Can I use the Eurail Select Pass to travel from Brussels to San Sebastian round trip

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  • Hi Maria,

    A Eurail Select Pass (including the appropriate countries) is valid to cover ticket costs for most of the journey between Brussels and San Sebastián. Reservations are an additional cost.

    A connection from Brussels to San Sebastián would take 8 to 8.5 hours in duration and involves 2 transfers along the way; once in Paris and then once in Hendaye. Hendaye is right at the border before you get to Spain.

    From Brussels to Paris, you would take a Thalys high-speed train on which a rail pass would be valid. These trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    From Paris to Hendaye, you would take a TGV high-speed train on which a rail pass would be valid. These trains also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    From Hendaye to San Sebastián, you would take a local train called the 'Euskotren', which would not be covered by the rail pass. Tickets for the Euskotrens can only be purchased locally upon arrival. With that being the case, their schedules are not able to be viewed on our website. These trains depart every 15 minutes throughout the day and the ride from Hendaye to San Sebastián takes about 37 minutes. Euskotrens arrive into and depart from Amara station in San Sebastián.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Brussels to Paris and Paris to Hendaye by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass'). Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that the trains from Brussels to Paris arrive into the Paris Nord station, while the trains from Paris to Hendaye depart from the Paris Montparnasse station. To commute from Nord to Montparnasse, you would take M4 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Nord to Montparnasse would only take about 17 minutes, but you would still want to give yourself at least 1 full hour between your arrival into Nord and your departure from Montparnasse. You would pay to take the Métro locally at the turnstiles before boarding. At Montparnasse, you should also expect a bit of a walk from the Métro area to the area from where the TGV trains depart.

    To cover the Thalys from Brussels to Paris, France is actually the only country you would need to have on your pass. Thalys trains happen to accept rail passes even if only one of the countries being traveled through is included. Therefore, that's perfectly fine if you have a Eurail Select Pass covering both the Benelux (Belgium) and France, but a single country Eurail France Pass would also be sufficient. Tickets for the Euskotrens between Hendaye and San Sebastián in Spain would not be covered anyway and would have to be purchased locally.

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

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