What pass would work for London-Paris-London-Edinburgh-London?

what pass would work for London to Paris, Paris to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburg to London?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 20, 2016 15:16
    Hi Rose,

    The Eurostar (the train between London and Paris) is actually not fully covered by any rail pass. However, the rail pass would enable you to receive a discounted 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on the Eurostar.

    You could purchase the BritRail Pass to cover your trains between London and Edinburgh. For the BritRail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/britrail-pass/index.html.

    To book tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar, you would just follow the procedure for booking regular passholder reservations on trains in continental Europe. Therefore, you would click the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), enter the route (i.e. London to Paris), and indicate the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'BritRail - Pass').

    The Eurostar is unique in that it can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Due to high demand, the Passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out very quickly, so it is recommended that these tickets be purchased as soon as possible.

    In addition to the rail pass, reservations would also be recommended on the trains between London and Edinburgh (Virgin Train East Coast), but passholder reservations (reservations for any passenger traveling with a rail pass) for trains in the UK are only able to be made locally. Unlike with reservable trains in continental Europe, passholder reservations on trains in the UK are free. You can request reservations at any rail station once you get to London. When you do so, just be sure to mention that you have the BritRail Pass, so that they don't charge you for a regular ticket.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2017 21:17

      As of this year, BritRail Passes no longer enable passengers to receive any kind of Passholder rate on the Eurostar.

      While that is true with regard to BritRail Passes, any Eurail Pass that includes France is now valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Paris and the UK, while any Eurail Pass that includes the Benelux is valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Brussels and the UK. As a supplement to the Eurail Pass, reservations on the Eurostar would still be necessary.

      If a BritRail Pass is the only rail pass with which you’ll be traveling, then it would be necessary to purchase regular tickets in order to ride on the Eurostar. Please note, this applies to any BritRail Pass, including the BritRail England Pass, the BritRail London Plus Pass, the BritRail South West Pass, and the regular BritRail Pass.
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