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Travel from London-Paris-Barcelona-Glasgow

don't know where to start which is the easiest way to go and what do rail passes include and cost
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 06, 2014 21:24
    Thank you for your question, Debra.

    It is important to note that there is no rail pass that will combine Great Britain with any countries on the mainland continent of Europe. It would also be important to note that the Eurostar (the train that connects London with Paris) is actually not covered by any rail pass; however, a rail pass would enable travelers to receive a discounted 'Passholder' fare for a ticket on this train.

    Considering this, if you were to visit the cities you mentioned in the sequence that you listed them, the most economical option would be to purchase a France Rail Pass, in combination with regular point-to-point tickets for your train from London to Glasgow (a connection from Barcelona to Glasgow would involve 2 train changes en route; once in Paris and then once in London). The France Rail Pass is unique in that it would be valid to cover the France-Spain High Speed Trains that connect Paris and Barcelona, even though Barcelona is in Spain. As I alluded to above, the France Rail Pass would also make you eligible to receive any available Passholder rates for a ticket on the Eurostar between London and Paris.

    You would purchase the France Rail Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when prompted, just as you would to purchase reservations on trains for which a rail pass would be valid. For instance, the France-Spain High Speed Trains between Paris and Barcelona do require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    A connection from Barcelona to Glasgow does involve taking this France-Spain High Speed Train back up to Paris first. Therefore, you would refer to 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' to book tickets at the Passholder rate for your Eurostar train from London to Paris, reservations for your train from Paris to Barcelona, reservations for your train from Barcelona back up to Paris, and tickets at the Passholder rate for the Eurostar to get you back to London from Paris (in order to continue on to Glasgow).

    You would then purchase regular point-to-point tickets to take the Virgin Train up to Glasgow from London. To do so, you would click on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and not mentioning that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass.

    The most economical option for an itinerary can change based on the sequence in which you plan to visit a particular collection of cities. For instance, if you were to just go from Barcelona to Paris, Paris to London, and London to Glasgow (or do the same in the reverse direction), your best option would just be to purchase regular point-to-point tickets for each train, as opposed to any rail pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 09, 2014 16:01
    When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that trains from Barcelona to Paris arrive into the Gare de Lyon station in Paris, while trains from Paris to London depart from the Nord station. To commute from the Gare de Lyon station to the Nord station, you would take Line D of the local RER train network in Paris. The ride on the RER from Gare de Lyon to Nord would only take about 8 minutes. While the ride only takes 8 minutes, I would still allow yourself 50 to 60 minutes in total, between your arrival time into Gare de Lyon and your departure from Nord.

    You will also see that the trains from Paris to London arrive into the St. Pancras station in London, while the trains from London to Glasgow depart from the Euston station. To commute from the St. Pancras station to the Euston station, you would take the Victoria Line of the Tube. The ride on the Tube from St. Pancras to Euston would only take about 3 minutes. To make this connection, I would still allow yourself 30 minutes.

    To be covered on the RER, Métro, and local buses for when you're staying in Paris, you can purchase either the Paris Visite Pass or the Paris Pass. In addition to the public transportation, the Paris Pass will even cover entry to over 60 attractions in Paris.

    To be covered on the Tube and local buses for when you're staying in London, you can purchase either the London Travel Card or the Visitor Oyster Card.

    To be covered on local public transportation for when you're in Barcelona, you can purchase the Barcelona Card. The Barcelona Card would also enable you to receive over 70 discounts at various museums and other locations around the city.
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