Booking reservations for Paris-Interlaken, Interlaken-Innsbruck, Innsbruck-Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Paris, & Paris-London

I need help making reservations for my husband, myself and my daughter with our Eurail Global Passes. My husband and I have 15 day Saver 2 Global Pass and my daughter has a 3 month Global Pass. Do I have to activate it before I make seat reservations? We will not begin traveling until August 27, 2018.Our schedule is as follows1. PARIS GARE LYON-01:51 PM INTERLAKEN WEST2. INTERLAKEN WEST-02:11 PM INNSBRUCK HBF3. Night Jet - INNSBRUCK HBF-08:42 AM Düsseldorf HBF4. DUESSELDORF HBF-01:28 PM AMSTERDAM CENTRAAL5. AMSTERDAM CS-10:35 AM PARIS NORD6. PARIS NORD-02:39 PM LONDON ST-PANCRASI would like to start getting reservations made asap. In particular the Night Jet to Dusseldorf. Can any one help me please? Or is there a number I can call?
1 person has
this question
+1
Reply
  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2018 15:37
    Hi Kathryn,

    For travel to that many countries, your most economical option would be the Eurail Global Pass. The Eurail Global Pass is the pass that covers travel in 28 different European countries, including France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Benelux (the Netherlands is included as a part of the 'Benelux').

    There are no single rail passes that include the United Kingdom with any country on the mainland continent of Europe; however, the Eurail Global Pass would make you eligible to receive a 'passholder fare' for reservations on the Eurostar train to get you from Paris to London.

    For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    Paris to Interlaken (with a Eurail Global Pass)

    The fastest/shortest connections from Paris to Interlaken take 5-6 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Basel along the way. However, the TGV Lyria from Paris to Basel does not accept rail passes. Therefore, for your Eurail Global Pass to be valid, you would have to make this same connection via Lausanne instead. This would only about 20-45 minutes to your journey time for this trip.

    The option via Lausanne takes about 6 hours and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Lausanne and then in Bern.

    The TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Lausanne do accept rail passes. On these trains, reservations would just be required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a TGV Lyria from Paris to Lausanne by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    On trains from Lausanne to Bern and Bern to Interlaken, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for the unreserved segments from Lausanne to Bern and Bern to Interlaken.

    Interlaken to Innsbruck, via Bern (with a Eurail Global Pass)

    From Interlaken to Innsbruck, you would actually have a couple different options. The fastest/shortest takes just over 5.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Bern and then once in Zurich.

    On trains from Interlaken to Bern and Bern to Zurich, reservations are not necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for the unreserved segments from Interlaken to Bern and Bern to Zurich.

    Trains from Zurich to Innsbruck are high-speed Railjet trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Railjet from Zurich to Innsbruck by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    The path of the Railjet from Zurich to Innsbruck will have you traveling along a renowned scenic stretch of railway called the 'Arlberg Railway'. This stretch of railway starts in Bludenz right after you cross the border into Austria and goes until Innsbruck.

    Interlaken to Innsbruck, via Lucerne (with a Eurail Global Pass)

    If you do not mind adding about 1.5 hours to your journey time for this trip, you could go with an option that would have you traversing over another famed scenic route for part of the way. With this option, you would travel from Interlaken to Zurich by way of Lucerne, instead of Bern. This option takes just over 7 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Lucerne and then once again in Zurich.

    From Interlaken to Lucerne represents a segment of the GoldenPass scenic route. All trains on this segment have panoramic windows for gazing out at the scenery. On these trains, reservations are possible but not necessary.

    Trains from Lucerne to Zurich do not accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the segments from Interlaken to Lucerne and Lucerne to Zurich. Just be sure to break up this part of the search in Lucerne by doing one search from Interlaken to Lucerne and then another search for connecting trains from Lucerne to Zurich.

    From Zurich to Innsbruck, you would still take the high-speed Railjet over the Arlberg Railway. Once again, reservations are highly recommended on these trains in addition to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Railjet from Zurich to Innsbruck by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Innsbruck to Düsseldorf, overnight train (with a Eurail Global Pass)

    The Nightjet train from Innsbruck to Düsseldorf does require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass; however, it is currently the case that this train is not able to be reserved on our website. Instead, to purchase reservations for this train you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays. Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. Night trains can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that you purchase these reservations as soon as it becomes possible.

    Düsseldorf to Amsterdam (with a Eurail Global Pass)

    From Düsseldorf to Amsterdam, you would take a high-speed ICE (InterCity Express). The ride only takes about 2hr15min.

    On these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for an ICE from Düsseldorf to Amsterdam by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Amsterdam to Paris (with a Eurail Global Pass)

    The trains from Amsterdam to Paris are high-speed Thalys trains. The ride takes just under 3.5 hours.

    Thalys trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date. Thalys trains can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that you purchase these reservations as soon as it becomes possible.

    Paris to London (with a Eurail Global Pass)

    From Paris to London, you would take a high-speed Eurostar train. The ride takes about 2.5 hours. As I alluded to above, the Eurail Global Pass does cover these trains; you would just have to purchase the reservations.

    For travel with the Eurail Global Pass, you would purchase reservations for a Eurostar from Paris to London by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, the Eurostar can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Eurostar trains can sell out quickly, so it is also recommended that you purchase these reservations as soon as possible.
    • view 2 more comments
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2018 16:12
      For time spent in Innsbruck, you can view various tours and activities offered by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&cities=cities-5173

      If you plan on spending any time in Düsseldorf, you can view city passes and tours here: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=undefined&cities=cities-5631

      City passes and tours for time spent in Amsterdam can be viewed here: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=Netherlands&cities=cities-525
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2018 16:12
      If you'll be staying in London for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the 'London Travel Card' or the 'Visitor Oyster Card', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.

      To purchase the 'London Travel Card' you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/london-travel-card-8327

      To purchase the 'Visitor Oyster Card' you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/visitor-oyster-card-8331

      To browse other city passes for a stay in London, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/activities/?countries=England&cities=cities-737
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned