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Europalooza!! London-Paris, Paris-Brussels, Brussels-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Essen, Essen-Prague, Prague-Vienna

We are traveling from London to Paris, to Brussels, to Amsterdam, to Essen, to Prague and ending in Vienna. There are 3 of us "senior" not Seniors! traveling together. What is the best pass for us and please give us train details for each locations. Also, can we use this for boat travel and where would we be able to travel by boat. Thank you.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 18, 2019 17:43
    Hi Ann,

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

    The Eurail Global Pass does have senior rates. To be quoted the senior rates, just be sure to identify yourselves as seniors when you go to check prices for this pass on our site. For the most comfortable travel experience, we recommend booking your pass for 1st class.

    Generally, rail passes do not cover boats; however, there are sometimes bonuses or discounts offered with the rail pass. It just depends. To check for these, you would click 'Rail pass benefits' on the page for the Eurail Global Pass on our website. After that, you can then narrow it down by country.

    Rail passes cover ticket costs on trains. When required, reservations are a supplementary cost to a pass.

    London to Paris

    From London to Paris, you would take the high-speed Eurostar train. On the Eurostar, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from London 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’).

    The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that you purchase these reservations as soon as possible. The Eurostar is distinct from other trains in that it can be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    Paris to Brussels

    From Paris to Brussels, you would take the high-speed Thalys train. On the Thalys, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Paris to Brussels 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, Thalys trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure.

    Brussels to Amsterdam

    From Brussels to Amsterdam, there are IC (InterCity) trains and high-speed Thalys trains. IC trains in this part of Europe don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board. On Thalys trains, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a Thalys train from Brussels 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, Thalys trains can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure.

    If you prefer to take one of the IC trains on this route, there is no need to do this, because the pass is all you need to board.

    Amsterdam to Essen

    Connections from Amsterdam to Essen take just under 2.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Oberhausen along the way.

    Trains from Amsterdam to Oberhausen are ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

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

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Amsterdam to Oberhausen 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 trains from Amsterdam to Oberhausen can be reserved 180 days in advance of a departure.

    Schedules for the direct trains from Oberhausen to Essen are not able to be viewed on our website. For your reference, these trains depart 3 times an hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 17 minutes.

    Essen to Prague

    The fastest way to travel from Essen to Prague is to take an ICE high-speed train from Essen to Nuremberg, connecting to an IC Bus to Prague. Even though it's a bus from Nuremberg to Prague, it is covered by the Eurail Global Pass.

    On the ICE train from Essen to Nuremberg, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    The IC Bus from Nuremberg to Prague requires reservations, as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Essen to Nuremberg 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 trains from Essen to Nuremberg can be reserved 180 days in advance of a departure.

    To book reservations on the IC Bus from Nuremberg to Prague, you would have to send an email with your contact information to customercare@raileurope.com. The IC Bus from Nuremberg to Prague can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date.

    Prague to Vienna

    To get from Prague to Vienna, you would take a Railjet train. On the trains from Prague to Vienna, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Prague to Vienna 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 trains from Prague to Vienna can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date.
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