Europe Vacation with family and kids

Hello Folks,

This is a slightly specific set of questions. I have planned trip to Europe with my family (wife, myself and kids - 7 and 4 years) in May 2018 (hope I don't come across as paranoid :) )


Paris -> Zurich

Zurich -> Milan

Milan -> Florence

Florence -> Rome

Rome -> Venice

Rome -> Bari

Bari -> Patras (Ferry)

From Patras, will be going to Athens.

The total trip time would be around 18 nights. I am planning to buy the Global Pass with 15 days continuous travel. With the current sale, I am getting that for around 760 Euro.

For the above trains, the seat reservation charges for First Class and Second Class are similar (a couple Euros Difference) on most trains. I did the math and the cost with and without the pass is approx the same. What I am not considering is local and regional trains within the country, which will be free for the entire family, without any reservation need. Can I please request a couple suggestions and confirmation?

1. Excluding London, all other cities I listed above, local trains/metros would be free, right? So routes like Paris to marseille, Zurich to Lucerne, Venice to Rome etc

2. Ferry from Bari to Patras, will have discount for family for beds with cabin, right?

3. For family of 4 with 2 kids, I think I am bought into the value of having a pass, just wanted a confidence boosting yes from some of the family travellers :)

4. For May 2018, when would the experts suggest making the reservations - and on phone or online directly? What would be more efficient/cost-effective..


Kiran Diwakar

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photo Travel Expert
Rail Europe Posted 2 years ago

Hello Kiran,

Thanks for the question.

Yes, you can purchase Eurail Global Pass for your travel. Children age 4 to 11 are free under the pass however need to be added in the pass. Seat reservation is needed under child fare for the kids.

Keep in mind that seat reservations would be mandatory for all High-Speed, Night, Scenic and Border Crossing trains. But, you will avail pass holder/discounted fares for these journeys with the pass.

In order to book seat reservations, please visit our website.

The pass seats can be reserved by clicking on “Seat Reservations” & feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on “search tickets”. Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Please click on the “Fare Details” tab to view details regarding the type of fare, type of seat, whether a reservation is included or not and the After Sales Policy.

The pass is valid for travel from London to Paris on Eurostar trains you receive pass hodler discount. You need only seat reservation with your pass on London to Paris route.

1) There are high speed trains running within a country as well which needs seat reservation. Only regional trains do not required seat reservation within a country.

Zurich to Lucerne you can travel free with the pass however the pass should be valid. Paris to Marseille and Venice to Rome you need mandatory seat reservation which cost extra.

2) You receive upto 30 % discount on travel from Bari to Patras on Superfast Ferries. However need to be booked locally at the port by showing the Global Pass you can check for cabin or bed once purchasing the tickets.

3) As you are travelling many cities the pass is advised however you can compare with point to point tickets and purchase accordingly.

4) Seat Reservation for London to Paris opens 6 months in advance and rest other sectors are 3 months in advance to the travel date. Hence you can check and book according to the travel date on the website.

Hope this helps!

Best Regards,

Amar, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thanks Amar, appreciate the response.


Kiran Diwakar

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Dear Kiran,

Thanks for the reply.

Always happy to help!

Best Regards,

Amar, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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