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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 14, 2019 16:45
    Hi,

    It would depend on where you're flying into and out of. It would make the most sense to fly into London, work your way down, and then fly out of Rome (or vice versa perhaps). We are not able to choose the sequence for you. Once you have your flights settled or you know where you want to fly into and out of, I would recommend looking at a map and then letting us know the sequence you want to visit these cities.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    I will be flying in to London from Amsterdam. From London, i will travel to paris then switzerland, Venice, florence and fly out from Rome. Please advise on the eurail global pass if it is worth to buy based on my travel plans. Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2019 18:42
    Hi Jiang,

    Yes, for that much travel you would want to get the Eurail Global Pass. For the Eurail Global Pass, click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    For the most comfortable travel experience, we recommend booking your pass for 1st class.

    Rail passes cover ticket costs. When required, reservations are a supplementary cost to a pass.

    London to Paris

    From London to Paris, you would take the high-speed Eurostar train. On the Eurostar, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from London to Paris by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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’).

    The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that you purchase these reservations as soon as possible. The Eurostar is distinct from other trains in that it can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    Paris to Interlaken

    Connections from Paris to Interlaken involve changing trains once in Basel along the way. From Paris to Basel, you would be on a high-speed TGV Lyria train.

    On the TGV Lyria from Paris to Basel, reservations are required (at a rate called the 'Pass 2' rate for passengers traveling with a Eurail Global Pass).

    On trains from Basel to Interlaken, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you'll need to board.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Basel by just searching that segment of the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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 TGV Lyria can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reserved connecting trains from Basel to Interlaken. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    Interlaken-Jungfraujoch

    The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. The Eurail Global Pass does not cover the trains that make up a connection between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the Eurail Global Pass you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315.

    This pass covers the 2 different routes up to Jungfraujoch (and a return to be done within 24 hours). These routes are as follows:

    The Grindelwald route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, or Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Interlaken to Lucerne

    Trains from Interlaken to Lucerne represent one segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route. On the trains from Interlaken to Lucerne, reservations are possible but not necessary. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board. You can use the route search feature on our homepage to view the schedules. All trains from Interlaken to Lucerne have panoramic windows for viewing the scenery.

    Lucerne to Zurich

    The ride from Lucerne to Zurich only takes about 45 minutes. These trains don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is once again all you'll need to board. You can use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the trains from Lucerne to Zurich.

    Zurich to Venice

    From Zurich to Venice, there is a direct EC (EuroCity) train. On this train, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Zurich to Venice by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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, these trains can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.

    Venice to Florence

    From Venice to Florence, you would take a Frecciarossa or Frecciargento high-speed train. These trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Venice to Florence by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.

    Florence to Rome

    From Florence to Rome, you would again take either Frecciarossa or Frecciargento high-speed train, so reservations will again be required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Florence to Rome by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), 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, these trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.
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