What pass makes sense for London to Paris, Paris to Geneva, Geneva to Milan, Milan to Venice, Venice to Milan?

want to travel from London to Paris, Paris to Geneva ( SWZ), Geneva to Milan and Venice for a day while in Milan. 2 weeks total. What pass makes the most sense for 2 adults? Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 28, 2017 18:35
    Hi Amy,

    If you were to purchase a rail pass, your most economical option would actually be to purchase the 2 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include only France and Italy. Even though this pass would not include Switzerland, it would enable you to receive a special discounted 'Passholder 2' rate on your train from Paris to Geneva and a direct train from Geneva to Milan.

    As of this year, a Eurail Select Pass that includes France does cover the Eurostar trains between London and Paris. These trains would still just require reservations in addition to the pass.

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

    London to Paris

    For travel with a Eurail Select Pass that includes France, you would purchase reservations for the Eurostar from London to Paris by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    The Eurostar can sell out quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as possible. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure.

    Paris to Geneva

    Trains from Paris to Geneva are high-speed TGV Lyria trains. A Eurail Select Pass that includes France would enable you to receive a discounted 'Passholder 2' rate on one of these trains. To receive the 'Passholder 2' rate for a direct train from Paris to Geneva, you would enter the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), and indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass' and that it includes France.

    You can ensure it is a 'Passholder 2' reservation fee our website is quoting you by clicking the 'View' button for the costs that display for a particular train/departure from Paris to Geneva. After you click 'View', a box will expand out underneath. In this box, you would refer to the option(s) listed under where it says 'Ticket Flexibility' and click 'Read More'. When you click 'Read More', the name of the fare should display as something like 'TGV Lyria Passholder 2'.

    Just like for reservations on the Eurostar, the 'Passholder 2' rates on TGV Lyria trains can sell out very quickly, so it is recommended that these booked as soon as possible. Generally, TGV Lyria trains can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Geneva to Milan

    A Eurail Select Pass that includes Italy would enable you to receive a discounted 'Passholder 2' rate on a direct train from Geneva to Milan. To receive the 'Passholder 2' rate for one of these trains, you would search the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), and indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass' and that it includes Italy.

    You can ensure it is a 'Passholder 2' reservation fee our website is quoting you by clicking the 'View' button for the costs that display for a particular train/departure. After you click 'View', a box will expand out underneath. In this box, you would refer to the option(s) listed under where it says 'Ticket Flexibility' and click 'Read More'. When you click 'Read More', the name of the fare should display as something like 'Trenitalia Pass 2' or 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 2'.

    Generally, direct trains from Geneva to Milan can be booked 90-120 days of an intended departure date. Direct trains from Geneva to Milan are EC (EuroCity) trains.

    Note: If listed next to a particular train/departure, you happen to see a rectangular yellow box that says 'Train Tickets Found', that means our website is quoting the regular tickets for that train/departure instead of the 'Passholder 2' reservation fees for which you'd be eligible. If you see the 'Train Tickets Found' message for the train you want, you would have to call us to see if 'Passholder 2' reservations can be booked for that train, and we may be able to do it for you over the phone. 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.

    Milan to Venice & Venice to Milan

    Trains from Milan to Venice (and return) are Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca trains, or EC trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase the reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Two Country Select Pass').

    Generally, these trains can be booked within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.
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