Which European rail pass must I buy?

Query by Josh: Which European rail pass ought to I buy?
I am leaving in a couple of weeks for a trip to Europe. My travel buddy and I will be starting in Edinburgh, traveling to (in this order) London, Paris, Nice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Naples, Rome. We are 23 years old (I say so due to the fact I believe we’d qualify as youth), Canadian, and not students. The whole trip is going to be four weeks, even though it’s only 21 days from our 1st train trip to our last.

What is the best rail pass for us to purchase? Need to we think about just getting a France and Italy pass, and producing separate plans for Edinburgh to London and for the Chunnel?

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Answer by Jon Russo
Trenitalia. I don’t know about Nice, but all of the Italian cities you’ll be wanting to take Trenitalia. I traveled from Italy up into Paris with it. All the major train stations in those cities will have Trenitalia. So, I would appear into Trenitalia for the majority of your trip and uncover an additional for Edinburgh to London and the Chunnel.

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2 thoughts on “Which European rail pass must I buy?”

  1. It is quite likely that a Eurail pass is not the way for you to go on this trip. A Eurail pass is not valid in the UK. It is also almost never worth the money here in Italy. There’s a great site on train travel here: http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurai… This explains railpasses in great detail including how to determine whether a railpass is worth the money for your trip or you would be better off buying individual tickets. http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurai… If a railpass turns out to be worth the money, then it will help you choose the option which is best for you and tell you how to use the pass. Do pay attention to the section on Common railpass mistakes: Italy and on Railpasses – a warning about ‘quotas’… especially if you plan on using popular trains like the night train between Paris and Venice or between Paris and Rome.

    The site includes links to the various national railroads where you can find schedules and prices for individual tickets. You need to be aware that with passes, you still need reservations for many fast, international and night trains and there will be an additional charge on those trains when you use the pass. The same trains may have discounts on individual tickets if you buy them in advance.

    You can find schedules and prices for trains here in Italy at: http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=ad1ce14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD

  2. Trains in Italy are cheap. It wouldn’t be worth it for you to buy a railpass – just buy the tickets as you go.

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