I’m confused.

Traveling from Italy to Switzerland to Belgium to the Netherlands. Would that be a 4 Country Pass, or 5 Country Pass?? Would I have to include France or Germany since I'd be passing through?

I want to travel from Italy to Switzerland to Belgium to Netherlands. Would this be a 4 country pass, or a 5 country pass (because I have to pass through either France or Germany to get the Belgium)??
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 05, 2012 16:04
    Hi Emily,

    When selecting a railpass on our website, you would just want to be sure that all of the countries being traveled through are accounted for on the pass you choose. Considering this, you would have to include either France or Germany on your pass, depending on the route you opt to take for your travel between Switzerland and Belgium.

    You would still be able to purchase a 4 country Eurail Select Pass, however, because Belgium and the Netherlands are counted together as one country for the purpose of rail passes. Belgium and the Netherlands are included as the 'Benelux', which would serve as one of the "countries" on your pass. Therefore, you would purchase a 4 country Eurail Select Pass to include Italy, Switzerland, Benelux, and either France or Germany (depending on the route you take to travel from Switzerland up to Belgium). You can purchase the Eurail Select Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    I would say that most connections from Switzerland straight up to Belgium would go through France en route, but there are also many that do go through Germany. If you opt to go with one of the routes through France (most of which would involve changing trains in Paris along the way), you would include France on your Eurail Select Pass. Only if coming from eastern Switzerland or Zurich in central/eastern Switzerland would there be equally feasible connections through Germany. Even then, there are probably better options through France. Therefore, you can probably just count on including France as the final country on your pass.

    You can just view schedules by entering the cities you'll be traveling between under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. To make your actual reservations, you would click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage. You may have to divide up the route by piecing together the connection (one search for trains from your departing point in Switzerland to Paris and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to Brussels).

    Trains in the parts of Europe where you'll be traveling can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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