Rome-Venice, Venice-Lucerne, Lucerne-Interlaken, Interlaken-Paris, Paris-Brussels, and Brussels-Amsterdam / Italy, Switzerland, France, Benelux - Eurail Select Pass?

Traveling from Rome to Venice, then to Lucerne, then to Interlaken, then to Paris, then to Brussels, then to Amsterdam. Will the 4 country Eurail Select Pass work for this itinerary? Will there be limitations on which trains are available in Switzerland? I know Italo isn't covered in Italy, but is Frecciarossa?Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2017 16:10
    Hi Leslie,

    For the itinerary you laid out, your best option would be to purchase the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Italy, Switzerland, France, and the Benelux. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Belgium and the Netherlands are both 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, to account for Belgium/the Netherlands, you would include the ‘Benelux’ as one of the countries on your Eurail Select Pass.

    You are correct that the Italo trains are not covered by rail passes. Rest assured, any rail pass that includes Italy does cover the Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca trains.

    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 (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    Rome to Venice

    From Rome to Venice, you would take a high-speed Frecciarossa or Frecciargento train. These trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Rome to Venice can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.

    Venice to Lucerne

    A connection from Venice to Lucerne takes just under 6.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Arth Goldau.

    Trains from Venice to Milan and Milan to Arth Goldau both require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. Trains from Arth Goldau to Lucerne do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    When booking reservations from Venice to Arth Goldau, you would just break up your search in Milan. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Venice to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Arth Goldau.

    For planning, you can view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Arth Goldau to Lucerne by doing a search on our website.

    Trains from Venice to Milan are high-speed Frecciarossa trains. Trains from Milan to Arth Goldau are EC (EuroCity) trains.

    Lucerne to Interlaken

    Trains from Lucerne to Interlaken represent a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route. On these trains, reservations are possible but not necessary. The trains from Lucerne to Interlaken have panoramic windows for gazing out at all the scenery.

    Interlaken to Paris

    A connection from Interlaken to Paris takes about 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way.

    On trains from Interlaken to Basel, reservations are possible but not necessary at all. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board. For your reference, you can view schedules from Interlaken to Basel by doing a search on the homepage of our website.

    With a Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would be eligible to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder 2' on a TGV Lyria from Basel to Paris.

    It is currently the case that the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets on trains from Basel to Paris are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us in order to receive a 'Passholder 2’ rate on this train. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Generally, the TGV Lyria trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Paris to Brussels

    Trains from Paris to Brussels are high-speed Thalys trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, the trains from Paris to Brussels can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure.

    Brussels to Amsterdam

    Trains from Brussels to Amsterdam are also high-speed Thalys trains on which reservations are required. Generally, the trains from Brussels to Amsterdam can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2017 16:17
      If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER to get around the city, you may also want to consider purchasing either the 'Paris Pass' or the 'Paris Visite'.

      The 'Paris Pass' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/attractions/things-to-do/paris-pass/index.html.

      The 'Paris Visite' just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the 'Paris Visite' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

      There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which does not cover any transportation, but it does cover entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-museum-pass/index.html.

      Various other city passes and tours for Paris can be found here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/paris/.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 18:19
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Basel-Paris) are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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  • Thank you Jeff...
    My clients are college students so I am going to cut and paste all this information for them and see if they can figure out what they want to do in their short stays! Lots to digest.
    I especially appreciate your help with the Venice to Lucerne segment. I've been having a devil of a time figuring that out!
    Many thanks,
    Leslie
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    IMPORTANT UPDATE

    As of April 2018:

    ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Basel-Paris) are no longer valid. For a TGV Lyria to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
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