I'm planning to take a Eurail Pass. In the below Itinerary, which all routes will I have to reserve tickets/pay extra?

My plan is:
1. Paris-Versailles - Paris
2. Paris- Interlaken (TGV)
3. Interlaken - Lucerne- Interlaken - [Mt.Titlis]
4. Interlaken - Jungfraujoch- Interlaken
5. Interlaken- Florence
4. Florence - Pisa - Florence
5. Florence - Venice - Florence
6. Florence - Rome
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2016 21:24
    Hi Saranya,

    For the itinerary you laid out, you would purchase the 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include France, Switzerland, and Italy. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....

    Paris-Versailles-Paris

    The closest station to the Palace of Versailles is 'Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château', which is a stop of Line C on Paris's local RER commuter rail network. As this is local commuter line, the rail pass would not be valid, and you would just pay to board locally. However, if you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER networks to get around the city, there is a citypass called the 'Paris Visite' that you would want to consider purchasing. A 'Paris Visite' for zones 1-5 would cover travel on Line C of the RER between Paris and Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château.

    For the Paris Visite, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities....

    Paris-Interlaken

    The most feasible connections from Paris to Interlaken take about 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Basel en route.

    The Eurail Select Pass would enable you to purchase tickets for a direct train from Paris to Basel at a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 2'. Generally, you would be able to purchase the 'Passholder 2' tickets for one of these trains on our website; however, tickets at this rate are currently only able to be purchased by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    The rail pass would then cover you on a connecting train from Basel to Interlaken. Trains from Basel to Interlaken don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for this segment by entering the cities on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. Our website may indicate that reservations are recommended or required on the trains from Basel to Interlaken, but you can rest assured that is not the case; the rail pass is all you'd need.

    Interlaken-Lucerne

    Trains between Interlaken and Lucerne run along a segment of the famed 'GoldenPass' scenic route. On these trains, reservations are possible but not necessary. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. Once again, you can view schedules by entering the route on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. Our website may indicate that reservations are recommended on these trains, but you can rest assured that the rail pass is all you'll need. All trains between Interlaken and Lucerne are GoldenPass trains with panoramic windows for taking in the views.

    Lucerne-Mt Titlis

    The excursion from Lucerne to Mt Titlis consists of a train from Lucerne to Engelberg, a cable car from Engelberg to Trübsee, a second cable car from Trübsee to Stand, and a third cable car from Stand to Titlis. The Eurail Select Pass would only cover you as far as Engelberg. On the cable cars between Engelberg and Titlis, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 25% discount. To receive this discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey From Engelberg - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of the Mount Titlis Pass. You would purchase the Mount Titlis Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities....

    Interlaken-Jungfraujoch

    The Eurail Select Pass does not cover the trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. Like the Mt Titlis cable cars, however, the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a 25% discount for this excursion. To receive the 25% discount, you would purchase the '1 Day Round-Trip Journey from Interlaken - For Use Only With Eurail Pass Which Includes Switzerland' option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. You would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' here: https://www.raileurope.com/activities....

    There are then 2 different routes you can take between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen.

    Via Grindelwald, the Jungfraujoch excursion from Interlaken would look like this:

    -Interlaken to Grindelwald on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway'

    -Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the 'Wengernalp Railway'

    -Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the 'Jungfrau Railway' (the highest railway in Europe)

    Via Lauterbrunnen, the Jungfraujoch excursion from Interlaken would look like this:

    -Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the 'Bernese Oberland Railway'

    -Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the 'Wengernalp Railway'

    -Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the 'Jungfrau Railway' (the highest railway in Europe)

    Interlaken-Florence

    A connection from Interlaken to Florence would take about 5.5 to 6 hours in duration and involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Spiez and then once in Milan. Otherwise, the connection may involve an additional train change in Brig in between Spiez and Milan.

    On the trains from Interlaken to Spiez or Interlaken to Brig, reservations are not necessary (or even accepted). The same would be the case if you need to take a train between Spiez and Brig. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board these trains.

    In contrast, the trains from Spiez to Milan (or Brig to Milan) and Milan to Florence do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass'). For rail between Spiez and Florence, you would just have to piece together connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Spiez to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Florence).

    When you do your searches, just be sure to match the station of arrival for your train from Spiez to Milan with the station of departure for your connecting train from Milan to Florence. You will see that direct trains from Spiez to Milan only arrive into the Centrale station in Milan, while some trains from Milan to Florence depart from the 'Porta Garibaldi' station. On our site, the Porta Garibaldi station would be labeled as 'Milano P Garibal' or 'Milano P.GAR'.

    If it happens that you need to commute between the Centrale station in Milan and the Porta Garibaldi station, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between Porta Garibaldi and Centrale only takes about about 5 minutes. You would pay to board the Metro locally at the station.

    For planning purposes, you can still just view schedules for the unreserved segments from Interlaken to Spiez (or, if needed, Spiez to Brig) by doing a search on our homepage, www.raileurope.com.

    Note: From Milan to Florence, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains, but these trains do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would want to be sure to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento' trains for this route.

    Florence-Pisa-Florence

    Trains between Florence and Pisa are regional trains that don't require reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board for this trip. For your reference, you can still check schedules for this route on our website. In this instance, you would just have to click 'No' where it asks "Are you traveling with a rail pass?" after you type in the cities. This is just how you would get the schedules to display, even though it actually the case that you'll be traveling with a rail pass.

    Florence-Venice-Florence

    To travel between Florence and Venice, you would take a high-speed 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento' train. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').

    Note: There are also 'Italo' trains between Florence and Venice. Since these trains don't accept rail passes, you would want to be sure to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento' trains for this segment, so that you would be covered with your pass.

    Florence-Rome

    To get from Florence to Rome, you would once again take a high-speed 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento' train. Therefore, reservations would be required for this route, as well, in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').

    Note: There are 'Italo' trains on this route, as well. Therefore, you would once again just want to be sure to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento' trains for this segment, so that you would be covered with your pass (since 'Italo' trains don't take rail passes).
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