Eurail Pass Itinerary for France, Germany and Slovenia

Hi. If I want to travel through Europe, with definite stops in Italy, Southern France, Slovenia, and Germany and want the flexibility to stay for periods of time in particular countries, how do I start planning the trip? Can I just fly from the USA to London, buy a EuroRail pass and go?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 11, 2012 16:11
    Hi Jim,

    When selecting a railpass on our website, you would just want to be sure that all of the countries being traveled through are accounted for on the pass you choose. To view our railpasses, you would go to the homepage of our website, click on 'Find A Rail Pass', 'View All Of Our Rail Passes', and then any of the countries you intend to travel in. The pass you choose to purchase will depend specifically on where you intend to visit while you're in Europe.

    Since each of the specific countries you mentioned connect to one another, you could purchase a 4 country Eurail Select Pass just to include each of these countries. Slovenia is counted along with Croatia as one country for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, you would include Germany, France, Italy, and Croatia-Slovenia on the pass. However, if you don't intend to travel to Germany right from France, then you would have to purchase a 5 country Eurail Select Pass and include either Switzerland or Austria on it as well, since connections between Italy or Slovenia and Germany will pass through Switzerland or Austria along the way.

    You can purchase a Eurail Select Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    If you fly into London, then you would also purchase tickets for the Eurostar train to get you from London to Paris. The Eurostar (which connects London with Paris) is not entirely covered by any pass. However, by purchasing the Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would be eligible to receive the 'passholder' fare for a ticket on this train. You would check passholder costs for the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website, just as you would to make reservations on other trains.

    While most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, the Eurostar is an exception and can generally be booked up to 9 months in advance. Due to high demand, the Passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is strongly recommended that the tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 16:01
      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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