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EuRail query -- most traveling in 2 countries but transiting via a third

EuRail query -- most traveling in 2 countries but transiting via a third

Old Aug 28, 17, 6:05 pm
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EuRail query -- most traveling in 2 countries but transiting via a third

First time EuRail user

If traveling primarily in Germany and Italy, but taking one non-stop train from Munch to Bologna -- ECB85.

Which countries need to be on the 3-country EuRail Select pass – Germany, Italy and???
Switzerland
Or Austria

ECB appears to transit Austria but was not planning on exiting

Or does it not matter?

There is a small thought of a side trip to Switzerland -- hence the question but unlikely. So unlikely would not wish to purchase 4 country pass.

Thanks in advance for your help

Last edited by WineCountryUA; Aug 28, 17 at 6:14 pm Reason: why 3 vs 4 country pass
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Old Aug 28, 17, 8:53 pm
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EURail site answers your question:

If you want to travel in a country not covered by your pass, you need to buy an additional ticket for that section of the trip. Buy this ticket locally at a train station. Buying tickets on the train is often more expensive and you risk getting a fine.

Example:
You plan to travel from Munich (Germany) to Venice (Italy) with a Select Pass - 4 countries, valid in France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The fastest route is through Austria, which is not included in your pass.

There are 3 possible solutions:
  • Order a different Eurail Pass, one that is also valid in Austria.
  • Buy an additional ticket in advance at a German station, just for the part of your journey in Austria.
  • Research an alternative route, to stay within the countries where your pass is valid. You could avoid Austria by traveling through Switzerland, though this would take you longer.
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Old Aug 28, 17, 10:13 pm
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Originally Posted by linglingfool View Post
Yep, that is to point, did not see as I wander around the site. Thanks for the pointer.
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Old Aug 29, 17, 11:06 am
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What EURail site does not do is tell you how bad the value of an Eurail pass really is.

A three country pass Germany - Austria - Italy, for for example 5 days which is what you would need here, would costs you 391,- euro.
That comes to 78,- euro per day.
Now consider this:

Munich - Bologna starts at 29,- euro, when booked in advance on www.bahn.de
Long distance trips within German start at 19,- euro when booked in advance.
Long distance trips within Italy start at 9,- euro!
Local trains are often dirt cheap. Especially in Italy.
Before committing to a Eurail pass, first have a look at what the fares are when bought from the actual companies that run the trains. Eurail is rarely a bargain, and in Italy where you need to reserve long distance trains in advance anyway, not flexible either.
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