Mad Rush through Europe - Amsterdam-Cologne, Cologne-Brussels, Brussels-Paris, Paris-Bern, Bern-Paris, & Paris to London

Rail pass or city to city? Oct 11 Amsterdam to Cologne; Oct 12 Cologne to Brussels; Oct 13 Brussels to Paris; Oct 15 Paris to Berne; Oct 16 Berne to Paris, then Paris to London. This is the schedule for me and my wife. Which is most economical, city to city or Rail pass? We will check-in at 3 PM and check-out at 12 noon in each overnight location. Except for France, it is one night in each location. We do not mind transfers, we want the most economical way.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 17, 2017 19:39
    Hi Robert,

    For the requested itinerary, you could purchase the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include the Benelux, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

    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.

    England is not able to be included on any pass combined with countries on the mainland of Europe, but the pass would still cover you on the Eurostar train from Paris to London (reservations required and additional).

    Amsterdam to Cologne & Cologne to Brussels

    From Amsterdam to Cologne, there are direct ICE (InterCity Express) trains.

    From Cologne to Brussels, there are also direct ICE trains.

    On these ICE trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Generally, passholder reservations can be purchased through our website. Due to an error, however, it is currently not possible to do so for these particular routes. Until this is resolved, you would have to purchase these particular reservations and inquire about their costs by calling us. 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.

    Brussels to Paris

    From Brussels to Paris, you would take a high-speed Thalys train. On these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations for a train from Brussels to Paris 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 (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    Paris to Bern

    A connection from Paris to Bern takes about 4 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Basel along the way.

    Trains from Paris to Basel are TGV Lyria high-speed trains. 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 Paris to Basel.

    It is currently the case that the discounted 'Passholder 2' tickets on these trains are not able to be purchased on our website. At this time, you would have to call us to purchase tickets for this rate on one of these trains. 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.

    On trains from Basel to Bern, reservations are possible but not at all necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For your reference, you can do a search on our website from Basel to Bern just to check schedules for this segment of the route.

    Bern to Paris

    You would take the same route to get back to Paris from Bern, once again calling us to book the 'Passholder 2' on the TGV Lyria segment between Basel and Paris.

    Paris to London

    From Paris to London, you would take a Eurostar. As of just this year, any Eurail Select Pass that includes France (except for the 2 country option with the combination of France and Italy) will cover the Eurostar trains between Paris and London. Eurostar trains will just require reservations as a supplement to the pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase the reservations from Paris to London by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass'). The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible.
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