Will my Italy rail pass get me to Milan from Zurich or do I have to buy a ticket for this journey?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 17, 2013 15:28

    Generally, all countries being traveled through would have to be accounted for on a rail pass. With a Eurail Italy Pass, however, you would be able to purchase tickets on a train from certain cities in Switzerland (including Zurich) to Milan at what is known as a 'Passholder 2' rate. The Passholder 2 rate is a special rate offered on certain trains, created to allow passengers in possession of a rail pass that doesn't include one of the countries being traveled through for a particular route, to still take the train at a lower cost.

    To ensure you are purchasing the tickets at a Passholder 2 rate for the train from Zurich to Milan, 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 (you would just type 'Eurail Italy Pass').

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

    3.) After you've clicked on 'Select', 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 'Trenitalia International Train Passholder 2'. Generally, the Passholder 2 rate would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option or 'Fully Flexible' option.

    4.) Be sure the option with 'Passholder 2' in its name is checked (i.e. 'Trenitalia International Trains Passholder 2'), and then click 'Select' to proceed and add it to your shopping cart.

    These trains can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Please note that it would still use up a travel day on your Eurail Italy Pass to use it in combination with a Passholder 2 fare on a particular train.
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