How do I find train maps? Is Monaco included on the pass? Do high-speed & scenic trains cost extra? With a 3 country pass, what are the options from Nice to Florence, Venice to Zurich, and Geneva to Paris?

We are planning to go to France, Italy and Switzerland. We plan to get a 3-country pass. I have the following questions:

1. I need to do hotel reservation, but I would like to know how far the train stations are from each hotel we stay in. Where can I find the Euro Rail train maps for Paris, Nice, Florence, Rome, Venice, Zurich and Geneva?

2. Is Monaco part of any Euro rail package or can we go there with France included?

3. Are the high-speed trains or the scenic trains in these 3 countries going to cost extra?

4. What kind of train options are covered with this pass if we are to got from one country to another e.g. Nice - Florence or Venice to Zurich or Geneva to Paris?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 13, 2016 20:52
    Hi Saad,

    For 3 countries, you would just purchase the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass. For this pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    1.) I'm sorry, as we would not have any information about the proximity of stations to hotels and landmarks. With that said, we do have pages on our site for various major stations in Europe, and these pages do include links to Google Maps showing the specific locations of the stations.

    Nice Ville station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/nice/train-station/gare-de-nice-ville.html.

    Florence Santa Maria Novella (SMN) station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/florence/train-station/santa-maria-novella-trai....

    Rome Termini station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/rome/train-station/termini-train-station.html.

    Rome Tiburtina station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/rome/train-station/tiburtina-train-station.html.

    Venice Santa Lucia station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/venice/train-station/santa-lucia-train-station.....

    Venice Mestre station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/venice/train-station/venice-mestre-train-statio....

    Zurich HB (Hauptbahnhof) station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/zurich/train-station/zurich-hauptbahnhof-....

    Geneva Cornavin (CFF) station: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/switzerland/geneva/train-station/cornavin-train-stati....

    For Paris, there are several 'main' stations. Here is the link to the page for the Paris Gare de Lyon (station): https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/train-station/lyon-train-station.html. From this page, you'll be able to link to the pages for the other stations in Paris.

    2.) Monaco is covered by any rail pass that includes France, Therefore, if you include France as one of the countries on your Eurail Select Pass, you'll be able to go to Monaco.

    3.) In these countries, all high-speed trains would require reservations and most trains designated as 'scenic trains' would require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. the 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').

    Generally, reservable trains in France and Switzerland can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while reservable trains in Italy can be booked once within 90 to 120 days of an intended date of departure.

    4.) Nice to Florence with a Eurail Select Pass

    A connection from Nice to Florence would take about 7 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in Ventimiglia and then once in Milan.

    The trains from Nice to Ventimiglia are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the Eurail Select Pass is all you'd need to board. In contrast, trains from Ventimiglia to Milan and Milan to Florence would both require reservations in addition to the rail pass. When booking reservations for these trains, you would just do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Ventimiglia to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Florence.

    Please note, the 'Italo' trains on the segment from Milan to Florence do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would want to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' trains for this segment, so that you would be covered with your pass. Trains from Ventimiglia to Milan are EuroCity (EC) trains.

    For planning purposes, you can still do a search for the unreserved segment from Nice to Ventimiglia just to view schedules.

    Venice to Zurich with a Eurail Select Pass

    The shortest connections from Venice to Zurich take about 7 to 7.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Milan along the way. The trains from Venice to Milan and Milan to Zurich would both require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Once again, when booking reservations for these trains, you would just do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Venice to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Zurich.

    Trains from Venice to Milan are Frecciabianca or Frecciarossa trains. Trains from Milan to Zurich are EuroCity (EC) trains.

    Geneva to Paris with a Eurail Select Pass

    From Geneva to Paris, you would take a direct high-speed train called the TGV Lyria. With a Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would be eligible to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a TGV Lyria from Geneva to Paris.

    It is currently the case that the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets for a train from Geneva to Paris are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us in order to purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 2 rate' for this train. Once again, we can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.
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