A rail pass or tickets for Vienna, Graz, Melk, Krems, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence, and Rome?

My husband and I are planning a trip to Austria and Italy. We start from Vienna to Graz. Vienna to Melk than Krems. Vienna to Salzburg. Salzburg to Innsbruck, Innsbruck to Venice, Venice to Florence, Florence to Rome. Do We need a Rail pass? or just buy one way ticket for each destination?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2017 16:49
    Hi,

    For that much travel, your best option would be to purchase a rail pass. For the itinerary you laid out, you would purchase the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Austria and Italy. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    On some of your trains, reservations will either be recommended or required as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    Vienna to Graz

    Trains from Vienna to Graz are Railjet trains and EC (EuroCity) trains. On these trains, reservations would be recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, trains between Vienna and Graz can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Vienna to Melk

    Connections from Vienna to Melk take about 1 hour in duration and involve changing trains once in St Poelten along the way.

    From Vienna to St Poelten, there are either Railjet, ICE (InterCity Express), or regional trains. On the Railjet and ICE trains, reservations are possible not necessary. The regional trains don't even accept reservations.

    Trains from St Poelten to Melk are regional trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    When viewing schedules for a trip from Vienna to Melk on our website, you may have to break up your search once in St Poelten. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Vienna to St Poelten and then another search for connecting trains from St Poelten to Melk.

    Melk to Krems

    Connections from Melk to Krems take just over 1 hour in duration and involve changing trains once in St Poelten along the way. The trains from Melk to St Poelten and St Poelten to Krems are regional trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    When viewing schedules for a trip from Melk to Krems on our website, you would once again just have to break up your search once in St Poelten. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Melk to St Poelten and then another search for connecting trains from St Poelten to Krems.

    Krems to Vienna

    Connections from Krems to Vienna take just over 1 hour in duration and involve changing trains again in St Poelten along the way.

    Trains from Krems to St Poelten are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    From St Poelten to Vienna, there are either Railjet, ICE (InterCity Express), or regional trains. On the Railjet and ICE trains, reservations are possible not necessary. The regional trains don't even accept reservations.

    When viewing schedules for a trip from Krems to Vienna on our website, you may have to break up your search once in St Poelten. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Krems to St Poelten and then another search for connecting trains from St Poelten to Vienna.

    There are direct regional trains from Krems to Vienna, but these would take you back into the Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof (station) in Vienna, rather than the main Vienna Hbf station. These trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Schedules for the direct regional trains from Krems to Vienna Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof are not able to be viewed on our website, but they depart once every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes the same amount of time as the connections via St Poelten.

    Vienna to Salzburg

    From Vienna to Salzburg, there are direct Railjet trains on which reservations would be highly recommended. Generally, the trains from Vienna to Salzburg can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Salzburg to Innsbruck

    From Salzburg to Innsbruck, there are direct Railjet trains on which reservations would be highly recommended. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    The route of these trains actually passes through Germany; however, you would not be required to include Germany as a country on your pass. Any rail pass that includes Austria would be sufficient to cover this particular route.

    The Railjet trains from Salzburg to Innsbruck take just under 2 hours in duration. As these trains pass through Germany, they follow along the scenic Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway and the Rosenheim-Kufstein Railway.

    Innsbruck to Venice

    There is one direct EC train that goes all the way from Innsbruck to Venice. The direct train takes just under 5 hours. On this train, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    With most options, however, you would change trains once in Verona along the way. The trains from Innsbruck to Verona are EC trains on which reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    From Verona to Venice, there are Frecciarossa trains or regional trains. On the Frecciarossa trains, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass. The regional trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that would be needed to board.

    Generally, the EC trains from Innsbruck to Venice and Innsbruck to Verona can be reserved 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    The EC trains from Innsbruck to Venice and Innsbruck to Verona follow along the Brenner Railway, which is another very scenic journey.

    Venice to Florence

    From Venice to Florence, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo trains. Italo trains do not honor rail passes, so you would want be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains. Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains from Venice to Florence do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    Florence to Rome

    From Florence to Rome, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo trains. Once again, Italo trains do not honor rail passes, so you would want be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains. Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains from Florence to Rome do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved 90-120 days of an intended departure date.
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