Alright, my itinerary is pretty well nailed down. Now I'm just trying to figure out whether it would be best to get a pass and pay all the supplemental/reservation fees or just buy p2p tickets. My initial plan was to buy a railpass, then my plan was to buy p2p tickets and a Swiss Pass, and now I'm really just not sure. Here are the trips I'm taking:
Rates are for TWO people. All travel is in August.
London-Brussels: $150 p2p (Eurostar)
Brussels-Amsterdam: $100 p2p (ICE, not Thalys)
Amsterdam-Zurich CNL: 350-400?? (double sleeper) *-see note
Switzerland Swiss Pass: $450, or:
Jungfrau: $200 with Swiss Pass, 320 or so with railpass, 400 or so with nothing?
Bern to Rome on EuroNight Luna: $225 (advance fare, double sleeper)
Rome-Venice: $150 p2p
Venice-Florence: $100 p2p
Florence-Paris Artesia Palatino 226: ?? (trouble getting the SMART quote for a double sleeper)
Paris to London: $150 p2p
- - The SparNight fare for this train apparently is about as much as a standard fare - 280 euros for an economy double compartment!?
I think I had it worked out that p2p tickets would be cheaper, but that was when I was seeing good SparNight rates for the CNL night train. Now I'm thinking that a railpass may be cheaper if that gets me good rates on the three night routes; however, that presents the issue of the Switzerland travel. We'll be staying in Murren and taking the Jungfraubahn; the Swiss Pass would have been helpful for all of that, but it doesn't make sense ($) to buy both a railpass and a Swiss Pass. Not sure what to do...