What to purchase for Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, & London?

but also would like to go to London.
How can you help me planning this,
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 10, 2015 21:07
    Hi Mario.

    For such extensive travel, you would want to consider purchasing the 'Eurail Select Pass'. The 'Eurail Select Pass' is a pass that covers travel in 4 bordering countries of your choosing. Therefore, you would purchase your 'Eurail Select Pass' to include Italy, France, Spain, and the 'Benelux'. The Netherlands is included as part of the 'Benelux'. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one ‘country’ for the purpose of rail passes.

    You would purchase the 'Eurail Select Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.

    You would travel to London by taking the high-speed 'Eurostar' train from either Brussels or Paris. Technically, the 'Eurostar' is not covered by any rail pass; however, any rail pass that includes the Benelux and/or France would enable travelers to receive a 'Passholder' discount for a ticket on this train.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on a 'Eurostar' train by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the 'Eurail Select Pass').

    Incidentally, this is also how you would go about purchasing reservations on other trains, which are covered by the rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In the countries you plan on traveling in, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required on many of your trips.

    The 'Eurostar' is unique in that it can generally be booked up 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. In the countries you plan on traveling in, other reservable trains can generally only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2018 21:16
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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