Help! Need to know what to purchase for London - Amsterdam - France - Italy

We are flying into London. From there we have two weeks to travel to Amsterdam, Paris, Nice, and all throughout Italy. What would be the most direct travel route by rail?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2012 20:30
    Hi Jennifer,

    It is important to point out that there is no single rail pass that combines the United Kingdom (in regards to your travel from London) with any countries on the mainland continent of Europe. From the information you provided in your post, you would purchase a 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include the Benelux, France and Italy. The Netherlands is included as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one country for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, you would include the Benelux as one of the 'countries' on your Eurail Select Pass. You can purchase the Eurail Select Pass by clicking here:

    Also, the Eurostar train (which connects London with either Brussels or Paris) is not entirely covered by any pass. However, by purchasing the Eurail Select Pass that includes France and/or the Benelux, you would be eligible to receive the 'Passholder' fare on this train. You would check Passholder costs for the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website, just as you would to make reservations on other trains.

    While most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, the Eurostar is an exception and can generally be booked up to 9 months in advance. Due to high demand, the passholder rates on the Eurostar (and on other trains for that matter) can sell out quickly, so it is strongly recommended that the tickets be purchased as soon as possible.

    For your itinerary, I would recommend booking the Eurostar from London to Brussels to get to Amsterdam and then traveling south from there to Paris. After booking tickets at the passholder rate on the Eurostar from London to Brussels, you would then purchase reservations for a connecting train from Brussels up to Amsterdam. There are then direct high-speed trains from Amsterdam down to Paris and from Paris down to Nice. Reservations would be required on each of these trains. Trains from Brussels to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Paris and Paris to Nice can all only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    To get to Italy from Nice, you would just use your pass to hop on a short regional train to the town of Ventimiglia just across the border. These trains from Nice to Ventimiglia are regional trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Beyond Ventimiglia, it is likely that reservations would be required on many trains that you'll take while in Italy. Trains in Italy can also only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. You would just enter the cities you wish to travel between under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on our website, as described above.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 16:08

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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