Starting in Rome & ending in Paris (Rome to Palermo, Palermo to Rome, travel around Italy, Rome to Paris, Paris to Bordeaux, Bordeaux to Paris, Paris to Paris CDG)

My wife and I are planning a 2 month trip and would like to travel by train as much as possible. Out tentative travels include:
Rome to Palermo, Sicily and return
A month traveling around Italy, taking trains when possible
Rome to Paris
Paris to Bordeaux and return
Paris to airport
1) would a 2 country Eurail Select Pass cover the above trips?
2) would the pass be cheaper than just buying individual tickets as we need them?
3) any suggestions other than the Eurail Pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 09, 2016 18:56
    Hi Bill,

    What you purchase for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. The rail pass to cover France and Italy would be the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass, with France and Italy selected. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html

    Except for the short commuter trains from Paris to the Paris CDG Airport, this pass would cover ticket costs for each of the requested trips.

    In addition to the pass. your trains would require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by entering a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Select Pass').

    Rome - Palermo (round-trip)

    To travel between Rome and Palermo, you would take a direct InterCity (IC) train during the day or a direct overnight train.

    The day train would take about 11.5 hours in duration between Rome and Palermo.

    The overnight train would take about 12.5 hours in duration but it would cover the course of a night.

    These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Passholder reservations for the day train can be booked on our website by following the procedure I described above. However, reservations for the night train are not able to be booked on our website at this time. If you'd like to book the overnight train, you would have to do so by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    Rome to Paris

    The route from Rome to Paris covered by the pass would be the daytime connection. The daytime option from Rome to Paris takes about 11.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Turin along the way.

    Reservations would be required on both of these segments. However, the passholder reservations for the segment from Turin to Paris are currently only able to be purchased by calling us.

    Passholder reservations for the Rome-Turin segment can be purchased on our website. Please note, however, the 'Italo' trains from Rome to Turin do not accept rail passes. Therefore, for you to be covered by your rail pass, you would want to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' trains for this segment.

    The direct trains from Turin to Paris are high-speed 'France-Italy TGV' trains.

    Paris - Bordeaux (round-trip)

    To travel between Paris and Bordeaux, you would take a direct TGV train. On one of these trains, the ride would only take 3 to 4 hours.

    TGV trains do require reservations in addition to a rail pass. These trains can be reserved on our website by following the procedure I described above.

    Paris to Paris CDG

    To commute from the city of Paris to the Paris CDG Airport, you would take Line B of the local RER commuter network. The RER departs every 7 to 15 minutes and the ride into the city takes about 35 to 45 minutes, stopping at stations in Paris that include Denfert Rochereau, Port Royal, Luxembourg, St. Michel, Châtelet Les Halles, and Nord. Since the rail pass does not cover these trains, you would just pay to board locally when you're there.
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