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MY FIRST Eurpoean vacation. Woohoo!

I want to visit London, Paris and either Spain, Belgium or Italy next year. In what order would make the most sense? London and Paris are absolute destinations but I'm open to the third. This will be my first trip to Europe and I'm doing it solo. I have exactly 10 days.

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 12, 2013 16:44
    HI Dawn,

    What you purchase for your rail travels will depend entirely on the specific itinerary you will be doing and the sequence of cities you visit, as well as various other factors. The sequence would depend on where you find a flight into and then what you decide to do after that.

    When selecting a rail pass on our website, you would just want to be sure that all of the countries being traveled through are accounted for on the pass you choose.

    It is important to note, with regard to the possible destinations you listed, there is no rail pass that will combine Great Britain with any other countries on the mainland continent of Europe. Therefore, if you will just be visiting London in the United Kingdom, you can purchase one of the various city passes that we offer for London. For instance, you could purchase a London Travel Card or a London Pass with Travel, both of which would cover the London 'Tube' and buses in the city. The London Pass with Travel would actually cover entry to over 55 museums and attractions around London in addition to the transportation.

    If you ever wish to see what city passes may be offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country. The direct link for city passes offered for London is: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activiti... .

    Another important item of note is that the Eurostar train, which connects London with either Paris or Brussels, is not entirely covered by any pass. However, by purchasing a rail pass, you would be eligible to purchase tickets on this train at a 'Passholder' fare. Since ticket costs for the Eurostar are not covered by any pass, the Passholder fares on this train cost more than the typical reservation fees on other trains throughout Europe, for which the ticket costs would be covered. You would check the Passholder costs for the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations', just as you would to make reservations on other trains.

    While most trains in Europe can only be reserved within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, the Eurostar is an exception and can generally be reserved up to 9 months in advance.

    Lastly, the national rail network of France has decided not to be a part of the Eurail Select Pass (the pass that would allow you to select any combination of 3 to 5 bordering countries), as of this year. France is still a part of the Eurail Global Pass, and the dual country passes with France and bordering countries are still offered (i.e. the Eurail France-Italy Pass, the Eurail France-Spain Pass, and the Eurail Benelux-France Pass), as well as the single country France Rail Pass. Therefore, if you wish to travel to France, you can purchase some combination of these passes, or else you can purchase point-to-point tickets, but all this would be specifically dependent on what you intend to do on your trip.

    Once you decide the specific destinations you wish to visit and the general order in which you'd to visit them, please feel free to let us know, and we can provide better assistance helping you decide which pass (or combination of passes) to purchase.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 14:48
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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