Does Eurail Global Pass cover: Zurich Airport-Zurich-Lucerne (Lucerne Metro)-Kussnacht-Lucerne-Geneva-Golden Pass-Paris (Paris Metro)-Bordeaux-Nice (Nice Metro)-Venice (Venice Metro)-Florence (Florence Metro)-Milan (Milan Metro)-Milan Airport

Hi there,

I planned to get Eurail Global to travel to Switzerland, France and Italy.
Here my questions whether Eurail Global Pass covered all below, please state YES or No, so that I can plan accordingly:

1. Train from Zurich Airport to Zurich City
2. Zurich City to Lucerne City
3. Metro from Lucerne City to Kussnacht
4. Trains from Lucerne to Geneva
5. Golden Pass train from Lucerne to Geneva Lake
6. Trains from Geneva to Paris
7. Transport / Metro within Paris
8. Trains from Paris to Bordeaux
9. Trains from Bordeaux to Nice
10. Metro within Nice
11. Trains from Nice to Venice
12. Trains / Metro within Venice
13. Trains from Venice to Florence
14. Metro within Florence
15. Trains from Florence to Milan
16. Metro within Milan
17. Trains from Milan city to Airport.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 23, 2014 15:24
    Hello,

    1.) Zurich Airport-Zurich: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the trains from Zurich Airport to the city of Zurich.

    2.) Zurich to Lucerne: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the trains from Zurich to Lucerne.

    3.) Lucerne to Kussnacht: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers all trains from Lucerne to Kussnacht, including the local 'S-Bahn' trains.

    4.) Lucerne-Geneva: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the trains from Lucerne to Geneva.

    5.) The Golden Pass scenic route: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass is valid to cover the Golden Pass scenic route; however, the actual Golden Pass route only operates between Lucerne and Montreux. You can then take a train from Montreux to Geneva upon your arrival into Montreux via the Golden Pass. A Eurail Global Pass does cover trains from Montreux to Geneva.

    The Golden Pass route between Lucerne and Montreux involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Interlaken and then once in Zweisimmen.

    It is really only advisable to have reservations on the segment of the Golden Pass between Zweisimmen and Montreux. Reservations aren't really necessary on the segment of this route between Lucerne and Interlaken and the segment between Interlaken and Zweisimmen. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. If you decide to purchase reservations for the entire route, you would just break up your search once in Interlaken. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment between Lucerne and Interlaken and another search for the segment between Interlaken and Montreux. Otherwise, you can just purchase reservations for the segment between Zweisimmen and Montreux, and your rail pass is all you would need to board the train between Lucerne and Interlaken and the train between Interlaken and Zweisimmen. The trains from Montreux to Geneva don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    6.) Geneva-Paris: While a Eurail Global Pass would not enable travelers to receive a 'Passholder 1' rate (the lowest possible Passholder rate) on the direct trains from Geneva to Paris ('TGV Lyria' trains), one would enable travelers to receive a 'Passholder 2' rate on these trains.

    7.) The Paris Métro in Paris: No, a Eurail Global Pass would not cover the Paris Métro. To be covered on the Métro and RER in Paris, you can purchase either a Paris Visite Pass or a Paris Pass.

    You can purchase the Paris Visite here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

    You can purchase the Paris Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-pass/index.html.

    8.) Paris-Bordeaux: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for trains from Paris to Bordeaux (TGV trains). These trains do require reservations in addition to the pass, which you would purchase by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage.

    9.) Bordeaux-Nice: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for trains from Bordeaux to Nice ('Intercités' trains or a combination of TGV trains). These trains do require reservations in addition to the pass, which you would once again purchase by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage.

    10.) Nice actually doesn't have a metro service. Instead, there is a large bus network in Nice, which a Eurail Global Pass would not be valid for.

    There are regional trains that run along the entire French Riviera, in the process connecting the rail stations in Nice, which include the Ville station (the main station), the St-Augustin station, and the Riquier station. A Eurail Global Pass is valid on these regional trains that run along the French Riviera.

    11.) Nice-Venice: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for a connection from Nice to Venice. A connection from Nice to Venice would just involve 2 train changes en route; once in Ventimiglia and then once in Milan.

    Trains from Nice to Ventimiglia are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you'd need to board. In contrast, reservations are required on the trains from Ventimiglia to Milan and Milan to Venice. You would refer back to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage to book your reservations from Ventimiglia to Milan and Milan to Venice.

    12.) Venice does not have a metro service. Instead, there are water buses, water taxis, and gondolas. A rail pass would not be valid on these.

    There are local trains that connect the Santa Lucia station (on the island of Venice) and the Mestre station (on the mainland) in Venice. A Eurail Global Pass would be valid on these trains between the Santa Lucia station and the Mestre station.

    13.) Venice-Florence: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for trains from Venice to Florence ('Frecciargento' trains or 'InterCity' trains) These trains do require reservations in addition to the pass, which you would purchase using 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage.

    14.) Florence also does not have a metro service. Instead, there is a bus network, which a Eurail Global Pass would not be valid for.

    There are regional trains in the region that connect various stations in Florence, including the Santa Maria Novella station (the main station), the Rifredi and Campo di Marte stations (both more secondary station), as well as the Statuto and Castello stations (both small local stations). The Eurail Global Pass would be valid on these trains.

    15.) Florence-Milan: Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for trains from Florence to Milan ('Frecciarossa' trains or 'InterCity' trains). These trains do require reservations in addition to the pass, which you would purchase using 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage.

    16.) Milan Metro: No, a Eurail Global Pass would not be valid on the Metro in Milan. To be covered on the Metro and buses in Milan, you would purchase the Milano Card.

    You would purchase the Milano Card here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/milano-card/index.html.

    17.) Milan-Milan Malpensa Airport: No, a Eurail Global Pass would not be valid on the Malpensa Express trains from the city of Milan to the Malpensa Airport. The Milano Card (mentioned above for the Milan Metro); however, would enable you to receive a discount locally on these Malpensa Express trains to the airport.

    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 24, 2018 14:52
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Geneva-Paris) are no longer valid for travel with Eurail Passes. TGV Lyria now requires that Eurail Passes include all countries being traveled through to be valid.

      The ‘Passholder 3’ rate would now only be valid for travel with a Swiss Travel Pass.
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  • Hi,


    Thank you for the replies. May I just ask a few more questions.


    1) how do I get to Florence from Nice using eurail global pass friendly train/ other transportations? How long is the journey?


    2) can I know if the journey from Lucerne to Chamonix via Lausanne is free with eurail global pass? can kindly help break down the route and the respective estimated journey time?


    3) does Eurail global pass covers the route from Florence to Venice? Is there a direct route and how long does it takes?


    4) May I know what coverage does eurail global pass entitles me to for train journey from Chamonix to Paris. May I know the routes available?

    Once again, thank you for being so patient to my questions.


    Regards,

    Chap Tan
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  • Hi Chap Tan,

    Since you have an extensive itinerary that will require several changes of trains, it may be best to contact us at 800-622-8600 and one of our Travel Consultants will be able to assist you further. We are not able to privide specific schedules through this channel.

    Thank you,
    Jen
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  • Hi,

    As I am not from Europe, there will be charges for me to call.

    please kindly answer the last few questions as best as you can. I do not need the exact time and schedule. I just need to know what your pass covers as there are so many pass out there and it gets confusing at time.

    Regards,
    Chap Tan
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 27, 2014 16:18
    Hi Chap Tan,

    For reservable trains, you would purchase reservations and check schedules by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website (www.raileurope.com).

    For trains that don't accept reservations, you can just view schedules for planning purposes by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.

    1.) A connection from Florence to Nice would take just over 7 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Ventimiglia. Trains from Florence to Milan and Milan to Ventimiglia would both require reservations in addition to the pass. Trains from Ventimiglia to Nice don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    You would purchase reservations and check schedules for the portion of this route from Florence to Ventimiglia by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. You may have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Florence to Milan ('Frecciarossa' trains or 'InterCity' trains) and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Ventimiglia ('InterCity' trains).

    You would then refer to 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage just to view schedules for the final segment of this route from Ventimiglia to Nice, since these are trains that don't accept reservations.

    2.) A connection from Lucerne to Chamonix would take just over 6 hours in duration and involves 4 changes en route, once in Lausanne, once in Martigny, once in Le Chatelard-Frontiere, and then once in Argentiere. The segment from Le Chatelard-Frontiere to Argentiere is actually a bus. The rail pass would cover the entire route, including the bus from Le Chatelard-Frontiere to Argentiere (since it substitutes for a train that used to operate on this route). None of the trains that comprise of this route accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    You can view schedules on our site (under 'Find Fares & Schedules) only for the portion from Lucerne up to Martigny and the final segment from Argentiere to Chamonix. Schedules for the trains from Martigny to Le Chatelard-Frontiere and the buses from Le Chatelard-Frontiere to Argentiere are not able to be viewed there. If you'd like to inquire about schedules for the trains from Martigny to Le Chatelard-Frontiere and the buses from Le Chatelard-Frontiere to Argentiere, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    3.) I addressed the route between Florence and Venice in my response to your initial question.

    4.) A connection from Chamonix to Paris would take about 5.5 to 7 hours in duration and would involve taking a connection of regional trains to either Bellegarde, Lyon, or Annecy.

    Regional trains that comprise of a connection from Chamonix to Bellegarde, Chamonix to Lyon, or Chamonix to Annecy do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. In contrast, trains from Bellegarde to Paris, Lyon to Paris, or Annecy to Paris (TGV trains) all require reservations in addition to the pass.

    A connection of regional trains from Chamonix to Bellegarde or Lyon would involve changing trains in St Gervais les Bains and Annemasse. A connection of regional trains from Chamonix to Annecy would just involve changing trains once in St Gervais les Bains.

    Viewing schedules for a connection from Chamonix to Bellegarde or Chamonix to Lyon under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our site would require that you break up your search once in Annemasse. Therefore, you would do one search for the part of the connection from Chamonix to Annemasse (which would reflect the train change in St Gervais les Bains when you pull up the results of this search) and then another search for connecting trains from Annemasse to Bellegarde or Annemasse to Lyon.

    You would then purchase reservations and check schedules for trains from Bellegarde to Paris, Lyon to Paris, or Annecy to Paris by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules'.

    We are the United States-based seller of European tickets and passes for the North American market. Therefore, you would not incur charges as a result of calling us from North America. We are generally not able to sell to residents of countries outside of North America, due to local restrictions. Residents of countries outside of North America would have to book through an affiliated agent in their own country or region.
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