What pass to buy for London-Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris-Versailles-Florence-Rome-Naples-Geneva?

Ok so I have plans to travel euro rail from London to Amsterdam to Brussels to Paris to Versailles to Florence to Rome to Naples then last stop Geneva.
All this travel between 3weeks.
Will a select pass for 4 countries work for me?
Iwhen I plan to pay it says 10 day travel in 2 months not sure what this means.
Can you help me so Ivan make my purchases.
Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 02, 2012 15:51
    Hello,

    For the requested travel, I would recommend that you purchase a 4 country Eurail Select Pass to include the Benelux, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Belgium and the Netherlands are included as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one country for the purpose of rail passes.

    You can purchase the Eurail Select Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

    Also, the Eurostar train (which connects London and Brussels, as part of your connection from London to Amsterdam) is not entirely covered by any pass. However, by purchasing the Eurail Select Pass that includes the Benelux, you would be eligible to receive the 'Passholder' fare on this train. You would check Passholder costs for the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website, just as you would to make reservations on other trains.

    While most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, the Eurostar is an exception and can generally be booked up to 9 months in advance. Due to high demand, the Passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is strongly recommended that the tickets be purchased as soon as possible.

    The high-speed Thalys trains between Brussels and Amsterdam require reservations. However, about every other train between Brussels and Amsterdam is a regular train that does not accept reservations, in which case, the rail pass is all you would need board.

    You can just view schedules by entering the requested cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. When searching schedules on our website for this route, you can distinguish the non-reservable trains from the reservable trains on this route by their train numbers. The non-reservable trains from Brussels to Amsterdam will have train numbers in the 9200 series, while the trains on this route that will require reservations will have train numbers in the 9300 or 9400 series. Furthermore, the trains on this route may be designated as either 'Thalys' or just 'Train' followed by the train number when you pull up the results of your search. 'Train' just refers to the regular trains that do not accept reservations.

    To make your actual reservations for one of the reservable trains on this route, you would click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage.

    Trains from Brussels to Paris are high-speed trains that will require reservations.

    While in Paris, you would take Line C of the local RER train to get to the Palace of Versailles. You would get off at the Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château stop, which is only about a 5 minute walk from the palace itself. The RER is not covered by the rail pass, so you would just pay to board these trains locally. These trains depart 3 or 4 times every hour and take about 40 to 45 minutes in duration.

    As of a few months ago, Thello, the operator for the night train between Paris and Milan (as part of the overnight connection from Paris to Florence), no longer accepts any rail pass to cover its ticket costs. Therefore, if you wish to take this train, you would purchase a regular point-to-point ticket under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage. Otherwise, you can use your pass to take a day connection from Paris to Florence, which would involve changing trains once in Turin along the way. The trains from Paris to Turin and connecting from Turin to Florence would both require reservations, in addition to the pass.

    Trains from Florence to Rome and trains from Rome to Naples are high-speed trains that will require reservations.

    A connection from Naples to Geneva would involve changing trains at least once in Milan along the way. Trains from Naples to Milan and trains connecting from Milan to Geneva will both require reservations in addition to the pass.

    All of the reservable trains mentioned above can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    The Eurail Select Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a time frame of 2 months.

    10 days refers to the number of 'travel days' on the pass. 'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A rail day is a 24-hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' on the next day, then you would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 18, 2018 15:48
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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