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Does a rail pass cover subways and buses in European cities? Public transportation questions

Does the Eurail Global pass cover public transportation in cities? Like the local subways, trains or buses.
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  • Will I have to purchase separate transportation tickets to travel around each city I want to visit?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 16, 2012 18:38
    Hi Krista,

    In general, most railpasses do not include subway networks and bus service within a city.

    There is one notable exception, which is the Swiss Pass. The Swiss Pass covers travel on city transit systems through Switzerland, including buses.

    There is also one other exception, being that any railpass that includes Germany will cover travel on the 'S-Bahn' trains that operate within major German cities (except for many of the S-Bahn lines in Berlin, in which case, you would just use your pass to board any of the regional trains that run along the same routes as the S-Bahn). In Berlin, a pass that includes Germany is valid to cover travel on the main S-Bahn line that cuts east-west across the city and the S-Bahn line that cuts north-south (these two lines intersect at the Hbf station in the heart of Berlin). The S-Bahn lines throughout Berlin that feed into these two lines are the ones that are not covered by any rail pass.

    In contrast, rail passes that include Germany do not cover the 'U-Bahn' subway trains operating within German cities.

    For major cities like London and Paris, we do happen to offer city passes that will cover their respective subway networks.

    For instance, for travel on the Paris Metro, you would purchase the 'Paris Visite Pass', and for travel on the Tube in London, you would purchase the 'London Travel Card'.

    If you ever wish to see what citypasses may be offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country where prompted.
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  • I’m thankful
    I see, so I am now thinking I may get a different rail pass than the global. If it does not cover public transportation then I will probably get a smaller eurail pass and more city passes. Thank you for your help!
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  • This is very helpful. I have further question: does Euro Pass cover the regional rail like RegionalExpress (RE) and Regionalbahn (RB)? How about the CityNightLine? These rails are covered by German Pass. I am trying to see which one I should buy. Any helps will be very much appreciated.

    Reba
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 29, 2012 15:18
    Hi Reba,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains (day trains and night trains) operating within and between any country listed on the respective pass. Therefore, a rail pass would cover any RE or RB train operating within the countries included on the pass, and a pass would also cover the ticket costs for any City Night Line train that runs through the countries on the pass.

    The City Night Line would just require reservations in addition to the rail pass, as would any overnight train. You would purchase the reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of our website. Generally, reservable trains in Europe can only be booked within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, however, the City Night Line trains can often be booked up to 180 days in advance of a departure.

    RE and RB trains do not accept reservations, so a rail pass would be all that is needed to board.
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  • Hello, does the France/Spain rail pass cover overnight sleeper cabins? Or are there extra fees attached? I'm planning on traveling overnight on 5/31 from Paris to Barcelona and then taking the train from Barcelona to Bilbao (6/4) and maybe tacking on some day trips via train to San Sebastian, etc. I'm wondering whether it's a better deal to buy a flexible rail pass or just to buy all tickets individually?

    Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2012 18:32
    Hi Barbara,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass, including night trains.

    Reservations are a supplementary cost to a railpass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, and they are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. Generally, high-speed trains connect most of the larger cities and more popular destinations in western Europe. Within Spain most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is very likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips in these countries.

    Considering this, you would have to make reservations for an accommodation on the night train from Paris to Barcelona. The trains from Barcelona to Bilbao or San Sebastian would also require reservations. You can check reservation costs and purchase your reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of the Rail Europe website, www.raileurope.com. Otherwise, after you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass', as mentioned above).

    A connection between Bilbao and San Sebastian would involve one train change in Miranda De Ebro along the way. You would have to book reservations on each of these trains as well, if you do travel between these cites. To do this, you would piece together the connection by doing separate searches for each segment of the trip when you go to book the reservations. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Bilbao to Miranda De Ebro and then another search for connecting trains from Miranda De Ebro to San Sebastian or vice-versa.

    The night train from Paris to Barcelona can be reserved at any point within 90 days of an intended date of departure, but trains operating soleley within Spain can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended date of departure. Accommodations on night trains can sell out quickly, so we recommend booking your reservations as soon as possible.
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  • Is it possible to travel from geneva to paris with swiss pass?
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  • Tom (Official Rep) May 07, 2012 21:01
    @Salma Yasmeen Khan – You may travel from Geneva to Paris using a Swiss Pass. A supplement will need to be purchased for the part of the trip that travels through France. You may find purchase the reservations online at http://www.raileurope.com , selecting, “Book a Reservation for Your Pass,” and providing the necessary information. The fares that come up will include the required France supplement.
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  • Hello. Would you help me to choose the best rail pass deal for our trip (2 people). Our route trip is Netherlands (Amstedam, Vollendam, The Hague, Venlo) - Belgium (Antwerp, Brussels) - Germany (Cologne, Munich, Konstanz) - Switzerland (Lucerne, Mt.Titlis) - France (Paris).

    If Euro Global Pass suits us, is that pass fare include the train from city to another city such amsterdam to den hague/ the hague to venlo/ Brussels to antwerp/ Cologne to Munich?

    If Euro Selected Pass suits us, my question are the same above.....

    Thax
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  • Hi Senny,

    I believe I emailed you the information you are requesting a little earlier today. If you have any further questions, please let us know.
    Thank you.
    Jen
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  • hi ..can i ask a question.i and planing to buy a eurail global pass 21 day ( youth) .to travel 8 country .may i know this pass can cover up all the train in Europe ?any extra fee to add up ?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2012 18:03
      Hi Ray,

      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, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets.

      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.

      To purchase your reservations, you would click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from 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.
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  • Hi,

    I need help understanding exactly what the best option for my trip is. I am traveling in September from Barcelona to Lyon (1 night stopover) then on tho Paris (3 night stopover) then to Bordeaux with a half day stop over and the I want to take the overnight train back to Barcelona.

    How many days would that count as? I am thinking of buying the regional pass, would that be my most economical choice?

    It was previously mentioned that metro and buses are not included correct?

    Thanks,

    Vash
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 06, 2012 16:36
      Hi Vash,

      For your trip, I would recommend purchasing the Eurail France-Spain Pass. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

      A connection from Barcelona to Lyon involves changing trains twice along the way; once in Figueras and then once in either Nimes or Monptellier. Each of the trains that comprise of this connection would require reservations in addition to the pass.

      There are direct trains from Lyon to Paris and from Paris to Bordeaux that would both require reservations.

      An overnight connection from Bordeaux to Barcelona would involve taking a train from Bordeaux to Limoges, where you would pick up the night train down to Barcelona. Trains from Bordeaux to Limoges are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Reservations would then be required on the night train from Limoges to Barcelona.

      After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations and check reservation costs. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass'). For the connections mentioned above that involve train changes en route, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate searche for each segment of the trip (i.e. one search for trains from Barcelona to Figueras, another search for connecting trains from Figueras to Nimes or Montpellier, and another search for connecting trains from Nimes or Montpellier to Lyon).

      Trains from Barcelona to Figueras can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure, while each of the other reservable trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. You can just enter an earlier date if checking for a train outside of its booking horizon to get an idea of the reservation cost and schedule.

      In general, most rail passes do not include subway networks and bus service within a city. For major cities like Barcelona and Paris, we do happen to offer city passes that will cover their respective subway networks.

      For travel on Barcelona's public transportation, you can purchase the Barcelona Card. The Barcelona Card can be purchased by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

      For travel on the public transportation within Paris, you can purchase the Paris Visite Pass. The Paris Visite can be purchased by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/.... To browse other city passes offered for Paris, you can click here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activiti....
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 06, 2012 18:24
      Also, I just want to point out that the overnight connection from Bordeaux to Barcelona (via Limoges) would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass. Considering this, you would want to be sure to purchase your Eurail France-Spain Pass for 5 days of rail travel.
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  • I’m vivi
    hi,

    can you pls help me to identify which pass is best for me traverlling from paris to switzerland then italy. total travelling about 14-15 days. whether eurail global or eurail select. can i use the pass for travelling on the public transport in rome too?
    thanks for yr help
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 13, 2012 14:45
      Hi Vivilia,

      Since you will just be traveling within France, Switzerland and Italy, you can purchase a 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include those countries. While the Eurail Global Pass covers travel to 23 different European countries, the Eurail Select Pass allows travelers to pre-select a limit of either 3, 4 or 5 countries.

      You can purchase the Eurail Select Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

      In general, most rail passes do not include subway networks and bus service within a city. Therefore, a rail pass would not cover public transportation within Rome.
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  • Hi

    I'm planing to travel in Italy for 8 days, may i know the Eurail Italy Pass included subway & buses? Or do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Eng
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  • The Eurail Italy Pass does not cover city trains and buses. However, travel on the Leonardo Express will be completely covered with a 1st class Eurail Italy rail pass. This is an express train servcie from Rome's Fiumicino airport to the Rome Termini station. Seat reservations are not offered due to the frequency of service. You will need to validate your rail pass at one of the ticket windows prior to boarding. Once your pass is validated you may simply hop on and relax as you enjoy the short ride into Rome. Travel on the Leonardo Express will require 1 day of use on a flexi pass which will allow unlimited rail travel until midnight.

    Only the Switzerland Pass and the German Rail Pass (except within Berlin) include city trains and bus coverage.
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  • Is a Portugal rail pass valid for all rail service including intercity lines? Train from Coimbra to Guarda for example. I assume this is not valid for the Metro Rail sytems within the cities.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Portugal rail pass.
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  • Hi

    Hello. Would you help me to choose the best rail pass deal for our trip 4 People(2 adults, 2 children below 9). Our route trip is Netherlands (Amstedam, Vollendam, The Hague, Venlo) - Belgium (Antwerp, Brussels) - Switzerland (Lucerne, Mt.Titlis) - France (Paris) Disneyland, Astria.

    If Euro Global Pass suits us, is that pass fare include the train from city to another city such amsterdam to den hague/ the hague to venlo/ Brussels to antwerp, Paris to Disneyland. Do I need to buy local city pass for city travel by bus/train.

    Please advice which will be economical for us

    Thanks
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 21, 2013 19:10
      In the meantime, to view various options of rail passes, you can click on 'Find & Book Rail Passes' on the homepage of our website, and then select any of the countries you intend to travel in from the drop-down menus that appear under where it says 'Find a Rail Pass'.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 21, 2013 19:16
      Volendam doesn't have a rail station. The closest station to there appears to be Purmerend, which is about 30 minute train ride from Amsterdam. A rail pass that includes the Benelux would cover this train. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one country for the purpose of rail passes.
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  • What "public transportation does the Barcelona Card allow you to travel on? I wondered if it included the AVE trains?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
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  • Hi! we 2 adults and 3 youth are traveling to Germany, Austria and
    Hungary during the month of May.we are flying to Munich on 22nd of may to Munich. from there we shall we traveling by train to Innsbruck. for 3 days.
    from there we again travel to Munich as from there we got to take a
    train or bus whichever is convenient to Schliersee, where we are for 7 days. we shall be taking a train from Germany to South of Hungary for 7 days.

    After doing some research with regard to
    German rail passes, we have understood that the passes are valid only
    for inter city journeys and the same are not valid for traveling
    internally in the cities. for egs. if we are traveling from our resort
    in Schliersee, we can travel to Frankfurt with the German rail passes.
    but once we are in Frankfurt, we have to book separate tickets for
    rail or bus within.. and similarly for other cities . So, here is
    where i need your advice. Which pass should we purchase? are there any
    other type of passes which are economical.. like the day passes, which
    also we came across and which covers even the roads or the 5 or 7 day
    family German rail passes ?? basically would like to know the approx
    cost for the day passes as the travel agents here are not aware of
    those.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 22, 2013 14:48
      Hi Kashmira,

      Generally, a rail pass covers trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. However, the trains between Munich and Schliersee happen to be privately owned and operated, and are therefore not covered by any rail pass. These trains between Munich and Schliersee depart about once every hour and only take about 50 minutes in duration. Since these trains are privately owned and operated, you would purchase tickets locally upon arrival in Germany. A connection from Schliersee to Frankfurt involves taking one of these trains back to Munich, where you would switch to a direct train to Frankfurt that would be covered by a rail pass.

      What you purchase will depend entirely on the specific itinerary you will be doing and the sequence of cities you visit. Any rail pass you choose to purchase would depend on the specific cities you intend to visit while you're in Europe. When selecting a rail pass on our website, you would just want to be sure that all of the countries being traveled through are accounted for on the pass you choose. To view our rail passes, you would go to the homepage of our website, click on 'Find & Book Rail Passes' and then select any of the countries you intend to travel in from the drop-down menus that appear under where it says 'Find a Rail Pass'.

      Based on the information you provided, the pass you would purchase is a 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include Germany, Austria, and Hungary. For information on this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 22, 2013 14:49
      In general, most rail passes do not include subway networks and bus service within a city.

      One notable exception are the 'S-Bahn' trains that operate within major German cities. Any rail pass that includes Germany would cover these trains (except for many of the S-Bahn lines in Berlin, in which case, you would just use your pass to board any of the regional trains that run along the same routes as the S-Bahn). In Berlin, a pass that includes Germany is valid to cover travel on the main S-Bahn line that cuts east-west across the city and the S-Bahn line that cuts north-south (these two lines intersect at the Hbf station in the heart of Berlin). The S-Bahn lines throughout Berlin that feed into these two lines are the ones that are not covered by any rail pass.

      In contrast, rail passes that include Germany do not cover the 'U-Bahn' subway trains operating within German cities.
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  • If I plan on taking a trip starting in Madrid, Spain then to Barcelona, Spain then we want to take the overnight train to Paris. After that we are going to Interlaken, Switzerland and then finally Venice.

    Which pass is best? (I was going to buy the 4 country select pass but now that France is no longer apart of it I am wondering if it will be cheaper to buy the global pass or each train point by point)

    We travel from May 22nd to June 5th.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2013 15:05
      Hi Bridgette,

      For the requested itinerary, I would recommend purchasing a 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. While rail passes generally have to consist of bordering countries, Spain and Italy are an exception and able to be included on the same pass due to a discounted ferry connection between these countries (however, that does not mean you would have to take the ferry for your travel).

      Even though the Eurail Select Pass would not include France, it would still actually enable you to receive the passholder rate for reservations on the night train from Barcelona to Paris.

      The ticket costs for all of your remaining travel in Spain, Switzerland, and Italy would be completely covered.

      In addition to the rail pass, trains from Madrid to Barcelona would require reservations.

      The night train from Barcelona to Paris would also require reservations, which you would still be able to book even though your pass wouldn't include France, as I alluded to above.

      A connection from Paris to Interlaken involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. Since your rail pass does not include France, you would purchase regular point-to-point tickets for a train from Paris to Basel. The Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board a connecting train from Basel to Interlaken, as reservations would not be accepted.

      A connection from Interlaken to Venice involves at least two train changes along the way; once in Spiez and then once in Milan. Otherwise, the connection from Interlaken to Venice would involve three train changes along the way; once in Spiez, then in Brig, and then once in Milan. The trains in Switzerland don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you would need to board; however, reservations would be required on the trains from Spiez or Brig to Milan and Milan to Venice.

      After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (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.)

      To book a regular ticket for your train from Paris to Basel, you would click on 'Continue Shopping' from your shopping cart and then 'Let's Get Booking' under where it says 'I have an itinerary'. This would enable you to purchase regular point-to-point tickets, as opposed to just reservations, since your rail pass will not cover this part of your trip (if starting on our homepage, you would purchase regular tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules', as opposed to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.)

      Due to high demand on these routes, especially during the busy Spring and Summer travel season, I would recommend booking the reservable trains as soon as possible.

      For planning purposes, you can just view schedules for the trains you won't be booking reservations on by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage. This would include your train from Basel to Interlaken and Interlaken to Spiez or Brig.
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  • Me and my wife are traveling to Salzburg, Vienna, Prague and Milan coming June.
    Is there a pass which covers Italy, Austria and Czech republic together?
    Would you suggest a central europe triangle pass to cover vienna, salzburg and prague?
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  • I’m confused
    Hi,
    I am planning to go to Europe backpacking in September, I have never left the country before so this is all a learning experience for me and im going solo so I am trrying to soak up and learn as much as possible before i go! so I apologize for any questions that may seem silly!

    While in Europe i would like to see Portugal, Spain, visit Nice, Italy, Croatia and Greece.
    I will be going for 3 months and i would really like to get a feel for these countries and not just do the 'tourist' stuff. I love food and i am hoping to be able to try as much local amazing food as i possibly can!
    The only rail pass i found that was available for 3 months is the eurail global pass, will this be worth the money?
    I will have to add on in town transportation and also will the eurail pass take me to the smaller towns that are not as popular?
    if not how do i get to those smaller towns?
    how will i know what trains my eurail pass covers and how to find a station?

    any answers, recommendations, facts or tips would really help and be greatly appreciated as iv been at this for over a month and dont seem to much further ahead :S

    Thanks so much!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 10, 2013 16:12
      Hi,

      The Eurail Global Pass is what you would purchase for travel to that many countries, not even to mention the amount of time you plan to be there traveling.

      The Eurail Global Pass covers travel to 24 different European countries. For information and to purchase this 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, to small towns and major cities alike. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets. Therefore, 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.

      After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (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/or view schedules when searching a route.

      Reservable trains can sell out quickly, so I would recommend booking your reservations as soon as possible.

      International rail travel into and out of Greece has been suspended for the past few years; however, you can still travel conveniently between Italy and Greece with the Eurail Global Pass by taking a ferry. The ferry operates between Bari, Italy and Patras, Greece. By purchasing the pass, the ticket costs for this ferry would be covered. Actual compartments on this ferry can be reserved at a supplementary cost by calling Superfast Ferries at +39 080 528 2828. Their website is www.superfast.com, and their email contact is info.bariport@superfast.com.

      This is how we would recommend traveling between Italy and Greece anyway, even if international rail travel into and out of Greece had not been suspended indefinitely. Train travel that distance from central or western Europe through the Balkan region can take a considerable amount of time and some of the countries you would go through are not able to be included on the pass.

      Other rail travel within Greece has also been suspended. If you were to continue on from Patras to Athens, for instance, you would take a bus that runs directly between these cities.
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  • Hi,

    I am planning on traveling between Lisbon and Seville and the most direct route I have found is an overnight bus. Are international busses such as that covered by the Eurail pass?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 24, 2013 16:01
      Hi Elias,

      A rail pass would not cover a bus from Lisbon to Seville. You would purchase tickets for such a bus locally in Europe.

      Otherwise, to get from Lisbon to Seville, you would take the overnight train that goes from Lisbon to Madrid, where you would switch to a train that will continue on to Seville. A rail pass would cover the ticket costs for these trains. Each of these trains would just require reservations, in addition to the rail pass.

      You would purchase the reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      These trains can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 60 days to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the route on our website.

      Also, when you do your search, you will see that the night train from Lisbon to Madrid arrives into the Chamartin station in Madrid, while trains from Madrid to Seville depart from the Puerta de Atocha station. To commute from the Chamartin station to the Puerta de Atocha station, you would take the local Renfe Cercanias line that operates directly between these stations. The Renfe Cercanias line between the Chamartin station and Puerta De Atocha takes about 13 minutes, and you would just pay to board it locally upon arrival.
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  • I would like to visit Benelux, Germany, and Denmark. Which railpass(s) would you recommend>

    kean@farrerfamily.com
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 24, 2013 16:11
      Hi Kean,

      For travel in the Benelux, Germany, and Denmark, you would purchase a 3 country Eurail Select Pass. You can purchase this pass 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, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets. Therefore, 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.

      After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (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.)

      Regular trains operating within the Benelux region (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. However, reservations would be required on most trains operating internationally between the Benelux countries and Germany.

      Throughout the rest of Europe, reservations are required on high-speed trains. In Germany, however, reservations are not required on the high-speed trains, but they are highly recommended. In any case, there are generally regular trains operating along the same routes as the high-speed trains in Germany, for which reservations would not at all be needed or even accepted. The high-speed trains in Germany are labeled as 'Inter City Express' (ICE) trains. We would recommend booking reservations on these trains, especially during the busy Spring and Summer travel season.

      If a particular train displays when you do a search under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our website, then it would be another indicator that you might want to purchase reservations on that train. If a particular train doesn't display from such a search, then it is likely that the train doesn't accept reservations or else reservations are not necessary.

      Depending on your first destination in Denmark, it is likely that reservations would be highly recommended on the train you take to get there from Germany.
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  • Hello,
    I am planning to travel to the following cities in the next month:
    Budapest (3 days), Vienna (3 days), Prague (3 days), Berlin (3 days), and Amsterdam (2 days).
    I plan to stick mainly to the major touristy things in and around these cities, and don't anticipate travelling to other major cities close to any of these cities. May you advice me on the type of Eurail pass that would be most economical?
    I know you have mentioned this a couple of times in this thread already, but may you tell me if the local transport in and around these cities will be covered in the Eurail pass? You have mentioned something about Berlin but I didn't quite understand it. Did you mean that local transport in Berlin IS covered in the pass?
    Any advice on the most economical kind of Eurail pass will be highly appreciated. Thanks!
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    • Thank you for the quick reply. Highly appreciated!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 09, 2013 20:20
      You're welcome, Mohit. Let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.
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  • I am going to travel to Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark in this summer through study abroad program.
    I plan to go from Luzern to Bern, so I am going to take IR and the local bus or tram. I bought 5 countries in 8 days of Eurail. I would like to know if the Eurail pass cover IR and tram?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 10, 2013 20:35
      Hi Chloe,

      Any multi-country rail pass that includes Switzerland (including a Eurail Select Pass) would cover the trains from Lucerne to Bern, which are 'IR' (Interregio) trains. Trains on this route don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

      In contrast, multiple country rail passes that include Switzerland would not cover buses or trams there. Rail passes cover trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass.
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  • Hi,
    I am travelling from Germany(Berlin, Munich) - to - Italy (Venice, Rome, Milan) - to - Switzerland - to - Netherlands (Amsterdam) - to - Germany (Berlin).

    I am planning to buy a Euro Global pass as il be travelling for around 17 days.

    Does this imply that i can use this pass only when im travelling between cities or inside the cities as also?
    Do i hav to make any prior registration or is it enough that i jus buy the euro global pass?

    Also please let me know if there are better options for the pass.

    Thanks in advance!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 06, 2014 14:33
      Hi Ramya,

      In general, most rail passes do not include subway networks and bus service within a city.

      One notable exception are the 'S-Bahn' trains that operate within major German cities. Any rail pass that includes Germany would cover these trains (except for many of the S-Bahn lines in Berlin, in which case, you would just use your pass to board any of the regional trains that run along the same routes as the S-Bahn). In Berlin, a pass that includes Germany is valid to cover travel on the main S-Bahn line that cuts east-west across the city and the S-Bahn line that cuts north-south (these two lines intersect at the Hbf station in the heart of Berlin). The S-Bahn lines throughout Berlin that feed into these two lines are the ones that are not covered by any rail pass.

      In contrast, rail passes that include Germany do not cover the 'U-Bahn' subway trains operating within German cities.

      If you ever wish to see what city passes may be offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country where prompted.
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  • Hi Ramya Shree,

    The Eurail Global pass is not valid on city transportation. It will allow you to travel between all of the countries you have listed. Please note that all highspeed and international trains require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Please be sure to book these prior to traveling to Europe to ensure availability for the trains you wish to take.

    Thank you,
    Jen
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  • Hi,

    Can you please help us find the rail pass which suits us? We are going to Europe for 31 days 5 countries 12 cities. Start from Spain (Madrid, Barcelona), France (Paris), Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich), Switzerland (Lucerne, Interlaken) and Italy ( Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome). We actually plan to buy Globall Eurail pass 1 month, do you think this pass suit us? Or you have another pass that suit us?
    Thank you very much for your help.

    Petch
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  • Hi what is the difference between Berlin pass and berlin welcome card? If you help me with this it will be great
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 10, 2014 21:50
      Hello,

      The Berlin Welcome Card covers zones ABC of the public transportation network in Berlin, in addition to travel out to Potsdam. It would also entitle you to receive 50% discount on sightseeing tours, guided tours, bicycle tours, boat trips, museums, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The 72 hour option of this card also includes the option to add free entry to 5 different museums in the 'Museum Island' area of Berlin.

      The Berlin Pass also covers zones ABC of the the public transportation in Berlin but not travel out to Potsdam. The Berlin Pass does, however, cover free entry to over 50 different attractions around Berlin, free hop-on/hop-off bus tour, and free river cruise on the River Spree. The Berlin Pass also covers travel between the Schönefeld Airport and the city.

      For information on the Berlin Welcome Card, you would click here:
      http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

      For information on the Berlin Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....
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  • hi
    im planning to purchase a Global pass but can i use this pass to travel in between the cities. for example i want to see different cities in Italy would i be able to use this pass for the local trains and buses. Also how many days do i need to travel in 24 countries on this global pass?Thank you so much for you help in advance.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 18, 2014 16:49
      A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains (the exception to this being the high-speed trains that operate within Germany, for which reservations would just be highly recommended), all night trains, and many international routes.

      You would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      Otherwise, after you add the pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would click 'Read More' in the light yellow box where it says 'Check to determine if you need reservations when traveling with your rail pass'. A button that says 'Add Reservation' would then appear just below, which is what you would click to purchase your reservations.

      Most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked within 90 (or sometimes 60) days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, within the next 90 or 60 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching a route on our site.
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  • Hi,
    I am planning to go to Europe backpacking in August end till October second week, Its all a learning experience for me since going solo so I am trying to get information as much as possible before i leave for the trip.

    I am planning to travel to the following Countries (cities):
    1. U.K (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow) (6 days),
    2. Belgium (Burgess, Antwerp, Brussels)(3 days)
    3. Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft)(4 days)
    4. Germany (Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dessau, Munich)(6 days)
    5. Czech republic (Prague)(2 days)
    6. Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken)(4 days)
    7. Italy (Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome) (8 days)
    8. Portugal (Lisbon, Porto) (4 days)
    9. Spain (Madrid, Seville, Granada,Valencia,Barcelona)(8 days)

    I plan to stick mainly to the major of these cities of each country by enjoying tourist things in and around these cities.May you advice me on the type of Eurail pass that would be most economical for these number of days covering all the above mentioned countries?

    I know you have mentioned this a couple of times in this thread already, but may you tell me if the local transport in and around these cities will be covered in the Eurail pass?or the transport between one city to another in each country for eg: if I want to travel from hamburg to berlin or Florence to Rome or Seville to Valencia ,how do eurorail also work in these case?? You have mentioned something about Berlin and i got that part but what about the other cities of Germany like hamburg,Dessau,Frankfurt,Munich which I am planning to visit?

    Any advice on the most economical kind of Eurail pass will be highly appreciated. Thanks!
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    • okie..thanks a lot jeff..
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 20, 2014 15:48
      You're welcome. Have a great trip!
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  • HI Victoria,

    It seems that you have a very extensive itinerary. I would recommend calling us at 800-622-8600 and one of our Travel Consultants will be able to set up your order with the best possible pass.

    Thank you,
    Jen
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  • hey does the eurail global pass cover the trams in strasbourg?
    • Hello,

      I'm sorry, however, a rail pass would not cover the trams in Strasbourg. In general, most rail passes are not valid on local public transportation within European cities (i.e. metros, trams, or buses). The purpose of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs for trains between different cities. You would pay to board the trams in Strasbourg locally while you're there.
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  • Hi,

    I'm travelling next month to Germany (Frankfurt,Stuttgart) - France (paris) - Swiss (zurich, lucerne) and seems like the EU select pass is the right thing for me.

    However if I get the EU select pass, will I be able to travel in metros and other local transportation in these cities, also will I get any a additional benefits like free entry to museums and discounts.

    Thanks in advance
    • Thank you for your question, Mohammed.

      Rail passes generally do not cover metro/subway networks and buses within cities in Europe, as the objective of a rail pass is more for travel between different cities. However, while that is the case throughout most of Europe, any rail pass that includes Germany does happen to cover the S-Bahn trains that operate in German cities, including Frankfurt and Stuttgart (the only exception being certain S-Bahn routes in Berlin).

      Please note, it would use up a day of travel on a rail pass if you were to use to cover an S-Bahn ride. Therefore, you might not want to squander a day of rail travel on your pass just to take an S-Bahn, as paying to board the S-Bahn locally would be rather inexpensive. You might want to consider only using your pass to cover the S-Bahn on the actual days you'll already be using the pass to take another train to or from a different city.

      In contrast, rail passes that include Germany do not cover the 'U-Bahn' trains that operate within German cities. Additionally, a Eurail Select Pass would not cover the Métro and RER in Paris or any local public transportation within Zurich or Lucerne.

      For Paris, however, we do offer city passes that would cover local public transportation. There is the Paris Pass or the Paris Visite Pass.

      The Paris Pass covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the Paris Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-pass/index.html.

      The Paris Visite Pass just covers local transportation in Paris, including the Métro, RER, and city buses. You would purchase the Paris Visite Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

      There is also the Paris Museum Pass, which covers entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around Paris but no transportation. You would purchase the Paris Museum Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html.

      If you'll be staying in Paris and traveling around city, it would be best to purchase one of these passes.

      If you ever wish to see what city passes might be offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country when prompted.
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