Booking Eurail Global Pass. Are there certain lines not included with our pass, & how do we know? Are the Cinque Terre villages & the train from the Paris Airport to the city covered? Is there an extra cost for Rome to Venice? How do we reserve seats?

we are looking to book a 15day Global Pass for 2 seniors travelling first class and it states we have 15 days to use this pass. Is the price now $1288.00 Can.?Are there train lines that are not included with our pass, and if so how do we find out which ones they are. An example, while in La Spezia we want to take the trains to the 5 villages in Cinque Terra, is that covered with our pass? OR we are staying near the Paris airport, we have to take the train in to the main station to tour the city, is that train covered.? When we book a longer train,Rome to Venice is there a extra cost involved, and do we have to reserve seats?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2013 16:22
    Hi John,

    A rail pass covers trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. There are very few exceptions, the most notable one being the privately owned and operated 'Circumvesuviana' rail line to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento from Naples (this rail line is also how you would reach the Pompeii ruins, Positano, and the island of Capri.) For anyone who wishes to travel to the Amalfi Coast, a rail pass would cover as far as Naples, where you would purchase a separate ticket locally to take the Circumvesuviana line down to the Amalfi Coast and/or Sorrento. The Circumvesuviana trains depart out of the Piazza Garibaldi station, which is conveniently located in the lower level of the same building as the Centrale station, where most trains from elsewhere in Italy would arrive into.

    Any rail pass that includes Italy does cover the rail line between the towns of the Cinque Terre and La Spezia.

    Please note, however, that rail passes generally do not cover metro, subways and buses within cities in Europe. However, any rail pass that includes France (including the Eurail Global Pass), does cover Line B of the RER, but only in the direction going from the CDG Airport into the city of Paris. A rail pass with France actually would not cover Line B of the RER going in the reverse direction from the city to the airport. To use a rail pass to take Line B of the RER into the city, you would just have to be sure to go to the RER ticket counter and request a "contremarque" voucher prior to boarding. Please keep in mind that this would use a day of rail travel on the pass. In the other direction, from the city of Paris to the CDG Airport, you would have to pay to board locally (unless, that is, you purchase a 'Paris Visite Pass'.

    For some major cities, such as Paris, we offer special city passes that cover the subway networks in that city. For instance, for travel on the Metro and RER networks in Paris, you would purchase the Paris Visite Pass. 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.

    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 (the rail pass serves to covers the ticket costs.) 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. Reservations are required for trains from Rome to Venice, for instance.

    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 booked within 60 or 90 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 or 90 days to get an idea of the reservation cost and view schedules.

    We are not able to provide or verify price quotes through this messageboard or email. If you would like to verify costs shown on our website, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600.
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