Madrid to Barcelona, Barcelona to Brussels, Brussels to Prague, Prague to Vienna, and Vienna to Budapest. Does a Eurail Global Pass cover this? Are reservations required?

Hi, I was wondering what the Global Pass covers from my trip from Madrid->Barcelona->Brussels->Prague->Vienna->Budapest? I'm having some difficulty figuring out which countries will require that I have a reservation. Thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 10, 2017 16:13
    Hello,

    For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass').

    Madrid to Barcelona

    Trains from Madrid to Barcelona are high-speed AVE trains. These trains do require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, trains from Madrid to Barcelona can be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Barcelona to Brussels (daytime option)

    A daytime connection from Barcelona to Brussels takes 9 to 9.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains in Paris along the way. The direct train from Barcelona to Paris is a France-Spain High Speed train. Trains from Paris to Brussels are high-speed Thalys trains. Both of these trains will require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Passholder reservations for the France-Spain High Speed trains (Barcelona-Paris) are currently not able to be booked on our website, due to an error. Until this is resolved, you would have to purchase these particular reservations by calling us. 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.

    In the meantime, you can view schedules for this option just by breaking up your search once in Paris. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Barcelona to Paris and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to Brussels.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you will see that the trains from Barcelona to Paris arrive into the Gare de Lyon (station), while the trains from Paris to Brussels depart from the Nord station. To commute from Gare de Lyon to Nord, you would just take Line D of the local RER rail network. You would pay to board the RER locally upon arrival. The RER ride from Gare de Lyon to Nord only takes about 8 minutes, however, I would still allow yourself at least about 60 minutes between trains.

    Generally, the France-Spain High Speed from Barcelona to Paris can be booked 90 to 120 days in advance of a departure, while the Thalys trains from Paris to Brussels can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Barcelona to Brussels (overnight option)

    An overnight connection from Barcelona to Brussels takes just under 15 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Toulouse and then once in Paris. The segment from Toulouse to Paris is on the actual overnight train.

    The train from Barcelona to Toulouse is a France-Spain High Speed train, the night train from Toulouse to Paris is an Intercités de Nuit, and trains from Paris to Brussels are high-speed Thalys trains. Reservations are required on each of these trains.

    Once again, passholder reservations for the France-Spain High Speed trains are not able to be booked on our website, due to the error. Therefore, you would have to call us in order to book these particular reservations and inquire about costs.

    In the meantime, you can view schedules for this option on our site by searching segment-by-segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Barcelona to Toulouse, another search to access the night train from Toulouse to Paris, and then another search for connecting trains from Paris to Brussels.

    When doing these searches, you will see that the night train from Toulouse to Paris arrives into the Austerlitz station in Paris, while trains from Paris to Brussels depart from the Nord station. To commute from Austerlitz to Nord station, you would take M5 of the Paris Métro. The ride on the Métro from Austerlitz to Nord would take at least 15 minutes, but you would still want to allow yourself at least 1 full hour between your arrival from Toulouse and your departure to Brussels. You would pay to ride the Métro locally at the turnstiles when you're there.

    Generally, the France-Spain High Speed from Barcelona to Toulouse can be booked 90 to 120 days in advance of a departure, while the night train from Toulouse to Paris and the Thalys trains from Paris to Brussels can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Brussels to Prague

    A connection from Brussels to Prague takes about 10 hours in duration and involves 2 changes along the way; once in Frankfurt and then once in Nuremberg. The segment from Nuremberg to Prague is actually done by bus, and the bus is covered by the rail pass.

    Trains from Brussels to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Nuremberg are high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) trains.

    The ICE trains from Brussels to Frankfurt and the bus from Nuremberg to Prague both will require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. In contrast, reservations are just recommended on the ICE trains from Frankfurt to Nuremberg.

    Passholder reservations for the bus from Nuremberg to Prague are currently not able to be booked on our website, due to an error. Until this is resolved, you would have to purchase these particular reservations by calling us.

    In the meantime, you can view schedules from Brussels up to Nuremberg on our site just by breaking up your search in Frankfurt. Also, for some reason, our website only recognizes Nuremberg if spelled as ‘Nuremburg’. Therefore, you would do one search for trans from Brussels to Frankfurt and then another search for connecting trains from Frankfurt to ‘Nuremburg’.

    Generally, the ICE trains from Brussels to Frankfurt can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date, the ICE trains from Frankfurt to Nuremberg can be reserved within 90-180 days of an intended departure, and the bus from Nuremberg to Prague can only be reserved within 60-90 days of an intended departure.

    Prague to Vienna

    Trains from Prague to Vienna are Railjet trains. On these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, the trains from Prague to Vienna can only be reserved once within 60 days of an intended date of departure.

    Vienna to Budapest

    Trains from Vienna to Budapest are Railjet and EC (EuroCity) trains. On these trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass. Generally, the trains from Vienna to Budapest can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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