Can I buy a rail pass in Europe that allows me to travel the chunnel, France and Italy? Or is it cheaper to buy tickets as I go??

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  • Hi,

    There is a dual country pass for France and Italy (the Eurail France-Italy Pass) that would enable you to purchase tickets on the Eurostar train between Paris and London at a discounted rate called the 'Passholder' rate.

    For the Eurail France-Italy Pass, you would click here: .

    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.

    Reservable trains in France and Italy can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure; however, 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 other train that you might need.

    To compare and determine your most economical option, you can check regular point-to-point ticket costs for the same trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.

    For major cities like London and Paris, we do happen to offer city passes that will cover their respective subway networks. For instance, for travel on the Paris Metro, you would purchase the 'Paris Visite Pass', and for travel on the Tube in London, you would purchase the 'London Travel Card'.

    If you ever wish to see what city passes may be offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country when prompted.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 14:34

      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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