Is an overnight train trip from Milan to Lisbon counted as 2 days on a rail pass?

We plan to travel from Milan to Lisbon on the overnight train. Obviously we leave on one date and arrive on the next day so is this counted as two days of travel when using a rail pass e.g.one for 4 days/ 2mos.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2017 20:07
    Hi,

    I'm sorry, but there is no direct overnight train from Milan to Lisbon. In fact, the connection would involve taking 2 overnight trains. The most feasible connection from Milan to Lisbon would take just over 33 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Paris and then once in Irun. The segment from Milan to Paris would be on one overnight train and the segment from Irun to Lisbon would be on another overnight train. The segment from Paris to Irun would be on a high-speed TGV train.

    However, the night train from Milan to Paris (the 'Thello' night train) does not accept rail passes. With the pass, you would be able to receive a discount of 25% for a ticket on this train. Since the pass is not valid for this train, it would not require the use of a 'travel day'. Tickets at this discounted rate are not able to be booked through our website. Instead, to receive this discount, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    The TGV from Paris to Irun and the night train from Irun to Lisbon would both require reservations as a supplement to your rail pass. This would require the use of 2 'travel days' on your rail pass. Your pass would need to include France, Spain, and Portugal.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any 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. For the trip from Paris to Lisbon, you would do one search for trains from Paris to Irun and another search to access the night train from Irun to Lisbon. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Thank you all for your input.
    My question was is an overnight train trip counted as two days on a rail pass and mistakenly I said I was going to be travelling from Milan when in fact it is Madrid to Lisbon and I'm intending to get a Eurorail Select pass for two countries (Spain/Portugal) but I'm not sure how many days to get it for , so I need to find out if each overnight journey is counted as travel on one or two days.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 20, 2017 21:21
      The night train from Madrid to Lisbon would only require the use of 1 'travel day' on a flexi rail pass.

      With a flexipass, only a night train that departs prior to 7 pm and arrives into the destination the following morning would require the use of 2 'travel days' on a rail pass. Most night trains; however, depart after 7 pm, in which case only 1 'travel day' would be used up on a pass. The night train from Madrid to Lisbon happens to depart after 7 pm.

      For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for the night train from Madrid to Lisbon 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.

      The night train from Madrid to Lisbon (the 'Lusitania') can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date.
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