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Can't book Paris to Rome & Florence to Munich for travel with my 4 country Eurail Select Pass

I have the Eurail Select 4 country pass and was looking for trains from Paris to Rome but the website didn't show any. I couldn't find tickets for Florence to Munich either. Just a bit confused on how this works.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 16, 2016 20:40
    Hi Puja,

    A daytime connection from Paris to Rome would take 10.5 to 11.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in either Turin or Milan along the way. The daytime trains from Paris to Turin and Paris to Milan are high-speed 'France-Italy TGV' trains. You would then take a high-speed 'Frecciarossa' train from Turin to Rome or Milan to Rome.

    The overnight connection from Paris to Rome would take about 14 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Milan along the way. The segment from Paris to Milan would be on the actual overnight train. This night train is called the 'Thello'. You would then take a high-speed 'Frecciarossa' train from Milan to Rome.

    For travel with a rail pass, reservations are purchased by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    When purchasing reservations on our website for connections such as these, you would just have to do a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Paris to Turin and another search for connecting trains from Turin to Rome). With that said, the lowest possible 'Passholder' rates (Passholder 1 rates) for the 'France-Italy TGV' trains from Paris to Turin or Paris to Milan are currently not able to be booked on our website due to an error. To book the 'Passholder 1' rate for one of these trains, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    In the meantime, you can still check reservation costs for the segment from Turin or Milan to Rome on our website. Please note, the 'Italo' trains on the segment from Turin or Milan to Rome do not accept rail passes. Therefore, you would have to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' trains on this route for your pass to be valid.

    For the overnight option from Paris to Rome, you would do one search to access the night train from Paris to Milan and then another search for connecting trains from Milan to Rome the following morning. It's important to note that the 'Thello' night train from Paris to Milan actually does not accept rail passes; however, a rail pass would still enable you to receive a 20% discount for tickets on this train. You would purchase these discounted tickets by following the same procedure for booking passholder reservations.

    When you pull up the results of your search for the night train from Paris to Milan, you can ensure you're being quoted the discounted rate by clicking the 'View' button under the cost that displays. You would then refer to the 'Ticket Flexibility' options in the box that expands out below. For the discounted rate, you would just want to be sure that the 'Semi Flexible' option is checked. Underneath 'Semi Flexible', you would click 'Read More' and the name of the fare would read 'Thello Pass'.

    Also, be sure to take note of the stations of arrival and departure. For instance, the day trains from Paris to Milan only arrive into the Porta Garibaldi station in Milan, while the vast majority of trains from Milan to Rome only depart from the Centrale station. If it happens that you need to commute between the Porta Garibaldi station and Centrale station in Milan, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between Porta Garibaldi and Centrale only takes about 5 minutes. You would pay to ride the Metro locally before boarding. The night train from Paris to Milan does arrive into the Centrale station.

    When you pull up the results of a search from Turin to Rome, it may only display 'Porta Nuova' as the station of departure for the 'Frecciarossa' trains. However, the train from Paris to Turin will only stop at the Porta Susa station in Turin. Rest assured, the 'Frecciarossa' trains from Turin to Rome do depart from the Porta Susa station just 10 to 13 minutes after they are shown to be departing from the Porta Nuova station on our website. Therefore, you can just switch trains right at the Porta Susa station, rather than commuting between stations.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 16, 2016 21:14
    From Florence to Munich, there is a direct overnight train. This is a City Night Line (CNL) train. The ride is just over 8 hours in duration.

    Otherwise, a daytime connection takes about 7.5 to 8.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in either Verona or Bologna en route. The trains from Florence to Verona and Florence to Bologna are the 'Le Frecce' trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca). The trains from Verona to Munich and Bologna to Munich are 'Brennero' EuroCity (EC) trains.

    For travel with a rail pass, reservations are purchased by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Four Country Select Pass').

    For the daytime options, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Florence to Verona and another search for connecting trains from Verona to Munich).

    For the night train from Florence to Munich to display, you may just have to adjust your preferred departure time to some time in the evening when entering the criteria for your search.
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