Family Travelling from Scotland to Birmingham to Dover to Paris. Does the Eurail Pass cover these trips?

I am travelling with my family, 2 adults one youth One Child, we want to travel to Scotland then Birmingham then near Dover then Paris does the Eurorail pass cover all these?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2016 18:49
    Hi Paul,

    The United Kingdom is not able to be included on any Eurail Pass (any multiple country pass that includes countries on Europe's mainland). For the United Kingdom, there is either the BritRail England Pass (just for travel in England) or the BritRail Pass (for travel in England, Scotland, and Wales). Since you'll be traveling in Scotland, the pass you would purchase is the BritRail Pass. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-pass/index.html.

    This pass would cover rail connections from cities in Scotland to Birmingham and from Birmingham to Dover.

    The BritRail Pass would also enable you to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on the Eurostar train down to Paris.

    From cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow, there are direct 'Virgin' trains to Birmingham.

    A connection from Birmingham to Dover would involve changing trains in London en route.

    The quickest way of getting from Dover to Paris would be to board the Eurostar in Ashford. You would take a train from Dover up to Ashford, where you would switch to the Eurostar that you would take directly down to Paris.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on a Eurostar by entering the cities on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'BritRail Pass'). Our website has two different entries for Ashford: 'Ashford International' and 'Ashford (Surrey)'. 'Ashford International' refers to the station that services Eurostar trains. Since that's where you'd be boarding the Eurostar, you would type 'Ashford International' in the field for the departure city when doing your search. Therefore, you would do your search from 'Ashford International' to 'London'.

    Seat reservations for trains operating domestically within the UK are only able to be made locally. It is also the case that seat reservations are free on trains in the UK. You can request reservations at any rail station once you get to London.

    For planning purposes, you can still view schedules for the trains in the UK by entering the routes on our homepage. This would apply for your connection from Scotland down to Birmingham, Birmingham to Dover, and also trains from Dover to 'Ashford International'. The entry on our site for Dover is 'Dover Priory'. Therefore, your searches would be entered as follows:

    - (City in Scotland) to Birmingham

    - Birmingham to Dover Priory

    - Dover Priory to Ashford International

    In order to pull up schedules for these routes on our site, you would not indicate that you'll be traveling with any type of pass.

    When you pull up the results of your search from Birmingham to 'Dover Priory', you will see that the trains from Birmingham to London arrive into the Euston station in London, while trains from London to Dover depart from the Victoria station in London. To get from the Euston station to the Victoria station, you would take the 'Victoria Line' of the London Tube. The ride from Euston to Victoria on the Tube would only take about 10 minutes. You would pay to board the Tube locally when you're there.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2017 21:18
      Update:

      As of this year, BritRail Passes no longer enable passengers to receive any kind of Passholder rate on the Eurostar.

      While that is true with regard to BritRail Passes, any Eurail Pass that includes France is now valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Paris and the UK, while any Eurail Pass that includes the Benelux is valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Brussels and the UK. As a supplement to the Eurail Pass, reservations on the Eurostar would still be necessary.

      If a BritRail Pass is the only rail pass with which you’ll be traveling, then it would be necessary to purchase regular tickets in order to ride on the Eurostar. Please note, this applies to any BritRail Pass, including the BritRail England Pass, the BritRail London Plus Pass, the BritRail South West Pass, and the regular BritRail Pass.
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