Does Eurail Pass cover Barcelona, Lyon, Mulhouse, Luxembourg, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp?

Hi,we are coming from Colorado,USA this coming April.We need to know if the 4 country 15 day Eurail provides for regular (not high speed) passenger train travel thru Barcelona,Spain,to Lyon France to Mulhouse France,to Luxembourg,to Brussels,Bruge,Ghent,Antwerp.So ,I just opened the Related Category below. Are the trains listed there all on the EURAIL Pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 13, 2017 20:07
    Hi Jim,

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs for trains running ‘inter-city’ between different cities within the country or countries included on the pass. A rail pass would be valid to cover ticket costs to each of the cities you mentioned, as long as it includes the appropriate countries.

    Based on the cities you mentioned, your best option would be the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Spain, France, and the Benelux.

    Belgium and Luxembourg are included together as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them together as one ‘country’ for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, to account for Belgium and Luxembourg, you would include the ‘Benelux’ as one of the countries on your Eurail Select Pass.

    For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    On some of the trains you'll be taking, reservations are required as a supplement to the rail pass. 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. a 'Eurail Three Country Select Pass').

    Barcelona to Lyon

    In the early morning there is a direct France-Spain High Speed train departing from Barcelona to Lyon. The ride takes about 5 hours.

    Otherwise, connections from Barcelona to Lyon take 5 to 6.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Nîmes or Montpellier along the way. Trains from Barcelona to Nîmes are France-Spain High Speed trains, as are trains from Barcelona to Montpellier.

    Trains from Nîmes to Lyon and Montpellier to Lyon are TGV high-speed trains.

    On all of these trains, reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For the direct France-Spain High Speed, you would just do one search from Barcelona to Lyon.

    For the options via Nîmes or Montpellier, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e one search from Barcelona to Montpellier and then another search for connecting trains from Montpellier to Lyon).

    Generally, the France-Spain High Speed trains can be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date, while the TGV trains can generally only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Lyon to Mulhouse

    To get from Lyon to Mulhouse, you would take a direct TGV high-speed train. The ride takes just under 3 hours. These trains do require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Mulhouse to Luxembourg

    From Mulhouse to Luxembourg, there are a couple direct TGV trains in the late afternoon and evening, respectively. The ride takes about 2.5 hours. These trains will also require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Otherwise, if you have to depart earlier in the day, the most feasible connections take about 3.5 hours in duration and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Strasbourg and the once in Metz. The trains making up this connection are regional 'TER' trains, which do not even accept reservations. Therefore, the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, schedules for the TER trains from Mulhouse to Strasbourg and Metz to Luxembourg can be viewed on our website. However, schedules from the middle segment from Strasbourg to Metz are currently not able to be viewed on our website. If you'd like to inquire about specific chedules from Strasbourg to Metz, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.

    Luxembourg to Brussels

    From Luxembourg to Brussels, there are direct trains that operate hourly throughout the day. The ride takes 3 to 3.5 hours. These trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you will need to board. For planning purposes, schedules for the trains from Luxembourg to Brussels can be viewed by doing a search on the homepage of our website.

    Brussels to Bruges

    Trains from Brussels to Bruges depart 3 times an hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 1 hour. These trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, schedules from Brussels to Bruges can be viewed on our website.

    Bruges to Ghent

    Trains from Bruges to Ghent depart 4-5 times every hour throughout the day, and the ride can take between 25 and 40 minutes. These trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you will need to board. For planning purposes, schedules from Bruges to Ghent can be viewed on our website.

    Ghent to Antwerp

    Trains from Ghent to Antwerp depart 3 times an hour throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 1 hour. These trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you will need to board. For planning purposes, schedules from Ghent to Antwerp can be viewed on our website.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 13, 2017 20:18
      For time spent in Barcelona, you can view various city passes and tours by clicking here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

      For time in Lyon, you can view city passes and tours here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

      For time in Brussels, you can view city passes and tours here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

      City passes and tours for Bruges can be found here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

      City passes and tours for Antwerp can be found here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 13, 2017 20:34
      A rail pass is valid on regional and high-speed trains.

      Please note, however, there are not always feasible alternatives to the high-speed trains. Many routes typically have only one or the other (high-speed trains or regional trains). In fact, most major cities in Western Europe are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains.

      If you were to travel all the way Barcelona to Lyon using only regional trains, the connection would take at least about 11.5 hours in duration. You could take a regional train from Barcelona to Cerbère, a regional TER from Cerbère to Perpignan, a regional TER from Perpignan to Avignon (Avignon Centre station), and then a regional TER from Avignon (Avignon Centre station) to Lyon.

      From Lyon to Mulhouse, there is an option that involves taking a regional TER train from Lyon to Belfort and then another regional TER from Belfort to Mulhouse. This option takes about 5 hours (as opposed to the direct TGV, which takes about 3 hours).
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