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  • January 09, 2015 15:45
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Thank you for your question.<br><br>The most feasible connection from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/prague/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague</a> to <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeurope-travel-guidebelgiumindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/belgium/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Belgium</a> during the daytime would take about 10 to 11 hours in duration. A connection from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/prague/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague</a> to <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeurope-travel-guidebelgiumbrusselsindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/belgium/brussels/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brussels</a>, for example, would take about 11 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes en route; once in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/nuremberg/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nuremburg</a> and then once in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/frankfurt/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frankfurt</a>. The segment from <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecompopular-routesprague-to-nuremburghtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/prague-to-nuremburg.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague to Nuremburg</a> would actually be on a bus.<br><br>Otherwise, an overnight connection from <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeurope-travel-guideczech-republicpragueindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/prague/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague</a> to <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeurope-travel-guidebelgiumbrusselsindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/belgium/brussels/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brussels</a> would take about 14 hours and involves changing trains once in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/cologne/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cologne</a> along the way. The segment from <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecompopular-routesprague-to-colognehtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/prague-to-cologne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague to Cologne</a> would be on the actual overnight train.<br><br>You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares &amp; Schedules' on <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/index.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our homepage</a>. For both of these options, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment.<br><br>Therefore, for the daytime connection, you would do one search to access the buses from <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/prague-to-nuremburg.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/prague-to-nuremburg.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague to Nuremburg</a>, another search for connecting trains from <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecompopular-routesnuremburg-to-frankfurthtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/nuremburg-to-frankfurt.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nuremburg to Frankfurt</a> (high-speed '<a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeuropean-trainsicehow-to-bookhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">InterCity Express</a>' trains), and another search for connecting trains from <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/frankfurt-to-brussels.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/frankfurt-to-brussels.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frankfurt to Brussels</a> (high-speed '<a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeuropean-trainsicehow-to-bookhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">InterCity Express</a>' trains).<br><br>For the overnight connection, you would do one search to access the night train from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/prague-to-cologne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague to Cologne</a> ('<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/city-night-line/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Night Line</a>' train) and another search for connecting trains from <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecompopular-routescologne-to-brusselshtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/cologne-to-brussels.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cologne to Brussels</a> (high-speed '<a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeuropean-trainsthalyshow-to-bookhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/thalys/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thalys</a>' trains or high-speed '<a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeuropean-trainsicehow-to-bookhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">InterCity Express</a>' trains).<br><br>The day trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the overnight train from <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/prague-to-cologne.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/prague-to-cologne.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague to Cologne</a> can generally be booked within 90 to 180 days of an intended departure date.<br><br>.
  • December 29, 2014 16:00
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joe, For such extensive rail travel, you would want to purchase a rail pass instead of regular tickets. The only single pass that would cover travel to that many countries is the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You would check costs for and purchase the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a> by clicking here: <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomrail-tickets-passeseurail-global-passindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html</a>. A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on a pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass (considering that any costs for needed reservations would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains of substantial distances while in Europe.) Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>. In <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France</a> and <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italy</a>, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of their trips in those two countries. The same would likely be the case for any internationally operating trains (trains going from one country to another). While reservations are required on high-speed trains throughout the rest of Europe, that would not be the case with the high-speed trains in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany</a>. Reservations aren't required on the high-speed trains in <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeurope-travel-guidegermanyindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany</a>, but they are recommended. In any case, there are generally regular trains operating along the same routes as the high-speed trains in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany</a>, for which reservations would not at all be needed or even accepted. The high-speed trains in <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeurope-travel-guidegermanyindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany</a> are labeled as '<a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">InterCity Express</a>' (ICE) trains. We would recommend booking reservations on these trains, especially during the busy Spring and Summer travel season. With the exception of any trains departing out of <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/prague/index.html">Prague</a>, reservable trains in the countries you mentioned can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Reservable trains departing out of <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/prague/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prague</a> (or any city in the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Czech Republic</a>, for that matter) can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure..
  • December 29, 2014 15:59
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joe, For such extensive rail travel, you would want to purchase a rail pass instead of regular tickets. The only single pass that would cover travel to that many countries is the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You would check costs for and purchase the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html">Eurail Global Pass</a> by clicking here: <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html</a>. A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on a pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass (considering that any costs for needed reservations would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains of substantial distances while in Europe.) Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>. In <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/index.html">France</a> and <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/index.html">Italy</a>, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of their trips in those two countries. The same would likely be the case for any internationally operating trains (trains going from one country to another). While reservations are required on high-speed trains throughout the rest of Europe, that would not be the case with the high-speed trains in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html">Germany</a>. Reservations aren't required on the high-speed trains in <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html">Germany</a>, but they are recommended. In any case, there are generally regular trains operating along the same routes as the high-speed trains in <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html">Germany</a>, for which reservations would not at all be needed or even accepted. The high-speed trains in <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/germany/index.html">Germany</a> are labeled as '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/european-trains/ice/how-to-book.html">InterCity Express</a>' (ICE) trains. We would recommend booking reservations on these trains, especially during the busy Spring and Summer travel season. With the exception of any trains departing out of Prague, reservable trains in the countries you mentioned can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Reservable trains departing out of <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/prague/index.html">Prague</a> (or any city in the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/czech-republic/index.html">Czech Republic</a>, for that matter) can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure..
  • December 29, 2014 15:56
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joel, The closest rail stations to Cortona are either 'Camucia Cortona' or 'Terontola'. Camucia Cortona may a little bit closer, but either station would be perfectly feasible. From either station, you would be able to take a bus to get you right into Cortona. There are direct regional trains from <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecomeurope-travel-guideitalyromeindexhtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/rome/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome</a> that stop at both of these stations, and there are direct trains from either of stations to <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/florence/index.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/florence/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Florence</a>. You would purchase tickets from <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-camucia-cortona.html">Rome to Camucia Cortona</a> or <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-terontola.html">Rome to Terontola</a> and tickets from <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/camucia-cortona-to-florence.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/camucia-cortona-to-florence.html">Camucia Cortona to Florence</a> or <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/terontola-to-florence.html">Terontola to Florence</a> by clicking on 'Find Fares &amp; Schedules' on the homepage of our website, <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecom" href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • December 29, 2014 15:50
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joel, The closest rail stations to Cortona are either 'Camucia Cortona' or 'Terontola'. Camucia Cortona may a little bit closer, but either station would be perfectly feasible. From either station, you would be able to take a bus to get you right into Cortona. There are direct regional trains from <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/rome/index.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/rome/index.html">Rome</a> that stop at both of these stations, and there are direct trains from either of stations to <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/florence/index.html">Florence</a>. You would purchase tickets from Rome to either '<a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecompopular-routesrome-to-camucia-cortonahtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-camucia-cortona.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Camucia Cortona</a>' or '<a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecompopular-routesrome-to-terontolahtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-terontola.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terontola</a>' and tickets from '<a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecompopular-routescamucia-cortona-to-florencehtml" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/camucia-cortona-to-florence.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Camucia Cortona</a>' or '<a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/terontola-to-florence.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/terontola-to-florence.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terontola</a>' to Florence by clicking on 'Find Fares &amp; Schedules' on the homepage of our website, <a title="Link httpwwwraileuropecom" href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>..
  • September 10, 2014 15:59
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joe, For such extensive rail travel, you would want to purchase a rail pass instead of regular tickets. The only single pass that would cover travel to that many countries is the <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html">Eurail Global Pass</a>. You would check costs for and purchase the Eurail Global Pass by clicking here: <a href="http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html">http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html</a>. A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on a pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass (considering that any costs for needed reservations would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains of substantial distances while in Europe.) Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>. In France and Italy, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of their trips in those two countries. The same would likely be the case for any internationally operating trains (trains going from one country to another). While reservations are required on high-speed trains throughout the rest of Europe, that would not be the case with the high-speed trains in Germany. Reservations aren't required on the high-speed trains in Germany, but they are recommended. In any case, there are generally regular trains operating along the same routes as the high-speed trains in Germany, for which reservations would not at all be needed or even accepted. The high-speed trains in Germany are labeled as 'Inter City Express' (ICE) trains. We would recommend booking reservations on these trains, especially during the busy Spring and Summer travel season. With the exception of any trains departing out of Prague, reservable trains in the countries you mentioned can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Reservable trains departing out of Prague (or any city in the Czech Republic, for that matter) can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure..
  • September 10, 2014 15:57
    Jeff
    Changed title to Rail Pass or Individual Tickets for travel in France, Germany, Belgium, Germany, Czech Rep, Austria, & Italy?
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  • September 09, 2014 21:46
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Joel, The closest rail stations to Cortona are either 'Camucia Cortona' or 'Terontola'. Camucia Cortona may a little bit closer, but either station would be perfectly feasible. From either station, you would be able to take a bus to get you right into Cortona. There are direct regional trains from Rome that stop at both of these stations, and there are direct trains from either of stations to Florence. You would purchase tickets from Rome to either '<a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-camucia-cortona.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-camucia-cortona.html">Camucia Cortona</a>' or '<a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-terontola.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/rome-to-terontola.html">Terontola</a>' and tickets from '<a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/camucia-cortona-to-florence.html" href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/camucia-cortona-to-florence.html">Camucia Cortona</a>' or '<a href="http://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/terontola-to-florence.html">Terontola</a>' to Florence by clicking on 'Find Fares &amp; Schedules' on the homepage of our website, <a title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com" href="http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>..

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