What should I purchase for Munich to Zurich, Zurich to Venice, and Venice back to Munich?

These are the three locations we wish to visit on our 12 day trip. We will begin in Munich for Oktoberfest and will leave there October 2nd. What is the best way to visit these other locations and return to Munich by October 12th? Are there other cities along the route worth spending a night in?Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 07, 2017 19:19
    Hi Jayme,

    For the requested itinerary, I would recommend purchasing the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    The routes from Munich to Zurich and Venice to Munich do go through Austria along the way, which is why Austria would need to be included on the pass.

    Munich to Zurich

    To get from Munich to Zurich, you would take a bus (InterCity Bus) or a direct train (EuroCity train).

    The bus ride from Munich to Zurich only takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes, while the train takes just under 4.5 hours in duration. As a supplement to a rail pass, the buses from Munich to Zurich require reservations, while reservations are only recommended on the trains.

    Reservations for both the bus and the train are currently not able to be purchased through our website. Therefore, to purchase reservations from Munich to Zurich, you would have to call 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.

    Zurich to Venice

    Connections from Zurich to Venice take 6.5 or 7 hours and involve changing trains once in Milan along the way.

    Trains from Zurich to Milan are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations would also be required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    Trains from Milan to Venice are Frecciarossa trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations 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'). For a trip from Zurich to Venice, you would just need to break up your search once in Milan. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Milan and then another search for connecting trains from Milan to Venice.

    Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    Venice to Munich

    From Venice to Munich, there is a direct day train and also an overnight train. On both of these trains, reservations would be required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    The day train is a 'Brennero' EC (EuroCity) train.

    The night train is an ÖBB Nighjet train.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations 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').

    You would see the accommodations/compartment types being offered on the night train by clicking the 'View' button under the corresponding cost(s) that display.

    Currently, it may be the case that only the single and double sleeping compartments on the night train are able to be reserved through our website. This train also carries triple compartments, 6 passenger couchettes, and 2nd class seats.

    If you'd like to reserve one of these other compartment types, you would have to call 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.

    If you'd like to travel during the day but the schedule for the day train doesn't work for you, other daytime connections from Venice to Munich take 7 or 8 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Verona along the way.

    Trains from Venice to Verona are Frecciarossa trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    Trains from Verona to Munich are 'Brennero' EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are also required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For the options involving changing trains in Verona, you would just need to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Venice to Verona and then another search for connecting trains from Verona to Munich.

    Generally, these trains all can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure.
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