how do you get from Ireland to France bypassing England/UK - Ferry? Is the cost of the Ferry included in the pass.

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 06, 2017 19:55
    Hi Brian,

    A Eurail Pass that includes Ireland and France would enable you to receive a 30% discount on the ferry from Rosslare, Ireland to Cherbourg or Roscoff, France. The ferry service is operated by ‘Irish Ferries’. Their website is www.irishferries.com. You can refer there to book your ferry and access their schedules. Their phone number is +353 (0) 818 300 400 (in Ireland) and +33 (0) 233 234 444 (in France). These ferries do not sail every day, so you would want to be sure to check before planning your trip.

    For a Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    For a Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.
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  • I know it was over 30 years ago that I took the ferry from Rosslare to Cherbourg, but I'm sure it was free for EuRail passholders back then: was that so, and if so when did it change to a discount ferry?
    Also, what ferries (if any!) are still free, and what are now discounted?
    And what's the deal on the Rhine steamers?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) March 17, 2017 14:18
      I'm sorry, but I don't know if the Rosslare-Cherbourg ferry was ever covered or when that would've changed.

      For the KD Rhine cruises (on the River Rhine and River Mosel), a Eurail Pass that includes Germany would enable passengers to receive a 20% discount.

      A Eurail Pass that includes Italy and Greece does cover passage on the 'Superfast Ferries' between these 2 countries. These ferries fun between Bari or Ancona (Italy) and Patras, Igoumenitsa, or Corfu (Greece). If you wish to have an actual sleeping cabin on one of these ferries, a reservation would be required at an additional cost. With the Eurail Pass, reservations for sleeping cabins would have to be made by contacting 'Superfast Ferries' directly. Their website is www.superfast.com. There are also additional surcharges for these ferries. These include a seasonal surcharge in June and September of €10 per person and €20 per person in June and July, port taxes of €7 per person, and a fuel surcharge may also apply.
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  • Looking at your pic, Jeff, I suspect that this could have been a few years before your time, but thanks for your reply. I actually did the Bari-Patras run on the same trip as I did the Rosslare-Cherbourg run, and then was faced with the choice of returning to Italy by sea or going by train up through what was then Yugoslavia: I chose the train trip, and the 36-hour journey cost me the equivalent of US$37! That was part of a 2-month EuRail trip, and it was an absolute CRACKER: thanks to EuRail I was able to visit every country (with the exception of Vatican City, but including Andorra, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and San Marino) in non-communist Europe. I do love travelling by train...
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  • I'd love to, but I'm now 71, my knees are buggered, and I need a CPAP sleep apnoea apparatus when I sleep, so I'm afraid such marathons are out!
    I was young and foolish in those days: now I'm just foolish!
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