Paris-London day-trip, Paris-Zurich-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Munich? What passes or just tickets for family of 5? And which pass?

(Fly in to Paris)

1 Day using trains Paris
1 Day trip to London from Paris
1 Day Train from Paris to Salzburg via Zurich
1 Day Train from Salzburg to Innsbruck and train from Innsbruck to Munich
1 Day using trains in Munich

Total trip: 8 days
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 18, 2016 19:01
    Hi Tearsa,

    For the itinerary you laid out, I'd recommend purchasing a Eurail Select Pass for 4 countries, with those countries being France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. You would purchase the Eurail Select Pass here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....

    Paris to London Round-Trip

    The Eurostar (the train that connects Paris and London) is not fully covered by any rail pass, but the Eurail Select Pass would enable you to receive a discount called the 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on this train.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on a 'Eurostar' by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'Eurail Select Pass'). Incidentally, this is also how you would book passholder reservations for trains in continental Europe that are covered by rail passes.

    It would not use up a day of travel on your pass to receive the Passholder rate for tickets on the 'Eurostar'; however, your pass would still have to be validated at the station prior to boarding.

    Paris to Zurich

    From Paris to Zurich, you would take a direct high-speed train called the 'TGV Lyria'. TGV Lyria trains require reservations in addition to a rail pass. The ride from Paris to Zurich takes about 4 hours in duration.

    Zurich to Salzburg

    From Zurich to Salzburg, you would take a direct train called the 'Railjet'. On these trains, reservations are highly recommended, but not required. The ride from Zurich to Salzburg takes just under 5.5 hours in duration.

    Salzburg to Innsbruck

    From Salzburg to Innsbruck, you would take a direct 'Railjet' train. Reservations are recommended on these trains, but not required. The ride from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes about 1.5 to 2 hours in duration.

    Innsbruck to Munich

    From Innsbruck to Munich, there are direct regional trains (taking just under 3 hours in duration); but the shortest connections from Innsbruck to Munich involve changing trains once in Kufstein along the way (taking just over 2 hours in duration).

    The direct regional trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Trains from Innsbruck to Kufstein are 'Railjet' trains on which reservations would be recommended, but not required. Trains from Kufstein to Munich are 'Meridian' trains. 'Meridian' trains don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Even though they don't take reservations, you can still view schedules for the non-reservable trains from Innsbruck to Munich or Kufstein to Munich by doing a search on our site.
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    The TGV Lyria and Railjet trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. In contrast, the Eurostar (Paris-London) can generally be booked 6 to 9 months in advance of departure.
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    If you'll be staying in Paris for multiple days and plan on using the Métro and RER networks to get around the city, you'd want to consider purchasing either the 'Paris Pass' or the 'Paris Visite'.

    The 'Paris Pass' covers entry to over 60 top attractions, as well as public transportation on the Métro, RER, and buses in central Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/attracti....

    The 'Paris Visite' Pass just covers local transportation in Paris, which includes the Métro and RER networks, as well as city buses. You would purchase the 'Paris Visite' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    There is also the 'Paris Museum Pass', which doesn't cover any transportation, but does cover entry to over 60 museums and historic sites around Paris. You would purchase the 'Paris Museum Pass' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    To browse other city passes for a stay in Paris, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activiti....
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    If you'll be staying in London for multiple days and you'll be using public transit to get around, you'd want to consider purchasing either the 'London Travel Card' or the 'Visitor Oyster Card', both of which would cover public transit networks in the city, including the Tube, London Overground, and city buses.

    You would purchase the 'London Travel Card' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    You would purchase the 'Visitor Oyster Card' here: http://www.raileurope.com/activities/....

    To browse other city passes for a stay in London, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/en/activiti....
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    To browse city passes for a stay in Zurich, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

    To browse city passes for a stay in Salzburg, you would click here:
    https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

    To browse city passes for a stay in Innsbruck, you would click here:
    https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....

    To browse city passes for a stay in Munich, you would click here:
    https://www.raileurope.com/en/activit....
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2018 20:45
      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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