Rail travel from Zurich to Italy and Spain - suggestions?

i am planning to fly to Zurich from Canada and spend few days in Switzerland, Italy and Spain in August 2019 and fly back from Zurich to Canada (total 14 days)

What is the best option for Eurorail passes?

Toronto Canada
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 15, 2019 16:44
    Hi Vijay,

    For that much travel, you would want to purchase the Eurail Global Pass. For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.ca/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    So you have the most comfortable experience possible, 1st class is recommended.

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains.

    Within Italy and Spain, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in those countries.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on the homepage of our Canadian website (www.raileurope.ca), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date, while trains in Spain can only be reserved within 60-90 days of an intended departure.

    Within Switzerland, reservations are not necessary (or even accepted) on most trains. Therefore, when traveling in Switzerland the rail pass is usually all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for many unreserved trains. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked.
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