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Best option for Nice to Imperia, Imperia to Monterosso, Monterosso to Varenna, Varenna to Lausanne, Lausanne to Innsbruck, Innsbruck to Salzburg, and Salzburg to Munich

3 travelers, 2 over 60, traveling from Nice to Imperia, Italy, Imperia to Monterosso, Monterosso to Varenna, Varenna to Lausanne, Switzerland, Lausanne to Innsbruck, Austria, Innsbruch to Salzburg, and Salzburg to Munich. Train begins on July 12, 2016 and last train to Munich is on August 11, 2016
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 19, 2016 18:22
    Hi Ginny,

    For the requested itinerary, I would recommend purchasing a ticket from Nice to Ventimiglia (as part of a connection from Nice to Imperia) and the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html

    Nice to Imperia

    The Nice-Ventimiglia ticket would compensate for the fact that your Eurail Select Pass would not include France. With this option, you would take a connection from Nice to Imperia that just involves changing trains once in Ventimiglia along the way (Ventimiglia is located just across the French/Italian border in Italy.) These connections from Nice to Imperia would take about 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. The regional trains along this route don't even accept reservations. With that being the case, the Nice-Ventimiglia ticket would be all you'd need for boarding a train from Nice to Ventimiglia, and the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need for boarding a train from Ventimiglia to Imperia.

    Nice to Ventimiglia is a pretty short distance, so the ticket costs for this segment would be rather inexpensive. You would purchase tickets for a train from Nice to Ventimiglia by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) under 'Find Train Tickets'. Since you wouldn't have a rail pass to cover this segment, you would just click 'No' where it asks you if you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    For planning purposes, you can still check schedules for the trains from Ventimiglia to Imperia under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage. Since the regional trains on this leg don't accept reservations, you would once again just have to click 'No' where it asks you if you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    Imperia to Monterosso

    A connection from Imperia to Monterosso would take about 3.5 to 4 hours in duration and involves changing trains at least once in Genoa along the way. Running along this route there are regional trains and InterCity (IC) trains. The regional trains don't accept reservations, in which case the Eurail Select Pass would be all you'd need board. In contrast, the IC trains require reservations in addition to the pass.

    You can distinguish these trains from one another by their train numbers. On the segment from Imperia to Genoa, the regional trains have 5 digit train numbers, while the IC trains have 3 digit train numbers. On the segment from Genoa to Monterosso, the regional trains will have 5 digit train numbers or 4 digit train numbers that begin with a '2', while the IC trains would still have 3 digit train numbers.

    For the IC trains, you would purchase reservations 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'). Since the connection involves changing trains in Genoa, you would do one search for trains from Imperia to Genoa and another search for connecting trains from Genoa to Monterosso.

    For the (non-reservable) regional trains, you can check schedules by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and clicking 'No' where it asks you if you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    Monterosso to Varenna

    A connection from Monterosso to Varennna takes about 4.5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Milan along the way. The direct trains from Monterosso to Milan are IC trains on which reservations will be required in addition to the pass. The trains from Milan to Varenna (regional TreNord trains) don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For the trains from Monterosso to Milan, you would purchase reservations 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').

    For the (non-reservable) regional trains from Milan to Varenna, you can check schedules by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and clicking 'No' where it asks you if you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    Varenna to Lausanne

    A connection from Varenna to Lausanne would take about 5 to 6 hours in duration and involves changing trains at least once in Milan along the way. Once again, the trains on the line from Varenna to Milan (regional TreNord trains) don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. In contrast, the trains from Milan to Lausanne are EuroCity (EC) trains that would require reservations in addition to the pass.

    For the (non-reservable) regional trains from Varenna to Milan, you can check schedules by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and clicking 'No' where it asks you if you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    For the EC trains from Milan to Lausanne, you would purchase reservations 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').

    Lausanne to Innsbruck


    A connection from Lausanne to Innsbruck would take just under 6 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Zurich along the way. On the trains from Lausanne to Zurich, reservations are not necessary at all. In contrast, the trains from Zurich to Innsbruck are Railjet trains on which reservations would be highly recommended.

    For the trains from Lausanne to Zurich, you can check schedules by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and clicking 'No' where it asks you if you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    For the Railjet trains from Zurich to Innsbruck, you would purchase reservations 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').

    Innsbruck to Salzburg

    To get from Innsbruck to Salzburg, you would take a Railjet or IC train. On these trains, reservations would be recommened but not required. You would purchase reservations for a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg 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').

    Salzburg to Munich

    The trains from Salzburg to Munich are Railjet trains, EC trains, and Meridian trains. On the Railjet and EC trains, reservations aren't required, but they are recommended. The ride from Salzburg to Munich would take 1.5 to 2 hours.

    While it is generally the cases that passholder reservations can be purchased on our website, they are not able to be purchased there at this time for the Railjet and EC trains from Salzburg to Munich. Instead, reservations for one of these trains can only be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    The Meridian trains don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board one of these.

    When you do a search from Salzburg to Munich on our site, the Railjet trains will be labeled accordingly, while the other trains on this route can be distinguished by their train numbers. A EC train from Salzburg to Munich would have a 3 digit train number, while a Meridian train from Salzburg to Munich would have a 5 digit train number.
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