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Rail Pass Itineraries - 10 Travel Days

Itineraries for rail travel in Europe that can be used for journeys with Eurail and InterRail passes valid for ten days of travel inc complete schedules.

If you're considering using a rail pass to holiday across Europe by train, selecting your destinations from the spider’s web of rail routes can appear to be daunting.

Therebytrain.com has therefore produced a series of suggested pan-European itineraries that can be used with the most popular for Eurail or InterRail passes that allow for 10 days travel by train.

Useful Info

Before (or after) diving in to select your schedule for the holiday of a lifetime we suggest taking a look at these resources on ThereByTrain.com

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Notes For The Itineraries

These itineraries have the following features in common:

  • You will make savings by using a rail pass for any of the itineraries below in comparison to purchasing separate STANDARD PRICED non tickets for each journey.

  • As you'll be on holiday, we have assumed that you'll want to avoid rising early and would prefer to breakfast at your leisure, rather than rushing to the nearest station. Therefore the departure time on each day of the itinerary is between 9.30 and 11am

  • Therebytrain.com has considered the optimum (least stressful journey) between two destinations, so when the departure time is not within the 9.30-11am Window, it is because connections that depart within this period of time aren't particularly convenient.

  • Wherever possible we have directed you on to scenic routes, as these are likely to be a highlight of any rail based holiday.
    Therefore we have also indicated when you need to be sitting on a particular side of the train to see the best views.
    By direction of travel we mean that when the train pulls out of the station you need to be sitting on the left or right of the train as it moves forward (we do not mean left or right hand)

  • The therebytrain.com itineraries tend to avoid night trains for these reasons:
    (1) they add to the cost of any itinerary;
    (2) scenic routes are best appreciated by day; and
    (3) we have tried to minimise the time spent on the train, so that you have the maximum time available to enjoy a destination.

  • We have striven to include details of all supplements and additional charges to the rail pass, but the 'Notes’ for each itinerary explain how supplements can be avoided by taking alternative trains.

  • The starting/finishing point for each itinerary is a city/airport that has direct flights from destinations beyond Europe including
    Amsterdam
    Frankfurt
    London
    Munich/Munchen
    Paris
    Rome/Roma
    Zurich

    If you don't need to fly into Europe to commence your itinerary, you could choose a starting point on each routing and follow the train times back to your starting point.


  • We have also tried to include destinations that enable you to extract the maximum value from Eurail or InterRail Pass.
    Koblenz features on many itineraries because a benefit of both Eurail and InterRail passes is that they entitle users to free Rhine River cruises operated by KD Cruises.
    Similarly rail passes are valid on Swiss Tourist Railways from Lucerne, Interlaken and St Moritz.

  • All suggested connections should be straight-forward on days on which trains are operating to schedule and allow for additional time when trains are subject to delay.
    All suggested connections have later alternative trains available (normally within the hour).

All the itineraries below suggest using a rail pass that is valid for 10 days of travel by train. If you wish to use a rail pass that is valid for less than 10 days , either shorten the itinerary by flying between certain destinations, or take a train on the final day of your pass back to your starting point from one of the destinations
(you may not make such significant savings on a five day itinerary).

1: from/to London - GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS - follow in Michael Portillo's footsteps on his incredible TV journey - NEW

Starting Point: London (St Pancras International)"

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 Days Travel 'Global Pass' or InterRail - 10 Days Travel 'Global Pass' (you won't be using the rail pass on the Eurostar).

Supplements payable:
TGV between Paris and Nice
EC train between Milan and Zurich
FYRA train between Amsterdam and Antwerp

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement.
Also compulsory when travelling to/from Budapest, pay at the ticket office before boarding the train - allow time at the station.
Also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on the following trains;
the IC train from Ventimiglia to Milan
the Railjet (RJ) trains from Zurich to Salzburg AND from Salzburg to Budapest
the EC train from Budapest to Berlin

Scenic Journeys:
Aix en Provence to Nice (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
Nice to Ventimiglia (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
Ventimiglia to Genoa/Genova (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
Milan/Milano to Zurich
Zurich to Salzburg (sit on the left in the direction of travel)
On the Budapest to Berlin journey, sit on the right of the direction of travel on departure from Prague
Wuppertal to Koblenz (sit on the left in the direction of travel)
Koblenz to Cologne (sit on the right in the direction of travel)
PLUS there's all the multiple stunning journeys on the Swiss Mountain Railways

High Speed Line Journeys:
London to Paris
Paris to Toulon
Berlin to Hannover
Amsterdam to Antwerp
Lille to London

An Introduction

This itinerary allows you to follow in Michael Portillo's footsteps on his incredible trip as seen in the BBC TV series 'Great Continental Railway Journeys'.
We've combined the five stunning journeys he undertook into one easy to follow itinerary for the holiday of a lifetime.

To make this possible we've had to add some linking journeys between those featured in the TV show, which should only add to the pleasure, as these extra legs of the itinerary are also among the most amazing train journeys in Europe.

An InterRail or Eurail pass will enable you to board all the trains below, though some have a compulsory reservation fee/supplement while on others we strongly recommend reserving seats before you board - if you have a 2nd class pass.
We noticed that Michael paid for each journey separately, but a rail pass will save you money on the journeys below and save the hassle of buying tickets before or afer you travel - on the majority of the journeys below you'll be paying the maximum price of the train trip if you buy at the station on the day of travel.

Eurostar trains at the start/finish of the trip

InterRail or Eurail passes aren't valid on the Eurostar and Michael travelled by Eurostar trains from London to Paris at the start of his journey and from Lille to London at the end of his adventure.
ThereByTrain recommends purchasing separate tickets for the Eurostar, as soon as possible for the start of the trip, you can book up to four months ahead of your travel date.
Travel by which ever train has the cheapest discounted/cheaper tickets available on your travel dates.

Our advice is to book (1) book the Eurostar tickets (2) book your hotels (3) purchase the rail pass (4) reserve your first couple of journeys (see the note below)

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Nice 5hr 37min TGV Daily Train 1: Trains depart from Paris Gare De Lyon at 08:49; 10:49 and 12:49
2 Zurich 10hr 24min IC and EC Daily Train 1: depart Nice at 09:25 arrive Ventimiglia at 10:13
Train 2: IC train departs Ventimiglia at 10:58; arrive Milano (Centrale) at 14:55
Train 3: EC train departs Milano (Centrale) at 15:10; arrive Zurich hb at 18:51
3 round trip via Chur you won't care Swiss
Tourist
Railways
Daily Train 1: train departs Zurich (hb) at 09:04 arrives Lucerne/Luzern at 09:49
BOAT operated by SGV (rail pass gives 50% discount) departz Luzern (Bahnhofquai) by the station at 10:12, arrives Fluelen at 12:55
Train 2: train departs Fluelen 13:15, arrives Goschenen at 13:49
Train 3: MGB train departs Goschenen at 13:53, arrives Andermatt at 14:03
Train 4: MGB train departs Andermatt at 14:27, arrives Disentis/Muster at 15:36
Train 5: RHB train departs Disentis/Muster at 15:44, arrives Chur at 17:01
Train 6: IC train departs Chur at 17:09 arrives Zurich (hb) at 19:27 (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
4 round trip to Jungraujoch you won't care Swiss
Tourist
Railways
Daily Train 1: train departs Zurich (hb) at 09:04 arrives Lucerne/Luzern at 09:49
Train 2: ZB 'Golden Pass' train departs Luzern at 09:55, arrives Interlaken (Ost) at 11:55
Train 3: BOB train departs Interlaken (OSt) at 12:05, arrives Lauterbrunnen at 12:25
Train 4: WAB train departs Lauterbrunnen at 12:37, arrives Kleine Scheidegg at at 13:20
Train 5: JB train departs Kleine Scheidegg at at 13:30, arrive Jungraujoch at 14:22
Train 6: JB train departs Jungraujoch at 16:00, arrive Kleine Scheidegg at 16:50
Train 7: WAB train departs Kleine Scheidegg at 17:03, arrive Grindelawald at 17:42
Train 8: BOB train departs Grindelawald at 17:49, arrive Interlaken (Ost) at 18:24
Train 9: ZB train departs Interlaken (Ost) at 19:04, arrive Luzern at 21:04
Train 10: ZB train departs Luzern at 21:10, arrive Zurich hb at 21:56
5 Salzburg 5hr 18min RJ Daily Train departs Zurich (hb) at 10:40, arrives Salzburg at 15:18
6 Budapest 5hr 51min RJ Daily Depart Salzburg at 11:02, arrive Budapest (Keleti) at 16:49
7 Berlin 10hr 50min EC Daily Train departs Budapest (Keleti) at 09:25, arrive Berlin (hbf) at 21:15
9 Koblenz
Option 1
8hr 8min ICE Daily Train 1: Departs Berlin (hbf) at 10:38, arrive Wuppertal at 14:39
Train 2: Depart Wuppertal at 17:14, arrive Koblenz at 18:46
9 Koblenz
Option 2
6hr 8min ICE Daily Train 1: ICE train departs Berlin (hbf) at 10:38, arrive Cologne/Koln hbf at 15:09
Train 2: Departs Cologne/Koln hbf at 15:53 (train destination is Passau), arrive Koblenz at 16:46
9 Amsterdam 4hr 13min ICE Daily Train 1: Depart Koblenz at 11:13, arrive Koln hbf at 12:05
Train 2: ICE train departs Koln hbf ar 12:46, arrive Amsterdam (Centraal) at 15:26
10 Amiens 6hr 48min FYRA/IC Daily Train 1: FYRA train departs Amsterdam (Centraal) at 10:41, arrive Antwerpen at 12:04
Train 2: IC train departs Antwerpen at 12:52, arrive Lille (Flandres) at 14:50
Train 3: train departs Lille (Flandres) at 15:56, arrive Amiens at 17:27

General Notes:

The TGV train from Paris to Nice and the EC train from Milano to Zurich must be reserved in advance before boarding, and reservations are highly recommended for the IC train from Ventimiglia to Milano
All rail pass users should book TGV trains at the earliest opportunity, Eurail pass users should reserve weeks in advance, ideally before setting off for Europe.

If this isn't an option then they AND InterRail pass users could make use of the reservation at the Trainseurope desk inside the East Midlands Trains ticket hall at St Pancras (International) station.
While you're at this ticket desk, you may as well reserve the IC train from Ventimiglia to Milano and the EC train from Milano to Zurich.

Avoid waiting until arriving in Paris to reserve the TGV to Nice, particularly in the height of the summer.
A limited number of reservations are available to Eurail pass users on TGV trains and these can sell out days in advance.
InterRail pass users have to contend with a two tier pricing system for TGV supplements, leave making the reservation until the day of, or the day before you travel on the TGV and the limited numbers of cheaper TGV reservations are likely to have sold out.

Notes For The journeys:

How to make the most of the trip of a lifetime!

  • Journey 1 – to Nice
    In the first edition of the program Michael spent time in Antibes, Nice and Monte-Carlo.
    ThereByTrain has suggested staying in Nice for two reasons; (1) it should be easier to find reasonably priced accommodation in Nice and (2) Nice is between both Antibes and Mont-Carlo.
    During the day there are local trains every 30mins between these three towns, so our suggestion is to spend a day making these comparatively short journeys by train.

    Take a train from Nice to Antibes, then travel by train from Antibes to Monaco – Monte Carlo station, finally return to Nice by train.
    Don’t use your rail pass, but instead purchase separate tickets for each of these journeys.

  • Journey 2 – to Zurich
    At a date tbc in early summer 2013, train operator Thello is planning to start operating direct trains from Nice to Milan, thereby saving the change of train at Ventimiglia.
    Follow ThereByTrain on Twitter and you’ll find out when/if this service will be running.

    In the 4th edition of Great Continental Railway Journeys, the program dedicated to Swizerland, Michael was on a train talking about his fascination at seeing buildings from one side of the train and then the other, as the train spiralled through the mountains. The train from Milano to Zurich takes this route.

    We’ve suggested spending some nights in Zurich, so that you’re free to explore Switzerland by train in a similar style to Michael – ie. without any luggage!
    To make the most of Switzerland’s railways you need to hop from one train to another, but the connections between train are timed like clockwork – you won’t have to spend too long lingering at (beautiful stations).

  • Journey 3 – via Chur
    The routing shown mirrors that in the TV program that culminated in Michael taking the beautiful journey across the lake by boat.
    Michael took the incredible Glacier Express from Chur to Andermatt, but for mere mortals such as you and I, it’s not possible to use the Glacier Express to travel between these two stations – rail passes aren’t valid on the Glacier Express at all.
    To follow Michael’s route, you need to take trains operated by MGB and InterRail and Eurail passes don’t allow for free travel on MGB trains, though you can obtain a 50% discount on the ticket price.
    An InterRail/Eurail pass will also give you a discount on the boat trip across the lake.

    However, with an InterRail or Eurail pass in our hands, we’d take a different track to Michael.

    Eurail and InterRail passes allow free travel on an even more incredible railway journey than that taken by Michael.
    Trains operated by Rhb follow a network of routes, one of which , the ‘Albula Line’ is so fabulous that it has been declared a U.N.E.S.C.O world heritage site!.

    Following this itinerary from Zurich to make the most of the ‘free’ travel on the Rhb trains – one of the world’s best travel bargains!
    Train 1 - 10:12 IR train from Basel (SBB) to Chur
    Train 2 - 11:58 Rhb train from Chur to Samedan (‘The Albula Line’)
    Train 3 - 14:08 Rhb train from Samedan to Scuol Tarasp
    Train 4 - 15:40 Rhb train from Scuol-Tarasp to Landquart
    Train 5 - 17:19 IC train from Landquart to Zurich hb, arrives Zurich at 18:23

  • Journey 4 – to Jungfraujoch
    As the TV program superbly captured, the train journey to Europe’s highest railway station at Jungfraujoch, is one of the greatest travel experience on earth!
    An absolute must, but we’d save it for another adventure
    The program didn’t mention that cost per kilometre, the journey up to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken is a contender for the world’s most expensive train ticket!
    And holders of InterRail passes aren’t entitled to a discount on the BOB, WAB or JB trains that need to be taken to access the summit.

    Our advice is to save the Jungfraujoch journey for another holiday - a great value Swiss Pass is the best option for seeing only Switzerland by train.

    Or dig deep and don’t use a rail pass at all for our suggested itinerary between Zurich and Jungfraujoch, purchase separate tickets for all the journeys we've suggested (one ticket covers the return journey between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch).
    This travel day on the pass can then be used later on the itinerary.

    However, InterRail and Eurail passes do enable free travel on the routes of the ‘Golden Pass’ trains operated by ZB.
    Michael took one of these trains from Lucerne/Luzern to Interlaken.
    So an excellent (and much more cost effective option!) is to spend a never to be forgotten day, following this suggested routing from Zurich to travel the entire ‘Golden Pass’ route – with an InterRail or Eurail Pass you won’t need to purchase any other tickets!
    Train 1 - 09:32 IC train from Zurich hb to Lausanne
    Train 2 - 12:03 IR train from Lausanne to Montreux
    Train 3 - 13:45 'Golden Pass Classic' train from Montreux to Zweisimmen (conveys restaurant car)
    Train 4 - 15:38 'Golden Pass Panoramic' train from Zweisimmen to Interlaken OST (conveys observation cars)
    Train 5 - 17:04 'Golden Pass Panoramic' train from Interlaken OST to Lucerne/Luzern (conveys observation cars)
    Train 6 - 19:35 train from Lucerne/Luzern to Zurich hb - arrives Zurich at 18:23

  • Journey 5 – to Salzburg
    In program 2 – dedicated to Hungary and Austria, Michael travelled on the beautiful Schafbergbahn which can be accessed from its station in St Wofgang.

    He mentioned in the program that a number of railway lines in the area have been closed, so you need to take a bus to St Wolfang…
    If you want to follow in Michael’s footsteps take the train to Bad Ischl from Salzburg at 09:15 (Mon –Sat only)– this railway was featured in the program (don’t use the rail pass for these journeys, purchase separate tickets).
    The train will arrive in Bad Ischl at 10:50, from Bad Ischl take the 11:13 bus to St Wolfgang, route 546, you’ll arrive in St Wolfgang at 11:50.
    To travel back to Salzburg, take the 16:13 bus back to Bad Ischl, where it is due to arrive at the station at 16:50.
    On Mon-Fri the train to Salzburg departs from Bad Ischl at 17:24, on Mon-Sat there is a train at 18:24

  • Journey 6 – to Budapest
    In program 2 of Great Continetal Railway Journeys, our guide Michael spent time in both Vienna and Budapest.

    There are various options for adding Vienna/Wien to the itinerary on this Eurail/InterRail adventure with a pass that allows for 10 days of train travel.
    Option 1: The train from Zurich to Salzburg continues to Vienna/Wien so you skip the stay in Salzburg and stay on the train
    Option 2: You can take a train from Vienna/Wien to Berlin and skip the trip to Budapest
    Option 3: Only take one of the suggested day trips from Zurich and use the InterRail/Eurail pass for the journey by train from Vienna/Wien to Budapest.
    Option 4: Purchase a separate ticket for a journey from Salzburg to Vienna/Wien, and use the rail pass to travel on from Vienna/Wien to Budapest.

    If you do want to travel from Salzburg to Budapest, you’ll need to reserve a seat on the train (reservations are compulsory on all train journeys to Hungary). Do this at Salzburg station when you first arrive, or the day when you travel out to Bad Ischl.

  • Journey 7– from Budapest to Berlin
    It’s a long journey by train from Budapest to Berlin by train, and with the exception of the stunning journey along the banks of The River Elbe before Dresden it’s not the most scintillating of trips.
    However, halfway through the journey to Berlin from Budapest, the train calls at Prague/Praha!

    Michael didn’t visit Prague/Praha, but you could dspend some time there and use the rail pass for the train journey from Prague/Praha to Berlin.
    To do this only take one of the suggested day trips from Zurich.

    Alternatively, if want to see Prague and Vienna AND Budapest AND travel on that delightful train near Salzburg AND take ALL of the suggested day trips from Zurich AND take a day trip from Berlin to explore that amazing German steam railway (where Michael met the witch) AND spend a day exploring the Cote D’Azure by train from Nice etc etc – don’t travel on an InterRail pass valid for 10 days of travel!
    Buy a ‘Global’ pass that’s valid for 22 days instead!
    Or if you’ll be travelling with a Eurail pass, purchase the 21 consecutive days Global Pass

  • Journey 8– from Berlin to Koblenz
    In episode 3, Michael visited both the Harz mountain steam railway AND the suspension railway at Wuppertal as he journeyed by train on a roundabout route from Berlin to The Upper Rhine Valley at Koblenz.
    However, it’s not feasible to see the Harz Mountains as a diversion on a journey in a single day from Berlin to Koblenz.

    To experience these steam trains at the their best you need to stop over for the night in Hannover (as Michael did) and make a return by train between there and Wernigerode.
    To do so with a rail pass that’s valid for 10 days of rail travel, you could:
    (1) Skip the journey to Koblenz, on day 9 take a train to Amsterdam direct from Hannover, there are IC/EC trains every two hours during the day.
    . (2) Or skip one of the day trips in Switzerland, thereby saving a day’s use of the rail pass to travel from Hannover to Wuppertal, the 10:30 train from Berlin to Wuppertal departs from Hannover at 12:31.

    If you do want to travel to the Harz Mountains, our suggestion is to take an earlier ICE train from Berlin to Hannover at 08:38, check into your hotel and then use the rail pass for the day trip to/from Wernigerode by train. Hannover is only 1hr 50min from Berlin on the ICE train.

    Michael stopped off in Wuppertal to take a ride on its fantastically unique suspension railway.
    If you want to do the same take our Option 1 Berlin to Koblenz routing, you can deposit your bags in the left luggage facilities at Wuppertal mainline station.
    The suspension railway station is a few minutes walk away.

  • Journey 10– from Amsterdam to Amiens
    Michael crammed a lot into his final day of travel, but if you want to see the magnificence of Amiens cathedral for yourself, then our suggested routing is the best option.

    If you want to sample the delights of Belgian chocolate, then talk a walk outside Antwerp’s incredible central station, it is in the heart of the city centre.
    Alternatively you can opt to spend some time in Brusssels/Bruxelles and skip the trip to Amiens, simply remain on the FYRA train until it arrives in the Belgian capital.

    Another option is to skip the night in a hotel in either Amiens or Bruxelles, stay on the FYRA train until it arrives at Bruxelles (Midi) station and take the Eurostar from there back to London.

    If you do want to spend the night in Amiens, our advice is to take whichever Eurostar train to London from Lille that has the cheapest tickets. However, when you’re passing through Lille (Flandres) station, or when you first arrive in Amiens, check the details of your connecting train from Amiens to Lille, services on this line can be sporadic.

    Finally (!) you’ll need to pay a reservation fee/supplement for the FYRA train.
    Our somewhat bizarre advice is to arrange and pay for this reservation while your passing through a German station.
    At the German station you won’t be charged a booking fee, but in Amsterdam you will be.

    Have a great trip!

2: from/to Paris - THE VENETIAN ODYSSEY - must see cities and the Swiss mountains - with minimal travel time

Starting Point: Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Rail Pass required: Eurail or InterRail - 15 Day Global Pass (with 5 non travel days, not including time spent in Paris at end of itinerary).

Supplements payable:
€5 on TGV train between Aeroport CDG and Bruxelles (Midi)
€4/€6 on FYRA train between Antwerp/Antwerpen and Amsterdam €9 on EC train between Innsbruck and Venice/Venezia
€10 on EC train between Venice and Lugano
€9/€21 on the Lyria (TGVL) train between Lausanne and Paris.

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement.
Also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on EC train between Koblenz and Munich (and between Innsbruck and Venice in the summer)

Scenic Journeys:
Cologne/Koln to Koblenz (sit on left of train in direction of travel)
Koblenz to Munich (sit on left of train in direction of travel)
Munich to Innsbruck
Innsbruck to Venice
Lugano to Lucerne
Lucerne to Montreux

High Speed Line Journeys:
Aeroport CDG to Bruxelles (Midi)
Lausanne to Paris

This itinerary mixes stunning alpine scenery with some of the best loved cities in Europe, for those that appreciate architecture, history, culture and landscape.
The supplements allow greater distance to be travelled compared to other itineraries that don't require any supplements.
No journey exceeds more than 5 hours duration on this schedule.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Bruges 2hr 47min TGV Daily Train 1: Trains depart from Aeroport CDG station for Bruxelles (Midi) at 08:07; 10:37; 11:07; 13:10; 17:07; 19:08 and 21:07
Train 2: A minimum of two trains per hour link Bruxelles (Midi) and Bruges
2 Amsterdam 3hr 1min/3hr 14min FYRA Daily Train 1: MON-FRI depart Brugge at 10:18; arrive Antwerpen (Centraal) at 11:42
Train 1: SAT/SUN depart Brugge at 10:05; arrive Antwerpen (Centraal) at 11:26
Train 2: FYRA train depart Antwerpen at 11:55; arrive Amsterdam (Centraal) at 13:19
3 Koblenz 4hr 8min ICE Daily Train 1: ICE train departs Amsterdam Centraal at 10:34, arrive Cologne/Koln hbf at 13:12 Train destination is Frankfurt
Train 2: Depart Koln hbf at 13:32, arrive Koblenz hbf at 14:42
4 Munich/
Munchen
4hr 53min EC Daily Depart Koblenz hbf at 09:18, arrive Munchen hbf at 14:11
5 Innsbruck 2hr 51min Local Daily Trains depart Munchen hbf at 32 mins past even hours
6 Venice/
Venezia
4hr 43min EC Daily Depart Innsbruck at 13:27, arrive Venezia (St Lucia) at 18:10
7 Lugano 4hr 20min FB /EC* Daily Train 1: FB Depart Venezia (St Lucia) at 11:50, arrive Milan/Milano (Centrale) at 14:25
Train 2: EC* Depart Milan/Milano (Centrale) at 15:10, arrive Lugano at 16:10
8 Interlaken
Ost
4hr 44min IC/ZB Daily Train 1: Departures at 12 min past odd hours from Lugano to Lucerne
Train 2: ZB trains depart from Lucerne to Interlaken (Ost) at 55min past each hour
9 Montreux 3hr 5min BLS/MOB Daily Train 1: Depart Interlaken Ost 13:08 arrive Zweisimmen at 14:19
Train 2: MOB train departs Zweisimmen at 14:25 arrive Montreux at 16:12
Both these trains are 'Golden Pass Panoramic' trains, rail pass holders can travel in the standard observation cars at no extra charge.
10 Paris 4hr 8min TGVL Daily Train 1: Depart Montreux at 11:54 arrive Lausanne at 12:15
Train 2: TGVL (Lyria) train departs Lausanne at 12:22, arrives Paris (Gare De Lyon) at 16:02

Notes:

Stopping over at Antwerp while travelling between Bruges and Amsterdam is recommended.
The station is in the heart of the city and frequent trains link Antwerp with Amsterdam, so it's simple to work out which later train you will need to take.

Another option is to skip the journey to Bruges (though it is highly recommended), spend the night in Brussels and take a direct from Midi, Centraal or Nord stations in Brussels to Amsterdam.

If at the start of your trip you'd rather head into Paris from the airport and commence the itinerary after you have explored the French capital, don't use your rail pass to travel into central Paris from Aeroport CDG. When you have explored Paris you can travel back out to Aeroport CDG you can use your rail pass on the local (RER)train as you'll now be following the first day of the suggested itinerary.

Travelling via CDG Aeroport is much cheaper for rail pass holders than taking Thalys trains from Paris (Gare Du Nord) to Brussels/Bruxelles.

The Lyria (TGVL) train on day 10:

There are limited quotas of supplements available to rail pass users on the Lyria (TGVL) train from Lausanne to Paris.

If you don't want to/or can't pay for this supplement before embarking on your trip, do so at the D-bahn travel desk on arrival at Koblenz - it will sell reservations for the Lyria train.
If the Lyria supplement is not available from Lausanne check whether supplements are available from Geneva or Basel.
If they are, there are direct trains from Montreux to Geneva or from Lausanne to Basel.

If no Lyria supplements are available at all check whether supplements are available for that date on TGV trains from Strasbourg to Paris
If they are pay for a supplement on a late afternoon TGV train from Strasbourg to Paris and (1) take a train from Lausanne to Basel, then (2) a train from Basel to Strasbourg to connect into the TGV train.

Eurail pass users only - if there are no TGV supplements available either, purchase separate tickets for the Lyria train and use the rail pass for another day of travel such as a day trip from Paris to the likes of Amiens or Tours.

3: From/To Amsterdam - THE SEA AND THE ALPS plus Bruges, Milan and PARIS

Starting Point: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days travel in 2 month period, 5 country 'Select Pass); InterRail - 10 days travel in 22 days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
FYRA 2nd class - 4€; 1st class - €6
TGV trains per journey - €9 for Eurail pass holder; €6/€18 for InterRail pass holders
€10 on EC* train between Milan and Lugano

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement
Highly recommended in 2nd class on IC train between Ventimiglia and Milan
for 2nd class pass holders recommended on EC train between Basel and Koblenz

Scenic Journeys:
Avignon to Nice (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
Lugano to Lucerne
Basel to Koblenz (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
Koblenz to Cologne/Koln (sit on right of train in direction of travel)

High Speed Line Journeys: Lille to Paris
Paris to Avignon (part of journey only)

This itinerary mixes stunning alpine and coastal scenery with some of the best loved cities in Europe, for those that appreciate architecture, history, culture and landscape.
The supplements allow a greater distance to be travelled compared to other itineraries that don't require any supplements.
No journey exceeds more than 5 hours duration on this schedule. (well that was the idea, but as you’ll see one journey takes 5hr 16min).

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Antwerp 1hr 15min FYRA Daily Depart Amsterdam (Centraal) at 10:41; arrive Antwerpen (Centraal) at 12:06
2 Bruges 1hr 20min IC Daily On Mon-Fri trains depart Antwerpen (Centraal) at 18 mins past every hour
On Sat/Sun trains depart Antwerpen (Centraal) at 34 mins past every hour
3 Paris 3hr 1min TGV Daily Train 1: Depart Bruges at 11:13 arrive Lille (Flanders) at 12:50
Train 2: TGV train departs Lille (Europe) at 13:13 arrive Paris (Gare Du Nord) at 14:14
4 Avignon 3hr 44min TGV Daily Depart Paris (Gare De Lyon) at 11:19 arrive Avignon (Centre) at 15:03
Sundays only until Mar 15th; daily from Apr 1st
5 Nice/Monte Carlo 4hr 49min Local Daily Train 1: Depart Avignon (Centre) at 12:23 or 12:53, arrive Marseille (St Charles) at 14:12
Train 2: Depart Marseille (St Charles) at 14:31, arrive Nice at 17:06
Depart Nice Ville at 17:33 arrive Monaco (Monte Carlo) at 17:49
6 Milan/Milano 4hr 57min IC Daily Train 1: Depart Nice at 09:55/Monaco at 10:19, arrive Ventimiglia at 10:43
Train 2: IC train departs Ventimiglia at 10:58, arrive Milano (Centrale) at 14:50
7 Lugano 1hr EC Daily Depart Milano (Centrale) at 11:10, arrive Lugano at 12:10
8 Lucerne 2hr 29min ICN Daily Departures at 12 min past odd hours to Lucerne
9 Koblenz 5hr 16min EC Daily Train 1: Depart Lucerne at 10:54, arrive Basel SBB at 11:55
Train 2: EC train departs Basel SBB at 12:18, arrive Koblenz at 16:10
10 Amsterdam 4hr 9min ICE Daily Train 1: Depart Koblenz at 11:16, arrive Cologne/Koln at 12:28
Train 2: ICE train depart Koln hbf at 12:46*, arrive Amsterdam Centraal at 15:25 (from Mar 22nd)

Notes:

Follow this advice to make the most of this amazing trip!

  • Stopping over for the afternoon at Antwerp rather than spending the night there saves a day’s travel on the pass which could be used for another day of rail travel.

  • With this day of rail pass use that has been saved, an option is to make and additional day trip by train from Lucerne. It's possible to travel from Lucerne to towards Montreux via Interlaken and back in a day on Swiss Tourist Railways.

  • From Lucerne it's also possible to travel to St Moritz and back in a single day without incurring any supplements.
    Take the following trains:
    08:40 SOB train from Lucerne to Pfaffikon;
    the 10:41 train from Pfaffikon to Chur;
    the 11:58 RhB train from Chur to St Moritz;
    the 15:02 train from St Moritz to Filisur;
    the 16:04 train from Filisur to Davos;
    the 17:02 train from Davos to Landquart;
    the 18:19 train from Landquart to Pfaffikon;
    the 20:06 train from Pfaffikon to Lucerne arriving back in Lucerne at 21:20.

  • Eurail pass users only limited quotas of supplements are available on TGV trains, but the two routes on this itinerary (1) Lille to Paris and (2) Paris to Avignon (Centre) are less popular than average, so TGV supplements are likely to be available.
    For absolute peace of mind pay for these supplements in advance of setting off for Europe using a specialist rail travel agent

  • It's also possible to avoid the supplement on the EC* train from Milan to Lugano, by taking an hourly slow train from Porta Garibaldi station in Milan to Chiasso and connecting there for an hourly train from Chiasso to Lugano.

4: From/To Frankfurt - THE CULTURE VULTURE - 6 amazing cities inc Venice plus The Rhine Valley and Swiss Alps

Starting Point: Frankfurt Airport

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days travel in 2 month period 'Global' Pass; InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€10 on FB train(s)
€9 on EC train from Innsbruck to Verona
€10 on EC* train between Venice and Lucerne

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement
also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on EC train between Berlin and Prague (and between Innsbruck and Verona in the summer)
the Railjet (RJ) trains.

Scenic Journeys:Frankfurt to Koblenz (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
Koblenz to Cologne (sit on right of train in direction of travel)
Berlin to Prague (sit on left of train in direction of travel)
Vienna to Salzburg
Innsbruck to Verona
(Milan to Lucerne - if you take daytime trains)

High Speed Line Journeys: Cologne/Koln to Berlin (part of journey only)

This central European odyssey takes in some of Europe's most fascinating cities and uses scenic routes wherever possible to connect them, so that the journeys are as enjoyable as the destinations.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Koblenz 1hr 44/15min Mon-Fri

Daily
From the 'Regionalbahnhof' at 07:21; 09:24: 11:24; 13:24; 15:24; 16:23; 17:21; 18:23
From the 'Fernbhanhof' IC/ICE trains at 05:58; 06:57; 07:58; 09:58; 11:58; (12:28 7 only); 13:58; 15:58 17:58; 19:58; 21:59 ICE; 23:38
2 Berlin 5hr 55min ICE Daily Train 1: Depart Koblenz at 10:16, arrives Koln hbf at 11:28
Train 2: ICE train departs Koln hbf at 11:48, arrives Berlin hbf at 16:09
3 Prague/Praha 4hr 43min EC Daily Depart Berlin hbf at 10:46, arrives at Praha h.l.n at 15:26 (also arrives at Praha (Hoselvice)
4 Budapest 6hr 56min EC Daily Depart Prague (h.l.n.) at 11:39, arrives Budapest (Keleti) at 18:35
5 Vienna/
Wien
2hr 44min RJ Daily Depart Budapest (Keleti) at 11:10, arrives Wien (Meidling) at 13:54 (train also continues to Wien (Westbahnhof)
6 Salzburg 2hr 26min RJ Daily Depart Wien (Westbahnhof) at 10:36/11:36, arrives Salzburg hbf at 13:02/14:02
7 Verona 6hr 8min OEC/EC Daily Train 1: OEC train departs Salzburg at 10:53, arrives Innsbruck hbf at 12:52
Train 2: EC* train departs Innsbruck at 13:27, arrives Verona (Porta Nuova) at 16:57 (train destination is Venezia)
8 Venice/
Venezia
1hr 11min FB Daily Departs Verona (Porta Nuova) at 10:29, arrives Venezia (St Lucia) at 11:40
9 Lucerne 7hr 39min FB/EC Daily Train 1: FB train departs Venezia (St Lucia) at 11:50, arrives Milan/Milano (Centrale) at 14:25
Train 2: EC* train departs Milano (Centrale) at 15:10, arrives Arth-Goldau at 18:09
Train 3: Depart Arth-Goldau at 18:46, arrives Lucerne at 19:29
10 Frankfurt
Flughafen
4hr 12min IC/ICE Daily Train 1: departs Lucerne at 07:54, arrives Basel (SBB) at 08:55
Train 2: ICE train departs Basel (SBB) at 09:12, arrives Frankfurt Flughafen/Airport at 12:06

Notes:

Follow this advice to enhance this trip (and save money)!

  • When arriving at Frankfurt Airport on a Mon-Fri it's more straight-forward to take the local (REG) trains direct to Koblenz from the 'Regionalbahnhof' station that is used by the local trains.
    You can be sure of finding a seat and can also be sure of sitting on the right hand side of the train (in the direction of travel) to make the most of the views that will be such a great start to the rail adventure.
    However, the direct local trains between the airport and Koblenz only operate on Mon-Fri, at weekends connections are available at Mainz (there also additional connections by changing trains at Mainz hbf on Monday-Fridays.)
    The entrances to the 'Regionalbahnhof' and the 'Fernbahnhof' (used by the long distance express trains from the airport) are adjacent to each other so it's fairly straight-forward to ascertain whether the next train to Koblenz is an IC/ICE train. 1st class pass holders can virtually guarantee that seats will be available on IC/ICE trains.

  • It's possible to travel between Verona and Venice without paying the €10 supplement on the FB train (a comparatively expensive supplement for a relatively short distance journey).
    A daily REG train to Venezia (St Lucia) departs from Verona (Porta Nuova) at 13:18, the journey takes 1hr 36min.

  • It's possible to travel between Venice and Lucerne in a day without paying any supplements by
    (1) taking the morning REG train from Venice to Milano (Centrale) that departs Venezia St Lucia at 11:03;
    (2) taking the Milan Metro to 'Porta Garibaldi' station
    (3) using a local train to Chiasso;
    (4) connecting there to a cross border local train to Bellinzona and
    (5) taking the IC train from Bellinzona to Lucerne (train destination will be Basel) (it can be quicker to take a train from Bellinzona to Arth-Goldau, and change there for Lucerne).

  • For the final journey to Frankfurt other direct ICE trains depart from Basel (SBB) at two hourly intervals.
    Connections for these trains depart from Lucerne at arrival time at Frankfurt Flughafen: 05:44 Mon-Sat only - 10:06; 09:54 14:06; 11:54 16:06; 13:54 18:06; 15:54 20:06 and 17:54 22:06.

5: to/from Zurich - ROMAN HOLIDAY - 5 Italian cities plus Munich, Salzburg and the Alps

Starting Point: Zurich Airport

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days travel in 2 month period, 4 country 'Select' Pass; InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€10 on FA; FB; FR train(s)
€9 on EC train from Innsbruck to Verona

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement.
Also recommended in 2nd class on IC train(s) in Italy
also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on the RJ train from Munich to Salzburg in the summer months.

Scenic Journeys:
Zurich Airport to Munich
Innsbruck to Verona
Milan to Domodossola
Domodossola to Locarno
Locarno to Lucerne.

High Speed Line Journeys:
AV train from Venice to Rome (part of journey only)
AV train from Rome to Florence/Firenze

This journey combines one of Germany's most exciting cities, stunning Alpine landscapes and cultural highlights of Italy.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Munich/
Munchen
4hr EC Daily Departures from Zurich Flughafen to Munich hbf at 07:28; 09:28; 13:28 and 18:28
2 Salzburg 1hr 29min RJ Daily Depart Munich hbf at 11:27, arrives Salzburg at 12:56
3 Verona 6hr 8min OIC /EC Daily Train 1: OIC train departs Salzburg at 10:53, arrives Innsbruck hbf at 12:52
Train 2: EC train departs Innsbruck at 13:27, arrives Verona (Porta Nuova) at 16:57 (train destination is Venezia)
4 Venice/
Venezia
1hr 11min FB Daily Departs Verona (Porta Nuova) at 10:29, arrives Venezia (St Lucia) at 11:40
5 Rome/Roma 3hr 40min FA Daily Depart Venezia (St Lucia) at 10:25, arrive Roma (Termini) at 14:05
6 Florence/
Firenze
1hr 26min FR Daily Depart Roma (Termini) at 10:25, arrive Firenze (S.M.N) at 11:51
7 Modena 2hr 55min IC Daily Train 1: local train departs Firenze (S.M.N) at 12:10 (train destination is Sienna), arrive Firenze (Rifredi) at 12:15
Train 2: IC train departs Firenze(Rifredi) at 12:39, arrive Modena at 14:05
8 Locarno 5hr 15min IC/F.A.R.T. Daily Train 1: IC train departs Modena at 10:07 arrive Milano (Centrale) at 12:15
Train 2: REG train departs Milano (Centrale) at 13:20, arrive Domodossola at 15:02 (2nd class only)
Train 3: F.A.R.T. train departs Domodossola at 15:25, arrive Locarno at 17:22
9 Lucerne 2hr 57min IR Daily Trains depart Locarno at 45 min past ODD hours only
10 Zurich
Flughafen
(Airport)
1hr 13min IR Daily Trains depart Lucerne at 10 min past every hour

Notes:

Follow this advice to make the most of your trip (and save money!)

  • Pay for all supplements/reservations at the D-Bahn travel desk on arrival at Munchen hbf

  • If making the 4 hr journey to Munich seems to be a gruelling option following a long distance flight, take a train from the airport for the short distance journey to Zurich hb station in the city centre (don't use your rail pass).
    Zurich is a great city to spend time in and the daily trains to Munich also depart from Zurich hb station.

  • Direct RJ trains also travel between Zurich and Salzburg, if you qualify for a Eurail pass you can purchase a cheaper '3 country Select Pass', if you don't travel via Munich

  • It's possible to travel between Verona and Venice without paying the €10 supplement on the FB train (a comparatively expensive supplement for a relatively short distance journey).
    A daily REG train to Venezia (St Lucia) departs from Verona (Porta Nuova) at 13:18 the journey takes 1hr 36min.
    However, this train does not commence its journey in Verona, so seats may not be available, particularly in 2nd class (and they cannot be reserved in advance on this train).

  • You don't have to take an FAor /FR train between Rome and Florence, REG trains that don't have to reserved (can't in fact be reserved) operate between Roma (Termini) and Firenze (S.M.N.) station in Florence city centre.
    There are daily departures from Roma (Termini) at 09:13/11:13/13:13, but the journey time is approximately two hours longer than that by AV train.
    As these REG trains cannot be reserved arrive at Termini station a minimum of thirty mins prior to departure if you want to travel by them.
    also these trains are not air-conditioned.

  • An air-conditioned and cheaper alternative than the FA/FR train is to take an IC train from Rome to Florence, there are departures from Termini station at 09:35 and 12:32 and the journey time is approximately three hours.
    However, the IC trains arrive at Rifredi station in Florence which is not in the city centre, connections are available at Rifredi to local trains that operate to S.M.N. station in the heart of the city.

  • The FA trains between Venice and Rome also operate hourly throughout the day and there is a minimum of two FA or FR trains per hour between Rome and Florence.

  • A direct IC train to Modena departs from Firenze (S.M.N.) at 08:19 which arrives in Modena at 10:05.

  • An option is to omit the suggested stopover in Modena and take this 08:45 IC train direct to Milan and follow the above connections from there to Locarno (or take a later FR train from Florence to Milan).

  • If you opt to omit the stopover in Modena you can use a day’s travel on the pass to make other rail journeys such as a day trip between Munich and Fussen or Nuremberg
    Or day trips from Lucerne on the scenic Swiss Tourist Railways that accept rail passes.
    It's possible to travel from Lucerne to either Montreux or St Moritz and back in a day (see the above itineraries for details).

6: from/to Geneva - ART AND THE MED - coastal and alpine scenery plus Rome, Florence and Venice

Starting Point: Genève Aeroport

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days travel in 2 month period, 3 country 'Select' Pass; InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€10 on FA trains
€10 on FB train
€10 EC* train between Milan and Arth-Goldau;
InterRail pass holders have to pay 50% on of ticket price on TMR train(s)

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement

Scenic Journeys:
Geneva to Lyon (sit on left of train in direction of travel for best views)
Avignon to Nice/Monte Carlo (sit on right of train in direction of travel for best views)
Nice - Monterosso (sit on right of train in direction of travel for best views)
Monterosso - Rome (sit on right of train in direction of travel for best views
Milan to Lucerne
Lucerne to Montreux
Martigny to St Gervais

High Speed Line Journeys: TGV train from Avignon to Nice (part of journey only)
AV train from Rome to Florence/Firenze
AV train from Florence to Venice (part of journey only)

This journey maximises the opportunity to travel stunning coastal and alpine landscapes while stopping over in some of Europe's most wonderful destinations for history and culture.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Avignon 5hr 30min Local Daily Train 1: Departs Geneva at 09:29, arrives Lyon (Part Dieu) at 11:35
Train 2: Departs Lyon (Part Dieu) at 12:20, arrives Avignon (Centre) at 14:59
3 Nice/
Monte Carlo
4hr 42min/5hr 26min Local Daily Train 1: Depart Avignon (Centre) at 12:23 or 12:53, arrive Marseille (St Charles) at 14:12
Train 2: Depart Marseille (St Charles) at 14:31, arrive Nice at 17:05
Depart Nice Ville at 17:33 arrive Monaco (Monte Carlo) at 17:49
3 Monterosso (Cinque Terre) 5hr 7min IC Daily Train 1: Depart Nice at 09:55/Monaco at 10:19, arrive Ventimiglia at 10:43
Train 2: IC train departs Ventimiglia at 10:58, arrives at Genova (Piazza Principe) at 13:06
Train 3: IC train departs Genova Piazza Principe at 13:47, arrives Monterosso at 15:02
4 Rome/Roma 4hr 30min FB Daily Train 1: Depart Monterosso at 11:58, arrive La Spezia at 12:37 (2nd class only)
Train 2: FB train departs La Spezia at 13:07, arrive Roma (Termini) at 16:28
5 Florence
Firenze
1hr 27min FA Daily Depart Roma (Termini) at 10:55, arrives Firenze (S.M.N) at 12:22
6 Venice/
Venezia
1hr 35min AV Daily Depart Firenze (S.M.N.) at 10:30, arrive Venezia (St Lucia) at 12:35
7 Lucerne 7hr 38min FB/EC* Daily Train 1: FB train departs Venezia (St Lucia) at 11:50, arrives Milan/Milano (Centrale) at 14:25
Train 2: EC* train departs Milano (Centrale) at 15:10, arrives Arth-Goldau at 18:09
Train 3: Depart Arth-Goldau at 18:46, arrives Lucerne at 19:28
8 Montreux 5hr 18min ZB/MOB Daily Train 1: ZB train departs Lucerne at 10:55, arrive Interlaken Ost at 12:55
Train 2: BLS train departs Interlaken Ost 13:08* arrive Zweisimmen at 14:19
Train 3: MOB train depart Zweisimmen at 14:25*, arrive Montreux at 16:12
* = Trains conveys Golden Pass observation cars - pass holders can use these but seats should be reserved in advance
9 Annecy* 4hr 49min TMR Daily Train 1: depart Montreux at 11:40, arrives Martigny at 12:08
Train 2: TMR/SNCF train departs Martigny at 12:43, arrives St Gervais at 14:57 (not Sep 16 - Oct 4)
Train 3: Depart St Gervais at 15:03, arrive Annecy at 16:29
10 Geneva 3hr 16min Local Daily Train 1: Departs Annecy at 10:37, arrives Aix Les Bains at 11:24
Train 2: Departs Aix Les Bains at 12:57, arrives Geneva at 14:00

Notes:

Follow this advice to make the most of your trip (and save money!)

  • Avoid paying the supplement on the FB train between La Spezia and Rome, by taking the 09:29 local train from Monterosso to La Spezia and connecting there for the IC train that departs La Spezia at 10:07 and arrives Roma (Ostiense) at 14:05 - however, 2nd class pass users are strongly advised to reserve seats on the IC train.

  • You don't have to take an FA train between Rome and Florence, REG trains that don't have to reserved (can't in fact be reserved) operate between Roma (Termini) and Firenze (S.M.N.) station in Florence city centre.
    There are daily departures from Roma (Termini) at 09:13/11:13/13:13, but the journey time is approximately two hours longer than that by AV train.

  • As these REG trains cannot be reserved arrive at Termini station a minimum of thirty mins prior to departure if you want to travel by them, also these trains are not air-conditioned.

  • An air-conditioned and cheaper alternative than the FA train is to take an IC train from Rome to Florence, there are departures from Termini station at 09:35 and 12:32 and the journey time is approximately three hours.
    However, the IC trains arrive at Rifredi station in Florence which is not in the city centre, connections are available at Rifredi to local trains that operate to S.M.N. station in the heart of the city.

  • The FA trains between Florence and Venice also operate hourly throughout the day and there is a minimum of two FA or FR trains per hour between Rome and Florence.

  • It's possible to travel between Venice and Lucerne in a day without paying any supplements by
    (1) taking the 11:03 REG train from Venezia (St Lucia) to Milano (Centrale);
    (2) taking the Milan Metro to 'Porta Garibaldi' station
    (3) using a local train to Chiasso;
    (4) connecting there to a cross border local train to Bellinzona and
    (5) taking the IC train from Bellinzona to Lucerne (train destination will be Basel) (it can be quicker to take a train from Bellinzona to Arth-Goldau, and change there for Lucerne).
  • There are direct (less scenic) local trains between Annecy and Geneva, but they do not arrive at the central station in Geneva (Cornavin) (from where the frequent trains to the airport depart from).

7: from/to London - THE BEST OF EAST/WEST - 7 must see cities plus The Rhine Valley and Switzerland

Starting Point: London

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 21 Day 'Global' Pass; InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
FYRA trains - €4 2nd class/€6 1st class
TGV trains - €9 for Eurail pass holders
separate tickets for Eurostar trains.

Reservations:
Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement
also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on:
the EC trains from/to Prague
the RJ (Railjet) train from Vienna to Munich<

Scenic Journeys:
Cologne/Koln to Koblenz (sit on left of train in direction of travel for best views)
Berlin to Prague (sit on the right)
Vienna to Munich
Munich to Zurich

High Speed Line Journeys:
Eurostar trains
Cologne to Berlin (part of journey only)
Strasbourg to Champagne-Ardennes (part of journey only)
Reims to Paris

This schedule from London combines some of Europe's most exciting cities with Alpine landscapes and all journeys are less than 6 hours in duration.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Amsterdam 5hr 21min EST/FYRA Daily Train 1: Eurostar train departs London (St Pancras International) at 08:58; arrive Bruxelles (Midi) at 12:05 (12:08 on Sat/Sun)
Train 2: FYRA train departs Bruxelles (Midi) at 15:18 arrives Amsterdam (Centraal) at 15:19
2 Koblenz 4hr 48min ICE Daily Train 1: ICE train departs Amsterdam Centraal at 10:34, arrive Cologne/Koln hbf at 13:12
Train 2: Depart Koln hbf at 13:32, arrive Koblenz hbf at 14:42
3 Berlin 5hr 52min ICE Daily Train 1: Depart Koblenz at 11:16, arrive, Koln hbf at 12:28
Train 2: ICE train depart Cologne/Koln hbf at 12:48, arrive Berlin hbf at 17:18
4 Prague/
Praha
4hr 42min EC Daily Depart Berlin hbf at 10:46, arrive Praha (h.l.n.) at 15:26
Train calls at Hoselvice station in Prague, prior to arrival at h.l.n station
5 Vienna/
Wien
4hr 43min EC Daily Depart Prague h.l.n. at 10:39, arrive Wien (Meidling) at 15:22
6 Munich/
Munchen
4hr 10min RJ Daily Depart Wien (Westbahnhof) at 10:36, arrive Munchen hbf at 14:30
7 Lucerne 5hr 16min EC Daily Train 1: EC train departs Munchen hbf at 12:33, arrives Zurich hb at 16:44
Train 2: departs Zurich hb at 17:04, arrives Lucerne at 17:49
8 Strasbourg 2hr 43min Daily Train 1: Depart Lucerne at 11:54, arrive Basel (SBB) at 12:53
Train 2: EC train departs Basel (SNCF) adjacent to SBB station at 13:18, arrive Strasbourg at 14:37
9 Reims 2hr 12min TGV Daily Train 1: depart Strasbourg at 12:01, arrives Champagne-Ardennes at 13:54
Train 2: depart Champagne-Ardenne at 14:06, arrives Reims at 14:13
10 Paris 45min TGV Daily Depart Reims at 11:43, arrive Paris (Gare De L'est) at 12:31

Notes:

Follow this advice to make the most of your trip (and save money!)

  • The EC trains that operate every two hours between Berlin and Prague call at Dresden, so breaking the journey to spend time in Dresden is straight- forward.
    However, finding a seat on boarding the train at Dresden is unlikely, so reserving a seat in 2nd class is a must if you don't want to stand for the trip to Prague.

  • Regular TGV trains operate direct between Strasbourg and Paris, if you want to omit the stopover in Reims.

  • If you don't stop over in Reims you can use the rail pass to make a day trip from Munich to the likes of Fussen, Nuremberg or Ulm

  • OR a day trip from Lucerne on spectacular private Swiss Tourist Railways on which the rail pass is valid.
    It's possible to travel from Lucerne to towards Montreux via Interlaken and back on Swiss Tourist Railways.
    From Lucerne it's also possible to travel to St Moritz and back in a single day without incurring any supplements.
    Take the following trains:
    08:40 SOB train from Lucerne to Pfaffikon;
    the 10:41 train from Pfaffikon to Chur;
    the 11:58 RhB train from Chur to St Moritz;
    the 15:02 train from St Moritz to Filisur;
    the 16:04 train from Filisur to Davos;
    the 17:02 train from Davos to Landquart;
    the 18:19 train from Landquart to Pfaffikon;
    the 20:06 train from Pfaffikon to Lucerne arriving back in Lucerne at 21:20.

  • Eurail pass users only - Limited quotas of supplements are available on TGV trains.
    If you want to include Reims on this itinerary we recommend ensuring that you will be able to travel on the TGV trains before heading to Europe
    If you don't want to include Reims, arrange the supplement for the TGV train from Strasbourg to Paris at the Trainseurope desk in St Pancras station (in the East Midlands trains booking office)
    If no TGV supplements are available either purchase a separate ticket for the TGV train or take the alternative schedule from Strasbourg to Paris which you will find in the 'How To Avoid TGVs' section on this page

  • On the Eurostar trains check to see which fares are available before purchasing tickets at the special discounted rate.

8: From/To Frankfurt - NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS - 7 capitals inc London, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm

Starting Point: Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen)

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 21 Day or 1 month 'Global' Pass; InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass (purchase separate Eurostar tickets)

Supplements payable:
Discounted rates available to pass holders on Eurostar (Inter Rail pass holders are advised to purchase separate Eurostar tickets when following this itinerary)
€4 2nd class/€6 1st class on FYRA train from Brussels/Bruxelles to Amsterdam
€5 on TGV from Luxembourg to Paris
€17 1st class, €7 2nd class on S (X2000) train from Copenhagen to Stockholm
€2 on IC train between Stockholm and Oslo.

Reservations:
Required on the City Night Line train
Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement
also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on ICE train from Berlin to Frankfurt

Scenic Journeys:
Frankfurt Airport to Koblenz (sit on right of train in direction of travel for the best views)
Koblenz to Luxembourg
Hamburg to Copenhagen

High Speed Line Journeys:
TGV from Luxembourg to Paris (part of journey)
Eurostar to/from London
ICE train from Berlin to Frankfurt (part of journey only)

This itinerary takes in highlights of northern Europe that can be accessed from the inter-continental gateway of Frankfurt Airport.
Particularly recommended for the summer months when the days are at their longest.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Koblenz 1hr 44/15min Mon-Fri

Daily
From the 'Regionalbahnhof' at 07:21; 09:24: 11:24; 13:24; 15:24; 16:23; 17:21; 18:23
From the 'Fernbhanhof' IC/ICE trains at 05:58; 06:57; 07:58; 09:58; 11:55; (12:28 7 only); 13:58; 15:58 17:58; 19:58; 21:59 ICE; 23:38
2 Paris 5hr 40min Local
/TGV
Daily Train 1: Local train departs Koblenz at 12:40, arrives Trier at 14:33
Train 2: Local train departs Trier at 14:57 arrives Luxembourg at 15:44
Train 3: TGV train departs Luxembourg at 16:11 arrive Paris (Gare de L'est) at 18:20
3 London 2hr 20min EST Daily Travel by whichever train has the cheapest tickets available InterRail pass holders should not use their pass to obtain a discount, but should purchase separate tickets on eurostar.com, you’ll need a day’s travel on the pass for the journey from Berlin to Heidelberg later in the itinerary
4 Bruges 3hr 27min EST Mon-Sat Train 1: Eurostar train departs London (St Pancras International) at 08:58; arrive Bruxelles (Midi) at 12:05 (12:08 on Sat/Sun)

Train 2: IC train departs Bruxelles (Midi) at 12:26, arrives Bruges at 13:25
On Sunday depart London at 08:57 and connect into 12:26 train from Bruxelles (Midi)
52 Amsterdam 3hr 1min/3hr 14min IC Daily Train 1: MON-FRI depart Brugge at 10:18; arrive Antwerpen (Centraal) at 11:42
Train 1: SAT/SUN depart Brugge at 10:05; arrive Antwerpen (Centraal) at 11:26
Train 2: FYRA train depart Antwerpen at 11:55; arrive Amsterdam (Centraal) at 13:19
6 Copenhagen/
Kobenhavn
overnight CNL Nightly departs Amsterdam (Centraal) at 19:01, arrive Kobenhavn at 10:07
7 Stockholm 5hr 13min X2000 Daily Depart Kobenhavn at (11:15 not Sat; 12:29 on Sat), arrive Stockholm (Central) at 16:50/17:50
8 Oslo 5hr 55min IC Daily Depart Stockholm (Central) at 08:29, arrive Oslo (Sentral) at 14:24
9 Helsingor (7hr 6min) Local Daily Train 1: Depart Oslo at 13:02, arrive Gothenburg Central at 16:45
Train 2: Depart Gothenburg at 17:40, arrive Helsingborg at 20:08
Ferry from Helsingborg to Helsingor, journey time = 20min
10 Berlin 8hr EC/ICE Daily Train 1: Depart Helsingor, at 08:43 arrive Kobenhavn at 09:28
Train 2: EC train departs Kobenhavn at 09:44, arrives Hamburg (hbf) at 14:16
Train 3: ICE train departs Hamburg (hbf) at 15:05, arrives Berlin (hbf) at 16:43
11 Heidelberg 5hr 43min ICE/IC Daily Train 1: ICE train departs Berlin hbf at 10:31, arrive Frankfurt (Main) hbf at 14:50
Train 2: IC train departs Frankfurt (Main) hbf at 15:20 arrive Heidelberg at 16:14

Notes:

How to make the most of this trip of a liftime!

  • A 10 day pass can be used for this itinerary because neither a separate ticket for the Eurostar journeys, OR a ticket at the discounted pass holder rate will count as a day used on your pass

  • Use the day saved on your pass for the journey from Berlin to Heidelberg.

  • Another option available by not using up a day’s travel on the rail pass is to make the spectacular day trip between Oslo and Flam
    - take the 08:11 train from Sentral station in Oslo to Myrdal.
    From Myrdal travel to Flam and back on Europe's steepest railway. A train to Oslo departs from Myrdal at 17:52

  • When arriving at Frankfurt Airport on a Mon-Fri it's more straight-forward to take the local (RE) trains direct to Koblenz from the 'Regionalbahnhof' station that is used by the local trains.
    You can be sure of finding a seat and can also be sure of sitting on the right hand side of the train (in the direction of travel) to make the most of the views that will be such a great start to the rail adventure.
    However, the direct local trains between the airport and Koblenz only operate on Mon-Fri, at weekends connections are available at Mainz (there also additional connections by changing trains at Mainz hbf on Monday-Friday.
    The entrances to the 'Regionalbahnhof' and the 'Fernbahnhof' (used by the long distance express trains from the airport) are adjacent to each other so it's fairly straight-forward to ascertain whether the next train to Koblenz is an IC/ICE train. 1st class pass holders can virtually guarantee that seats will be available on IC/ICE trains.

  • Stopping over in Antwerp when travelling between Bruges and Amsterdam is recommended, the station in Antwerp is at the heart of the city and regular trains link Antwerp with Amsterdam

  • You don't have to take the City Night Line train between Amsterdam and Copenhagen, it's possible to travel by train to Copenhagen in a single day from Amsterdam without paying any supplements.
    (1) Depart Amsterdam (Centraal) at 09:02; arrive Osnabruck at 12:06
    (2) Depart Osnabruck at 12:23; arrive Hamburg hbf at 14:12
    (3)Depart Hamburg hbf at 15:28, arrive Kobenhavn at 20:10 (train travels on ferry for part of journey)

  • Don't use the rail pass for the comparatively short distance journey between Heidelberg at Frankfurt Airport, take one of the frequent trains between Heidelberg and Frankfurt (Main) hbf and connect there for the local S-Bahn train to Frankfurt Flughafen.

  • You can arrange and pay for the supplements on the TGV, S (X2000) and IC trains at the reservation desk at Koblenz station.
    You can also purchase the reservation fee for the CNL train between Amsterdam and Copenhagen at Koblenz.
    You cannot obtain discounted Eurostar tickets at Koblenz station - see our Eurostar page for more info.

9: from/to Berlin - EASTERN ODYSSEY inc Krakow, Budapest, Split and Ljubljana

Starting Point: Berlin

Rail Pass required:
Eurail - Eurail passes are not valid on this itinerary for the journeys to/from and within Poland.
InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€5.50 on Berlin-Warsaw Express (BW)
(€3 on EIC train in Poland)
(€1.50 1st class only on TLK train)
separate ticket required for overnight train from Split to Zagreb.

Reservations:
Compulsory on all trains on which supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement
also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on all EC trains
and the ICE train from Munich to Berlin

Scenic Journeys:
Zagreb to Split
Zagreb to Ljubljana
Villach to Munich

High Speed Line Journeys: Munich to Berlin (part of journey only)

This itinerary takes in some of the most incredible cities of eastern Europe including the Roman remains of Split and two of the key cultural centres in Germany.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Warsaw/
Warszawa
5hr 28min BW Daily

Daily
Depart Berlin hbf at 09:37, arrive Warszawa (Centralna) at 15:05
2 Krakow 2hr 54min TLK Daily Depart Warszawa (Centralna) at 12:55, arrive Krakow (Glowny) at 15:59
3 Prague/
Praha
8hr 22min EC Daily Train 1: TLK train departs Krakow (Glowny) at 09:28 arrive Katowice at 11:20
Train 2: EC train departs Katowice at 11:18, arrive Prague (h.l.n) at 16:39
4 Budapest 6hr 56min EC Daily Depart Prague (h.l.n) at 09:39, arrive Budapest (Keleti) 16:35
5 Zagreb 6hr 30min EC Daily Depart Budapest (Deli) at 13:25, arrive Zagreb at 19:45
6 Split 6hr 21min ICN Daily Depart Zagreb, at 12:45, arrive Split at 19:06
7 Ljubljana Overnight Nightly Train 1: Depart Split at 21:18 arrive Zagreb at 06:27
Train conveys 1st/2nd class sleeping cabins and 2nd class seats
Train 2: EC train departs Zagreb at 06:50, arrive Ljubljana at 09:12
8 Munich/
Munchen
6hr 21min EC Daily Depart Ljubljana at 09:12, arrive at Munich hbf at 15:33
Occasionally passengers will have to change trains at Villach, guaranteed connection
9 Berlin 6hr 3min ICE Daily depart Munich/Munchen hbf at 11:16, arrive Berlin hbf at 17:19

Notes:

How to make the most of this trip!

  • Nine journeys are included above, so a suggestion is to stopover either in Bratislava when travelling between Prague and Budapest, or in Salzburg when travelling between Ljubljana and Munich

  • Alternatively take an EC train from Prague to Vienna and not Budapest (EC trains operate every two hours) and use the additional days of travel to take a Railjet RJ train from Vienna to Budapest - Railjet trains depart from both Westbahnhof and Meidling stations in Vienna every two hours during the day.

  • Another option is to use the 10th day of travel to take a day trip from Munich to the likes of Fussen or Ulm.

  • All supplements, reservations and tickets for the overnight train from Split to Zagreb can be arranged at the reservations/travel desk in Berlin hbf.
    When booking the overnight train from Split point out to the booking clerk that you have a rail pass.

10: from/to Munich RIVERS AND MOUNTAINS - 6 eastern capitals and the best of Switzerland

Starting Point: Munich/Munchen

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 journeys in 22 days 'Global' Pass; InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€3 on EC train between Budapest and Zagreb
€3 on EC train between Zagreb and Ljubljana

Reservations:
Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement
also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on the ICE train from Munich to Berlin; and the EC trains between Prague and Venice and between Villach and Salzburg;
also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on the RJ (Railjet) trains

Scenic Journeys:
Berlin to Prague (sit on left of train in direction of travel for the best views)
Zagreb to Ljubljana
Villach to Salzburg
Salzburg - St Moritz
St Moritz to Lucerne
Zurich to Munich

High Speed Line Journeys:Munich to Berlin (for part of journey only)

This itinerary takes in some of the most incredible cities of eastern Europe, stunning Alpine journeys and two of the most fascinating cities in Germany.
Unlike the above itinerary it's accessible to holders of Eurail as well as InterRail passes

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Berlin 6hr 3min ICE Daily Depart Munich/Munchen hbf at 11:16, arrive Berlin (hbf) at 17:29
2 Prague/
Praha
4hr 42min EC Daily Depart Berlin hbf at 10:46, arrive Praha (h.l.n.) at 15:26
Train calls at Hoselvice station in Prague, prior to arrival at h.l.n station
3 Vienna/
Wien
4hr 43min EC Daily Depart Prague h.l.n. at 10:39, arrive Wien (Meidling) at 15:22
4 Budapest 2hr 51min RJ Daily Departs Wien (Meidling) at 11:58, arrive Budapest (Keleti) at 14:49
Train also departs from Wien (Westbahnhof) at 11:58
5 Zagreb 6hr 20min EC Daily Depart Budapest (Deli), at 13:25, arrive Zagreb at 19:45
6 Ljubljana 2hr 27min EC/td> Daily Depart Zagreb 12:30, arrive Ljubljana at 14:53
7 Salzburg 4hr 36min EC Daily Depart Ljubljana at 09:12, arrive at Salzburg hbf at 13:48
Occasionally passengers will have to change trains at Villach, guaranteed connection
8 St Moritz 7hr 56min RJ /Rhb Daily Train 1: RJ train departs Salzburg hbf at 10:02, arrives Buchs at 14:06
Train 2: departs Buchs at 15:01, arrives Chur at 15:38
Train 3: Rhb train departs Chur at 15:58, arrives St Moritz at 17:58
9 Lucerne (5hr 18min) Rhb/SOB Daily Train 1:: Rhb train departs St Moritz at 11:02 arrives Samedan at 11:09
Train 2: Rhb train departs Samedan at 11:14, arrives Sagliains at 12:00
Train 3: Rhb train departs Sagliains at 12:03, arrives Landquart at 13:10
Train 4: IR train departs Landquart at 13:26. arrives Pfaffikon at 14:19
Train 5: SOB train departs Pfaffikon at 15:06, arrives Lucerne at 16:20
Above trains all operate to hourly schedules
10 Munich/
Munchen
5hr 18min EC Daily Train 1: train depart Lucerne at 12:10, arrive Zurich hb at 12:56
Train 2: EC train departs Zurich hb at 13:16, arrives Munchen hbf at 17:28

Notes:

How to make the most of this stunning trip!

  • The comparative lack of notes for this itinerary speaks for itself, there are no practical alternatives to paying the limited number of supplements that are payable by rail pass holders on this routing.

  • Our top tip is not to use a rail pass when travelling on the train between Munich Airport and the city centre, so that you can use it to make the most of this fantastic trip on other days of travel

  • There is no need to make so many connections when travelling between St Moritz and Lucerne, an alternative is to take a direct train between St Moritz and Chur, but you will have taken this routing on the spectacular Albula Line when travelling from Chur to St Moritz.
    The tightly timed connections between Rhb trains are highly reliable and often involve a simple cross platform transfer from one train to another.

  • If you cannot find overnight accommodation in St Moritz or the surrounding area that meets your budget, an option is to stay overnight in Zurich, rather than St Moritz, remain on the Railjet train from Salzburg and spend a day travelling Zurich - Chur - St Moritz - Samedan - Sagliains - Landquart - Pffafikon - Lucerne, the trains on each separate journey operate hourly and the total travel time will be approximately eight hours.
    Or spend the night in Lucerne, by connecting into a Lucerne train at Zurich. On the next day travel from Lucerne on a Lucerne - Pfaffikon - Chur - St Moritz - Samedan - Sagliains - Landquart - Pffafikon - Lucerne routing.

11: from/to Rome - HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS - 9 other incredible cities inc Venice, Prague, Budapest and Split

Starting Point: Rome/Roma

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days within 2 months 'Global Pass' (recommended);
InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€10 on FA train between Rome and Venice
€9 on EC train from Verona to Munich
€10 on FB train between Venice and Verona;
€3 on IC train from Zagreb to Split
ferry from Split to Ancona
€10 on FB train from Ancona to Rome.

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement.
Recommended for 2nd class pass holders in summer only on:
EC trains between Prague and Vienna and
Budapest and Ljubljana;
IC train from Ancona to Rome

Scenic Journeys:
Verona to Munich
Munich to Vienna
Budapest to Ljubljana (sit on the right of the train in the direction of travel for the best views)
Ljubljana to Zagreb
Zagreb to Split

High Speed Line Journeys: Rome to Venice (part of journey only)

This itinerary includes highlights of Italy with some of the most incredible cities of eastern Europe including the Roman remains of Split, as well as Munich and Prague to delight lovers of culture, history, architecture and mountainous landscapes.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Venice/Venezia 3hr 40min FA Daily Depart Roma (Termini) at 10:40, arrive Venezia (St Lucia) at 14:20
2 Verona 1hr 10min FB Daily Depart Venezia (St Lucia) at 10:50, arrive Verona (Porta Nuova) at 12:00
3 Munich/Munchen 5hr 26min EC Daily Depart Verona (Porta Nuova) at 10:59, arrive Munchen hbf at 16:25
4 Prague/Praha 5hr 43min ALX Daily Depart Munchen hbf at 09:01, arrive Prague (h.l.n.) at 14:44
5 Vienna/Wien 4hr 43min EC Daily depart Prague (h.l.n) at 10:39, arrive Wien (Meidling) at 15:22
6 Budapest 2hr 40min RJ Daily Depart Wien (Meidling) at 10:00/12:00, arrives Budapest (Keleti) at 12:49/14:49
7 Ljubljana 10hr 11min EC Daily Depart Budapest (Deli) at 13:25, arrive Ljubljana at 23:36
Note that this train departs from a different station in Budapest to that which the train from Vienna arrives at
8 Zagreb 2hr 20min EC Daily Depart Ljubljana at 08:15, arrive Zagreb at 10:35 (train destination is Beograd)
9 Split 6hr 21min ICN Daily Depart Zagreb at 12:45, arrive Split at 19:06
seats must be reserved prior to boarding, it's a good idea to do this on arrival at Zagreb
10a Ancona Various ferry Varies Ferries between Split and Ancona are operated by Blue Line, Jadroljina and SNAV
Timetables and online tickets for all three companies can be found here
10b Rome/Roma 3hr 5min IC Daily IC trains depart from Ancona for Roma (Termini) at 06:35 and 15:30

Notes:

How to make the most of a stunning trip (and save money)!

  • Avoid paying the supplement for the FB train for the comparatively short journey between Venice and Verona by taking the 11:03 REG train from Venezia (St Lucia) that arrives in Verona (Porta Nuova) at 12:42.
    This train is not air-conditioned and seats cannot be reserved, arrive at St Lucia station a minimum of 30 mins before the train departs if you wish to be certain of securing a seat, particularly in 2nd class.

  • Avoid the supplement on the EC train between Verona and Munich by taking the following trains:
    (1) REG train that departs Verona (Porta Nuova) at 11:50, arrive Brenerro at 14:52 (this train is not air-conditioned);
    (2) Depart Brenerro at 15:28, arrive Innsbruck hbf at 16:08 and
    (3) depart Innsbruck hbf at 16:38, arrives Munchen hbf at 19:27.
    This route is more scenic between Innsbruck and Munich than that taken by the EC train

12: from/to Paris - AROUND THE MED plus Bordeaux, Bilbao, Madrid and Turin

Starting Point: CDG Airport Paris

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days within 2 months, 3 country 'Select' Pass'
InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
TGV x 3 = Eurail - €9; InterRail - €6-18
ALS train = €10 1st class and €6.50 2nd class
AVE train = €23.50 1st class; €10 2nd class
ALV train = €10
IC* = €3
FB = €10
FR = €10; TGVFI = €55/75

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will be automatically assigned when paying the supplement.

Scenic Journeys:
San Sebastian to Bilbao
Nimes to Nice/Monte Carlo (sit on right of train in direction of travel for the best views)
Monte -Carlo- Monterosso (sit on right of train in direction of travel for the best views)
Monterosso to Rome (sit on right of train in direction of travel for the best views)
Turin to Chambery

High Speed Line Journeys:
Aeroport CDG to Bordeaux (part of journey)
Bilbao to Madrid (part of journey only)
Madrid to Barcelona; Rome to Turin
Turin to Paris (part of journey only)

This itinerary combines some of the greatest cities of France, Spain and Italy with a stunning journey around the Mediterranean coast plus the amazing trip between San Sebastian and Bilbao.
You'll also get a great view of the Alps as you travel between Turin and Paris.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Bordeaux 4hr 15min TGV Daily Departures from Aeroport CDG (TGV) station to Bordeaux at 08:19; 10:16; 14:09; 16:21; 18:09; )
2 San
Sebastian
3hr 52min TGV Mon-Sat Train 1: TGV train departs from Bordeaux (St Jean) at 10:51, arrive Hendaye at 13:11
Train 2: Euskotren train departs Hendaia Euskotren station (adjacent to Hendaye SNCF at 14:03.
Train arrives at Donastia Amara (Salida) station in San Sebastian at 14:43.
2nd class only, rail passes not valid.
3 Bilbao 2hr 20min Esk Daily Euskotren departs Donastia Amara (Salida) station in San Sebastian at 09:18, arrive Bilbao (Atxuri) at 11:38
Or trains depart at 47 min past each hour with a journey time of 2hr 35min.
service operated by Eusko Tren - rail passes not valid
4 Madrid 5hr 3min ALV Daily* Depart Bilbao (Abando) at 08:57 arrive Madrid (Chamartin) at 14:00
*= operates on Sunday until Sept 16th
5 Barcelona 2hr 52min AVE Daily Depart Madrid (Atocha) at 10:30 arrive Barcelona (Sants) at 13:15
AVE trains depart Madrid at 30 min past every hour during the day
6 Montpellier 3hr 58min ALV/TGV Daily Train 1: ALV train departs Barcelona (Sants) at 12:22, arrive Figueres (Vilafant) at 14:03
Train 2: TGV train departs Figueres (Vilifant) at 14:20, arrive Montpellier (St Roch) at 16:20
7 Nice/Monte-Carlo 4hr 18min IC Daily Train 1: IC train departs Montpellier (St Roch) at 11:15, arrive Nice (Ville) at 15:56
Train 2: local train departs Nice (Ville) at 16:10, arrive Monaco-Monte Carlo at 16:31
8 Monterosso 5hr 7min IC Daily Train 1: Depart Nice at 09:55/Monaco at 10:19, arrive Ventimiglia at 10:43
Train 2: IC train departs Ventimiglia at 10:58, arrives at Genova (Piazza Principe) at 13:06
Train 3: IC train departs Genova Piazza Principe at 13:47, arrives Monterosso at 15:02
9 Rome/Roma 4hr 30min FB Daily Train 1: Depart Monterosso at 11:58, arrive La Spezia at 12:37 (2nd class only) Train 2: FB train departs La Spezia at 13:07, arrive Roma (Termini) at 16:28
10 Turin 4hr 18min FR Daily Depart Roma (Termini) at 10:05, arrive Torino (Porta Susa) at 14:23
(train continues to Porta Nuova station in Turin)
11 Paris 5hr 56min TGVFI daily Depart Turin (Porta Susa) at 10:15, arrive Paris Gare De Lyon) at 16:11

Notes:

How to make the most of this stunning trip (and save money)!

  • 10 days of rail travel passes can be used for this itinerary, as rail passes are not valid for the third journey between San Sebastian and Bilbao.

  • This itinerary involves a comparatively high number of supplements, but it actually represents good value for money as the standard fares for many of these journeys are amongst the most expensive in Europe.

  • Supplements that can be avoided include:
    those on the journey between Barcelona and Montpellier, but this involves taking local trains that are 2nd class only;
    on Mon-Fri depart from Barcelona (Sants) station for Cerbere 11:16 (On Sat/Sun depart Barcelona (Sants) for Cerbere at 10:46),
    Connect in Cerbere for the 14:39 train to Montpellier that arrives in Montpellier at 17:10

  • 2 Avoid paying the supplement on the FB train between La Spezia and Rome, by taking the 09:29 local train from Monterosso to La Spezia and connecting there for the IC train that departs La Spezia at 10:07 and arrives Roma (Ostiense) at 14:05 - however, seats still have to be reserved on the IC train.

  • An option is to stop over in Pisa with sufficient time to see the leaning tower. This IC train from La Spezia arrives in Pisa at 11:00, subsequent FB trains depart from Pisa to Rome at 17:00 and 19:00, there are also slower REG trains (that don't have to be reserved) from Pisa to Rome at 15:45 and 17:45.

  • An alternative to the FR train between Rome and Turin is an IC train that departs Roma (Termini) at 09:40 and arrives Torino (Porta Nuova) at 16:55,(it also departs from Ostiense station in Rome at 09:48)

  • To avoid the TGVFI train don't stay in Turin, spend the night in Milan.
    There are cheaper alternative trains - that still require supplements on which you can travel from Milan to Paris in a day.
    Eurail pass users can click the France - Italy header on this page for more information
    InterRail pass users can click the France - Italy header on InterRail">this page for more information

  • Or purchase a discounted advanced ticket for the TGVFI train, these are cheaper than the supplement payable, and use your rail pass for another days travel such as day trip between Rome and Naples, or Milan and Verona.

13: from/to Zurich - LANDSCAPE LOVERS - daily stunning journeys and destinations in Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland

Starting Point: Zurich Airport

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days within 2 months, 4 country 'Select' Pass'
InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€10 on FB train between Milan and Verona
€9 on EC between Verona and Innsbruck
InterRail pass holders have to pay 50% of the ticket price on the TMR train between Martigny and St Gervais.

Reservations:
Recommended for 2nd class pass holders on the Railjet (RJ) train from Innsbruck to Zurich.

Scenic Journeys: Every day of this itinerary features a scenic journey, but sit on the right of the train in the direction of travel on departure from both Marseilles and San Remo

High Speed Line Journeys:None

This itinerary ensures that every day of travel is a delight by exploiting the private railways in Switzerland that allow rail pass holders to travel at no additional charge.
It provides variety from the alpine settings with a diversion along the stunning Mediterranean coast.
All of the destinations have picturesque settings and/or packed with cultural highlights which is why they have become such tourist favourites.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 St Moritz 3hr 45min IC/
Rhb
Daily Train 1: - Departs Zurich Airport at 09:13, arrive Zurich (hb) at 09:23
Train 2: - Departs Zurich (hb) at 09:37 arrive Chur at 10:52
Train 3: - Rhb train departs Chur at 10:58, arrives St Moritz at 12:58
Same connections are available from the 08:13 and 10:13 departures from Zurich Airport OR purchase a separate rail ticket and spend the night in Zurich, using the first day of the rail pass to travel between Zurich (hb) and St Moritz
2 Verona 8hr 4min Rhb/Esc Daily Train 1: Rhb train departs St Moritz at 10:45, arrives Tirano at 13:12
Train 2: Depart Tirano at 15:10, arrive Milan/Milano (Centrale) at 17:40
Train 3: ESC train depart Milano (Centrale) at 18:05, arrives Verona (Porta Nuova) at 19:27
3 Innsbruck 3hr 37min EC Daily Depart Verona (Porta Nuova) at 10:59, arrive Innsbruck at 14:36
4 Lucerne 4hr 31min RJ Daily Train 1: RJ train departs Innsbruck hbf at 09:54, arrive Zurich hb at 13:20
Train 2: Depart Zurich hb at 13:35, arrive Lucerne at 14:25
5 Montreux 5hr 17min ZB/MOB Daily Train 1: ZB train departs Lucerne at 10:55, arrive Interlaken Ost at 12:55
Train 2: Depart Interlaken Ost at 13:08, arrive Zweisimmen at 14:19
Train 3: MOB train departs Zweisimmen at 14:25, arrives Montreux at 16:12 This is a Golden Pass Panoramic Train with observation cars at no extra charge for pass holders.
6 Annecy 4hr 49min TMR Not Sat Train 1: depart Montreux at 11:40, arrives Martigny at 12:08
Train 2: TMR train departs Martigny at 12:43, arrives St Gervais at 16:57
Change trains at Vallorcine, guaranteed cross platform connection
Train 3: Depart St Gervais at 15:03, arrive Annecy at 16:29
7 Avignon 4hr 48min/5hr 48,o Local Daily Train 1: On Mon-Fri Depart Annecy at 10:53, arrive Lyon (Part Dieu) at 12:52
Train 1: On Sat/Sun Depart Annecy at 11:53, arrive Lyon (Part Dieu) at 13:52
Train 2: On Mon-Fri Depart Lyon (Part Dieu) at 13:20, arrive at Avignon (Centre) at 15:41
Train 2: On Sat/Sun Depart Lyon (Part Dieu) at 15:20, arrive at Avignon (Centre) at 17:41
8 San Remo 6hr 50min Local Daily Train 1: Depart Avignon Centre at 12:23/12:53, arrive Marseilles (St Charles) at 14:12
Train 2: Depart Marseilles (St Charles) at 14:31, arrive Nice (Ville) at 17:06
Train 3: Depart Nice (Ville) at 17:26, arrive Ventimiglia at 18:13
Train 4: IC train departs Ventimiglia at 18:58, arrive San Remo at 19:13
9 Locarno 8hr 57min IC/
F.A.R.T.
Daily Train 1: IC train departs San Remo at 09:15, arrives Milano (Centrale) at 12:55
Train 2: REG train departs Milano (Centrale) at 13:20, arrives Domodossola at 15:02
Train 3: F.A.R.T train departs Domodossola at 15:25, arrives Locarno at 17:22
10 Zurich 3hr 6min IR Daily Departures at 08:45 then 45 min past even hours only to 20:45

Notes:

How to make the most of this trip of a lifetime and save money!

  • An alternative to the EC train between Verona and Innsbruck is to take the REG train that departs Verona (Porta Nuova) for Brenerro at 11:50.
    Arrive at Porta Nuova station in plenty of time to board this train and seats may not be available for all passengers particularly in the summer months.
    Change trains at Brenerro for the 15:28 train to Innsbruck that arrives at 16:08

  • The REG train on the itinerary from Milan to Domodossola is non air-conditioned and is also 2nd class only, seats should be available on this train, but they cannot be reserved.
    If you want to be sure of a seat and travel in an air-conditioned train, take the 15:10 EC train from Milan to Bellinzona and change there for Locarno (reserve seats and pay supplements for this train before you depart from San Remo).

  • If you take this option use a day of your itinerary to make a return trip by F.A.R.T.train between Locarno and Domodossola, either using your rail pass for this trip
    OR for the journey between Locarno and Zurich, check at Locarno station what the cheapest of these two options and use the rail pass for the more expensive journey.

  • It's possible to add Munich/Munchen to this itinerary in place of stopping over in Innsbruck, but Eurail Pass holders will need to purchase a 5 country 'Select' Pass.
    The EC train from Verona continues to Munich/Munchen and connections are also available by 'local' train from Innsbruck to Munich if you want to avoid the EC train.

  • Four EC trains per day (on which no supplements needs to be paid) depart daily from Munchen (Munich) hbf on the comparatively scenic main line from Munich to Zurich where connections are available to the trains from Zurich to Lucerne that operate at least hourly during the day.

  • Eurail pass holders can obtain 25% discounts on the network of (expensive) Swiss Tourist Railways (BOB/WAB/JB) that radiate from Interlaken towards Jungfraujoch and Wengen (no discounts are available to InterRail pass holders on these trains).
    If you want to use these trains on this itinerary, we recommend using the Eurail pass to obtain the discount and purchasing a separate ticket for the journey from Locarno to Zurich.

14: DIRECT TRAINS ONLY from/to Frankfurt - 9 must see cities inc Rome, Venice, Paris and Amsterdam

Starting Point:Frankfurt Flughafen

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days within 2 months, 5 country 'Select' Pass'
InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
€10 on FA and FB trains;
€9 on EC train from Munich to Verona
Rail pass holders will have to pay for full price separate tickets on the Thello(TLO) train;

Reservations: Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement has to be paid, seats will automatically be assigned when paying supplements.
Reservations are also recommended for 2nd class pass holders on the ICE train from Frankfurt Airport to Munich and the Railjet trains

Scenic Journeys:
Frankfurt Airport (sit on the right of the train in the direction of travel for the best views)to Munich
Munich to Linz
Innsbruck to Verona

High Speed Line Journeys:
Frankfurt Airport to Munich (part of journey only)
Venice to Rome (part of journey only)
Rome to Florence
Paris to Amsterdam

This itinerary removes the anxiety and inconvenience of having to make connections when travelling between destinations, while also including some of the Europe's deservedly most popular destinations.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Munich/
Munchen
(3hr 40min) ICE Daily ICE trains depart for Munchen hbf at 54 mins past EVEN hours and there are also hourly trains that depart between 29 and 37min past the hour
It's therefore straightforward to take the next ICE train on arrival at the airport
2 Vienna/
Wien
3hr 57min RJ Daily Depart Munchen hbf at 11:27, arrive Wien (Westbahnhof) at 15:24
3 Innsbruck 4hr 18min RJ Daily Depart Wien (Westbahnhof) at 09:36, arrives Innsbruck hbf at 13:54
4 Verona 3hr 36min EC Daily Depart Innsbruck at 11:27, arrive Verona (Porta Nuova) at 15:01
5 Venice/
Venezia
1hr 11min FB Daily Depart Verona (Porta Nuova) at 10:29, arrives Venezia (St Lucia) at 11:40
There are alternative FB trains from Verona to Venice at 10:59; 11:59 (w/e only); 12:59
6 Rome/Roma 3hr 40min FA Daily Depart Venezia (St Lucia) at 10:25, arrive Roma (Termini) at 14:05
trains depart Venice at 25 mins past the hour throughout the day
7 Florence/Firenze 1hr 35min FA/FR Daily FA or FR trains depart from Roma (Termini) for Firenze (S.M.M.) station at 25 and 55 mins past the hour during the day
8 Paris tbc TLO Nightly Depart Firzenze (S.M.N) at 21:34; arrive Paris (Gare de Lyon) at 10:18
9 Amsterdam 3hr 18min THA Daily Depart Paris (Gare du Nord) at 10:25, arrive Amsterdam (Centraal) at 13:41
10 Frankfurt Airport (3hr 45min) ICE Daily Departures from Amsterdam Central at 07:04 (arrives 10:34 Mon-Sat only); 08:04 (11:51); 10:34 (14:16); 12:34 (arrives 16:16 on Mar 22 - Nov 3 only), 14:34 (18:16); 16:34 (20:16) and 18:34 (22:16)
arrival times at Frankfurt Flughafen in brackets

Notes:

How to make the most of this trip of a lifetime!

  • Rail pass users do not qualify for any discount on the Thello train so purchase separate tickets for this journey. Book for the Thello train as soon as possible before your travel date, in the summer Thello trains can sell out completely up to two months in advance.

  • There are a number of options for using the 10th day of the rail pass, including:
    Spend some time in Zurich at the start of the itinerary and take a day trip by train in Switzerland such as return trip to St Moritz or a day on the 'Golden Pass' - details of how you can do this are on the Zurich page.
    Take a day trip from Munich/Munchen to Fussen, Nuremberg or Ulm.
    Take a day trip from Vienna/Wien to Budapest

  • Avoid the supplement on the FB train between Verona and Venice taking the 13:18 REG train from Verona (Porta Nuova) that arrives in Venezia (St Lucia) at 12:49
    The REG train is not air-conditioned and seats cannot be reserved on this train and seats are unlikely available to all travellers particularly in 2nd class.

  • An alternative to the AV train from Venice to Rome is to take the IC train that departs Venezia St Lucia at 14:41 and arrives at Roma (Termini) at 20:35

  • You don't have to take an FA or FR train between Rome and Florence, REG trains that don't have to reserved (can't in fact be reserved) operate between Roma (Termini) and Firenze (S.M.N.) station in Florence city centre.
    There are daily departures from Roma (Termini) at 09:13/11:13/13:13, but the journey time is approximately two hours longer than that by FA/FR trains.

  • As these REG trains cannot be reserved arrive at Termini station a minimum of thirty mins prior to departure if you want to travel by them, also these trains are not air-conditioned.

  • An air-conditioned and cheaper alternative than the FA/FR trains is to take an IC train from Rome to Florence, there are departures from Termini station at 09:35 and 12:32 and the journey time is approximately three hours. .
    However, the IC trains arrive at Rifredi station in Florence which is not in the city centre, connections are available at Rifredi to local trains that operate to S.M.N. station in the heart of the city.

  • The supplement on the Thalys train is equivalent to the cheapest discounted tickets price between Paris and Amsterdam, these discounted tickets become available to purchase three months ahead of the travel date.
    If you can obtain these cheapest tickets use the 10th day of travel pass for a day trip by train from one of the destinations on the itinerary such as Munich to Fussen, Vienna to Budapest, Rome to Naples or Florence to Pisa.

  • Thalys provides the only direct trains from Paris to Amsterdam, which is why they have been included on this itinerary, but it's fairly straightforward for rail pass holders to travel between Paris and Amsterdam by paying a supplement of only €5 (approx.).
    See the Paris to Amsterdam (avoiding Thalys schedule) here

15: DIRECT TRAINS ONLY from/to Zurich - 9 must see cities and stunning stress free journeys

Starting Point:Zurich Airport

Rail Pass required: Eurail - 10 days within 2 months, 5 country 'Select' Pass'
InterRail - 10 journeys in 22 Days 'Global' Pass

Supplements payable:
Rail pass holders currently have to purchase separate tickets for the Thello train.
TGV train = Eurail €9, InterRail = €6-18
€9 on EC train from Innsbruck to Venice

Reservations:
Compulsory on all trains on which a supplement had to be paid, seats will automatically be assigned when paying the supplement.
Reservations are recommended for 2nd class pass holders on these EC trains;
from Berlin to Prague
from Prague to Vienna
from Innsbruck to Venice
and the Railjet train from Vienna to Innsbruck

Scenic Journeys:
Zurich Airport to Munich
Berlin to Prague (sit on the left of the train in the direction of travel); Munich to Linz
Innsbruck to Verona

High Speed Line Journeys:
Munich to Berlin (part of journey only)
Paris to Geneva

This itinerary removes the anxiety and inconvenience of having to make connections when travelling between destinations, while also including some of the Europe's deservedly most popular cities.

Train Departure Details

Destination Duration Train
type
Days
of
Running
Depart
Arrival
Times
1 Munich/Munchen 4hr EC Daily Trains depart from Zurich Airport to Munich at 07:28; 09:28; 13:28 and 18:28
2 Berlin 6hr 3min ICE Daily Depart Munchen (Munich) hbf at 11:16, arrive Berlin (hbf) at 17:29
3 Prague/Praha 4hr 40min EC Daily Depart Berlin hbf at 10:46, arrive Praha (h.l.n.) at 15:26
Train calls at Hoselvice station in Prague, prior to arrival at h.l.n station
4 Vienna/Wien 4hr 43min EC Daily Depart Prague h.l.n. at 10:39, arrive Wien (Meidling) at 15:22
5 Innsbruck 4hr 18minRJ Daily Depart Wien (Westbahnhof) at 09:36, arrives Innsbruck hbf at 13:54
6 Venice/Venezia 4hr 43min EC Daily Depart Innsbruck at 13:22, arrive Venezia (St Lucia) at 18:10
7 Paris overnight TLO Nightly Depart Venezia (St Lucia) at 19:57, arrive Paris Gare De Lyon at 09:30
8 Geneva 3hr 5min TGV Daily Depart Paris (Gare De Lyon) at 11:11, arrive Geneva at 14:16
9 Lucerne 2hr 50min IR Daily Departures from Geneva at 10 min past each hour
10 Zurich Airport 1hr 3min IR Daily Departures from Lucerne at 07:10; 08:10 and 10 mins past every hour until 19:10

Notes:

If making the 4 hr journey to Munich seems to be a gruelling option following a long distance flight, take a train from the airport for the short distance journey to Zurich hb station (don't use your rail pass). Zurich is a great city to spend time in and the daily trains to Munich also depart from Zurich hb station which is in the city centre.

Book tickets for the Thello train between Venice and Paris, as soon as possible in advance of your travel date.
In summer months, the Thello train can sell out completely up to two months in advance!

As rail passes aren't valid on the Thello use the day of your rail pass to make a day trip from a city such as:
Munich to Fussen or Nuremberg
Venice to Verona
Paris to Tours or Amiens or Rouen
OR explore the Golden Pass trains with a day trip by Swiss Tourist Railways between Lucerne and Montreux.