What do I need to travel from London to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Barcelona, Barcelona to Madrid, & Madrid To Paris?

We'll be traveling(Group of 5, 2 adults, 3 youths) from London to Amsterdam for 3 days. Then Amsterdam to Barcelona for 2 days and also 2 days in Madrid, and from Madrid to Paris. What type of ticket do I need?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 20, 2018 16:21
    Hi Marcus,

    For the requested itinerary, your best option would be the 3 country Eurail Select Pass to include France, the Benelux, and Spain. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-select-pass-3-countries-8037.

    Belgium and the Netherlands are both included as a part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one ‘country’ for the purpose of rail passes. Therefore, to account for Belgium/the Netherlands, you would include the ‘Benelux’ as one of the countries on your Eurail Select Pass.

    The United Kingdom is not able to be included as a country on the Eurail Select Pass; however, this pass does now cover the Eurostar, which is the train that connects London with Brussels and Paris.

    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 Select Pass 3 Countries’).

    London to Amsterdam

    A connection from London to Amsterdam takes about 4 to 5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Brussels along the way.

    From London to Brussels, you would be on the high-speed Eurostar.

    From Brussels to Amsterdam, you would be on the high-speed Thalys.

    Both of these trains require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. When booking the reservations, you would just break up your search once in Brussels. Therefore, you would do one search from London to Brussels and then another search for connecting trains from Brussels to Amsterdam.

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

    Amsterdam to Barcelona

    The connection from Amsterdam to Barcelona takes just under 11.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Paris along the way.

    From Amsterdam to Paris, you would be on a Thalys high-speed train.

    The train from Paris to Barcelona is called the France-Spain High Speed.

    These trains also require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. When booking the reservations, you would just break up your search once in Paris. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Amsterdam to Paris and then another search for the connecting train from Paris to Barcelona.

    Generally, Thalys trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date, while France-Spain High Speed trains can be booked within 120 days of an intended departure.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that trains from Amsterdam to Paris arrive into the Paris Nord station, while the train from Paris to Barcelona departs from the Paris Gare de Lyon station. To commute from Nord to Gare de Lyon, you would take Line D of Paris's RER commuter rail network. The ride from Nord to Gare de Lyon only takes about 8 minutes, and the trains depart 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.

    Barcelona to Madrid

    From Barcelona to Madrid, you would take a high-speed AVE train. AVE trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, AVE trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Madrid to Paris (daytime options)

    The common daytime connection from Madrid to Paris takes 10h23min in duration and involves changing trains once in Figueras along the way.

    From Madrid to Figueras, you would be on a high-speed AVE train.

    From Figueras to Paris, you would be on a France-Spain High Speed train.

    If you don't mind departing very early in the morning, there is an option that ony takes 9h45min and involves changing trains once in Barcelona along the way.

    From Madrid to Barcelona, you would be on a high-speed AVE train.

    From Barcelona to Paris, you would be on a France-Spain High Speed train.

    These trains all would require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. When booking reservations for a daytime trip from Madrid to Paris, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Madrid to Figueras and then another search for connecting trains from Figueras to Paris).

    Generally, AVE trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date, while France-Spain High Speed trains can be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date.

    Madrid to Paris (overnight option)

    An overnight connection from Madrid to Paris takes just under 17.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Narbonne and then once in Toulouse. The segment from Toulouse to Paris is on the actual overnight train.

    From Madrid to Narbonne, you would be on a France-Spain High Speed train.

    From Narbonne to Toulouse, you would be on a TGV high-speed train.

    The night train from Toulouse to Paris is the Intercités de Nuit.

    All trains making up this connection require reservations. When booking the reservations on our site, you would just piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Madrid to Narbonne, another search for connecting trains from Narbonne to Toulouse, and then another search to access the night train from Toulouse to Paris.

    The only accommodation types on the night train from Toulouse to Paris are 4 passenger couchettes and 2nd class seats. If you do not see either of these accommodation types offered when you click on the 'Fare details', you would have to call us to inquire about the availability and book the reservations. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Generally, the France-Spain High Speed trains can be reserved within 120 days of an intended departure date, while the TGV and Intercités de Nuit can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure.
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