Eurail Global Pass planning

Hi there,

I planned to get Eurail Global Pass to travel around Europe.
My question is whether Eurail Global Pass will cover the below train travels, please state Yes or No, so that I can make necessary arrangement/reservation:

1. Traveling between cities in Switzerland via train
2. Bern to Milan
3. Milan to Como, Como to Milan
4. Milan to Florence
5. Florence to Pisa
6. Pisa to Rome
7. Rome to Venice
8. Venice to Munich (night train)
9. Munich to Salzburg
10. Salzburg to Vienna
11. Vienna to Prague (night train)
12. Prague to Berlin
13. Berlin to Amsterdam
14. Amsterdam to Brussels
15. Brussels to Paris
16. Paris to London

Your help is very much appreciated :)
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 02, 2013 16:49
    Hi,

    1. Traveling between cities in Switzerland via train

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass would cover the ticket costs for trains operating between different cities in Switzerland. One notable exception to this would be the portion of the 'Glacier Express' scenic route between Disentis and Zermatt (the full route of the Glacier Express is from St. Moritz to Zermatt). If you intend on taking the Glacier Express and will be traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, you would also still have to purchase the 'Glacier Express Eurail Passholder Fare' ticket in addition to the pass, so that the ticket costs for the portion of the route between Disentis and Zermatt can be covered. You can purchase this ticket by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/glacier-express-eurail-passholder-fare/index.html.

    The vast majority of trains in Switzerland do not even accept reservations. Even if reservations happen to be accepted on a particular train in Switzerland, they are not at all necessary. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass would be all that is needed to board.

    In Switzerland, only trains designated as specialty scenic trains require or accept reservations. These trains include the Glacier Express, the Golden Pass, the Bernina Express, the Chocolate Train, and the William Tell Express. You can access information for these trains by clicking on their respective links under where it says 'Scenic Trains' after clicking on 'Trains' from the homepage of our website. Reservations would also be required on most trains operating internationally between Switzerland and France or Italy.

    Otherwise, if a particular train displays when you do a search under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our website, then it would be an indicator that it is at least possible 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. Any reservable train in Switzerland would be able to be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    2. Bern to Milan

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for a direct train from Bern to Milan. In addition to the pass, these trains would just require reservations, which you would book by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    3. Milan to Como, Como to Milan

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs for trains between Milan and Como. The rail pass is all you would need to board these trains.

    4. Milan to Florence

    A Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs for the 'Le Frecce' Frecciarossa high-speed trains from Milan to Florence. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Once again, you would purchase the reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date, which is the case for all reservable trains operating within Italy.

    In contrast, a Eurail Global Pass does not cover the new 'Italo' trains that operate between Milan and Florence. If you were to take an Italo train, you would purchase a regular point-to-point ticket by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.

    5. Florence to Pisa

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the trains from Florence to Pisa. These trains don't even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    6. Pisa to Rome

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs for the direct trains between Pisa and Rome. The 'Intercity' (IC) and 'Le Frecce' (Frecciabianca) trains from Pisa to Rome would just require reservations in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase these reservations under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    7. Rome to Venice

    A Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs for the 'Le Frecce' Frecciargento high-speed trains and the 'Intercity' (IC) from Rome to Venice. In addition to the rail pass, these trains require reservations, which you would purchase by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' from our homepage. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Just like with the Milan-Florence route, a Eurail Global Pass does not cover the new 'Italo' trains that operate between Rome and Venice. If you were to take an Italo train, you would purchase a regular point-to-point ticket by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.

    8. Venice to Munich (night train)

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for the overnight train from Venice to Munich (City Night Line 'Apus' train). As is the case with all overnight trains, the night train from Venice to Munich would just require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Just like with reservable day trains, you would purchase the reservations under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. Generally, the night trains from Venice to Munich can be booked within 90 to 180 days of an intended date of departure.

    9. Munich to Salzburg

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs on the direct trains from Munich to Salzburg. In addition to the pass, reservations would just be highly recommended on the 'Railjet' and 'Eurocity' trains from Munich to Salzburg. These reservations would once again be purchased under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    There are also regional trains from Munich to Salzburg that do not accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board one of these trains.

    10. Salzburg to Vienna

    A Eurail Global Pass is valid to cover the ticket costs on the Railjet and Intercity (ÖBB-IC) trains between Salzburg and Vienna. In addition to the pass, reservations would be highly recommended on these trains. Reservations for these trains from Salzburg to Vienna would be purchased under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    In contrast, a Eurail Global Pass does not cover the privately operated 'Westbahn' trains that operate between Salzburg and Vienna. For a Westbahn train, you would need to purchase regular point-to-point tickets. In fact, the tickets for the Westbahn trains are only able to be purchased locally in Europe.

    11. Vienna to Prague (night train)

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for the overnight train from Vienna to Prague (EuroNight 'Metropol' night train). As is the case with all overnight trains, the night train from Vienna to Prague would require reservations in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase these reservations under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage; however, the operator for this service has not yet loaded these particular trains into the international booking system, even for dates within the usual 90 days booking window. Until they do so, it isn't possible to purchase reservations for this night train service, and I would recommend checking back with us periodically.

    12. Prague to Berlin

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs on the direct trains from Prague to Berlin, though reservations would be highly recommended on these trains in addition to the pass. These are Eurocity (EC) trains. You would purchase the reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. Generally, these trains can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure.

    13. Berlin to Amsterdam

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs on the direct trains from Berlin to Amsterdam. These are Intercity (IC) trains. In addition to the pass, reservations are highly recommended on these trains. You would purchase the reservations under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    14. Amsterdam to Brussels

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs for the direct trains between Amsterdam and Brussels. The direct trains from Amsterdam to Brussels are high-speed 'Thalys' trains, which do require reservations in addition to the pass. You would purchase the reservations under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. The passholder rates (reservations for passholders) on these trains sell out very quickly, so it would be highly recommended that the reservations be purchased as soon as it is possible to do so. These trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    15. Brussels to Paris

    Yes, a Eurail Global Pass covers the ticket costs for the direct trains from Brussels to Paris. The direct trains from Brussels to Paris are also the high-speed 'Thalys' trains, for which reservations are required in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase the reservations under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, and it is once again important to note that the passholder rates on these trains sell out very quickly, so it would be highly recommended that the reservations be purchased as soon as it is possible to do so. These trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    16. Paris to London

    The Eurostar train (which is the train that connects Paris and London) is not covered by any rail pass; however, a rail pass would still enable travelers to receive a passholder fare for a ticket on this train. Since ticket costs for the Eurostar are not covered by any pass, the passholder fares on this train cost more than the typical reservation fees on other trains throughout Europe, for which the ticket costs would be covered. You would purchase tickets at the passholder rate on the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, just as you would to purchase reservations on other trains.

    While most reservable trains throughout Europe can only be booked within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, the Eurostar is an exception and can generally be booked up to 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Similar to the Thalys trains, the passholder rates on the Eurostar sell out very quickly, so it would be recommended that these tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 14, 2017 19:36
      Update:

      As of 2017, the ‘William Tell Express’ scenic route is now known as the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ scenic route.

      The actual route is still the same, following the rail line between Flüelen and Bellinzona/Lugano that goes through the old Gotthard Tunnel.

      Also still considered part of this experience is the steamboat on Lake Lucerne, connecting Lucerne and Flüelen.

      From April 14th to July 2nd of 2017, the actual 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains only operate on weekends and will not run all the way to Lugano. Therefore, during this time frame, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' will only run between Flüelen and Bellinzona. In Bellinzona, passengers can connect to another train that will take them the short distance to Lugano.

      From July 3rd to October 22nd of 2017, the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains run daily between Flüelen, Bellinzona, and Lugano.

      For viewing the scenery, 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains have panoramic windows in 1st class.

      For passengers traveling with a rail pass, the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ trains do require reservations, which would also be inclusive of the steamboat. When booking reservations for the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express', you would have to type 'Lucerne-Boat Gotthard' (instead of just 'Lucerne') in the field for the departure city or arrival city, with either ‘Bellinzona’ or ‘Lugano’ in the opposite field.

      If you'll be traveling on a day when the 'Gotthard Panorama Express' trains don’t run (i.e. a weekday between April 14th and July 2nd, 2017), you would instead take a series of regional trains that follows the same route. While you would still be following the same route and enjoying the same scenery, the regional trains do not have panoramic windows, like the actual ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ trains do. The regional trains on the ‘Gotthard Panorama Express' route are:

      Flüelen-Erstfeld
      Erstfeld-Bellinzona
      Bellinzona-Lugano

      The regional trains do not accept reservations. Therefore, any passenger traveling with a rail pass would only need to show the rail pass to board.

      Other notable changes with the new ‘Gotthard Panorama Express’ route are:

      - Now offered in 2nd class but with no panoramic windows

      - Eurail Passes no longer cover the Lake Lucerne steamboat but do provide for a 50% discount (Swiss Travel Passes, on the other hand, are still valid to cover the Lake Lucerne steamboat in full)

      - A meal is no longer included on the steamboat
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 14:31
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Stuttgart to Heildelberg with Global Pass.


    Hello! I'm planning to go from Stuttgart to Heidelberg using the Global Pass, but as I looked upon the printed timetable which came with the ticket, I couldn't find any train connecting these cities.
    I thought it to be very strange, because in the website, there were several trains connecting them directly in about 40 minutes.
    Could you tell me if I can use Global Pass? If not, what is the best way to go to Heidelberg from Stuttgart?
    Thanks!
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  • Hi.
    Does the global pass cover trains from Paris to Geneva or montreux switzerland
    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 28, 2014 15:12
      Hi Pinny,

      Yes, a Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for a train from Paris to Geneva.

      A rail connection from Paris to Montreux would just involve changing trains once in Geneva along the way, and the Eurail Global Pass would cover the ticket costs for connecting train from Geneva to Montreux as well.

      The trains from Paris to Geneva would just require reservations in addition to the rail pass. To check reservation costs and purchase reservations for a train from Paris to Geneva, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      The trains from Paris to Geneva are able to be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date. If your intended departure date happens to fall outside of this time frame, then you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the route on our site. Due to high demand, the passholder reservations on this train can sell out very quickly, so I would recommend purchasing your reservations as soon as it becomes possible to do so.

      The trains from Geneva to Montreux don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass would be all that is needed for you to board. For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for trains from Geneva to Montreux by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.
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    Hi:
    Another question, would the global pass cover
    1. Amsterdam to bruges?
    2. Golde4n pass route
    3. Lucern to Zurich?

    we would like to get to Zurich from paris via the golden pass route. Are we correct in planning travel as:
    paris-montreux/
    Montreux to Lucerne -- gokden pass route
    Lucerne to zurich.

    Out travel is not till June, but want to be prepared to book early.

    Would you recommend, stay over in montreux or Geneva?
    Would like to use the fast baggage services, should we plan on checking baggage in Geneva, with plans to stay overnight either at Geneva or Interlaken and have baggage reach Zurich next day..

    Thank you for your information and reccomednations
    Pinny
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