Rail Pass or Individual Tickets for Berlin-Nuremburg-Munich-Salzburg-Venice-Cinque Terre-Genoa?

I am looking at options for buying rail passes vs individual train tickets for my upcoming Europe trip. If you can offer any advice I would greatly appreciate it. I am traveling in Europe from July 18-Aug 11 and I am looking for the best way to get to the following destinations: Berlin - Nuremburg, Nuremburg - Munich, Munich - Salzburg, Salzburg - Venice, Venice - Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre - Genoa. I plan to travel by train 6-7 days out of my 3 week vacation. Should I buy a rail pass or just individual tickets? I am looking for cost effective and quick train rides, since I don't have a lot of time in each city.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 06, 2014 16:07
    Hi Jennifer,

    Generally, we would not be able to assist with that type of itinerary planning through this medium. However, from looking at your itinerary, I'd say that your best option would be to purchase a rail pass.

    To cover travel through the countries you mentioned, you would purchase a Eurail Select Pass. The Eurail Select Pass covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing, so you would just end up including one other country on your pass even though you wouldn't necessarily be traveling to it. Therefore, you would include Germany, Austria, Italy, and one other bordering country on your pass.

    You would purchase the Eurail Select Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    After you add the pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would click 'Read More' in the light yellow box where it says 'Check to determine if you need reservations when traveling with your rail pass'. A button that says 'Add Reservation' would then appear just below, which is what you would click to purchase your reservations.

    A connection from Salzburg to Venice would just involve changing trains at least once in Innsbruck along the way. When purchasing reservations for this trip, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Salzburg to Innsbruck and another search for connecting trains from Innsbruck to Venice.

    For travel to the Cinque Terre, you would have to search schedules to either Monterosso (the northernmost town of the Cinque Terre) or La Spezia (a town just south of the Cinque Terre), which are the area's main rail hubs. From these towns, you can take regional trains that would take you to the other villages of the Cinque Terre. Otherwise, you can even hike or take a ferry from village to village.

    Reservable trains in this part of Europe can only be booked within 90 days of an intended departure date. If your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, within the next 90 days, to get an idea of reservation costs and view schedules when searching the routes on our website. With that said, due to the annual Summer schedule change, some trains in Italy operating after mid-June may not be able to be booked until early/mid-May.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 06, 2014 16:18
    I would only recommend purchasing regular point-to-point tickets if you intend on traveling in 2nd class and you're over the age of 25 (26 or above). This is because the Eurail Select Pass is only offered in 2nd class to youth travelers under the age of 26 (25 or younger).

    You would check regular point-to-point ticket costs by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    With that said, I would recommend booking 1st class for that much rail travel around Europe, in which case the Eurail Select Pass would be the way to go.
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