How to book reservations from Zurich to Florence for travel with a Eurail Select Pass?

First time user. We're flying into Frankfurt Germany, then going to Mainz, Zurich, Florence, Rome, Civitavecchia. Looking at buying a 4 country select pass. However, in looking at reservations, the leg between Zurich and Florence seems not to be showing a reservation, but requires you to buy a ticket with a message that says the pass is not compatible with the trains, Trenitalia. Have tried different dates and all the same.

I'm not sure if this would eliminate the need for a pass or not. Any help would be appreciated.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 04, 2014 17:42
    Hi Don,

    A rail connection from Zurich to Florence would involve changing trains once in Milan along the way. Rest assured, any rail pass that includes both Switzerland and Italy does cover this route. Please disregard anything you see that says this route would not be covered with a rail pass that includes both Switzerland and Italy, as that is not the case. Any rail pass that includes Italy does cover Trenitalia trains.

    For travel with the pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage; however, for this route, you would just want to break up your search once in Milan. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Zurich to Milan and another search for connecting trains from Milan to Florence. Both of these trains do require reservations in addition to a rail pass.

    When doing your search, you would also just want to be sure to adjust your preferred departure time to the specific hour you wish to depart in order to view the most possible options for trains that depart after that time (clicking the 'Later Trains' button won't necessarily display all of the trains that depart following the initial schedule results that show as a result of a particular search). Therefore, you would want to choose the specific hour for each set of departures you wish to view (i.e. '09 am' for trains that depart during the 9 o'clock hour).

    A rail pass would just not be valid on the trains labeled as 'Italo' trains that operate between Milan and Florence. Instead, with a rail pass, you would take any of the trains labeled 'Frecciarossa' on this same route. Italo trains only take regular point-to-point tickets.
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