London to Paris by Train and then France Italy Benelux Eurail pass for 7 or 9 days days. Yahoo Answers

Best Answer: There is no night train from Italy to either Amsterdam or Brussels. There have been trains from Milan in the past, but it’s a very long ride. I live in northern Italy and fly when going that far north. There are budget airlines. One good option is Transavia who fly from Treviso (the alternative airport for Venice) to Amsterdam, but you can also check for other flights at: http://www.skyscanner.net/ If you want to take the train from Italy to Amsterdam or Brussels, the best option is to take the night train from Rome, Florence or Venice to Paris and change trains there for the rest of the trip. Note that you will also use the metro to change train stations in Paris.

You may be better off without a rail pass – particularly for the portion of your trip here in Italy.

Even with a rail pass you need to make a reservation for the night train between Paris and Rome. The reservation costs 45 euro for a berth in a 4 bed compartment. The standard price for the same berth is 130 euro without the pass, but there are discounts for early purchase of tickets. The cheapest fare for a berth in a 4 bed compartment (called the smart fare) is 45 euro – the same as what you would pay on top of the cost of the Eurail pass. There are a limited number of places at this rate and you have to do additional work to get one, but there are also other discounted fares. Another thing is that the trip from Paris to Rome uses two travel days off your pass because the train leaves Paris before 7 pm. http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.js… Going in the other direction uses one travel day since the night trains leave Italian stations after 7 pm.

There is an excellent site for rail travel in Europe that can help you determine whether a rail pass is worth it to you: http://www.seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurai… . In particular, read the section called "Common railpass mistakes: Italy…" about 20% of the way down the page. The site also has links to the various national train websites where you can find schedules and prices.

Greetings! I teach a college seminar in independent European travel and often am asked by my students how they can cram as many destinations into as short a vacation as possible. Bad idea! Go rent the movie "If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" to see how awful that way of traveling is. You will see many train stations, ticket lines, train compartments and scenery whizzing by your window. You will not get much cultural experience out of yourt trip at all.

Your itinerary is rather ambitious and does not allow much time to really immerse yourself in any of the cities you’d like to see. Five hours in Paris, for example, is not worth the effort. And Amsterdam is way out of the way for the rest of your itinerary, especially when you only have seven or nine days. I’d omit it and save it for a future trip encompassing more of northern Europe unless you can expand your vacation to at least two weeks. Since you just have, essentially, a week, stick to Italy, as that seems to be where most of your interest lies. Save more time by flying into Rome instead of London (which you don’t even list among the cities you want to see even though you chose it as your entry port into Europe).

To plan your train travel, visit German Rail’s very helpful, user-friendly website, www.bahn.de. Its travel planner shows almost every train in Europe. I use it even for planning train travel outside of Germany (which, incidentally, is sadly lacking in your itinerary!). You can also use it for planning overnight travel. However, if you take my advice, which comes from more than 25 years of planning my own independent trips to Europe, and stick to Italy alone, you might also check Italian Rail’s website, www.ferroviedellostato.it. Both sites have English-language options.

The fee for European rail reservations varies depending on the length of the trip and the type of accommodations you’d like. Obviously a first-class hotel train compartment is going to be a lot more than a second-class couchette (berth). A friend and I used our Eurailpass on an overnighter from Bologna to Munich and the additional cost for a sleeping compartment was about €110 for two of us. While you can make your reservations in the U.S. before you leave, it is cheaper to reserve them in Europe. But by concentrating your travels on just Italy, you will not need as many overnight trains as you would with your current plan.