True Rail Pass Itinerary: Popular Cities

Rail Pass Itinerary: Popular Cities

WHY CHOOSE THIS TRIP OF A LIFETIME:

This suggested routing enables you to visit the most popular cities in Europe by taking as few trains as possible.


Taking the minimum number of 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.
 

DAY 1:
A rail pass itinerary which begins and ends in London

Depart: London St. Pancras International at 08:54 (Mon-Fri) 08:58 (Sat/Sun)
Arrive: Bruxelles-Midi at 12:02 – 12:08


Depart: Bruxelles-Midi  at12:52
Arrive: Amsterdam Centraal at 14:42


OR 

Depart: Bruxelles-Midi at 12:45
Arrive: Amsterdam Centraal at 15:37


Good to know:

(i) If you will be travelling with a 2nd class pass, the reservation fee for the London to Bruxelles Eurostar is approximately equivalent to the cheapest one way ticket.

However, if you will be travelling with a 1st class pass, the reservation fee is guaranteed to save you money.

(ii) The second of the two suggested options for travelling on from Bruxelles to Amsterdam is an Intercity Brussels train service, on which rail pass users don't have to pay reservation fees.

The faster train is a Thalys train service, on which comparatively expensive reservation fees are charged to rail pass users - you'll save at least €15 by taking the Intercity Brussels train instead.

(iii)The reservations can be booked online on B-Europe - reservations for rail pass users aren't available on the direct London to Amsterdam trains, hence the need to change trains in Bruxelles.

If you select the London to Amsterdam journey, B-Europe will offer the reservations for both the Eurostar and the Thalys train.

Or you can look up the London to Bruxelles journey and just book a reservation for the Eurostar.
 

(iv) Alternatively if you can find the cheapest tickets on sale for the direct London to Amsterdam Eurostar, you could book those tickets and use the day saved on your rail pass to add another destination to your itinerary.

For example, you could head from Amsterdam to Copenhagen and then from Copenhagen to Berlin.
 

DAY 2:
 

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

 

DAY 3:
Berlin to Prague on our suggested 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 4:
 

Depart: Praha Hln at 08:51 or 10:51
Arrive: Wien Hbf at 12:49 or 14:49

 

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 5:
Vienna to Venice on a rail pass itinerary

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 6:
From Venice to Rome on a fabulous rail pass itinerary

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 for this Frecce train can be purchased from the Trenitalia (Italian Railways) website.

This page includes the step-by-step instructions for booking these reservations 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 at Berlin hbf station when you arrive there on day two - why this is an option worth considering is explained below.
 

DAY 7:
From Milan to Geneva on an amazing rail pass itinerary

Depart: Roma Termini at 08:20
Arrive: Milano Centrale at 11:45

 

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

Depart: Milano Centrale at 12:23
Arrive: Geneve at 16:21

 

Reservations – 1st class = €13; 2nd class = €11
 

Rail pass reservations for BOTH of these trains can be purchased from the Trenitalia (Italian Railways) website.

This PAGE includes the step-by-step instructions for booking these reservations online.
 

Or book the reservations at the Reisezentrum travel desk, back when you arrived at Berlin hbf.
 

DAY 8:
A Spanish high speed AVE train in Lyon Part Dieu station

Depart: Geneve at 11:22
Arrive: Lyon –Part Dieu at 13:22

 

Depart: Lyon –Part Dieu at 14:24
Arrive: Barcelona Sants at 19:31

 

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 9:
Barccelona to Paris as part of a suggested rail pass itinerary
Depart:
Barcelona Sants at 09:25
Arrive: Paris Gare De Lyon at 15:53
 

DAY 10:
Paris on a rail pass itinerary

Depart: Paris Gare Du Nord at 09:13
Arrive: London St Pancras International at 10:39


You don't have to take this specific train from Paris to London, you can book reservations for any departure on your travel date online at B-Europe.

If you will be travelling with a 2nd class pass, the reservation fee for the Paris to London  Eurostar is approximately equivalent to the cheapest one way ticket.

So if you can find the cheapest tickets for sale, an option is to book these tickets - and then use your rail pass for an alternative journey, such as day trip from Venice to Verona.

However, if you will be travelling with a 1st class pass, the rail pass reservation fee is guaranteed to save you money.
 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTING:
 

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


The routing is:
 

DAYS 1 - 3:
As above
 

DAY 4:
From Prague to Budapest on a rail pass itinerary

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

 

DAY 5:
 

Depart: Budapest-Keleti at 09:40 or 11:40
Arrive: Wien Hbf at 12:21 or 14:21

 

Note that you will departing from Budapest at a different station in the city to that which you arrived at.
 

DAYS 6 - 7:
As above
 

DAY 8:

Depart: Roma Termini at 07:20
Arrive: Milano Centrale at 10:40


Depart: Milano Centrale at 11:23
Arrive: Basel SBB at 15:29

 

Rail pass reservations for both of these trains can be purchased from the Trenitalia (Italian Railways) website.

This page includes the step-by-step instructions for booking these reservations online.
 

Or book the reservations at the travel desk in Venezia S. Lucia station, when you first arrive there – while you’re using the ticket desks, you can also book the Venezia – Roma train.
 

DAY 9:

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Depart: Basel SBB at 10:21
Arrive: Mulhouse-Ville at 10:46

MONDAY - FRIDAY
Depart: Basel SBB at 11:21
Arrive: Mulhouse-Ville at 11:46

Depart: Mulhouse-Ville at 11:58
Arrive: Paris Gare De Lyon at 15:-07 or 15:10
 

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.
 

There are direct ‘Lyria’ trains from Basel to Paris, but you’ll save at least €15 if you make this suggested connection in Mulhouse.
 

DAY 10:
As above
 

APPROXIMATE TOTAL TRAIN TRAVEL COST: 

InterRail 1st Class Adult = €664

InterRail 2nd Class Adult = €495

Eurail 1st Class Adult = €857

Eurail 2nd Class Adult = €623


THE OTHER SUGGESTED ITINERARIES: 

SCENIC JOURNEYS

HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN EUROPE

NO ADDITIONAL FEES

DIRECT TRAINS ONLY


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.

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.