Additional cost with Eurail Global Pass from Zurich to Amsterdam through Paris & Amsterdam to London?

I have EuroRail Global Pass. if I travel from Zurich to Amsterdam through Paris in a day, that'll be considered one travel day, and then travel from Amsterdam to London that'll also be one travel day. I'll not need to pay extra to pass through Brussels Belgium? Also, being a hold of Global Pass, do I get discount in local train passes? thanksKamthanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 14, 2018 20:51
    Hi Kam,

    Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: 'consecutive' ('continuous') and 'flexi'. The Eurail Global Pass offers both options.

    Consecutive just means that you would be allowed unlimited travel within the indicated time frame. Therefore, if you were to purchase a 5 day 'consecutive' pass, that means you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 5 days.

    In contrast, a 'flexipass' allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame (generally, that longer time frame is 1 month or 2 months, depending on the pass). 'Travel days' on a 'flexipass' refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel 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 Zurich to Paris and then take a connecting train to Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    Likewise, if you were to take a day train from Amsterdam to Brussels and then take a connecting train to London on the same day, you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to London on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    Zurich to Amsterdam

    The most feasible connection from Zurich to Amsterdam takes just over 8 hours in duration and involves transferring in Paris along the way.

    Trains from Zurich to Paris and Paris to Amsterdam would both require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). For the trip from Zurich to Amsterdam, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Zurich to Paris and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to Amsterdam.

    When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that trains from Zurich to Paris arrive into the Paris Gare de Lyon station, while trains from Paris to Amsterdam depart from the Nord station. To commute from Gare de Lyon to Nord, you would take Line D of Paris's RER commuter rail network. The RER from Gare de Lyon to Nord only takes about 8 minutes and departs once every 7-15 minutes throughout the day, but I would still recommend allowing yourself at least 1 to 1.5 hours to transfer between stations. You would pay to board the RER locally when you’re there.

    Trains from Zurich to Paris are high-speed TGV Lyria trains.

    Trains from Paris to Amsterdam are high-speed Thalys trains.

    Generally, the TGV Lyria trains can be booked within 120 days of an intended departure, while Thalys trains can only be booked within 90 days of a departure.

    Amsterdam to London

    Eventually, there will be the introduction of direct Eurostar service straight through from Amsterdam to London (currently, this service is only running in the reverse direction). In the meantime, the connections from Amsterdam to London involve changing trains in Brussels along the way and take at least about 5 hours.

    Trains from Amsterdam to Brussels are Thalys trains that require reservations. From Brussels to London, you would take the Eurostar, which also requires reservations.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). For the trip from Amsterdam to London, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Amsterdam to Brussels and then another search for connecting trains from Brussels to Amsterdam.

    Thalys trains can only be booked within 90 days of an intended departure date, while the Eurostar can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.
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