Pass or Point to Point: France, Spain and Swizertland

I need to travel from Paris to Burgos, Spain,: from Burgos to Basel and then back to Paris. I am trying to figure out if I should get a pass or buy point to point tickets.
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  • Based on the itinerary you have included I recommend a Eurail Select Pass for three countries. A rail pass will not include seat reservations. You will want to make sure you include seat reservations by using the following link http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/poi.... You can reserve most trains 90 days in advance.

    Your journey from Burgos to Basel will require you change trains in Paris and possibly Hendaye as well. The portion of the journey from Burgos to Paris can be done as an overnight direct train or as part of a day train. The overnight service can be found by simply searching from Burgos to Paris. For the day train will change trains in Hendaye which would need to be broken into two segments/searches from Burgos to Hendaye and Hendaye to Paris. The Paris to Basel service will be a high speed TGV train.
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  • I am trying to go from Milan to Barcelona to Paris to Rome to Genoa is this possible for a reasonable price? (nite trains preferred)
    • Jeff (Official Rep) August 27, 2012 17:48
      Hi Dante,

      It would actually be recommended that travel between Milan and Barcelona, Barcelona and Paris, and Paris and Rome be done by taking overnight trains, due to the length of these journeys. Night trains are a great way to travel between cities that are a substantial distance from one another. They substitute for a hotel night and allow travelers to maximize their time in Europe.

      The night train from MIlan to Barcelona, however, only operates for departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

      Also, there is no longer a direct night train all the way from Paris to Rome. In this case, you would take a night train from Paris to Milan, where you would change trains the following morning to continue on to Rome.

      The night trains from Barcelona to Paris and Paris to Milan both have daily departures.

      There is even a direct night train from Rome to Genoa that you can take, though there are also direct day trains between these two cities, which only take about 4.5 hours in duration.

      You can purchase regular point-to-point tickets for these trains under 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. These trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

      Otherwise, you might want to consider purchasing a rail pass and reservations, which might work out to be more economical than the regular point-to-point tickets.

      For the requested travel, you would not even have to include Spain on the pass you purchase, as Elipsos, the operator for the night train from Milan to Barcelona and the night train from Barcelona to Paris, allows passengers in possession of a rail pass that includes only one of the countries being traveled through to still purchase reservations on their trains at the regular passholder reservation cost.

      Since you don't need to include Spain on your rail pass, you can just purchase the Eurail France-Italy Pass. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

      After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (if starting on the homepage, you would just click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' to purchase reservations or just check reservation costs).

      However, Thello, the operator for the night train from Paris to Milan no longer accepts any rail passes to cover its ticket costs. Therefore, you would still have to purchase a regular point-to-point ticket for this train under 'Find Fares & Schedules' and you would not be able to purchase a passholder reservation for it, like you would for the other trains.

      If you opt to purchase the Eurail France-Italy Pass, you would just purchase passholder reservations for the night train from Milan to Barcelona, the night train from Barcelona to Paris, a train from Milan to Rome (as part of the overnight connection from Paris to Rome), and the direct day train or night train from Rome to Genoa under 'Reservations for Pass Holders' or 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage.

      Each of these trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended dates of travel happen to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter dates within the next 90 days to get an idea of cost and schedules when searching the routes on our website.

      To determine your most economical option, you would just compare the cumulative total of the point-to-point tickets for each of these trips to the total cost of the Eurail France-Italy Pass, the regulare point-to-point ticket for the night train from Paris to Milan, and passholder reservations for the night train from Milan to Barcelona, the night train from Barcelona to Paris, a train from Milan to Rome, and a day train or night train from Rome to Genoa.
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