end up taking either a regular IC (InterCity) train or a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a> train. The IC trains do not even 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. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains require reservations as a supplement to the pass.<br /><br />Passholder reservations can sell out quickly on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a>. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that these reservations be purchased as soon as possible..
  • April 17, 2019 18:06
    Jeff
    Changed title of euro global pass plus railway reservaation tickets by Sri tekal to With Eurail Global Pass, do I need to pay extra when I make reservations? London-Paris, Paris-Switzerland, Switzerland-Austria, Austria-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Belgium, and Belgium to London.
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  • April 17, 2019 18:06
    Jeff
    Changed description of I will be arriving in London in May last week. <br /> my plan is to visit the following places <br /><br /> London - Paris <br /> Paris - Switzerland <br /> Switzerland to Austria <br /> Austria Frankfurt <br /> Frankfurt Amsterdam <br /> Amsterdam to Belgium <br /> Belgium back to London <br /><br /> I am planning to buy global pass and part from that what would be cost <br /> for reservation of seat etc. <br /><br /> when I make reservation using global pass still I need to pay extra? <br /><br /> please guide me on this. <br /><br /> appreciate <br /><br /> thanks <br /> sri by Sri tekal to I will be arriving in London in May last week.my plan is to visit the following placesLondon - ParisParis - SwitzerlandSwitzerland to AustriaAustria FrankfurtFrankfurt Amsterdam Amsterdam to Belgium Belgium back to LondonI am planning to buy global pass and part from that what would be costfor reservation of seat etc.when I make reservation using global pass still I need to pay extra?please guide me on this.appreciate thankssri.
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  • April 17, 2019 18:05
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of With Eurail Global Pass, do I need to pay extra when I make reservations? London-Paris, Paris-Switzerland, Switzerland-Austria, Austria-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Belgium, and Belgium to London by Jeff to Hi Sri,<br /><br />For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For the most comfortable experience, 1st class is recommended.<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. 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 can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />Reservations are required on the high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a>, which is the train that goes from London to Paris (for your first trip) and Brussels to London (for your last trip).<br /><br />Reservations are required on the 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>, which is the train that runs connects Paris to certain hubs in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>, including Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Bern, and Zurich.<br /><br />Trains operating within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a> generally do not even accept reservations. Therefore, 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 once you get into Switzerland (after arriving on the <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> from Paris).<br /><br />A connection from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/austria" rel="nofollow">Austria</a> often would involve taking a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow">Railjet</a> train. These run from Zurich to cities like Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Vienna. On the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/railjet-austria-and-beyond-7543">Railjet</a> trains, reservations are not required, but they are recommended.<br /><br />A connection from somewhere in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/austria" rel="nofollow">Austria</a> to Frankfurt would likely involve taking a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow">ICE</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">InterCity Express</a>) train at least for part of the way. On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> trains, reservations are not required, but they are recommended.<br /><br />From Frankfurt to Amsterdam, you would take a direct <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> train. Once again, reservations are not required on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ice-7534">ICE</a> trains, but they are recommended.<br /><br />Between Amsterdam and Belgium, you would end up taking either a regular IC (InterCity) train or a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> train. The IC trains do not even 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. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains require reservations as a supplement to the pass.<br /><br />Passholder reservations can sell out quickly on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow">TGV Lyria</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a>. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that these reservations be purchased as soon as possible..
  • April 17, 2019 15:52
    Jeff
    Changed title of Suggestions for rail travel: Spain, Switz, France, Gr Brit by Kimberly Winter to Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport.
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  • April 17, 2019 15:52
    Jeff
    Changed description of Hello, I'm very impressed with the details other travelers have gained from this forum! I'm hoping I can also get some guidance as a novice traveler. I was leaning towards the 15 day/2month global pass taking the following mandatory trips where we will be spending a week in each place and then taking day-trips where there are non-reservation trains available just to explore especially in Switzerland. I was happily surprised to see that Great Britain is included in Eurail, can I get assurance this will not change before the end of summer 2019. <br /><br /> This June my family and I will be traveling from: <br /> Madrid to Ponferrada, Spain, <br /> Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollons, Switzerland, <br /> Villars-sur-Ollons to Paris, <br /> Paris to Blois, France, <br /> Blois to London, <br /> London to Edinburgh, <br /> Edinburgh to Manchester, <br /> Manchester to Gatwick Airport London. by Kimberly Winter to Hello, I'm very impressed with the details other travelers have gained from this forum! I'm hoping I can also get some guidance as a novice traveler. I was leaning towards the 15 day/2month global pass taking the following mandatory trips where we will be spending a week in each place and then taking day-trips where there are non-reservation trains available just to explore especially in Switzerland. I was happily surprised to see that Great Britain is included in Eurail, can I get assurance this will not change before the end of summer 2019.This June my family and I will be traveling from: Madrid to Ponferrada, Spain,Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollons, Switzerland, Villars-sur-Ollons to Paris, Paris to Blois, France, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, Manchester to Gatwick Airport London..
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  • April 17, 2019 15:50
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Choosing a train from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels by Jeff to There are direct 'Brussels-France TGV' trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brussels</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lille" rel="nofollow">Lille</a>, and the ride only takes about 35 minutes. You would check schedules and purchase tickets from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/brussels-lille" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brussels to Lille</a> by searching the route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br />There is no rail station located right at the Lille Airport, so the train would just take you right into the city-center. I do believe there are shuttles that run between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/lille-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lille Europe station</a> and the Lille Airport..
  • April 17, 2019 15:49
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Choosing a train from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels by Jeff to There are direct 'Brussels-France TGV' trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> to Lille, and the ride only takes about 35 minutes. You would check schedules and purchase tickets from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/brussels-lille" rel="nofollow">Brussels to Lille</a> by searching the route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br />There is no rail station located right at the Lille Airport, so the train would just take you right into the city-center. I do believe there are shuttles that run between the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/lille-europe" rel="nofollow">Lille Europe station</a> and the Lille Airport..
  • April 17, 2019 15:47
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Choosing a train from Paris CDG Airport to Brussels by Jeff to There are a couple <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow">Thalys</a> trains to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> that depart right out of the station at <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748">Paris CDG Airport</a>. However, most direct trains from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow">Paris CDG Airport</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a> are the 'Brussels-France TGV' trains. If you just need to go straight from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport-5748" rel="nofollow">CDG</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow">Brussels</a>, then there would be no reason for you to go a different station altogether.<br /><br />If you were departing from the actual city of Paris, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/thalys-7536">Thalys</a> trains to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/brussels">Brussels</a> to depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>..
  • April 17, 2019 15:31
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow">Barcelona</a> is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow">Barcelona</a> to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a> (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains) and trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a> to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow">Geneva</a>, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a>, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Montparnasse station</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/blois">Blois</a>. Reservations are only required on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/blois">Blois</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-st-pierre-des-corps">Paris to St Pierre des Corps</a> and then there would be open seating on the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/st-pierre-des-corps-blois" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/st-pierre-des-corps-blois">St Pierre des Corps to Blois</a>.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10">France</a> can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> (in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a>, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/blois">Blois</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St Pierre des Corps</a> arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Paris Montparnasse station</a>, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> only depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>. To commute from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse station</a> to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord station</a>, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a> and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a>, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurostar</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a>, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris">Blois to Paris</a> and then another search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-londres" rel="nofollow">Paris to London</a>. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. On the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 15:04
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a>, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris Montparnasse station</a> to St Pierre des Corps and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a>. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois">Blois</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blois</a> to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/st-pierre-des-corps" rel="nofollow">St Pierre des Corps</a> arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Paris Montparnasse station</a>, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> only depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>. To commute from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse station</a> to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord station</a>, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a> and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514">Eurostar</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Montparnasse</a>, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/eurostar-7514" rel="nofollow">Eurostar</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a>, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/blois-paris">Blois to Paris</a> and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Montparnasse</a> from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. On the trains from Manchester to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 14:56
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to Hi Kimberly,<br /><br />For your itinerary, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be your best option. For the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880</a>.<br /><br />For this much travel, 1st class would definitely be recommended.<br /><br />Rest assured, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Kingdom</a> will be included on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>. They wouldn't announce any changes to the pass until the start of next year. In any case, if you purchase the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> while the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> is part of it, travel within the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> would be honored.<br /><br />When reservations are needed, you would purchase them by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link http//wwwraileuropecom">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).<br /><br />I'll run through your itinerary to advise what you'll need to do for each trip. There's a lot of travel here, so just go through each trip one-by-one.<br /><br /><b><u>Madrid to Ponferrada with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There is one direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada, which departs out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/madrid-chamartin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/madrid-chamartin">Madrid Chamartin station</a>. This train is an <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> train, which would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.<br /><br />Currently, passholder reservations for this train can be booked on our website but only for dates up until end of May and only in 2nd class. We expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spain</a> should be able to be booked within 60-90 days of an intended departure.<br /><br />If you want to be reserved in 1st class on this train, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a> and we'll try to get that set up for you.<br /><br />If the timing of the direct train doesn't work for you, other connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/madrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> to Ponferrada involve changing trains once in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/leon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leon</a> along the way. The trains from Madrid to Leon are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/renfe-spanish-high-speed-trains-7548" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvia</a> trains, which do require reservations. Most trains from Leon to Ponferrada would require reservations, as well. However, passholder reservations for the trains from Madrid to Leon are not able to be booked on our website at this time. Therefore, if you want to take one of these trains, you would instead have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />The fastest and most feasible connection from Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon takes just over 21 hours in duration and involves 4 transfers along the way; first in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/barcelona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, then in Valence, then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, and then in Aigle. The train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is an overnight train. From Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus.<br /><br />The night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona carries single sleeping compartments, double sleeping compartments, and reclining seats. Due to an error, our website would only offer one of these accommodation types when you go to try to purchase these reservations on our website. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to send an email with your request to <a href="mailto:customercare@raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link mailtocustomercareraileuropecom">customercare@raileurope.com</a>. To view the accommodation type when you pull up the results of a search, you would click the fare itself and then the link for 'Fare details'.<br /><br />This night train runs daily (except for Saturdays) up until June 17th. After June 17th, it has departures every day of the week. Just like the trains from Madrid to Ponferrada, the night train from Ponferrada to Barcelona is currently only able to be booked for dates up until end of May. Once again, we expect the rail network of Spain to open up June dates at some point within the next 2 or 3 weeks.<br /><br />Trains from Barcelona to Valence are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains, which also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Barcelona to Valence can be purchased by doing a search for this segment on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/france-spain-high-speed-train" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/france-spain-high-speed-train">France-Spain High Speed</a> trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br />Trains from Valence to Geneva (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> trains) and trains from Geneva to Aigle (regional Intercity trains) do not accept reservations. Therefore, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board these trains. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for these trains. Generally, when you're just searching schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules display.<br /><br />For the final segment from Aigle to Villars-sur-Ollon, you would take a bus. For the bus, you would to board locally upon arrival.<br /><br /><b><u>Villars-sur-Ollon to Paris with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />For a trip from Villars-sur-Ollon to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>, you would first have to get back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>. In <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/geneva" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, you can board a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV Lyria</a> train that would take you right to Paris.<br /><br />To get from Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva, you would take a regional train from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex and then another regional train from Bex to Geneva. These trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board.<br /><br />Schedules for the trains from Villars-sur-Ollon to Bex are not able to be viewed on our website, but these trains depart hourly throughout the day and the ride takes about 45 minutes. For planning, you can use the route search feature on our homepage to check schedules from Bex to Geneva by leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you do your search.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you can purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/geneva-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geneva to Paris</a> by searching this segment of the route on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-lyria-7535" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-lyria-7535">TGV Lyria</a> from Geneva to Paris can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Paris to Blois with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />From <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a>, most rail connections take 1.5 to 2 hours and involve changing trains once in St Pierre des Corps along the way. These connections involve taking a high-speed TGV from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Paris Montparnasse station</a> to St Pierre des Corps and a regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a> train from St Pierre des Corps to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a>. Reservations are only required on the TGV segment. <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not accept reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board for the segment from St Pierre des Corps to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a>.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-blois" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Blois</a> by searching the route on our homepage, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Once again, your actual reservation would only be on the segment from Paris to St Pierre des Corps and then there would be open seating on the segment from St Pierre des Corps to Blois.<br /><br />Generally, reservable trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.<br /><br /><b><u>Blois to London with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />Connections from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> take 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involve 2 transfer en route; once in St Pierre des Corps and then in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> (in Paris, you would also have to transfer between 2 different stations).<br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> back to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a>, you would again take that regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to St Pierre des Corps and then a high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> from St Pierre des Corps to Paris. Once again, it would be open seating on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> segment from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/blois" rel="nofollow">Blois</a> to St Pierre des Corps and then you would need to have reservations on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> segment from St Pierre des Corps to Paris.<br /><br />The trains from St Pierre des Corps arrive into the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse">Paris Montparnasse station</a>, while the trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> only depart from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Paris Nord station</a>. To commute from the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse station</a> to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord station</a>, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a> would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still should have at least 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a> and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-du-nord">Nord</a>. The Eurostar train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> requires passengers with rail passes to check in 45 minutes prior to departure, so I added additional time. You would pay to board the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a>, you should also expect a bit of a walk to the area for the Métro from the platform where your train would arrive into.<br /><br />The Eurostar from Paris to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> also require reservations as a supplement to rail passes. When purchasing your reservations for a trip all the way from Blois to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a>, you would just have to actually break up your search in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a>. Therefore, you would do one search from Blois to Paris and then another search from Paris to London. Once again, just be sure to allow yourself at least about 1 hour and 40 minutes between your arrival into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-montparnasse" rel="nofollow">Montparnasse</a> from Blois/St Pierre des Corps and your departure out of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-du-nord" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nord</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>.<br /><br /><b><u>London to Edinburgh with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>, on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. For trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, however, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally when you're there. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You might want to try booking this reservation as soon as you arrive into <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/london">London</a> from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a>.<br /><br />For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London to Edinburgh</a>. When you do this search, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked for the schedules to display.<br /><br /><b><u>Edinburgh to Manchester with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />There are also direct trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edinburgh</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, on which reservations would again be highly recommended as a supplement to rail passes. Once again, passholder reservations for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a> are only able to be purchased locally when you're there, so you would have to do this at the ticket window in the station.<br /><br />You can use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/edinburgh-manchester">Edinburgh to Manchester</a> -- just remember to leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br /><b><u>Manchester to London Gatwick Airport with a Eurail Global Pass</u></b><br /><br />To get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/manchester">Manchester</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gatwick Airport</a>, you would first take a direct train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> back to the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>. On the trains from Manchester to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, reservations might not be necessary, but you can always check at the station once you get to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a>.<br /><br />To get to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/london-gatwick-airport-5742">Gatwick Airport</a>, you can use your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> to take the Gatwick Express, which departs out of the London Victoria station.<br /><br />The trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/manchester" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester</a> arrive into the London Euston station. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the Victoria Line of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes.<br /><br />You can still view schedules from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train-tickets/journeys/article/manchester-london">Manchester to the city of London</a> by using the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/">our homepage</a> and leaving the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked when you enter your search.<br /><br />Gatwick Express trains from London Victoria to the airport depart frequently throughout the day and the ride takes about 30-35 minutes..
  • April 17, 2019 14:52
    Jeff
    Changed reply in topic of Suggestions for rail travel: Madrid to Ponferrada (Spain), Ponferrada to Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland), Villars-sur-Olons to Paris, Paris to Blois, Blois to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Manchester, and Manchester to London Gatwick Airport by Jeff to If you'll be staying in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow">London Travel Card</a>' or the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.<br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">London Travel Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london...</a><br /><br />To purchase the '<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow">Visitor Oyster Card</a>' you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331">http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visito...</a><br /><br />To browse other city passes for a stay in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, you would click here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&amp;cities=cities-737" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/train-ticke...</a>.
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