For a visit to Germany, Paris, and the Netherlands - Can the pass be used for travel within cities and between the cities in a country or is it valid for travel between 2 countries only?

Can the Euro rail pass be used for travel within the cities and between the cities in a country or is it valid for travel between 2 countries only ? Thanks
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  • Hi,

    The rail pass that allows you to choose your countries is called the Eurail Select Pass. With a Eurail Select Pass, you can choose from various combinations of 2, 3, or 4 bordering countries. Therefore, you would purchase the 3 country option of the Eurail Select Pass to include Germany, France, and the 'Benelux'.

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

    The Netherlands is 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. Therefore, you would include the Benelux as one of the 'countries' on your Eurail Select Pass.

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs for trains running between different cities within the country or countries included on the pass. Generally, rail passes do not cover metro systems in European cities. Therefore, your pass would not be valid on the Paris Métro, for instance.

    When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains.

    Within France, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed TGV trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required on any of your trips there.

    The high-speed trains operating within Germany are called ICE (InterCity Express) trains. On ICE trains, reservations are not required, but they are often highly recommended.

    Most trains operating internationally between these countries are trains on which reservations would be required as a supplement to the rail pass. For instance, the trains connecting Paris with the Benelux region (the Netherlands) are Thalys high-speed trains, which do require reservations.

    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 Three Country Select Pass').

    Generally, trains operating within France can only be reserved within 90 days of an intended departure date, while trains operating within Germany can often be reserved as far out as 180 days in advance of a departure. Thalys high-speed trains can only be reserved within 90 days of a departure.
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