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Hi! I am a 26 year old senior at the University of Montana. I am traveling to see my sister in Dublin so I have a base there. I have a ticket to Paris on Jan. 11th and nothing planned after that, but I have 3 months. I figure a month through Europe to start. I would like to have the options to go through and anywhere in between, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, Austria, and Croatia, Maybe more but thats a good place to start!

Could you please suggest the best Euro Rail package for me to purchase? I am not liking the sound of these a la carte ass on reservations. I would really like to find a bike in Italy and ride it where ever so it would be great to get down there. I really want to tour some vineyards.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 28, 2017 16:32
    Hi Mariah,

    What to purchase for your travels would depend on the specifics of the itinerary itself and various other factors. However, the Eurail Global Pass is the only single pass that covers that many countries. For the Eurail Global Pass, click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.

    The Eurail Global Pass happens to cover travel in 28 different European countries. The countries included are Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Also included are Liechtenstein and Monaco, which are considered part of Austria and France respectively (for the purpose of rail passes).

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs for trains running between different cities within the country or countries included on the pass. Generally, rail passes do not cover metro systems in European cities. Therefore, your pass would not be valid on the Paris Métro, for instance.

    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. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips in there. The same would likely be the case for any internationally operating trains (trains going from one country to another).

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Global Pass').
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    • Wow thank you SO much for the detailed reply. So if I wanted to go from Belgium to Italy in one haul, I would need multiple reservations since I would be going through multiple countries? Or just one reservation since I won't be getting off? And to clarify, as long as I'm not leaving the country, trains within each country should be free under my global pass? Thanks for the add on about Dublin! You are so helpful!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 28, 2017 19:03
      You're welcome, Mariah. Reservations are for individual trains. A single reservation cannot cover two different trains. Therefore, if you're taking a connection that involves multiple trains and each train requires reservations, then you would need to have a separate reservation on each train.

      Trains operating within a single country can require reservations just the same as trains operating internationally. For example, the TGV is a high-speed train that operates within France, and it requires reservations.

      Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains, so it is likely you'll end up needing reservations on many of your trips.

      On some routes, there may be regional trains, which do not even take reservations. With that being the case, a rail pass (like the Eurail Global Pass) is all you would need to board if you were to take a regional train. In a lot of cases though, a regional train would not be practical or feasible; it just depends on the route.
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