Will rail pass select work for itinerary from London to Milan, Milan to Rome, Rome to Florence, Florence to Venice, Venice to Vienna, and Vienna to Paris?

London to Milan,
Milan to Rome
Rome to Florence
Florence to Venice
Venice to Vienna
Vienna to Paris
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 10, 2016 20:15
    Hi Louise,

    For the requested itinerary, the rail pass to purchase would be the 4 country option of the Eurail Select Pass. On your Eurail Select Pass, you would include France, Italy, Austria, and Germany. Germany would need to be included, because connections from Vienna to Paris would pass through Germany en route. For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....

    In addition to the pass, you would need to purchase tickets for the Eurostar train from London to Paris (as part of a connection from London to Milan). The Eurostar train is not fully covered by any pass, but a rail pass that includes France would enable you to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder' rate for a ticket on one of these trains.

    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 reservations for your other trains, which are covered by the pass.

    London to Milan

    A connection from London to Milan takes about 11.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Paris along the way. You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on the Eurostar from London to Paris by following the procedure I described above.

    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.

    The train from Paris to Milan is a high-speed France-Italy TGV train on which reservations would be required in addition to the pass. Generally, you would purchase these reservations on our website, but reservations for these particular trains are not able to be booked there are this time. Instead, the reservations for these trains can only be booked by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    The Eurostar is unique in that it can generally be booked up to 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure, while the trains from Paris to Milan can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    There is also an overnight train from Paris to Milan (the Thello night train); however, this train does not accept rail passes.

    Milan to Rome

    From Milan to Rome, there are high-speed Le Frecce (Frecciarossa) trains or high-speed Italo trains; however, Italo trains do not accept rail passes. Therefore, for you to be covered by your rail pass, you would want to choose one of the Frecciarossa trains when you go to purchase your reservations for this segment.

    Generally, Le Frecce trains can be reserved once within 90 to 120 days of an intended date of departure.

    Rome to Florence

    From Rome to Florence, there are high-speed Le Frecce (Frecciarossa and Frecciargento) trains or high-speed Italo trains. Once again, Italo trains do not accept rail passes, so you would want to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains when you go to purchase your reservations for this segment.

    Florence to Venice

    From Florence to Venice, there are high-speed Le Frecce (Frecciarossa and Frecciargento) trains or high-speed Italo trains. Once again, Italo trains do not accept rail passes, so you would want to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains when you go to purchase your reservations for this segment, as well.

    Venice to Vienna

    From Venice to Vienna, there is a direct day train (a EuroCity train) and a direct overnight train (the Venezia-Vienna Express). Both of these trains would require reservations in addition to the rail pass. The day train takes just over 7.5 hour in duration and the night train takes 11 hours.

    Reservations for the day train and seats on the overnight train can be booked on our website; however, actual sleeping compartments on the night train are only able to be booked by calling us.

    Another way to travel from Venice to Vienna involves taking a bus from Venice to the town of Villach, just across the border. In Villach, you would board a train that would take you to Vienna (Railjet train). This option takes just over 8 hours during the day, but it may be a more convenient schedule for you than the direct day train.

    The rail pass covers the bus, but the bus does require reservations, as would the connecting train from Villach to Vienna. When purchasing reservations for this option, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for the segment from Venice to Villach and another search for connecting trains from Villach to Vienna.

    When you pull up the results of your search for the segment from Venice to Villach, our website will only display the 'Mestre' station as the departure station in Venice. If need be, you can also board this bus at the 'Tronchetto' bus terminal, which is the stop that services the actual island of Venice (where tourists stay/visit). For your reference, the buses depart from the Tronchetto terminal about 20 minutes before they are shown to be departing from the Mestre station on our site. The Mestre station is located on the mainland continent of Italy (off of the actual island of Venice).

    Generally, these trains (as well as the Venice-Villach bus) an only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Vienna to Paris

    A daytime connection from Vienna to Paris would take about 12 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Frankfurt along the way. On the trains from Vienna to Frankfurt, reservations would be highly recommended; whereas reservations would be required on the trains from Frankfurt to Paris. Trains from Vienna to Frankfurt are InterCity Express (ICE) trains, and trains from Frankfurt to Paris are TGV Est (France-Germany High Speed) trains.

    An overnight connection from Vienna to Paris takes 13 hours and involves changing trains once in Munich along the way. With this option, the segment from Vienna to Munich would be on the actual overnight train. Reservations would be required on both the night train from Vienna to Munich and a connecting train from Munich to Paris. The night train from Vienna to Munich is the 'Kálmán Imre' EuroNight train, and the train from Munich to Paris is a TGV Est (France-Germany High Speed) train.

    With regard to the daytime option, reservations for trains from Vienna to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Paris are currently both only able to be purchased by calling us.

    With regard to the overnight option, reservations for the night train from Vienna to Munich and the connecting train from Munich to Paris are also both only able to be purchased by calling us.

    The trains from Vienna to Frankfurt and the night train from Vienna to Munich can both generally be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure, while the connecting trains from Frankfurt to Paris or Munich to Paris can generally be reserved within 90 to 120 days of an intended date of departure.

    Generally, reservations for all of these trains would be able to be purchased on our website, but just not at the current moment in time.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 06, 2018 16:50
      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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