Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Interlaken, and Rome

Hi,

I am planning a trip from Amsterdam (3 days) to Brussels (2 days) to Paris (3 days) to Interlaken (3 days) then finally to Rome (3 days). What type of tickets or pass do you advise me to use? Knowing that after a long search on your website I found that point to point tickets will be cheaper as I will use the train to travel on this itinerary only (will not use train internal transportation between internal cities), besides that most of these trains will be "Reservation Required".

Also why can't I find a ticket from Interlaken to Rome?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2017 18:09
    Hi Fady,

    The most economical option for this itinerary would be to purchase the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include the Benelux, France, Switzerland, and Italy. It's close and would depend on the specific rates you'd be able to get for tickets, but I'm finding the option of purchasing the rail pass (and any necessary reservations) to be just slightly more economical than regular tickets. Honestly, you could do either and the grand total would come out to be similar, so it would really just depend on your preferences.

    For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Amsterdam to Brussels

    From Amsterdam to Brussels, there are IC (InterCity) trains and high-speed Thalys trains. IC trains in this part of Europe don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need to board. On Thalys trains, reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Brussels by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). If you prefer to take one of the IC trains on this route, there would be no need to do this, as the pass is all you need.

    Generally, Thalys trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Brussels to Paris

    To travel from Brussels to Paris, you would take a high-speed Thalys, which does require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Thalys train from Brussels to Paris by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    Generally, Thalys trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Paris to Interlaken

    A connection from Paris to Interlaken takes 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way.

    Trains from Paris to Basel are high-speed TGV Lyria trains, which do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. With the pass, you would be eligible to receive a rate called the 'Passholder 2' on one of these trains.

    On trains from Basel to Interlaken, reservations are possible but not necessary.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase 'Passholder 2' reservations for a TGV Lyria from Paris to Basel by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    Generally, TGV Lyria trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    For planning purposes, you can still view schedules for trains from Basel to Interlaken by searching the route on our homepage.

    Interlaken to Rome

    A connection from Interlaken to Rome takes about 6.5 to 7 hours in duration and involves 3 train changes along the way; once in Spiez, once in Brig, and then once in Milan.

    On trains from Interlaken to Spiez and Spiez to Brig, there is no need to purchase reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board.

    In contrast, reservations are required on the trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Rome.

    Generally, passholder reservations are able to be purchased through our website. However, due to an error, it is currently not possible for the direct trains from Brig to Milan. Until this is resolved, you would have to purchase these particular reservations and inquire about their costs by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    For travel with a rail pass, reservations from Milan to Rome can be purchased by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    From Milan to Rome, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca trains, or Italo trains. Italo trains do not accept rail passes, so you would just want to be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciabianca trains.

    Generally, trains from Brig to Milan and Milan to Rome can be reserved within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    For planning purposes, schedules from Spiez to Brig are able to be viewed on our website. Due to an error, schedules from Interlaken to Spiez are currently not able to be viewed there; however, these trains depart 3 times every hour throughout the day and the ride from Interlaken to Spiez only takes 20-25 minutes.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2017 18:36
      If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the 'Paris Pass' or the 'Paris Visite'.

      The 'Paris Pass' 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 'Paris Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/attractions/things-to-do/paris-pass/index.html.

      The 'Paris Visite' just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the 'Paris Visite' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

      There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html.

      Various other city passes and tours for Paris can be found here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/.

      City passes and tours for time spent in Amsterdam can be viewed here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/netherlands/amsterdam/.

      City passes and tours for time spent in Brussels can be viewed here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/belgium/brussels/.

      For city passes and tours in Rome, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/italy/rome/.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 19, 2018 21:12
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (i.e. Paris-Basel) are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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