Visiting a friend in Zug, Switzerland but would love to visit Greece. Is there a boat fare included in the Global Pass?

Flying to visit a friend in Zug, Switzerland and want to make the most of the trip without going broke! I have always dreamed of seeing Greece since i was about 13. So would like to go from Zug to Venice to Athens and then possiblely go back to Zug thru Rome. Is there boat fare included in the global rail pass that would get us from Greece to Italy? Is that trip even a possibility with the global pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2015 20:32
    Hi Sandy.

    A Eurail Global Pass (or any rail pass that includes both Italy and Greece) does happen to be valid to cover passage on the 'Superfast Ferries' connecting either Bari or Ancona in Italy with Patras, Igoumenitsa, or Corfu in Greece (the Bari route operates under the name 'ANEK-Superfast'). I believe there are ferries from Venice to Greece, but none that would be covered or discounted with a rail pass. I don't believe there are any ferries between Rome and Greece.

    If you wish to have an actual sleeping cabin on any of the 'Superfast Ferries', then a reservation would be required at an additional cost. With the rail pass, actual reservations for the ferries would have to be made by contacting the ferry companies directly. The website for 'Superfast Ferries' is www.superfast.com. You would make reservations by calling them at +30 210 8919 130 or +30 210 8919 700 or by sending an email to helpdesk@attica-group.com (you could also use helpdesk1@anek-superfast.com for the Bari route).

    There are also additional surcharges for these ferries. These include a seasonal surcharge in June and September of €10 per person and €20 per person in June and July, port taxes of €7 per person, and a fuel surcharge may also apply.

    There are no trains from Patras to Athens, as the rail network of Greece discontinued this service several years ago. However, the ferry company does run direct buses between Patras and Athens during the summer months. The buses between Patras and Athens are covered with a Eurail Global Pass (or any rail pass that includes Greece).

    Please note, it is advised that passengers be at the port 2 hours prior to departure to check-in and receive your boarding your pass. Check-in closes 30 minutes before the ferries depart.

    A Eurail Global Pass would be valid to cover the ticket costs for any connections you make between Zug, Venice, Rome, Bari, and Ancona. Please note, trains on these routes would require reservations in addition to the pass. You would purchase any reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass'). Trains in Switzerland and Italy can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 09, 2015 20:52
    If you have the time, you might be interested in purchasing the 'Eurail Attica Pass' instead (or in addition to your Eurail Global Pass). However, the Eurail Attica Pass does not cover trains in Italy or Switzerland. The Eurail Attica Pass would cover the same internationally operating ferries between Italy and Greece as the Eurail Global Pass, but it would also cover domestic ferries in Greece.

    All of the information I provided above with regard to the 'Superfast Ferries' between Italy and Greece would still apply. However, the domestic ferries in Greece are operated by 'Blue Star Ferries'. Their website is www.bluestarferries.com. You would make reservations for these by calling either +30 210 8919 700 for the Heraklion ferry (Crete) or +30 210 8919 130 for all other destinations.

    For information on the Eurail Attica Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-attica-pass/index.html.

    Note: Since the Eurail Attica Pass is for ferries, you would still have to purchase something to account for your trains in Italy and Switzerland, be it regular point-to-point tickets or a rail pass.
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