Rail Pass for London to Paris & Paris to Munich

I want to travel from london to paris to munich. If I use a rail pass, do I buy one for 2 countries or 3 countries? Will I still need to purchase the seat reservation with the pass or is it included?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 05, 2017 16:31
    Hi Michelle,

    To cover ticket costs for trains from London to Paris and Paris to Munich, you would just need to have France and Germany included on your pass. Therefore, you would purchase the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass for France and Germany.

    London to Paris

    From London to Paris, you would take a Eurostar. As of just this year, any Eurail Select Pass that includes France (except for the 2 country option with the combination of France and Italy) will cover the Eurostar trains between London and Paris. Eurostar trains just require reservations as a supplement to the pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase the reservations from London to Paris by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, this train can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    Paris to Munich

    From Paris to Munich, there is one direct train. This is a France-Germany High Speed train. However, most connections from Paris to Munich involve changing trains once in either Mannheim or Stuttgart along the way. Trains from Paris to Mannheim or Paris to Stuttgart are France-Germany High Speed trains. Trains from Mannheim to Munich or Stuttgart to Munich are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains.

    On the France-Germany High Speed trains, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass. This would be the case whether you take the one from Paris to Mannheim, the one from Paris to Stuttgart, or the direct one that goes all the way from Paris to Munich.

    On the ICE trains (Mannheim to Munich or Stuttgart to Munich), reservations are not required, but they are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass'). Generally, the France-Germany High Speed trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date, while these ICE trains can be reserved within 180 days of an intended departure.
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