Detailed Information about EURAIL GLOBAL PASS

Hi, My Wife and Me are planning on a month of Europe holiday. We are having some difficulties with the flexibility of the Euro global pass. We have a certain budget and will have thoroughly plan out our trip. It will be really helpful if you can inform me more about the global pass youth.
We will be travelling together and we are both under 25.
We will be travelling to 7 major countries.
The main question here is, Will the Global Pass let travel inter state. For example if I want to go from Rome to Venice to Milan
OR
Will the Global pass cover the train for travelling from
In France Paris to Lyon
Or In Spain Barcelona to Madrid ??
Will the 21 Continues Global pass let me travel to Cities ?
Your answer will be VERY VERY VERY HELPFUL
And one more inquiry is, if They don't what are the best option considering that we will be staying in each country for 3 days ? thank you and again your help will be highly appreciated
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 01, 2013 16:01
    Hi,

    The Eurail Global Pass covers travel to 24 different European countries. You can travel between cities in all of these countries as though it is one big country. For information on the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass (considering that any costs for needed reservations would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances.)

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there. Trains between Rome, Venice, and Milan require reservations, as would trains between Paris and Lyon, and trains between Barcelona and Madrid.

    Once you add the pass to your 'itinerary' (shopping cart), you would purchase reservations by clicking 'Add Reservation' after clicking on 'Read More' where it says 'Check to determine if you need reservations when traveling with your rail pass'. In the upcoming weeks, this may go back to being a simple 'Continue Shopping' button that you can click from your itinerary/shopping cart. To check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Most trains in Europe can only be reserved within 60 or sometimes 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended date of travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, then you would just enter a date within the next 60 or 90 days to get an idea of the reservation cost and view schedules when searching a route.

    Reservable trains can sell out quickly, especially during the busy Summer travel season, so I would recommend booking your reservations as soon as it is possible to do so.

    If a particular train doesn't accept reservations, then the rail pass is all you would need to board that train.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    I will be visiting in september for 23 days and kind of had the same doubts as the prior visitor in this conversation. So if I understand you correctly, the Global pass will cover both trains like the AVE in Spain which connects provinces as any other speed train connecting countries (Germany to Amsterdam for example)?

    Also I see one travel day equals 24 hours. So if I wish to stop at a station to explore a small city for a few hours and then grab a another train on the same route to my final destination within the same 24hours it would count as 1 day of use rather than 2 uses of the pass correct?

    Luggage? Is there a fee for it like in small airlines? Is there a way we can store it at a station if we will be stopping just for a few hours and then taking a connection? Any maximum size we should be aware of?

    My other concern is whether it is possible to connect the places in the order I wish, sometimes I try to research prices and schedules for certain routs and it pops a not available note. Might it be for the time frame (I'm traveling in September) or could it be because it is a different kind of train that I should take at a certain point. I am not sure I am making myself understood :(. For example if I wish to go Madrid-Toledo-Seville-Granada-Barcelona without ever coming back to Madrid.... is that a possibility?

    I am so sorry for so many questions I just want to make sure I make the correct decision. It will be my 1st time in Europe and I want to see as much as possible and of course while saving some time and money. Any suggestion will be truly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Karina
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 20, 2015 16:35
      Due to the close proximity of Madrid and Toledo to one another, I would not recommend using a rail pass between these cities.

      Technically, a rail pass does cover the types of trains that connect Madrid and Toledo; however, these are trains on which reservations would be required and, due to the short distance, a regular ticket for these trains would cost about the same as what the reservation cost would be for a passenger traveling with a rail pass. Considering this, it would really just end up wasting a day of travel on a rail pass to use it for a train between Madrid and Toledo.

      With that being the case, the national rail network of Spain generally doesn't even enable passholder reservations to be sold for these trains, and your only option would be to purchase regular tickets.

      For trains between Madrid and Toledo, you would purchase regular tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') on our homepage and entering the cities, this time not mentioning that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when you're prompted.

      A connection from Toledo to Seville would involve taking this train back up to Madrid first and then switching to a train that would take you down to Seville. The trains from Madrid to Seville are high-speed AVE or Alvia trains that do require reservations in addition to a rail pass.

      Trains from Seville to Granada are 'Media Distancia' regional trains that don't even accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board one of these trains from Seville to Granada.

      The only direct train from Granada to Barcelona is an overnight train, so reservations would be required.
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