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Should I get the Eurail Global Pass or Eurail Select Pass?

Me and my friends are planning to go to Milan - Prague - Frankfurt - Paris - Madrid - Barcelona on May.. Our flight arrives at Milan, and leaves from Barcelona..

Now I'm not sure which pass should I take. Is it a good idea to take Select Passes for the 4 countries? (Czech, Germany, France, and Spain) or do I have to buy an additional ticket from madrid to barcelona? or just take global pass ?

Also for overnight train, is there a website I can go for seat reservation? or do I have to be in the country first? Looking forward for the best answer.

Thanks in advance! :)
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  • I recommend the Eurail Select Saver Pass 5 countries valid for 5 days of travel within a 2 month period for this itinerary. With this option you would need to purchase an additional one-way ticket from Madrid to Barcelona as well as seat reservations for each of the trains that you plan to take. The 5 countries that you will want to include on the pass are Italy, Germay, Czech Republic, France and either Austria or Switzerland. Although you may not stop in Austria or Switzerland on your way from Milan to Prague, the train does and will need to be included on the pass.

    This recommendation is based on the use of the direct overnight rail service from Paris to Madrid, also called Elipsos. The Elipsos is one of the only trains which only requires one of the countries of travel to be included on the pass. Since you will already have France on your pass to cover the service from Frankfurt to Paris, it will not be necessary to have Spain listed on your pass. You will want to purchase a regular one-way ticket for the train from Madrid to Barcelona.
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  • You can also book your reservation for the Elipsos train from Paris to Madrid on our website. Here's a link to our reservation booking tool: http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/poi...
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  • Help please I am flying into London taking the chunnel to Paris, paris to Venice, then a cruise that ends in barcellona. I then need to get to frankfurt where we fly out of. What is my best recommended Ruril Select Pass and is that what you recommend?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 09, 2012 14:57
      Hi Christi,

      For the requested travel, since the Eurostar train from London to Paris isn't covered by any rail pass, I would actually just recommend that you purchase regular point-to-point tickets instead of a rail pass.

      You can check ticket costs and schedules under 'Check Fares and Schedules' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      From Paris to Venice, there is a direct overnight train (which isn't able to be covered by any rail pass anyway) or else the day connection would involve changing trains at least once in Turin en route.

      From Barcelona to Frankfurt, you could take a night train from Barcelona to Bern, where you would connect the following morning to another train that will take you to Frankfurt. However, the night train from Barcelona to Bern only operates for departure on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

      There is another overnight connection from Barcelona to Frankfurt that would be daily and involves changing trains twice along the way; once in Les Aubrais Orleans and then once in Paris. In this case, you would take the night train from Barcelona to Les Aubrais Orleans. In Les Aubrais Orleans, you would switch to a faster train that will get you to Paris in time to catch a high-speed train that will take you to Frankfurt. Also, the train from Les Aubrais Orleans to Paris arrives into the Austerlitz station in Paris, while trains to Frankfurt depart from the Est station. To commute from the Austerlitz station to the Est station, you would just take M5 of the Metro. The ride from Austerlitz to Est only takes about 12 minutes, and you would pay to board the Metro locally upon arrival.

      Otherwise, a day connection from Barcelona to Frankfurt would involve changing trains twice along the way; once in Figueras and then once in Paris. Trains from Figueras to Paris arrive into the Gare de Lyon station in Paris. To get from the Gare de Lyon station to the Est station (where the train to Frankfurt departs from), you would take M1 of the Metro to the Bastille stop, where you would switch to M5 of the Metro, which you would take directly to the Est station. This ride would take 13 to 15 minutes.

      To check the ticket costs and schedules for these routes, you would just piece together the connections by doing a separate search for each segment of the respective trip (i.e. one search for trains from Barcelona to Les Aubrais Orleans, another search for connecting trains from Les Aubrais to Paris the following morning, and another search for connecting trains from Paris to Frankfurt).

      The Eurostar train from London to Paris can generally be booked up to 9 months in advance of a departure. The best rates on this train sell out quickly, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased as soon as possible. Each of the other trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended date of departure happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of cost and view schedules.
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  • I plan to fly into Denmark then visit Germany, Switzerland, France then fly to England before flying home. The way I understand the rail pass for 5 countries (2people/1st class) is $2334 (1888 2nd class)and the Global pass is (2people/1st class) $2096. Why would I buy the one that limits me to 5countries when the unlimited is less $$. Am I missing something?? Or is it simply for the option to save $104pp and sit in 2nd class??

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Rail pass VS Global pass.
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