Paris to Rome, Rome to Venice, Venice to Interlaken, and Interlaken to Paris. What should I purchase?

I would like to go to Paris to Rome to Venice , Venice to Jungfraujoch or interlaken and back to Paris . What should I do I have 8 days to spend outside of Paris should I buy euro global pass?Does anyone have suggestions on what to do.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 11, 2019 20:21
    Hi Mahmood,

    For that much travel, you would want to get the Eurail Global Pass. For the Eurail Global Pass, click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    For this much travel, I would recommend going with 1st class.

    Most of your trains will require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    Paris to Rome

    The daytime connection from Paris to Rome takes just under 10.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Turin along the way.

    The direct trains from Paris to Turin are France-Italy TGV trains. From Turin to Rome, you would take a Frecciarossa high-speed train. These trains require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    When purchasing reservations for a trip from Paris to Rome, you would just break up your search in Turin. Therefore, you would do one search from Paris to Turin and then another search for connecting trains from Turin to Rome.

    When you choose your trains into and out of Turin, be sure to account for the stations of arrival and departure. Direct trains from Paris to Turin only arrive into the Turin Porta Susa station, while trains from Turin to Rome can depart from either Porta Susa or the Porta Nuova station. If you needed to, you would commute from Porta Susa to Porta Nuova by taking a local metro or regional train, in which case the ride would only be about 8-10 minutes.

    Rome to Venice

    From Rome to Venice, you would take a direct Frecciarossa or Frecciargento train. These trains also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. Since these are direct trains, you would just do one search from Rome to Venice when purchasing the reservations on our site.

    Venice to Interlaken

    Interlaken is the gateway to Jungfraujoch. Connections from Venice to Interlaken take 6 to 6.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Milan and then once in Spiez.

    Trains from Venice to Milan and Milan to Spiez will both require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. On trains from Spiez to Interlaken, reservations are not at all necessary, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    When booking your passholder reservations from Venice to Spiez on our site, you would just break up your search in Milan. Therefore, you would do one search from Venice to Milan and then another search for connecting trains from Milan to Spiez.

    For planning, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for the non-reservable segment from Spiez to Interlaken. When checking schedules for non-reservable trains, just be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.

    Trains from Venice to Milan are Frecciarossa high-speed trains, and trains from Milan to Spiez are EC (EuroCity) trains.

    Interlaken & Jungfraujoch

    The Eurail Global Pass does not cover the trains between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch. However, with the Eurail Global Pass you would be eligible to receive a discount of about 25% on these trains.

    To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Eurail Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315.

    This pass covers the 2 routes up to Jungfraujoch and a return within 24 hours. These routes are as follows:

    The Grindelwald route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route would look like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' segment between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, or Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Interlaken to Paris

    Connections from Interlaken to Paris take just over 5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Basel along the way.

    On trains from Interlaken to Basel, reservation are not necessary at all, so the Eurail Global Pass is all you would need to board.

    Trains from Basel to Paris are high-speed TGV Lyria trains on which reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    You can use the route search feature on our homepage to view schedules for the unreserved segment from Interlaken to Basel (leaving the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked).

    You would then do a separate search to purchase your passholder reservations for a connecting train from Basel to Paris (making sure you re-check the 'I have a rail pass' button).
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