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Can I use my Italy rail pass to travel from Zurich to Milan?

I was originally flying into Rome, but now have to fly into Zurich due to flight restrictions. Can I use my Italy rail pass to go from Zurich to Milan?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2012 20:08
    Hi Jodee,

    All countries being traveled through would have to be accounted for on a rail pass. Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass would not cover the ticket costs for the train from Zurich to Milan. However, with a Eurail Italy Pass, you would be able to purchase tickets on a train from Zurich to Milan at what is known as a 'Passholder 2' rate. The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate offered on certain trains, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't include one of the countries being traveled through for a particular route, to still take the train at a lesser cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 2 rate for the train from Zurich to Milan, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Eurail Italy Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'Select' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'Select', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Trenitalia International Train Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option or 'Fully Flexibile' option.

    4.) Be sure the option with 'Passholder 2' in its name is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    These trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Please note, it would still use up a travel day on your Eurail Italy Pass to use it in combination with a Passholder 2 fare on a particular train.
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