True Rail Pass Itinerary: Direct Trains Only

Rail Pass Itinerary: Direct Trains Only

WHY TAKE THESE JOURNEYS OF A LIFETIME:

This suggested routing enables you to visit the most popular cities in Europe by taking only DIRECT trains.
 

Taking these trains means that additional reservation fees can’t be avoided, but this is still an itinerary on which you will be guaranteed to save money by using a Eurail or InterRail Global Pass.


The itinerary is also a continuous loop, so you can follow this itinerary if you want the start and finish point of your entire trip, to be in any of the cities where each day concludes.

If you use a 10 days of travel within one month InterRail Global Pass OR a 10 days within 2 months Eurail  Global Pass you can take breaks between your days of train travel.

You can then spend some time in some fabulous destinations including Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Barcelona and Paris.

We've also cheated slightly to include a journey that we suggest you don't use your rail pass for - you'll need to book separate tickets instead, but trust us, it will be for the best!

DAY ONE:
This Eurail and InterRail Pass itinerary takes you from city to city by direct trains

Depart: Paris Gare Du Nord 10:25
Arrive: Amsterdam Centraal at 13:42

 

The reservations for the Thays train can be booked online on B-Europe
 

DAY TWO:

Depart: Amsterdam Centraal at 09:00 or 11:00
Arrive: Berlin Hbf at 15:34 or 17:34

 

DAY THREE:
Avoid any changes of train when seeing the best of Europe on this rail pass itinerary

Depart: Berlin Hbf at 09:17 or 11:19
Arrive: Praha Holseovice at 13:24 or 15:24

 

OR
 

Arrive: Praha Hl (Nadrazi) at 13:35 or 15:35
 

Check the location of your where you’ll be staying in Praha/Prag, as either Holseovice OR Hl (Nadrazi) stations may be the most convenient for your onward travel in the city.

If possible sit on the right of the train when boarding, in order to make the most of the river valley views, shown above, after Dresden
 

DAY FOUR:

Depart: Praha Hln at 09:51
Arrive: Budapest-Nyugati at 16:19

 

Note that if you do opt to leave the train from Berlin at Holseovice station when arriving in Praha/Prague, you will need to head to this different station, hl. Nadrazi, when departing from the city.
 

DAY FIVE:

Depart: Budapet-Keleti at 09:40
Arrive: Wien hbf at 12:21

 

Note that you’ll be departing from a different station in Budapest to that in which you arrived.
 

DAY SIX:
Follow our direct trains only InterRail and Eurail itineraries and you'll be taken to great cities on some amazing journeys

Depart: Wien Hbf at 06:25 or 12:25
Arrive: Venezia St Lucia at 14:05 or 20:05.

 

Reservations are recommended if you want to take the train which departs Wien at 12:25.
 

The best of the views will be on the left of the train.
 

DAY SEVEN:

Depart: Venezia St Lucia at 09:25
Arrive: Roma Termini at 13:10 – direction Fiumicino Aeroporto

You don’t have to take this suggested train, there are 1 – 3 x high speed Frecce trains per hour from Venice to Rome.
 

Reservations – 1st class = €15; 2nd class = €10.
 

Rail pass reservations can be purchased from the Trenitalia (Italian Railways) website - this PAGE has the step-by-step instructions for booking them online.
 

If you have a 1st class pass, you can save €5 by booking the reservations online.
 

Or book the reservations at the Reisezentrum travel desk back when you arrived at Berlin hbf on Day TWO - why this is an option worth considering is explained below.

DAY EIGHT:

Depart: Roma Termini at 10:00
Arrive: Milano Centrale at 12:55

 

Reservations – 1st class = €15; 2nd class = €10
 

DAY NINE - book separate tickets for this day's travel:

This journey is by Thello train, on which rail pass users can obtain tickets at a discounted rate.

However, as these special rail pass tickets are more expensive than the most heavily discounted tickets, we suggest trying to book those most heavilly discounted tickets.

You can then save a day of your rail pass for another journey.
 

Also if you will be travelling with a 1st class rail pass, you can of course opt to purchase 2nd class tickets for this journey.

Click on the journey below to access all the relevant information.
 

DEPARTS DAILY UNTIL SEPT 16TH; AFTER THAT DATE IT DEPARTS ON SAT/SUN ONLY.
 

Depart: Milano Centrale at 15:10
Arrive: Marseille St Charles at 22:36

 

On the departure screens at Milano Centrale, if you see a train heading to Marsiglia, the info will be for this train.
 

DAY TEN (day 9 of using your rail pass):
Many of the direct trains on this around Europe rail pass itinerary are high speed trains

Depart: Marseille St Charles at 08:01/08:05
Arrive: Barcelona Sants at 12:38

 

The reservations for the trains to and from Barcelona cannot be booked online and ideally you need to book these reservations before you arrive in France.
 

So an option is to book them at the Reisezentrum travel desk when you arrive at Berlin hbf – which is why we also suggest booking the reservations for the Italian trains there.
 

You won’t be charged booking fees if you use the Reisezentrum desk.
 

DAY ELEVEN (day 10 of using your rail pass):

Depart: Barcelona Sants at 09:25
Arrive: Paris Gare De Lyon at 15:53
 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTING:
 

An option is to swap Munich and Nice for Barcelona, do that and you’ll cut down on your total travel time and save money.
 

The routing is:
 

DAYS ONE - FIVE:

As above
 

DAY SIX:

Depart: Wien Hbf at 10:30
Arrive: Munchen Hbf at 14:27

 

DAY SEVEN:

DAILY
Depart: Munchen Hbf at 11:11 or 11:34
Arrive: Venezia St Lucia at 18:10

 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:
Depart: Munchen Hbf at 07:11 or 07:34
Arrive: Venezia St Lucia at 13:56
 

The best option for purchasing the reservations for this train is to book them at the Reisezentrum travel desk when you arrive at Berlin hbf.
 

As you’ll be making use of it, it also makes sense to book the reservations for the Italian trains at the same time.
 

DAY EIGHT:
 

Depart: Venezia St Lucia at 09:25
Arrive: Roma Termini at 13:10 – direction Fiumicino Aeroporto

You don’t have to take this suggested train, there are 1 – 3 x high speed Frecce trains per hour from Venice to Rome.
 

Reservations – 1st class = €15; 2nd class = €10.
 

Rail pass reservations can be purchased from the Trenitalia (Italian Railways) website - this PAGE has the step-by-step instructions for booking them online.
 

If you have a 1st class pass, you can save €5 by booking the reservations online.
 

Or book the reservations at the Reisezentrum travel desk when you arrive at Berlin hbf.
 

DAY NINE:
 

Depart: Roma Termini at 10:00
Arrive: Milano Centrale at 12:55


Reservations – 1st class = €15; 2nd class = €10
 

DAY TEN - book separate tickets for this day's travel:
 

This journey is by Thello train, on which rail pass users can obtain tickets at a discounted rate.

However, as these special rail pass tickets are more expensive than the most heavily discounted tickets, we suggest trying to book those, so that you can save a day of your rail pass for another journey.
 

Also if you will be travelling with a 1st class rail pass, you can of course opt to purchase 2nd class tickets for this journey.

Click on the journey below to access all the relevant information.
 

Depart: Milano Centrale at 11:10
Arrive: Nice-Ville at 15:57

 

DAY ELEVEN (day 10 of using your rail pass):

Depart: Nice-Ville at 10:00
Arrive: Paris Gare De Lyon at 15:41
 

Reservations – 1st class and 2nd class = €10*

*If you book at last a couple of weeks ahead, but these €10 reservations can sell out, when they do the price rises to €20.
 

INTERRAIL pass users can book reservations for the Mulhouse to Paris TGV train online on Oui.SNCF - the step-by-step instructions are on this GUIDE.


EURAIL pass users book them on RailEurope - tick the 'I have a rail pass' box.

APPROXIMATE TOTAL COST OF TRAIN TRAVEL: 

All totals include the cost of purchasing separate tickets for the journey by Thello train

VIA BARECLONA:

InterRail 1st Class Adult = €688

InterRail 2nd Class Adult = €501

Eurail 1st Class Adult = €881

Eurail 2nd Class Adult = €683

VIA MUNICH:

InterRail 1st Class Adult = €639

InterRail 2nd Class Adult = €476

Eurail 1st Class Adult = €832

Eurail 2nd Class Adult = €658


THE ALTERNATIVE ITINERARIES:

POPULAR CITIES

SCENIC JOURNEYS

HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN EUROPE

NO ADDITIONAL FEES



Tips to ensure your trip will be stress-free:

These EXTRA TIPS can help you:

(i) Save money when booking overnight accommodation.

(ii) Avoid being told off by a train conductor.

(iii) Have more comfortable journeys.

(iv) Avoid last minute panics at the station etc etc.