Paris to Interlaken. Interlaken to Rome. Rome to Amalfi Coast. Ferry to Barcelona.

First time going to europe in june flying into paris then was taking the eurorail to switzerland (interlaken) then to Rome then to Almafi coast then to Barcelona a ferry(?) can anyone tell me about how long a train travel is between these areas and is it better to do train or fly to some areas...thanks
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  • You can check time duration between cities when checking schedules... i think is better to take train to Barcelona... if you want to experience Europe by train; ferry is just a ferry and you will see only ocean, and it will take of course longer from Italy to Spain..
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 04, 2012 16:43
    Hi Cathy,

    For the requested itinerary, I would recommend purchasing a 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include France, Switzerland and Italy, or possibly a 4 country Eurail Select Pass to include France, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. For your specific trip, the rail pass would be more economical than purchasing regular point-to-point tickets. To purchase the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    A connection from Paris to Interlaken involves changing trains once in Basel along the way. Trains from Paris to Basel require reservations in addition to the pass. Trains from Basel to Interlaken do not require reservations, so the pass is all you would need to board.

    A connection from Interlaken to Rome would involve at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Spiez and then once in Milan. In many instances, the connection from Interlaken to Rome involves 3 train changes en route; once in Spiez, once in Brig and then once in Milan. The trains between Interlaken and Spiez or Brig do not accept reservations, so the pass is all you would need to board. The trains from Spiez or Brig to Milan and trains from Milan to Rome will both require reservations.

    The Amalfi Coast can only be reached by taking the privately owned and operated 'Circumvesuviana Line' from Naples to Sorrento. From Sorrento, you can take 'SITA' buses that will take you to towns on the actual Amalfi Coast, including Positano. Since the Circumvesuviana trains are privately owned and operated, tickets would have to be purchased locally upon arrival. These Circumvesuviana trains depart once every half hour, and it would take about 55 to 68 minutes in duration between Naples and Sorrento.

    Thus, to get from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, you would take a train from Rome to Naples, where you would switch to a Circumvesuviana train. Trains from Rome to Naples will require reservations. Circumvesuviana trains depart from the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples, which is conveniently located in the lower level of the same building as the Naples Centrale station, which is considered the main rail station in Naples where most trains from Rome will arrive into.

    There are ferries from Italy to Barcelona that depart from Civitavecchia, near Rome. Therefore, you would then have to take a Circumvesuviana train back up to Naples, where you would have to connect to continue on to Civitavecchia. A connection from Naples to Civitavecchia involves changing trains once in Rome along the way. Trains from Naples back up to Rome will require reservations, while most trains from Rome to Civitavecchia are regional trains that do not accept reservations, in which case, the rail pass is all you would need to board. Only trains with a 4 digit train number that begins with a '9' would require reservations along the route from Rome to Civitavecchia.

    For planning, you can view the schedules by entering the cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. For the trips that involve multiple train changes, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Interlaken to Spiez or Brig, another search from Spiez or Brig to Milan, and then another search for trains from Milan to Rome). To make your actual reservations on the reservable segments that I mentioned above, you would click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage.

    Reservable trains in this part of Europe can be only booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    The ferries from Civitavecchia to Barcelona are operated by Grimaldi Lines. These ferries operate daily in the Summer. If you purchase the 4 country Eurail Select Pass that includes both Italy and Spain, then you would be able to receive a 20% discount to take this ferry. To book tickets for the ferry, you would go to the site for Grimaldi Lines, www.grimaldi-lines.com. If you'll be traveling with a rail pass that includes both Italy and Spain, you would fill out the form there titled 'EURAIL INTERRAIL' in order to receive the discount. The phone number for Grimaldi Lines is +39 081 496 444, and their contact email is info@grimaldi.napoli.it.
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    I hope I'm replying to Jeff .... Wow!!! You're amazing... You just made my day ... So detailed and so much help and we were starting to stress... Thanks so much ... I hope you're the one who responds for all rail question...
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  • Hi Cathy,

    You seem to have ( by now) gone through a travel plan that we have made for September this year.

    Could you please let me know how did you finally travel from Interlaken to Rome or incase I want to get to Naples staright.

    Thanks for the help in advance.

    Regards,
    Nisha (from India)
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