Best rail pass option for my iitanary ??

My wife and I are both under 25 and would like to travel from GREECE TO ITALY TO SWTIZERLAND TO SPAIN TO FRANCE TP UK TO GERMANY. stopping for 2 days and 1 night in every country except Italy where we will stay a bit extra. And we would like to do this Journey within 21 to 24 days. What is my best options to travel and which pass will be the cheapest and most convenient. We will also travel between cities in the Countries. A helpful suggestion will be highly appreciated!!!!!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 01, 2013 18:36
    Hi,

    For travel to that many countries, you would purchase the Eurail Global Pass. However, it is important to note that the Eurail Global Pass does not cover the United Kingdom. In fact, there is no rail pass that will combine the United Kingdom with any countries on the mainland continent of Europe. Instead, there is a separate pass for the United Kingdom, which you would only want to purchase if you will be doing more extensive travel there (i.e. multiple train trips, as opposed to just visiting London, for instance).

    For travelers just visiting London, there is the London Travel Card (which is a pass that covers travel on the Tube and buses within London), as well as various other city passes that are offered. If you just intend on going to London in the United Kingdom, you might want to consider purchasing one of these city passes.

    The direct link for our various London city passes is: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activiti... .

    Additionally, the Eurostar train (which connects the European continent with the island of Great Britain, operating between Paris and London), is not covered by any rail pass; however, a rail pass would enable travelers to receive a 'Passholder' fare for a ticket on this train. Since ticket costs for the Eurostar are not covered by any pass, the Passholder fares on this train cost more than the typical reservation fees on other trains throughout Europe, for which the ticket costs would be covered. You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, just as you would to purchase reservations on other trains.

    Most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, but the Eurostar train can generally be booked up 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. The Passholder fares sell out quickly, so it would be recommended that the Eurostar tickets be purchased as soon as possible, along with any reservations for othe train that you might need.

    International rail travel into and out of Greece has been suspended for the past few years; however, you can still travel conveniently between Greece and Italy with the Eurail Global Pass by taking a ferry. The ferry operates between Patras, Greece and Bari, Italy. By purchasing the pass, the ticket costs for this ferry would be covered. Actual compartments on this ferry can be reserved at a supplementary cost by calling Superfast Ferries at +30 210 891 9130. Their website is www.superfast.com, and their email contact is helpdesk@attica-group.com.

    This is how we would recommend traveling between Greece and Italy anyway, even if international rail travel into and out of Greece had not been suspended indefinitely. Train travel that distance from Greece to Central/Western Europe through the Balkan region can take a considerable amount of time and some of the countries you would go through are not able to be included on the pass.

    Some rail travel within Greece has also been suspended. If you were to get to Patras from Athens, for instance, you would take a bus that runs directly between these cities.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 14:46
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 02, 2014 15:53
    Update:

    The rail line Thessaloniki and Sofia and the rail line between Thessaloniki and Belgrade have both recently been reintroduced.
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