Barcelona to Venice, Venice to Prague, Prague to Berlin, Berlin to Paris, & Paris to London

Hi there

I am looking at booking trains for our Europe trip in September. We are going to several countries and i am finding it very confusing to figure this all out. Any suggestions?

We are going from Barcelona to Venice to Prague to Berlin to Paris then London.
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Allison
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 12, 2015 16:41
    Hi Allison. Thank you for your question.

    To be covered for an itinerary as extensive as this, you would want to purchase a rail pass, as opposed to regular point-to-point tickets. The pass that would cover all the countries you'll be traveling through in continental Europe is the 'Eurail Global Pass'. You would purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.

    With this pass, you would also be eligible to receive a 'Passholder' fare for a ticket on the 'Eurostar' train that would get you from Paris to London. Furthermore, most of the trains you'll be taking will require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted. This is also how you would purchase tickets at the 'Passholder' rate on the Eurostar train from Paris to London.

    The most feasible connection from Barcelona to Venice would take about 24 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Montpellier and then once in Dijon. The segment from Dijon to Venice would be on an overnight train. The trains from Barcelona to Montpellier ('France-Spain High Speed' train) and Montpellier to Dijon (high-speed 'TGV' train) would both require reservations in addition to the rail pass. The overnight train from Dijon to Venice is a 'Thello' night train, which actually does not accept rail passes. However, with the rail pass, you would be able to receive a 20% discount for a ticket on this train. Tickets at this discounted rate are not able to be booked on our website. Instead, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600 in order to book tickets at this rate.

    A connection from Venice to Prague would take about 14 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Verona and then once in Munich. Most trains from Venice to Verona are high-speed 'Frecciabianca' trains that would require reservations. The trains from Verona to Munich are 'EuroCity' trains require reservations. Reservations are recommended on the trains from Munich to Prague.

    From Prague to Berlin, there are direct 'EuroCity' trains that take just under 5 hours in duration. Reservations are highly recommended on these trains from Prague to Berlin.

    The most feasible connections from Berlin to Paris would take about 8.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once along the way in either Mannheim or Cologne. Reservations are highly recommended on the trains from Berlin to Mannheim or Berlin to Cologne (both high-speed 'InterCity Express' trains) and then reservations would be required on the trains from Mannheim to Paris (high-speed 'TGV Est' trains) or Cologne to Paris (high-speed 'Thalys' trains).

    For the trips that involve multiple train changes along the way, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment on our site (i.e. one search for trains from Venice to Verona, another search for connecting trains from Verona to Munich, and another search for connecting trains from Munich to Prague).

    With the exception of the Thello night train from Dijon to Venice, trains from Prague to Berlin, and the Eurostar from Paris to London, the trains you'll be taking can all only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Since your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would enter a more imminent date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching these trains on our site. The trains from Prague to Berlin can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure, so you would want to use a date within the next 60 days for this particular search. The Thello night train can generally be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure, and the Eurostar can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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