Prague to Berlin, Berlin to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Giessen, Giessen to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Brussels, & Brussels to London? Which rail pass? Can we use the rail pass on local trains as well?

Mother and son trip. Depart July 1st Prague - Berlin - Frankfurt - Giessen - Frankfurt - Brussels depart July 9 to London on 9am Eurostar. Which Rail Pass would be best for this trip? Can we use the Rail Pass on local trains as well?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 26, 2017 16:19
    Hi,

    For this itinerary, you would purchase the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass for the Czech Republic, Germany, and the Benelux. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    Belgium is included as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them together as one ‘country’ for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, to account for Belgium, you would include the ‘Benelux’ as one of the countries on your Eurail Select Pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations 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 Three Country Select Pass').

    Prague to Berlin

    Trains from Prague to Berlin are EC (EuroCity) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Prague to Berlin can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date. The ride takes about 4.5 hours.

    Berlin to Frankfurt

    Trains from Berlin to Frankfurt are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are also highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, trains from Berlin to Frankfurt can be reserved within 180 days of an intended departure date. This ride also takes about 4.5 hours.

    Frankfurt to Giessen

    Between Frankfurt and Giessen, there are either regional trains or IC (InterCity) trains. For this trip, you would not book reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. The ride one-way takes about 40 to 45 minutes.

    Frankfurt to Brussels

    Trains from Frankfurt to Brussels are ICE (InterCity Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, the trains from Frankfurt to Brussels can be reserved within 90 to 120 days of an intended departure date. The ride only takes 3 to 3.5 hours.

    Brussels to London

    As of just this year, any 3 country Eurail Select Pass that includes the Benelux will cover the Eurostar trains between Brussels and London. On Eurostar trains, reservations would just be required as a supplement to the pass. The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved within 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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