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Travel Venice to Zurich, then Zurich to Munich, then Munich to Amsterdam - Would Eurail Global Pass be best?

I am ravelling with family (2 adults & 2 boys) from Venice to Zurich, then Zurich to Munich then Munich to Amsterdam. Would there be direct trains to these places? Would the golabl pass be best or should I just buy each ticket per destination separately. Very confused and don't know what to do!!!!!
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  • Thank you for your question, Samina.

    A Eurail Global Pass would cover the requested itinerary; however, you might instead want to consider the Eurail Select Pass to include Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and the Benelux. While the Eurail Global Pass covers travel in 24 different European countries in total, the Eurail Select Pass is a pass that covers travel in only 4 bordering countries of your choosing.

    The Netherlands is 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, you would include the Benelux as one of the 'countries' on your Eurail Select Pass.

    You can check costs of the Eurail Select Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would also want to be sure to factor in any reservations costs when considering the total cost. You would check the reservation costs by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with. Once you've checked the reservation costs for each of the reservable segments of your itinerary, you would add those costs to the cost of the pass you would be purchasing that would cover your itinerary (i.e. the Eurail Select Pass).

    To determine your overall most economical option, you would then compare the total amount from that to the cumulative total of the point-to-point ticket costs you found for the same trains. Regular point-to-point ticket costs are checked by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations').

    A connection from Venice to Zurich would involve changing trains once in Milan along the way. Trains from Venice to Milan and trains from Milan to Zurich would both require reservations in addition to a rail pass. For this trip, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment when you go to check costs for tickets or passholder reservations on our website. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Venice to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Zurich.

    There are direct trains from Zurich to Munich on which reservations would be highly recommended in addition to a rail pass.

    A connection from Munich to Amsterdam would involve changing trains once at the Frankfurt Airport station or in Hannover. On any of the trains that would comprise of one of these connections from Munich to Amsterdam, reservations would be highly recommended in addition to a rail pass. For either of these options, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment when you go to check costs for tickets or passholder reservations on our website. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Munich to 'Frankfurt Airport' or Hannover and another search for connecting trains from either 'Frankfurt Airport' or Hannover to Amsterdam.

    If you still need assistance determining the best option for your itinerary, you can always call us at 1-800-622-8600.
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