Is there a pass for Belgium, including trips from Paris to Mons & Mons to Cologne?

I am planning a trip to Belgium with a family of 4. My itinerary would be to fly into Paris(stay 2 nights) then travel to Mons for 5 days(use the train while in Mons for day trips) and then finish off the trip with 2 days in Cologne. Is there a rail pass that would cover all of this travel?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 24, 2015 20:49
    Thank you for your question.

    There is no longer a rail pass that can cover only France, Belgium, and Germany. Instead of purchasing a Eurail Select Pass (which is now only offered as a 4 country pass), I would recommend one of the following options:

    1.) A Eurail Benelux Pass in combination with a rate called the 'Passholder 2' for tickets on a train from Paris to Brussels (as part of connection from Paris to Mons) and on a train from Brussels to Cologne (as part of a connection from Mons to Cologne). The Eurail Benelux Pass would cover any of your trains within Belgium, including your train from Brussels to Mons (as part of your connection from Paris to Mons) and your train from Mons back to Brussels (as part of your connection from Mons to Cologne). Incidentally, the Eurail Benelux Pass would also cover trains in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as well.

    You would check costs for the Eurail Benelux Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-benelux-pass/index.html.

    You would purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 2' rate on a train from Paris to Brussels and a train from Brussels to Cologne by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the cities, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Benelux Pass' when you're prompted to enter the type of pass you'll have. The trains from Paris to Brussels and Brussels to Cologne are high-speed 'Thalys' trains.

    2.) A Eurail Benelux-France Pass in combination with 'Passholder 1' reservations on your train from Paris to Brussels (as part of your connection from Paris to Mons) and tickets booked at the 'Passholder 2' rate for your train from Brussels to Cologne (as part of your connection from Mons to Cologne). The Eurail Benelux-France Pass would cover any travels you intend to do in the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg), as well as qualify you to receive that 'Passholder 1' rate on the Thalys train from Paris up to Brussels (and the 'Passholder 2' rate for tickets on the Thalys train from Brussels to Cologne).

    You would check costs for the Eurail Benelux-France Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-benelux-france-pass/index.html.

    You would purchase reservations at the 'Passholder 1' rate on a Thalys train from Paris to Brussels and tickets at a 'Passholder 2' rate on a Thalys train from Brussels to Cologne by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the cities, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Benelux-France Pass' when you're prompted to enter the type of pass you'll have.

    3.) A Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass in combination with tickets booked at a 'Passholder 2' rate for your train from Paris to Brussels (as part of your connection from Paris to Mons) and 'Passholder 1' reservations on your train from Brussels to Cologne (as part of your connection from Mons to Cologne). The Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass would cover any travels you intend to do in the Benelux countries, as well as qualify you to receive that 'Passholder 1' rate on the Thalys train Brussels to Cologne (and the 'Passholder 2' rate for tickets on the Thalys train from Paris to Brussels).

    You would check costs for the Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/the-eurail-benelux-germany-pass/index.html.

    You would purchase tickets at a 'Passholder 2' rate for a Thalys train from Paris to Brussels and 'Passholder 1' reservations for a Thalys train from Brussels to Cologne by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the cities, and indicating that you'll be traveling with a 'Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass' when you're prompted to enter the type of pass you'll have.

    To verify that you're being quoted a 'Passholder 1' or 'Passholder 2' rate on the Thalys trains from Paris to Brussels and Brussels to Cologne, you would click the 'View' button that corresponds to the cost that shows under your preferred class of service for the departure time you want. After you've clicked the 'View' button, you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'. Underneath 'Ticket Flexibility', you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible', and 'Fully Flexible'. You would click the 'Read More' link next to each of these options until you see a fare titles 'Thalys Passholder 1' or 'Thalys Passholder 2' (whichever you qualify for based on the rail pass you choose, as explained above). Generally, the 'Passholder 1' and 'Passholder 2' rates would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option. If you see these fares labeled according to what you need, click 'Select' to proceed to add the fare to your 'Itinerary' (shopping cart).

    Thalys trains 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 a more imminent date, some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the passholder costs when searching a route on our site in the meantime.

    The trains between Brussels and Mons (and the vast majority of trains operating within Belgium) don't accept reservations, so any rail pass that includes the Benelux is all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can just check schedules for trains between Brussels and Mons by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage (instead of 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations') and entering the cities, this time not indicating that you'll be traveling with any type of rail pass when you're prompted.
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