travelling from netherlands to belguim to france to switzerland to germany to netherlands..which pass

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 08, 2013 14:25
    Hi Namita,

    As of earlier this year, France is no longer able to be included as part of the Eurail Select Pass; however, the France Rail Pass and dual country passes with France are still in existence. Therefore, for the travel you describe, you can purchase any of the following combination of passes:

    1.) The Eurail Benelux-France Pass and the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass

    2.) The Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass and the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass

    3.) The France Rail Pass and a 3 country Eurail Select Pass that includes the Benelux, Germany, and Switzerland.

    Belgium and the Netherlands are 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.

    For information on the Eurail Benelux-France Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    For information on the Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    For information on the Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    For information on the Eurail France-Switzerland Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    For information on the France Rail Pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    For information on the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here:
    http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 08, 2013 14:55
    Another, possibly more economical, option would just be to purchase the 3 country Eurail Select Pass (for the Benelux, Germany, and Switzerland) and then tickets at a 'Passholder 2' rate on a Thalys high-speed train that will get you from the Benelux into France and tickets at a 'Passholder 3' rate or regular full fare tickets on a Lyria high-speed train that will take you from France into Switzerland.

    Thalys is the train that connects the Benelux countries with France. These trains operate between certain hubs in the Benelux countries and Paris. The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate on the Thalys, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that only covers one of the countries being traveled through to still take the train at a discounted cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the reservations at a Passholder 2 rate for a direct train from Brussels to Paris, for instance, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted. However, there is currently an error on our website that would prevent the tickets costs and schedules from being displayed if you indicate that you'll be traveling with a Eurail Select Pass here. In order to be displayed the ticket costs and purchase your tickets at the Passholder 2 fare, you can just indicate that you'll be traveling with a Eurail Benelux Pass or a Eurail Global Pass instead, even though that is not actually the case.

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', 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 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'Thalys Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'Thalys Passholder 2' is checked, and the click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    Lyria is the train that connects some major cities in France with various hubs in Switzerland. The Passholder 3 rate is a special rate on the Lyria, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that only includes Switzerland and not France to still receive a discount on their tickets. The Passholder 3 rate is offered on the Lyria trains from Paris to Lausanne or Zurich, but it is no longer offered on the Lyria trains from Paris to Geneva or Basel and the Lyria trains from Marseille, Montpellier, or Nice to Geneva

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 3 rate for a direct train from Paris to Lausanne or Zurich, you would take the following steps:

    1.) You would do a search for the individual train under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' or 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' and indicate the type of pass you are traveling with when prompted (here you can indicate that you'll be traveling with the Eurail Select Pass).

    2.) You would then locate a direct train and click on 'View' listed with the costs that are shown for your preferred train.

    3.) After you've clicked on 'View', 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 'Read More' next to each of these options until you see the fare titled 'TGV Lyria Passholder 3' or something similar. Generally, the Passholder 3 rate for this train would be found under the 'Fully Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option labeled as 'TGV Lyria Passholder 3' is checked, and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    If you will be taking one of the Lyria trains from France to Geneva or Basel, then you would purchase regular tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website.

    Trains in this part of Europe can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 24, 2018 14:59
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ rates on Thalys trains are no longer valid. For a Thalys train to be covered, Eurail Passes must now include both countries being traveled through.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 24, 2018 15:01
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of April 2018:

      ‘Passholder 2’ and ‘Passholder 3’ rates on TGV Lyria trains (Paris-Geneva, Paris-Basel, Paris-Lausanne, Paris-Zurich) are no longer valid for travel with Eurail Passes. TGV Lyria now requires that Eurail Passes include all countries being traveled through to be valid.

      The ‘Passholder 3’ rate would now only be valid for travel with a Swiss Travel Pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 08, 2013 15:19
    Due to the involved nature of your travel plans, please feel free to call us at 1-800-622-8600 for assistance determining your best options.
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