Would buying a Eurail Global Pass be best even though I only plan to travel in Italy? Why is it I have to pay for reservations?

Would buying a EuroRail Global pass be better to purchase even though I only plan to travel in Italy? The price difference is great and I'm under the impression that I should just get a First Class Pass for Italy. I want something with the clout of the Global pass but just for Italy.

After extensive reading it seems that I have to buy more days than I need because of things like the ride from Rome airport to the main terminal counts as two days pass use. Is that right?

Why is it that I have to pay so much for a reserved seat with my First Class Pass? When we travelled in 2008 we had to pay up to 65 euro each for a seat on a train from Nice to Paris. 90% of our train travel required extra euros. That was with an $850 each paid pass at that time. Sometimes I felt the locals were ripping us off. Is that standard?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 22, 2016 16:43
    Hi Diana,

    If you'll just be traveling within Italy, then you would just want to purchase the Eurail Italy Pass. A Eurail Global Pass covers travel in 28 different European countries, so purchasing one would be exorbitant to say the least.

    I'm not sure where you read that the transfer between the Rome FCO Airport and the city of Rome takes 2 days on a pass, as that is not true. The Eurail Italy Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame. With a Eurail Italy Pass, you would have 1 month to complete the number of 'travel days' you choose. The 1 month would start to count down after you get your pass 'validated' at the station, which is something you would do before boarding your first train.

    '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 'city A' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' 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 'city C' on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Note: If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and 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 Italy Pass').

    In Italy, reservations would be required on all 'Le Frecce' (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca) and 'InterCity' trains.

    On certain main routes in Italy, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains. Italo trains are privately operated and would not be covered by any rail pass. Therefore, to take an Italo train, you would have to purchase a regular ticket. Since Italo trains are not covered by rail passes, you would want to skip over these options when you go to book reservations for a route on our website.
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