Transport 101 for dummies - Munich-Fussen-Salzburg-Vienna-Budapest-Innsbruck-Zurich-Basel-Strabourg-Freiburg-Lucerne-Interlaken-Jungfrau & Lauterbrunnen-Milan-Como-Venice-Cinque Terre-Nice-Eze-Monaco-Avignon-Lyon-Paris-Mont St Michel-Loire Valley

Hi all,My itinerary is as below1. Munich 3D- day trip to fussen for the castle2. Munich-Salzburg3. Salzburg-Vienna day trip to wachau valley4. Vienna to Budapest staying for 2D5. Budapest to Innsbrucks6. Innsbrucks to Zurich7. Zurich - basel- day trip to strasbourg & freiburg8. Basel to lucerne9. Lucerne to interlaken - day trip to jungfrau & lauterbrunnen10. Interlaken to milan - day trip to como & venice11. Milan to cinque terre12. Cinque terre to nice - day trip eze and monaco13. Nice to avignon and cintinue to lyon14. Lyon to paris - day trip to st mont michel & loire valleyAll these trips will be within 34 days. Please advise the best passes and what city passes to be purchased on top of it. Thanks for you help and kind assistance
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 05, 2014 19:11
    Hi Verah,

    There is only one single pass that would cover the itinerary you laid out: the Eurail Global Pass. You can check costs and information for the Eurail Global Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.

    The Eurail Global Pass happens to cover 24 different European countries in total.

    After you add the pass to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart), you would click 'Read More' in the light yellow box where it says 'Check to determine if you need reservations when traveling with your rail pass'. A button that says 'Add Reservation' would then appear just below, which is what you would click to purchase any reservations.

    Reservable trains in this part of Europe can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the route on our site.

    For your trek up Jungfraujoch, you would purchase the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' mountaintop excursion in addition to the rail pass. You can purchase this pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/jungfraujoch/index.html.
    If you'll be traveling with the Eurail Global Pass, you would purchase the 'Interlaken-Jungfraujoch/Eurail Pass' option of this pass.

    The main rail hubs for the Cinque Terre are Monterosso (the northernmost town of the Cinque Terre) and La Spezia (the town just south of the Cinque Terre). From these towns, you can take regional trains that would take you to the other villages of the Cinque Terre.

    For Mont St. Michel, you would take the train to either Rennes or Pontorson. The bus ride from Rennes to Mont St Michel takes about an hour and a half, and the tickets for the bus would have to be purchased locally upon arrival. From Pontorson, the bus ride would only be about 15 or 20 minutes in duration, and tickets for that bus would have to be purchased locally as well.

    The main rail hubs for the Loire Valley include Tours, St. Pierre des Corps, Amboise, Angers, Orléans, and Saumur.

    If you ever wish to see what city passes are offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country where prompted. The direct link is: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/.
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    Thanks for your comprehensive answer Jeff.
    I have some further questions:
    1. Wonder if i still need to buy the following passes on top of global pass
    - swiss pass - to use it within the local city such as zurich, basel, lucerne, or interlaken
    - france pass - to versailles and other tourist spot
    - germany pass - sbahn included but do i need to buy other ticket for munich transportation?
    -austria- transportation within the city itself vienna, salzburg, innsbrucks, and wachau valley

    2.do i need to purchase additional regional ticket from monterosso to villages in cinque terre?

    3. Loire Valley includes tours. Is this free for global pass holder? And is there any link that i can see more details.

    4. Unable to reserve Paris to CDG airport for the next 3 months Does this mean i have to buy separately and on the spot? Will it always be available to purchase it on the day?

    Thanks in advanced
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 06, 2014 18:10
    Hi Verah,

    1.) Please note that rail passes generally do not cover actual public transportation within cities.

    While the individual country Swiss Pass does provide extra bonuses, it covers the same thing a Eurail Global Pass does as far as actual trains between different cities go (with the exception of the part of the Glacier Express scenic route between Zermatt and Disentis, which would only be covered with a Swiss Pass). Considering this, I would say that it would be excessive to purchase a Swiss Pass in addition to a Eurail Global Pass.

    I would say the same thing with regard to a France Rail Pass and a German Pass. Since the trains in France and Germany are covered with a Eurail Global Pass, it would be, for the most part, redundant to also purchase the individual country passes for those countries. A Eurail Global Pass would even cover the S-Bahn trains in Germany (the only exception being many of the S-Bahn lines in Berlin). If you need to take any U-Bahn trains within German cities, you would just pay locally, as U-Bahn trains would not be covered with a Eurail Global Pass.

    If you need to take any trams/public transportation within cities in Switzerland, your best option would once again just be to pay locally.

    While in Paris, you would take Line C of the local RER train to get to the Palace of Versailles. You would get off at the Versailles-Rive-Gauche-Château stop, which is only about a 5 minute walk from the palace itself. The RER is not covered by a Eurail Global Pass, but you could purchase a pass called the 'Paris Visite'. The Paris Visite covers local public transportation around Paris, including the RER and the Métro. You can purchase the Paris Visite here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/paris-visite/index.html.

    In Austria, the only city passes we offer for public transportation are the Vienna Card and the Salzburg Card.

    You can purchase the Vienna Card here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/vienna-card/index.html.

    You can purchase the Salzburg Card here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/salzburg-card/index.html

    For public transportation within other cities in Austria, you would pay locally.

    2.) While the rail line between the villages of the Cinque Terre and La Spezia is covered by a rail pass, you might not want to expend a day of rail travel on your pass just for this (unless you are already doing it all on the same day of your initial arrival into Monterosso or La Spezia). The journeys between the villages of the Cinque Terre (and La Spezia) are very short and would be inexpensive to pay for locally, so it would likely not be worth squandering a day of rail travel on this, unless you are already using that day to get to the Cinque Terre in the first place.

    3.) As the Eurail Global Pass is for trains between different cities, it would not cover any actual tours of the Loire Valley. With that said, we do offer special escorted tours for the Loire Valley, which would be in addition to your Eurail Global Pass. These tours start from the (city of) Tours. For information on the Loire Valley Day Tours, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/france/tours/.

    4.) The trains between the Paris CDG Airport and the city of Paris are local 'RER' trains that do not accept reservations and aren't covered by a Eurail Global Pass. Since these are local commuter trains, they would be covered instead by the Paris Visite I mentioned above in reference to travel to Versailles. The RER trains between the airport and the city of Paris depart every 7 to 15 minutes and take about 40 to 45 minutes.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 06, 2014 18:14
    If you ever wish to see what city passes are offered for a particular city, you would click on 'Activities' from the homepage of our website and then identify the city and country where prompted. The direct link is: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/.
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