Manchester-Leeds roundtrip, Leeds-York roundtrip, Leeds-London roundtrip, & London to Paris on the Eurostar? Which pass should we buy or would individual tickets work?

If I am traveling from Manchester to Leeds round trip, all-round trip from Leeds to York, Leeds to London, London to Paris on the Euro Star. Which pass should we buy or would individual tickets for each trip work?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 14, 2016 15:23
    Hi,

    I'm very sorry for the delay getting back to you. If you purchase a rail pass, the pass you would purchase is the BritRail England Pass. You would check costs for the BritRail England Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-england-pass/index.html.

    The BritRail England Pass covers the ticket costs for trains operating within England, including trains between Manchester and Leeds, Leeds and York, and Leeds and London. Reservations are not necessary on these trains, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can still check schedules by entering a route on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    In any case, reservable trains in the United Kingdom are currently only able to be booked locally (with regard to travel with a rail pass). The only trains in the United Kingdom on which reservations would be recommended are ones taking over 2 hours in duration. Therefore, of the trains you're planning to take, you might only might only want to try and get reservations on a train between Leeds and London.

    The 'Eurostar' train (the train between London and Paris) is different in that it is not fully covered by any rail pass. However, by purchasing a rail pass that includes England (i.e. the 'BritRail England Pass'), you would be able to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder rate'.

    You would purchase a ticket at the Passholder rate on a Eurostar train by entering the route on our homepage and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'BritRail England Pass'). Eurostar trains also can sell out quickly, so you would want to book these tickets as soon as possible. The Eurostar is unique in that it can generally be booked up 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    If you don't purchase a rail pass, you would just purchase regular point-to-point tickets for each of your trips. You would purchase tickets by entering a route on our homepage. While the Eurostar can be booked up 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure, trains operating within the United Kingdom can only be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2017 21:19
      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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