London-Brussels-Cologne-Munich-Venice-Milan-Geneva. Is Eurail Global Pass the right option?

I am planing for the following trip. Just want to check if the Eurail Global will cover all journey and this is the right option

Brussels to Cologne
Cologne to Munich
Munich to Venice (night train)
Venice to Milan
Milan to Geneva

I am starting from London. I will purchase the EuroStar for London to Brussels and flying back from Geneva to London.

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  • Hi Teddy,

    Yes, it looks like for the trips you are taking that the Eurail Global Pass would be the best option for travel. You would also qualify for a passholder discount on the Eurostar from London to Brussels.

    However, if you do take advantage of this discount, the Eurail Global Pass will be activated in London, so you would need to be sure that by activating the pass in London that the pass will still be valid on your last day of train travel.

    I hope this information helps you when booking your trains. Have a great vacation.

    Jen
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 28, 2014 17:53
    Instead of a Eurail Global Pass, I would recommend purchasing a Eurail Select Pass. The Eurail Select Pass covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing. For the purpose of your itinerary, you would include the Benelux, Germany, Austria, and Italy on your Eurail Select Pass. With this pass, you would still be able to receive a 'Passholder' fare for a ticket on the Eurostar train from London to Brussels.

    You would purchase the Eurail Select Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Belgium is included as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one country for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, you would include the Benelux as one of the 'countries' on your Eurail Select Pass. The overnight train from Munich to Venice passes through Austria en route, which is why Austria would be included as one of your countries.

    Even though Switzerland would not be included on your pass, you would be able to purchase tickets on a train from Milan to Geneva at a rate called the 'Passholder 2'. The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate offered on certain trains, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't include one of the countries being traveled through for a particular route, to still take the train at a lower cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 2 rate for the train from Milan to Geneva, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for direct trains from Milan to Geneva under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (you would just type 'Eurail Select Pass').

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible. You would click 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Trenitalia International Train Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option or 'Fully Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option with 'Passholder 2' in its name is checked (i.e. 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 2'), and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    You would also refer to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage to purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar from London to Brussels.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 28, 2014 17:55
    If nothing displays when you do your 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' search for trains from Milan to Geneva, then please call us at 1-800-622-8600.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 28, 2014 18:03
    Reservations are required on trains from Brussels to Cologne, the night train from Munich to Venice, and trains from Venice to Milan. Reservations are highly recommended on trains from Cologne to Munich. You would purchase reservations for these trains under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, just as you would to book your Eurostar tickets and the Passholder 2 rate on the train from Milan to Geneva.
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