Paris to London to Rome?

My husband and I are flying into Paris on Monday for 6 days. Then we are heading to London for 5 and Rome for 6. We would like to take day trips to Versailles and Champaign Region while in Paris. In London we would like to visit Bath, Stonehenge and Liverpool. What railpass do we need? What stations will we be boarding and unboarding at? Is it best to fly from London to Rome? Which arilines have the best deals? Also, would you recommend any changes the length of stay in any of these countries?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 31, 2012 19:49
    Hi Sarah,

    There is no single rail pass that will combine the United Kingdom with countries on the mainland continent of Europe. The United Kingdom is only covered by its own individual country passes (i.e. the BritRail Pass to cover travel in England, Wales and Scotland or the BritRail England Pass to cover travel just within England).

    I would recommend purchasing a rail pass to cover France and Italy, however, the most feasible way to travel between Paris and Rome involves taking an overnight train to Milan, which rail passes are no longer valid on. Considering this, I would say your best option to cover your travel between Paris and Rome would just be to purchase regular point-to-point tickets.

    If you will be going directly from London to Rome, you would take the Eurostar train back to Paris, where you would connect to the night train to Milan. Upon your arrival in Milan the next morning, you would board a direct train down to Rome.

    You can purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. The stations will display when you pull up the results of your search.

    Since you just appear to be traveling within England, you can purchase the BritRail England Pass. You can purchase this pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket.... Otherwise, instead of purchasing this pass, you can just purchase point-to-point tickets for your travels in England as well, which you would do under 'Find Fares & Schedules'.

    The Eurostar train (which connects London with Paris) is not entirely covered by any pass. However, by purchasing a rail pass, you would be eligible to receive the 'Passholder' fare on this train. Therefore, if you do end up purchasing the BritRail England Pass, you would purchase tickets for the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules'.

    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. Due to high demand, the Passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that you purchase your tickets as soon as you know your travel dates.

    The night train from Paris to Milan, and trains from Milan to Rome can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Trains operating within the United Kingom can only be booked within 60 to 75 days of an intended date of departure.

    For your time in London, you might also want to consider purchasing a London Travel Card, which would cover local public transportation around the city (i.e. the London Tube and buses). You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    For your time in Paris, you might want to purchase the Paris Visite Card, which would cover the Metro, RER and buses in the city. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    I'm sorry, however, we don't have any information on airfare. I would recommend taking the overnight train from Paris to Milan as a way to get from Paris or London to Rome, as it would substitute for a hotel night and allow you to maximize your time.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 26, 2017 18:23
      Update:

      As of this year, BritRail Passes no longer enable passengers to receive any kind of Passholder rate on the Eurostar.

      While that is true with regard to BritRail Passes, any Eurail Pass that includes France is now valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Paris and the UK, while any Eurail Pass that includes the Benelux is valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Brussels and the UK. As a supplement to the Eurail Pass, reservations on the Eurostar would still be necessary.

      If a BritRail Pass is the only rail pass with which you’ll be traveling, then it would be necessary to purchase regular tickets in order to ride on the Eurostar. Please note, this applies to any BritRail Pass, including the BritRail England Pass, the BritRail London Plus Pass, the BritRail South West Pass, and the regular BritRail Pass.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 15:38
      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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