Frankfurt - Lausanne - Florence - Vienna - Halle - Frankfurt

I am traveling from the U.S. to Europe in June and I need some help to figure out how the select pass works. These are my routes:

1. From Frankfurt to Lausanne
2. From Lausanne to Florence
3. From Florence to Vienna
4. From Vienna to Halle (Saale)
5. From Halle back to Frankfurt

I'd like to know whether 1 4-country Select Pass covers all of the above routes or do I need to purchase additional train passes?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 24, 2017 17:16
    Hi Anna,

    For the itinerary you laid out, you would be covered with the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria.

    For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Frankfurt to Lausanne

    The shortest connections from Frankfurt to Lausanne take 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains at least once in Bern along the way. In some cases, you would change trains once more in Basel on your way from Frankfurt to Bern.

    Trains from Frankfurt to Bern or Frankfurt to Basel are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

    In contrast, reservations are not necessary on trains from Bern to Lausanne, Bern to Basel, and Basel to Lausanne. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board any of these trains.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Frankfurt to Bern or Frankfurt to Basel by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    For planning purposes, you can search schedules on our website for trains from Bern to Lausanne, or Bern to Basel and Basel to Lausanne.

    Lausanne to Florence

    A connection from Lausanne to Florence takes just over 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Milan along the way.

    Trains from Lausanne to Milan are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    From Milan to Florence, there are Frecciarossa trains and there are Italo trains. Italo trains do not accept rail passes, so you would just want to be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa trains. Frecciarossa trains also will require reservations a supplement to your rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    When booking reservations for a trip from Lausanne to Florence, you would just have to break up your search once in Milan. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Lausanne to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Florence.

    Florence to Vienna

    The most feasible connection from Florence to Vienna takes about 10 hours in duration and involves 2 changes along the way; once in Venice and then once in Villach.

    From Florence to Venice, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo trains. Once again, Italo trains do not accept rail passes, so you would just want to be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains. Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains will require reservations a supplement to your rail pass.

    The segment from Venice to Villach is actually by bus. Buses from Venice to Villach are covered by rail passes and will require reservations.

    From Villach to Vienna, you would take a Railjet train on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    When purchasing reservations for a trip from Florence to Vienna, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Florence to Venice, another search to access the buses from Venice to Villach, and then another search for connecting trains from Villach to Vienna.

    When you pull up your search results, you will see that the buses from Venice to Villach depart out of the Venice Mestre station, while the Venice Santa Lucia station is displayed as the arrival station for most of the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains from Florence to Venice. Rest assured, the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains do stop at the Mestre station before arriving into the Santa Lucia station. Therefore, to catch the bus to Villach, you would just disembark at Mestre, even if the reservation document displays Santa Lucia as the arrival station. For your reference, the trains from Florence arrive at Mestre just 10-15 minutes before they are shown to be arriving into the Santa Lucia station.

    On the way from Villach to Vienna, the Railjet trains follow along a famed scenic stretch of railway called the Semmering Line. The Semmering Line starts around Mürzzuschlag/Bruck an der Mur and goes until Wiener Neustadt/Gloggnitz.

    Vienna to Halle (Saale)

    The most feasible connections from Vienna to Halle (Saale) take just under 8.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Nuremberg and then once in Naumburg.

    Trains from Vienna to Nuremberg and Nuremberg to Naumburg are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

    Trains from Naumburg to Halle (Saale) are regional trains, which do not even accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board for this segment.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for trains from Vienna to Nuremberg and Nuremberg to Naumburg by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    Due to an error, our website only recognizes Nuremberg if spelled incorrectly as 'Nuremburg'. Therefore, you would just have to type 'Nuremburg' when you enter your search to get the schedules and reservation costs to display. For Naumburg, you would type 'Naumburg Saale'.

    Trains from Naumburg to Halle (Saale) are currently not able to be viewed on our website. However, these trains depart about twice every hour throughout the day, and the ride takes about 35-40 minutes.

    Halle (Saale) to Frankfurt

    From Halle (Saale) to Frankfurt, there are direct ICE trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. The direct ICE trains from Halle (Saale) to Frankfurt take about 3 hours.

    Due to an error, it is currently not possible to purchase reservations for the direct ICE trains from Halle (Saale) to Frankfurt on our website. Until this is resolved, these particular reservations can only be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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    • Thank you so much for your detailed response. I have one more question regarding the Florence to Vienna route that I would appreciate it if you could answer it. For this route, I am given an option on the Rail Planner App that involves no change of trains. It’s on a EuroNight train that takes approximately 11 hours in duration. I’d like to know whether my select pass covers this route or not.

      Same question regarding the Vienna to Halle Westf. route (I’m planning to go to Halle Westfalen; I’d confused the two); the rail planner app gives me this option: Vienna to Hannover on a EuroNight train (at ~ 9 p.m.), Hannover to Bielefeld on an ICE train (at ~ 7 a.m.), and Bielefeld to Halle Westf. on a regional train (at ~ 9 a.m.).

      Also, I am not sure whether I need to buy a 5- or a 6-day pass; for the Vienna to Halle Westf. route, does my plan count as one day of travel or two?

      Thank you in advance!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 25, 2017 16:58
      Hi Anna,

      Yes, overnight is an option as well. And the rail pass is valid for these connections.

      Florence to Vienna

      There is the direct overnight train from Florence to Vienna for which your rail pass is valid. This train, as all night trains do, will require reservations as a supplement to your rail pass.

      For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the night train from Florence to Vienna by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

      Also, when trying to access schedules and costs for night trains on our website, it is usually necessary to adjust your preferred departure time to the hour of the specific train's departure time. Therefore, when you go to enter the criteria of your search, you would want to choose '09 pm' as your preferred departure time.

      The night train from Florence to Vienna would just require the use of 1 'travel day' on your pass.

      Vienna to Halle (Westfalen)

      Your rail pass would also be valid to cover the overnight connection you described from Vienna to Halle (Westfalen).

      On the night train from Vienna to Hannover, reservations would be required as a supplement to your rail pass. Due to an error, it is currently not possible to purchase reservations for the night train from Vienna to Hannover on our website. Until this is resolved, these particular reservations can only be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

      On the ICE from Hannover to Bielefeld, reservations would not be necessary, so you can just your pass to board.

      The trains from Bielefeld to Halle (Westfalen) do not accept reservations, so the pass is all you'll need to board.

      This overnight connection would just require the use of 1 'travel day' on your pass.
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