With a Eurail Global Pass, do I need reservations on Rome-Florence, Florence-Milan, Milan-Lugano, Bernina Express Lugano-Tirano-Chur, Chur-Zurich, Zurich-Lucerne, Lucerne-Innsbruck, Innsbruck-Munich, Munich-Linz, Linz-Prague, Prague-Krakow night train, Krakow-Vienna night train, Vienna-Budapest?

Hi, Two of us have purchased Global Passes. I'm still a bit confused on reservations and additional fares. I believe our Itinerary will be:

Rome-Firenze-Milan-Lugano-Bernina bus to Tirano-Bernina train to Chur, Zurich, Luzern, Innsbruck, Munich, Linz, Prague, overnight to Krakow, overnight to Vienna, Budapest.

I believe in addition to registering the global pass at the onset, I will also need reservations from Rome to Firenze to Milan, reservations on Bernina, and reservations plus a supplement on the Prague-Krakow overnight as well as the Krakow-Vienna overnight since the Global Pass doesn't cover Poland. Can you please confirm if I have all the facts correct? Thanks so much!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 07, 2014 15:13
    Hi John,

    In addition to your Eurail Global Pass, reservations would be required on the following trains:

    1.) Rome to Florence (Frecciargento/Frecciarossa or InterCity trains)

    2.) Florence to Milan (Frecciarossa or InterCity trains)

    3.) Milan to Lugano

    4.) Bernina Express bus from Lugano to Tirano

    5.) Bernina Express train from Tirano to Chur

    6.) Overnight train from Prague to Krakow (also, an additional ticket would be needed to cover the portion of this route in Poland, which I'll explain below)

    7.) Overnight train from Krakow to Vienna (once again, an additional ticket would be needed to cover the portion of this route in Poland, which I'll explain below)

    Reservations would be highly recommended on the following trains:

    1.) Zurich to Innsbruck (as part of a connection from Lucerne to Innsbruck, as a connection from Lucerne to Innsbruck just involves changing trains once in Zurich en route)

    2.) Innsbruck to Munich

    3.) Munich to Linz

    (Railjet trains) 4.) Vienna to Budapest (Railjet trains)

    The following trains don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board:

    1.) Chur to Zurich

    2.) Lucerne to Zurich (as part of your connection from Lucerne to Innsbruck)

    3.) Linz to Prague

    You would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    All of the day trains that comprise of your itinerary (and the Bernina Express bus from Lugano to Tirano) can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the routes on our site.

    The night trains from Prague to Krakow and Krakow to Vienna can both only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. You would follow the same logic when checking reservation costs and schedules if your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame.

    For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for the non-reservable trains by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage, instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations'.

    With regard to the overnight train from Prague to Krakow, the ticket you would purchase to cover you for once for you cross over into Poland would be an open ticket from the town of Zebrzydowice (at the Czech-Poland border) to Krakow. Even though you would be purchasing tickets that display Zebrzydowice as a departure point, that does not mean you would actually have to get off the train there en route. You would only be purchasing these tickets so that you'll be covered for the portion of this route that's in Poland.

    Similarly, for the night train from Krakow to Vienna, you would purchase an open ticket from Krakow to Zebrzydowice to cover you for before you cross over into the territory covered by your Eurail Global Pass. Once again, you would not be getting off the train in Zebrzydowice, even though you would be purchasing tickets displaying it as an endpoint.

    The open tickets from Zebrzydowice to Krakow and Krakow to Zebrzydowice are not able to be purchased on our website. To purchase these open tickets, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    Reservations for the overnight trains from Prague to Krakow and Krakow to Vienna can be purchased under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage by indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'European East Pass' when prompted (even though you wouldn't actually be traveling with a European East Pass), once you're within 60 days of your departure date.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) October 28, 2014 19:11
      Update Follow-up:

      Poland is no longer included as a country on the European
      East Pass
      . Since that is the case, there is now no single rail pass that
      would cover night trains between Prague or Vienna and Krakow. Consequently, it
      would no longer be possible to purchase passholder reservations for either of
      these trains on our website. The passholder reservations for these night trains
      can now only be purchased by calling us at 1-800-622-8600.
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