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Luggage storage, misc. London-Paris-Barcelona-Nice-Venice-Paris

My husband and I are taking our daughter to Europe for her 18th birthday and she is bringing a friend. We are staying a few days in London and then taking the train to Paris. We have about 2 weeks time. We have bought a 3 country pass and want to travel from Paris to Barcelona, Nice and Venice and then back to Paris. My question is about luggage. If we want to get off the train and visit some places along the way but not stay overnight, is there a secure place in the train station where we can leave our suitcases? It would not be practical to have to drag our luggage around with us. My other question is regarding our return to Paris from Venice. Does the train go through Switzerland? Would our 3 country pass allow us to do that as long as we don't get off the train in Switzerland? I would appreciate your help ASAP so we can finish planning our trip. We are traveling on May 23rd. Thanks
Christine G.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 17, 2012 20:27
    Hi Christine,

    If you wish to go to a particular city and reservations are required on the train that gets you there, you would actually have to purchase your reservation accordingly to that city. Therefore, in such an instance, you wouldn't just be able to get off the train at any stop along the way with the intention of continuing on later.

    In contrast, if reservations are not required or accepted on a particular route, you would be able to get on and off as you wish, as these trains have open seating and the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    However, trains comprising of connections between each of the requested cities would require reservations. You would make reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass'.

    Most stations as large as the ones in the cities you've mentioned will have either locker storage or baggage consignment. Since the fee is one that is assessed locally at the station, we do not have any information about how much it would cost to store luggage. Generally, these fees can range anywhere from 3 to 6 Euro per day at stations in Europe.

    A rail pass would have to include all of the countries being traveled through for a particular connection, though there are certain trains that offer special 'Passholder 2' or 'Passholder 3' rates, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't cover all of the countries being traveled through for a particular route, to still take the train at a lesser cost.

    In any case, the most feasible connections from Venice to Paris would not have you going through Switzerland en route. The most feasible day connection from Venice to Paris would involve one train change in Milan along the way, and neither train would take you through Switzerland. Reservations are required on each of these trains.

    The direct overnight train from Venice to Paris no longer accepts any rail pass to cover its ticket costs. Therefore, if you wish to take the direct overnight train from Venice to Paris, you would not be able to use your passes for it, and you would have to purchase regular point-to-point tickets. You would do this under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 17, 2012 20:35
    The most feasible way to travel from Paris to Barcelona would be to take the direct overnight train, which does require reservations. This train can be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    A rail connection from Barcelona to Nice involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Figueres and then once in Valence. To purchase reservations for this route, you would have to piece together the connection by doing separate searches for each segment of the journey. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Barcelona to Figueras, another search for connecting trains from Figueras to Valence, and then another search for connecting trains from Valence to Nice. For Figueres to be recognized on our website, you would have to spell with an 'a' as the 2nd to last letter instead of an 'e'. Trains from Barcelona to Figueres can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended date of departure, while the other 2 trains comprising of this connection can be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    A connection from Nice to Venice involves at least 2 train changes along the way; once in Ventimiglia and then once in Milan. The trains for the first part of the connection from Nice to Ventimiglia do not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. You can just view the schedules for such a train by entering the cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'.

    The trains from Ventimiglia to Milan and Milan to Venice will require reservations. These trains can be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 17, 2012 20:40
    By purchasing a rail pass that includes France, you would be able to purchase your ticket for the Eurostar train from London to Paris at the Passholder rate. You would book this ticket by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' just as you would to make reservations for your other trains. While most trains in Europe can only be booked within 90 or 60 days of an intended departure, the Eurostar train is an exception and can generally be booked up to 9 months from a departure. These trains can sell out quickly, so we would recommend purchasing the tickets, as well as your other reservations, as soon as possible.
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    OMG - Thanks so much for taking the time to give me all this information -- it is so helpful!!!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2012 21:01
    You're welcome, Christine. Have a great trip!
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