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Train from Sicily to Amsterdam with a rail pass?

Can I travel from Sicily to Amsterdam by rail on a Euro Pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 02, 2016 19:19
    Hi Emily,

    Yes, any rail pass that includes all the countries being traveled through would cover the ticket costs for trains that comprise of a connection from Sicily to Amsterdam.

    The most feasible connection from Sicily straight through to Amsterdam would involve at least 4 train changes en route. First, you would take a night train up to Rome. This night train departs from cities in Sicily that include Siracusa (recognized as 'Syracuse' on our site), Catania, Taormina, and Messina. In Rome, you would switch to a high-speed train that would take you up to Milan. In Milan, you would switch to a train that would take you to Basel. In Basel, you would switch to a train to Frankfurt. In Frankfurt, you would switch to a train to Amsterdam. Therefore, the connection would have you passing through Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands/the Benelux.

    If you were to depart from Messina (the closest Sicilian city to mainland Italy/Rome), the connection to Amsterdam would take about 25.5 hours in duration. If you were depart from Siracusa (the stop of this night train furthest from the mainland Italy/Rome), the connection to Amsterdam would take about 28.5 hours in duration.

    Of the trains comprising of this connection, reservations would be required on the night train from Sicily to Rome, the trains from Rome to Milan, and the trains from Milan to Basel. On the segments from Basel to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Amsterdam, reservations would only be recommended.

    With a rail pass covering all countries you'd be traveling through, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the specific type of rail pass you'll be traveling with.

    For the trip I described above, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search to access the night train from Sicily to Rome (i.e. Syracuse to Rome, Catania to Rome, Taormina to Rome, or Messina to Rome), another search for connecting trains from Rome to Milan ('Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciabianca' trains), another search for connecting trains from Milan to Basel ('EuroCity' trains), another search for connecting trains from Basel to Frankfurt ('InterCity' or 'InterCity Express' trains), and another search for connecting trains from Frankfurt to Amsterdam ('InterCity Express' trains).

    Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you can just use an earlier date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and schedules in the meantime.
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