How early can I book my night train trips with an Italy-France Rail pass?

I am planning on purchasing an Italy-France rail pass, but would like to travel to each destination on night trains.

I will be booking 5 trains going to and from:
1) Naples > Rome
2) Rome > Venice
3) Venice > Monaco
4) Monaco > Nice
5) Nice > Paris

Do I first purchase my Italy-France pass? Then after I have my pass, how many days in advance can I start to book these night train trips?
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  • Hi Samantha,

    You can add your rail pass to the shopping cart and click on 'Continue Shopping' to make your reservations.

    There are only overnight trains from Rome to Venice and Nice to Paris. You can make the reservations for the Rome to Venice overnight train 90 days in advance, you can make the reservations for the Nice to Paris overnight trains 90 days in advance. You can make reservations for the day trains on all other routes mentioned in Italy 90 days in advance. You can make reservations by using this link: http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/poi... .
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  • Great! Thanks.

    If there is no over night train from Venice to Nice, how long does it take on a regular train?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2013 21:50
    Hi Samantha,

    That's correct. There is no overnight train from Venice to Nice. A connection from Venice to Nice would take about 7.5 to 9 hours in duration and involves changing trains twice along the way; once in Milan and then once in Ventimiglia.

    Trains from Venice to Milan and Milan to Ventimiglia will require reservations in addition to your rail pass. Generally, you can book reservations and check schedules by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website; however, the trains from Milan to Ventimiglia are not able to be booked or viewed there at this time. This train is usually able to be booked on our website, so it may just be a temporary error. Therefore, to inquire about reservation costs for this train and purchase the reservations, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    Trains from Ventimiglia to Nice don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. Generally, you would just be able to check schedules for trains from Ventimiglia to Nice on our website by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules'; however, these trains are also not able to be viewed on our website at this time. Therefore, you can inquire about schedules for this part of the route when you call us, though these trains depart at least about once every hour and only take about 45 to 50 minutes in duration.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2013 21:56
    Actually, if you enter a search under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' for the portion of the route from Milan to Nice, then the schedules and reservation costs for this portion of the route would display (the schedules that show would reflect the train change in Ventimiglia between Milan and Nice, but the reservation costs that are quoted would really only apply to the trains from Milan to Ventimiglia since trains from Ventimiglia to Nice don't accept reservations).

    Therefore, when you go to purchase your reservations, you would do one search for the portion of the route from Venice to Milan and another search for the portion of the route from Milan to Nice.
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  • Thanks again!

    Since the trip is roughly 9 hours, do those regular trains ever travel through the night? (not over night trains, but ones that I can make the trip from Venice to Monaco with those stop overs so that I still can travel in the evenings) or are they only day trains? (trying to avoid taking the train during the days so I can maximize my time in each city)

    I will have to wait a few weeks before I get my pass and book, as my trip begins at the end on June.
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  • Actually, I meant to ask about the route from Venice to Monaco (not Nice, sorry)

    Is the route pretty much the same then?
    Venice > Milan
    Milan > Ventimiglia
    Ventimiglia > Monaco
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  • Yes, you will want to change trains in Milan and Ventimiglia.
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