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Paris CDG-Rome, Rome-Florence, Florence-Venice, Venice-Croatia with a Eurail Select Pass? Which trains can we take? Do we need reservations?

We are 3 people in one family traveling together and plan to go from:

1. Paris CDG to Rome in mid august, 2015

2. Rome to Florence Italy

3. Florence to Venice

Then my daughter goes to her summer intern in Croatia from Venice

What trains we can take??

We have Select Pass - 4 countries, 5 days travel within 2 months

Do we need reservation in each segment and how do we it??

Vasu Murthy
vasucm@yahoo.com
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 29, 2015 17:44
    Thank you for your question.

    To make a connection down to Rome, you would first have to commute into the city of Paris. Connections from Paris to Rome will depart out of the Gare de Lyon station in the city.

    Paris CDG Airport-Paris

    To commute from CDG to the Gare de Lyon station, you would take Line B of the RER to the Châtelet–Les Halles stop. At Châtelet–Les Halles, you would connect to Line A of the RER, which you would take over to the Gare de Lyon station. The local RER trains depart about once every 7 to 15 minutes and the trip from the airport to Gare de Lyon would take just under an hour in duration. A Eurail Select Pass would not be valid on the RER, so you would pay to board locally at the turnstiles upon arrival.

    Paris-Rome

    A daytime connection from Paris to Rome would take approximately 11 hours in duration and involves changing trains at least once in Turin along the way.

    An overnight connection from Paris to Rome would take about 14 hours and involves changing trains once in Milan along the way. The segment from Paris to Milan would be on the actual overnight train.

    The trains that comprise of either of these connections will require reservations in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on ‘Book your Rail Pass Reservations’ on our homepage, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you’ll be traveling with (i.e. ‘Eurail Select Pass’). When purchasing passholder reservations and checking schedules for connections such as these, you would just want to do a separate search for each segment.

    Therefore, for the daytime option, you would do one search for trains from Paris to Turin (high-speed 'France-Italy TGV' trains) and another search for connecting trains from Turin to Rome (high-speed 'Frecciarossa' trains).

    Please note, the trains from Paris to Turin will only arrive into the Turin Porta Susa station, while trains from Turin to Rome can depart from both the Porta Susa station and the Porta Nuova station in Turin. When you pull up the results of a search from Turin to Rome, our site will only reflect Porta Nuova as the station of departure for the 'Frecciarossa' trains; however, all 'Frecciarossa' trains from Turin to Rome depart from the Porta Susa station 10 to 15 minutes after they are shown to be departing from the Porta Nuova station on our site. The 'Italo' trains from Turin to Rome only depart from the Porta Susa station.

    (Note: When you pull up schedules for trains from Turin to Rome on our site, the Porta Nuova station would be labeled as 'Torino P.N.')

    For the overnight option, you would do one search to access the overnight train from Paris to Milan ('Thello' night train) and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Rome (high-speed 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciabianca' trains or regular 'InterCity' trains) the following morning.

    When doing these searches, just be sure to note the station of departure for your train from Milan to Rome and the station of arrival for the night train from Paris to Milan. The night train from Paris to Milan only arrives into the Milan Centrale station, while trains from Milan to Rome can depart from other stations. The 'Italo' trains from Milan to Rome, for instance, will only depart from the Porta Garibaldi or Rogoredo stations, not the Centrale station.

    **Note: When you pull up the schedules on our website for these searches the Milan Centrale would be labeled as 'Milano C.LE' and the Milan Porta Garibaldi station would be labeled as 'Milano P Garibal'.)

    If it happens that you need to commute between the Centrale station and the Porta Garibaldi station in Milan, you would take Line 2 of the Milan Metro. The ride between the Centrale station and the Porta Garibaldi station only takes about 5 minutes. You would pay to ride the Metro locally before boarding.

    The day trains that make up a connection from Paris to Rome can all generally be booked only within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the ‘Thello’ night train from Paris to Milan can generally be booked up to 120 days in advance of a departure.

    **Note: Rail passes are not valid on the ‘Italo’ trains that operate between Turin or Milan and Rome.

    Rome-Florence

    From Rome to Florence, there are direct trains operating all throughout the day. The trains from Rome to Florence are high-speed ‘Le Frecce’ (‘Frecciarossa’ or ‘Frecciargento’) trains or regular ‘InterCity’ trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase reservations for a train from Rome to Florence by clicking on ‘Book your Rail Pass Reservations’ on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating that you’ll be traveling with a ‘Eurail Select Pass’. These trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    **Note: Rail passes are not valid on the ‘Italo’ trains that operate between Rome and Florence.

    Florence-Venice


    From Florence to Venice, there are direct trains operating all throughout the day. The trains from Rome to Florence are high-speed ‘Le Frecce’ (‘Frecciargento’) trains or regular ‘InterCity’ trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase reservations for a train from Florence to Venice by clicking on ‘Book your Rail Pass Reservations’ on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating that you’ll be traveling with a ‘Eurail Select Pass’. These trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    **Note: Rail passes are not valid on the ‘Italo’ trains that operate between Florence and Venice.

    Venice-Croatia

    There are a couple of different feasible ways to travel from Venice to Croatia. Which one your daughter takes would be dependent on where in Croatia she needs to go.

    One option would involve taking a bus or train from Venice up to Villach. From Villach, she would then continue on by train to her destination in Croatia.

    Otherwise, she can take a regional train from Venice to Gorizia, where she would pick up a taxi to take her across the border to Nova Gorica in Slovenia. She would then continue on by train from there to her destination in Croatia.

    The buses from Venice to Villach and the train from Venice to Villach require reservations in addition to the rail pass. You would purchase reservations from Venice to Villach by clicking on ‘Book your Rail Pass Reservations’ on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating that you’ll be traveling with a Eurail Select Pass.

    The trains from Venice to Gorizia are regional (‘Regional Veloce’) trains that don’t accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Select Pass is all your daughter would need to board. For planning purposes, you can just view schedules for trains from Venice to Gorizia by clicking on ‘Find Fares & Schedules’ (instead of ‘Book your Rail Pass Reservations’) on our homepage and entering the cities, this time not indicating that you’ll be traveling with any kind of pass.

    How to purchase reservations for a connection from Villach or Nova Gorica to Croatia would depend on your daughter’s specific destination in Croatia. It may be the case that you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600 to purchase reservations for this part of the connection, or else it may even be the case that the trains won’t even accept reservations, in which case the rail pass is all she would need to board.

    Generally, trains and buses from Venice to Villach, as well as any reservable train from Villach to Croatia, can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Trains from Nova Gorica to Croatia would generally only be able to be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure.
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