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What’s a Eurail Pass?

A Eurail Pass is a single train pass that lets you travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

Enjoy the incredible variety of different European cultures, or travel around a single country and soak up the local ambience with Eurail.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

Eurail map

Still not sure where you can go with your Eurail Pass? Have a look at our Eurail map below – it shows the most popular Eurail routes and how long it takes to travel between one city to the other. Click on the cities you want to visit and start planning your next train trip, or check out Eurail’s suggested itineraries for more inspiration!

Which types of Eurail Passes are available?

There are two types of Eurail Passes available, the Global Pass and the One Country Pass. Keep reading for more details.

Eurail Global Pass

With the Eurail Global Pass, you can enjoy unlimited travel across 33 European countries by train and ferry, including Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland.

There are two types of Global Passes:

  • Continuous: Travel each day during the entire validity of your pass (15 days, 22 days, 1 month, 2 months or 3 months).
  • Flexi: Travel for a maximum number of days within your travel period. The options are 4, 5 or 7 days within 1 month, and 10 or 15 days within 2 months.

For example, say you have a Flexi Global Pass valid for travel on 7 days within 1 month. You can only choose 7 days of those 30 days (1 month) to travel by train. On one of your travel days, you can take as many trains as you like.

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  • A round trip from your country of residence is included in the price of the Global Pass. It’s also possible to travel on Eurostar between London, Paris, and Brussels.
  • You can choose seats in either First or Second Class.
  • Depending on the country you visit, you can get free travel on local public transport, discounts in hotels and restaurants and free visits to museums.

Eurail Global Pass prices

Based on the age group, Global Pass prices will start from:

  • Youth from €185
  • Adults from €246
  • Senior from €221

Prices correct as of August 2020

 

Eurail One Country Pass

The Eurail One Country Pass is the perfect option for you if you want to make the most of one European country during your holidays.

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  • You can travel between 3 to 8 days by train within 1 month. On each of these days, you can take as many trains as you like. The price of the ticket varies based on these criteria and the country you want to visit.
  • You can travel by ferry between Italy and Greece.
  • You can choose seats in either First or Second Class.
  • Depending on the country you visit, you can get free travel on public transport, discounts in hotels and restaurants and free visits to museums.

Why not combine 2 One Country Passes?

If you want to travel to one or two countries but don’t need to buy the Global Pass, you can combine two One Country Passes. You can do so if you want to explore more fabulous destinations without spending more on travel within the following regions:

  • Benelux – Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg
  • Scandinavia – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

If you’re going to visit three or more countries, we recommend you get the Global Pass.

How to get your Eurail Pass

  1. Follow the link to our official partners, Eurail
  2. Choose either a Global or One Country Pass and order it online
  3. Enter your delivery address (UK and international addresses accepted) – you’ll get an email confirmation as a type of receipt/proof of purchase for your Eurail Pass.
  4. You’ll receive your Eurail Pass by registered mail.

You’ll need to activate your pass before you can start using it. The Eurail Pass must be activated within 11 months of the issuing date. You can get your pass activated at a European train station, or when you place your order at eurail.com free of charge.

How to use your Eurail Pass

If you want to avoid getting in trouble with the ticket inspector, you need to register every leg of your journey in your Travel Diary. This is the section of your Pass Cover where you need to enter your personal details and ticket details, as well as your journey details (travel date, departure time, starting point, end point, and type of transport).

If you have a Flexi Pass, you'll also need to fill in the date in the Travel Calendar before boarding the first train, bus, or ferry of each day. Once you enter a travel day in the Travel Calendar, you can’t change it later, so fill in carefully!

You must keep the Pass Cover and Pass together at all times and present them to train staff at their request.

Available discounts with Eurail

 

Discounts for young travellers under 27

If you’re under 27, you can enjoy discounts of up to 25%. Available for First and Second Class.

 

 

Discounts for seniors

If you’re over 60, you can enjoy a 10% discount for either First or Second Class travel.

 

 

Discounts for families

Children up to 11 years old travel free with adults.

 

Frequently asked questions

Generally speaking, you won’t need to make a seat reservation when travelling on local, suburban or regional trains. By contrast, you’ll need to make a reservation and pay an additional fee to travel on most high-speed (e.g. AVE, TGV, Frecciarossa), panoramic and sleeper trains. You can make your seat reservation through Eurail’s website.

You need to activate your Eurail Pass within 11 months of the issue date. You can do this online using Eurail’s free activation service at checkout, or at a European station (still free of charge) once you’ve received your Eurail Pass.

Children under 4 travel for free and don’t need a Eurail Pass. On crowded trains, parents may be asked to put the child on their lap, as they’re not guaranteed their own seat. If you’d like a seat for your child, you must reserve it in advance by getting a free Eurail Child Pass. You can get 2 free Eurail Child Passes (for children aged 0-11) with your Eurail Adult Pass.

Children aged 4-11 also travel for free – they’ll just need a free Eurail Child Pass. A maximum of two children can travel for free with one adult. If more than two children are travelling with one adult, a separate Youth Pass needs to be purchased for the additional children.

Buying a Eurail Pass really depends on your travel plans. If you want to enjoy unlimited and flexible travel across one or more countries, and your itinerary includes plenty of train travel, then a Eurail Pass is certainly the best option for you. On the other hand, if you’re happy with a few short train rides or your dates are fixed, you may find it cheaper to buy point-to-point tickets in advance.