Travel between Italy & Croatia. Is out & back on the same day considered "one day" on my pass? Also, does the pass give us discounts on ferries from Bari to Dubrovnik?

I am considering getting a 10 day/3 country pass. I will travel from France to Italy, to Croatia by Ferry and back to Italy. I plan to take several day trips by train in Italy. I assume out and back in the same day is considered "one day" of the 10. Is that correct? Also, does the pass entitle us to any discounts on a ferry from Bari to Dubrovnik?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 09, 2016 15:18
    Hi,

    I'm sorry, however, there is no rail pass that would cover or provide for discounts on ferries between Bari and Dubrovnik. A rail pass that includes Croatia and/or Italy would only provide for a 20% discount on ferry crossings between Ancona and Split on 'SNAV' lines.

    You would book the ferry by email at booking@snav.it, or online at www.snav.it using the code 'snaveurail2016'. Otherwise, you can book the ferry by calling +39 081 428 5555 or +39 071 207 6116.

    From Split, you would reach Dubrovnik by bus or another ferry. The bus takes about 3 to 4 hours in duration, and the ferry takes about 9 hours in duration. There is no rail pass that would cover or provide for discounts on the buses and ferries between Split and Dubrovnik. Tickets for these can only be purchased locally upon arrival.

    Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: flexi and consecutive.
    Like most rail passes, however, the Eurail Select Pass is only able to be offered in 'flexi' form. A pass for "10 days in 2 months' is known as a 'flexipass'.

    A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame. With a Eurail Select Pass, you would have 2 months to complete the number of 'travel days' you choose. The 2 months would start to count down after you get your pass 'validated' at the station, which is something you would do before boarding your first train.

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your pass. A rail day is a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were to take a day train from 'City A' to 'City B' and then take a return train back to 'City A' later in the same day, it would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that return train to 'City A' on the next day, it would use up 2 days of travel on your pass.

    With a flexipass, if you happen to take a night train that departs prior to 7 pm and arrives into the destination the following morning, then 2 days of rail travel will be used up on a rail pass. Most night trains; however, do depart after 7 pm, in which case only 1 day of rail travel would be used up on a rail pass.
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  • Thank you. This is very helpful. I have one more question. It looks as if the train from Split to Venice goes through Austria. Do I need to include the country of Austria in my pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 10, 2016 15:41
    Hi Loris,

    The most feasible connections from Split to Venice do involve going up into Austria first before heading over to Venice. However, you can always just route yourself in a way that would have you going directly from Slovenia into Italy instead. A connection from Split to Venice is long enough that you'd likely want to overnight somewhere en route anyway. You could stop and stay somewhere like Ljubljana and then cut over to Venice via Villa Opicina/Trieste the next day.

    It would take 9 or 12.5 hours from Split to Ljubljana and 6 hours from Ljubljana to Venice.

    The rail network in Slovenia ends at the Villa Opicina station just across the border in Italy, but you would have to connect to Venice through the Trieste station, just a few miles away. To get to Trieste from Villa Opicina, there are buses, but you might prefer to take the vintage 'Trieste-Opicina Tramway'. The 'Trieste-Opicina Tramway' is very unique in that it is part tram, part funicular. It is not covered by any rail pass, but it should only cost a €2 or €3 locally. The ride offers great views of Trieste and the Adriatic/Gulf of Trieste below. From Trieste, there are direct trains to Venice.

    The option from Split to Ljubljana that takes 9 hours would have you arriving into Ljubljana very late. The option taking 12.5 hours includes a stopover in Zagreb of about 4 hours, but it is earlier and wouldn't have you arriving into Ljubljana so late.

    These options would all require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    Generally, 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. a 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass'). You would do one search for trains from Split to Zagreb and another for connecting trains from Zagreb to Ljubljana. However, due to an error, it appears as though 1st class is not able to be booked there at this time. Therefore, you would have to call us in order to book reservations for 1st class to go along with your pass. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. It is generally the case that these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Trains from Ljubljana to Villa Opicina are regional trains that don't even accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. The same goes for most of the trains from Trieste to Venice. Most trains from Trieste to Venice are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    There are some 'Frecciabianca' and 'InterCity' (IC) trains from Trieste to Venice. If you happen to take one of these trains, then reservations would be required in addition to your rail pass. These trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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