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What rail pass should i buy and what trains should i take..?

2 of us (adults) are travelling through Europe, what trains should i take and what pass should i buy as economical as poss but want to be able to board any train. Thanks.

We are travelling from amsterdam to paris - geneva - interlarkin - Munich - Venice - Florence - Rome.. what pass would be best do you think? I would like the option to ride on all trains. For 6 weeks.

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Rail Europe Posted 5 years ago

Hello Imogen,

Thanks for your question.

Your travel will be as follows –

Amsterdam – Paris - Thalys Train

Paris to GenevaTGV Lyria Train

Geneva to Interlaken via Bern ICE Train and Eurocites Train

Interlaken to Munich via Karlsruhe – ICE Train and Eurocites Train

Munich to Venice via Verona Frecciabianca Train and Eurocites Train

Venice To Florence Frecciargento Train or Italo Train

Florence to Rome Frecciarossa Train or Italo Train

The Eurail Select Pass provides unlimited travel in 4 bordering countries covering France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. However you would have to purchase point to point tkts from your Paris to Amsterdam segment

An Eurail Select Pass is available in First and Second class, and this means that special fares can only be applied in First Class for adults and children, and in Second Class only for Youths.

With a Select Pass you can avail of unlimited travel on the national rail networks of the countries covered by your pass.

Reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains.

With a Pass the seat reservations will be offered at discounted fares (Pass holder fares).

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "Seat Reservations“ & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

Hope this helps!!!

Isha, Rail Europe Travel Expert

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Hi me again,

once i have bought the rail pass, when I go to reserve seats, how does it know what pass i have. At the moment the full price comes up.

I haven't bought the rail pass yet, what do you have to do once you have bought the rail pass.. is there somewhere you can put your rail pass in so you are just paying a small reservation fee, not the whole usual fee for ticket.

Thanks,

Imogen

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Imogen Inglis wrote:

Hi me again,

once i have bought the rail pass, when I go to reserve seats, how does it know what pass i have. At the moment the full price comes up.

I haven't bought the rail pass yet, what do you have to do once you have bought the rail pass.. is there somewhere you can put your rail pass number

in so you are just paying a small reservation fee, not the whole usual fee for ticket.

Plus i am having trouble getting the rail pass, it says mulitple countries is unavailable.

Thanks,

Imogen

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Hello Imogen,

Thanks for your reply.

Please click here to get your Eurail Select Pass.

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "Seat Reservations“ on the home page, click on “select you pass” choose “Eurail Select Pass” & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

Hope this helps!!!

Isha, Rail Europe Travel Expert

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Hi Thank you so much for all your help :)

My itinery has changed slightly Amsterdam - Paris - geneva - gimmewald - lugana - Venice - Rome then flying to Berlin and a train to Amsterdam from there.

I just have a few more questions -

Because each trip will be one day with the 5 days 4 countries select pass I have two trips I would have to buy point to point tickets for.. which tickets do you think will be the cheapest to buy, should i buy before hand? Or buy at the station? Also i selected four countries and Belgium area seems to be included with the Netherlands as one country... do you count that as one country..?

I worked out that it may be cheaper to cut out Germany from the 4 countries? What do you think?

What is the most economical?

Thank you so much for your help, I really appreciate it

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Hello Imogen,

Thanks for your reply.

It will be advisable for you to book prior to your travel so as to enjoy hassle free journey.

The Eurail Select Pass provides unlimited travel in 4 bordering countries covering Benelux, France, Switzerland and Italy.

An Eurail Select Pass is available in First and Second class, and this means that special fares can only be applied in First Class for adults and children, and in Second Class only for Youths.

With a Select Pass you can avail of unlimited travel on the national rail networks of the countries covered by your pass.

Reservations are mandatory on high-speed trains, night trains, scenic trains and border crossing trains.

With a Pass the seat reservations will be offered at discounted fares (Pass holder fares).

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "Seat Reservations“ & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

Amsterdam - Paris – Passholder fare on Thalys

Paris - Geneva – Passholder fare on TGV Lyria

Geneva to Grindelwald – Point – to point

Grindelwald – Lugano – Passholder fare on Bernina express. Cannot be booked on our website currently. Kindly book locally

Lugano – Venice – Passholder fare on Cisalpino

Venice to Rome – Passholder fare on Frecciargento

Rome – Berlin – By Plane

Berlin Amsterdam – Point-to-point on Thalys

In order to book tickets, please visit our website www.raileurope.com.au.

You would need to feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares. You need to select the fare which is preferable to you and then Add it to Cart. Once added, you need to mention the names of the passengers to make the payment on the next page.

Hope this helps!!!

Isha, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Hello thanks for your response, very helpful.

I'll be travelling to Gimmelwald not Grindelwald.. I have done a bit of research and Murrin is the closest trainstation.. I think.

A similar train journey?

And you would advise on booking every single train ride? Can you book Train rides that are flexible.. just in case you miss the train?

Thanks

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Sorry, which trains should i be reserving? Are they all fast trains you've listed?

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Why does a full far come up when I have selected i have a pass? I just want to reserve.

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I haven't bought the rail pass yet, but i tried to reserve saying i had a rail pass, and it wants me to pay for the ticket! I don't get how the system works.

Thanks

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I didn't realise that I have to still pay a fare with fast trains with the rail pass

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Hi, do you think its worth buying a pass? As i'll be booking the tickets early as i want fast trains.. Would i be saving money by buying the pass? I had a bit of a look into it and it seems cheaper to buy point to point tickets at this stage.

What do you think?

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Hello Imogen,

Thanks for your reply.

Your travel will be as follows –

Geneva to Interlaken via Bern ICE Train

Interlaken to Gimmelwald - you will have to book locally

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "Seat Reservations“ on the home page, click on “select you pass” choose “EurailSelect Pass” & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

Hope this helps!!!

Isha, Rail Europe Travel Expert

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