With a rail pass, can I go from Edinburg to Paris in 1 travel day?

do I have to make a reservation for this travel
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 28, 2014 16:06
    Hi Kent,

    There is no rail pass that would combine travel to destinations in the United Kingdom with countries on the mainland continent of Europe. If you will just be traveling from Edinburgh to Paris, you would purchase regular point-to-point tickets.

    A connection from Edinburgh to Paris would take about 7.5 to 8 hours in duration and would just involve changing trains once in London en route. You would purchase tickets and check schedules by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.

    Otherwise, if you happen to be traveling with a rail pass that includes either the United Kingdom (i.e. one of our BritRail Passes) or France, you would be able to receive a discounted rate called the 'Passholder' rate on the train from London to Paris. To purchase these tickets at a Passholder rate, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (instead of 'Find Fares & Schedules') and indicate the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when prompted.

    If you'd like to arrange for a connection time of your choosing in London, you would do a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Edinburgh to London (high-speed 'East Coast Trains') and another search for later trains from London to Paris (high-speed 'Eurostar' trains).

    When you pull up the results of each search, you will see that trains from Edinburgh to London arrive into the Kings Cross station in London, while trains from London to Paris depart from the St. Pancras station in London. Conveniently, these stations happen to be right next to one another.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2017 21:21
      Update:

      As of this year, BritRail Passes no longer enable passengers to receive any kind of Passholder rate on the Eurostar.

      While that is true with regard to BritRail Passes, any Eurail Pass that includes France is now valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Paris and the UK, while any Eurail Pass that includes the Benelux is valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Brussels and the UK. As a supplement to the Eurail Pass, reservations on the Eurostar would still be necessary.

      If a BritRail Pass is the only rail pass with which you’ll be traveling, then it would be necessary to purchase regular tickets in order to ride on the Eurostar. Please note, this applies to any BritRail Pass, including the BritRail England Pass, the BritRail London Plus Pass, the BritRail South West Pass, and the regular BritRail Pass.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 13, 2018 14:52
      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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