1. What are Eurail Passes?
Eurail has been providing multi-destination train travel in Europe for almost six decades. With just one Eurail Pass,
you will have the ability to travel in up to 28 different European countries, and there is a Pass to suit every trip.
Pass validity can be as short as three days or as long as three months, and Eurail Passes can be adapted to your
needs and wishes.
Eurail Passes can be purchased up to eleven months in advance, allowing you to book the Passes if/when you take
advantage of early bird flight deals. With your Eurail Passes, you enjoy a variety of Pass Benefits, including free or
discounted ferry crossings, transportation services, accommodation, attractions and city tours.
Participating Countries and Companies
2. Types of Eurail Passes
Do take note of the difference between Continuous and Flexi Passes, and that there are three main Eurail Pass groups.
A Continuous Pass gives you the freedom to travel on a fixed number of days during the validity of your passes. It's the
best option for travelers who do not want to commit to a fixed itinerary, or for those who want to travel extensively.
A Flexi Pass entitles you to a set number of travel days within a specific period. It is best suited to travelers who know
where they want to be and when, and it offers them the option of several rest days in between travel days.
Three Eurail Pass Groups:
· Eurail Global Pass: valid in all 28 participating countries
· Eurail Select Pass: valid in 2, 3 or 4 bordering countries
· Eurail One Country Pass: valid in one of the 21 countries available for this Pass
|Eurail Global Pass : 28 Countries where this Pass is valid|
|Eurail Select Pass : 3 and 4 Countries - Bordering countries|
|Austria||Czech Republic, Croatia/Slovenia*, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland|
|Benelux*||Germany, Ireland, France|
|Bulgaria||Greece, Montenegro/Serbia*, Romania, Turkey|
|Croatia/Slovenia*||Austria, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro/Serbia*|
|Czech Republic||Austria, Germany, Slovakia|
|France||Benelux, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland|
|Germany||Austria, Benelux, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland|
|Greece||Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy|
|Hungary||Austria, Croatia/Slovenia*, Montenegro/Serbia*, Romania, Slovakia|
|Italy||Austria, Croatia/Slovenia*, France, Greece, Spain, Switzerland|
|Montenegro/Serbia*||Bulgaria, Croatia/Slovenia*, Hungary, Romania|
|Romania||Bulgaria, Hungary, Montenegro/Serbia*|
|Slovakia||Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary|
|Spain||Italy, France, Portugal|
|Switzerland||Austria, Germany, Italy, France|
|Eurail Select Pass : 2 Countries - Possible Combinations|
|Austria - Czech Republic||Bulgaria - Romania||Germany - Poland|
|Austria - Croatia/Slovenia||Bulgaria - Turkey||Germany - Sweden|
|Austria - Germany||Croatia/Slovenia - Italy||Germany - Switzerland|
|Austria - Hungary||Croatia/Slovenia - Montenegro/Serbia||Greece - Italy|
|Austria - Italy||Czech Republic - Germany||Hungary - Croatia/Slovenia|
|Austria - Slovakia||Czech Republic - Slovakia||Hungary - Romania|
|Austria - Switzerland||Denmark - Germany||Hungary - Slovakia|
|Benelux - France||France - Germany||Italy - Spain|
|Benelux - Germany||France - Italy||Italy - Switzerland NEW|
|Bulgaria - Greece||France - Spain||Montenegro/Serbia - Romania|
|Bulgaria - Montenegro/Serbia||France - Switzerland||Portugal - Spain|
|(*) The following country groupings count as one country:
Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg); Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden);
Croatia & Slovenia; Montenegro & Serbia
|Eurail One Country Pass valid in:|
|Czech Republic||Greek Islands||Poland||Slovenia|
|Note: For Britain (England, Wales & Scotland) you need to book the BritRail Pass.|
Overview of Eurail Passes & Discounts
3. Trains and Ferries
a) High-Speed Trains
Europe is famous for its high-speed trains that cover hundreds of miles in just a few hours. They are also relatively new,
hence very comfortable and sylish inside, making them an exciting and convenient way to travel.
· Popular High-Speed Trains
· · Thalys (traveling at speed up to 300 km/h) covers Belgium, France, Netherlands and Germany
· · ICE/InterCity Express (speed up to 320 km/h) covers Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France,
Switzerland and Austria
· · Frecciarossa (speed up to 300 km/h) covers Italy only
· · AVE (speed up to 300 km/h) covers Spain only
b) Scenic Trains
Europe is also home to some of the most stunning scenic train routes in the world, and again, most of these trains are
included in the Eurail Pass, but reservations are often required and may be subject to a booking fee.
· Popular Scenic Routes
· · The Bernina Express is a breathtaking train ride through the snow capped mountain scenery of Switzerland and Italy.
· · The Glacier Express is a delightful trip through the alpine heartland of Switzerland.
· · The Golden Pass connects attractive valleys and towns of central Switzerland to Lake Geneva.
c) Night Trains
Traveling by night train is a great way for travelers to keep their days free to enjoy a destination. They're also an exciting
way to travel; passengers often go to sleep in one country and wake up in another! The good news is that most European
night trains are included in your Eurail pass, though additional charges may apply to make a reservation and/or if you
want a higher comfort level.
· Popular Night Trains
· · ÖBB Nightjet for travel in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland
· · SJ Night Trains for travel in Sweden and Norway
Eurail Passes can be used to get discounted travel on a number of European ferry routes and boats. These journeys can
sometimes help you to travel from one country to another quicker than by rail, or you can access islands situated off the
mainland. This is a great way for you to see even more during a European vacation.
(1) BUYING THE PASS
Q. How far in advance can I buy my pass?
A. The pass can be purchased up to 11 months before your first travel day. The pass must be validated within 11 months of the original date of issue.
Q. Does the passenger's name on the pass need to match the name on the passport?
Q. Is a rail pass transferable to another person in the event the passholder is not able to travel?
A. Passes are non-transferable as travellers name appears on the Railpass, and are valid for 11 months from the date of purchase, which offers
you the opportunity to reschedule your trip.
Q. Can I buy my pass in Europe?
A. Some passes may be purchased in Europe at a higher cost. It is best to place your order before you depart home.
Q. Would I qualify for a railpass if I have a Malaysian passport, but am a permanent resident of UK.
A. Passes cannot be sold to residents of Europe, the UK, Morocco, Turkey, or any of the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Passes are based on residency not citizenship, and the country of your residence will be printed on the rail pass.
Q. What is the difference between 1st Class and 2nd Class?
A. 1st Class seats often recline, there are fewer seats per car (also known as coach), and there is more space for luggage.
On some high-speed trains, the price of a 1st Class ticket includes a meal. 1st class is generally quieter with more business and adult passengers.
2nd Class seats are less expensive, but not as spacious, as there are more seats per car.
Q. What is a saverpass?
A. A saverpass is a discount rate for a group of 2-5 passengers travelling together at all times.
All names will be printed on a single pass, therefore passengers will not be able to travel independently.
Q. What is a youth pass?
A. From 1st January 2017, a youth pass is valid for any traveller who is 12-27 (above 12; under 28) years of age. (Note: previously it was 12-25 years).
(2) PASS FOR FAMILY, CHILDREN, SENIORS & STUDENTS
Q. Are there family passes?
A. There are few passes that offer a discount for families such as the Swiss passes and some Britail passes.
Q. How much are railpasses for children? How much are rail fares for children?
A. Rail passes for children are generally half the adult fare. Some passes do not offer a child pass. Child tickets are offered on most trains
and vary by train type. Children up to 4 years, usually travel for free when accompanied by an adult. For Eurail Global Pass, children up to
12 years, travel for free.
Q. Are there discounts for seniors?
A. Travellers aged 60 years (before the first day of travel) and over are considered as Seniors and can benefit from special discounts on some Passes.
Q. Are there student discounts?
A. No, there are no student discounts. Discounts are offered to youth travellers instead. A youth is any traveller who is 12 to 27 (above 12; under 28) years of age.
(I) AGE LIMIT
The world is diverse, so age limits vary according to the pass or the country you are travelling in.
(II) ISSUANCE FEES per person (subject to change):
From €5.00 per Eurailpass; from €5.00 per sector (seat reservation); from €5.00 per point-to-point ticket
(3) VALIDATING THE PASS
Q. When does my railpass start?
A. With most passes the pass will start when you get your pass validated by a rail official.
Q. What does validation mean?
A. Validation of your pass is having a Rail Official at the train station stamp your pass as valid.
Q. How do I validate or activate my railpass?
A. To begin using your pass, go to the ticket window at the rail station before boarding your first train and have a railroad official (not the conductor) enter the first and last day of the validity on your pass. The railroad official will also stamp your pass and you will have to show your passport.
And before boarding the first train of the day, the pass holder must enter the date of use in black or blue ink (not pencil) in the corresponding box of the calendar, in chronological order.
Passengers are subject to a fine in local currency if they are found travelling with a pass that has not been validated or with a pass on which the date in the corresponding box in the calendar has not been entered.
(4) USING THE PASS
Q. How many days constitute a railpass month?
A. A railpass month is counted as a calendar month. For example, a pass that begins on July 15th will expire at midnight on August 14th .
Q. How is a railpass day calculated?
A. A rail day lasts from midnight to midnight. You can take as many trains as you wish during this time.
Q. If I take an overnight train, do I have to use 2 days on my pass?
A. Use the 7 p.m. rule. If you board a direct overnight train that departs after 7 p.m. and arrives after 4 a.m., then you use only 1 day on your pass
(and do make sure to indicate the next day's date in the calendar).
The 7 p.m. rule only applies after the activation date of your pass. For example, if your Eurail pass is activated from August 6, you cannot use the
7 p.m. rule on the evening of August 5.
If your overnight train requires a train change before midnight, then you will use 2 travel days.
Q. What is the difference between a consecutive and flexi pass?
A. A continuous or consecutive-day pass requires you to travel every day during the validity of your pass.
A flexi pass is for you to travel (consecutively or non-consecutively) on the dates of your choice within a certain period of time (usually one or two months).
Example: A "Eurail Global Pass 15 Days" is a "consecutive" pass while "Eurail Global Pass 15 Days within 2 months" is a "flexi" pass.
Q. What does 8 Days within 2 Months mean in a Select Pass?
A. Many passes offer travel days that are flexible.
The 8 days of travel allow the traveler to choose the days that they want to travel in a 2 month time period.
Example: If a pass is valid from July 1 to August 31:
The traveler can then select 8 dates to travel on the train from July 1 to August 31.
The days can be consecutive or non consecutive.
Q. I've purchased a One Country Pass, what do I do if I decide to visit an additional, bordering country?
A. Your railpass covers you to the border city of the country you are travelling in. You will need to purchase additional tickets to travel in any country not covered on your pass.
Q. If I'm traveling through a country not included on Eurail Select Pass, can I add that country to the pass?
A. Passes are only valid for travel in the countries covered by that particular pass. If you travel through a country not included on your pass, you'll need to purchase an additional ticket for that part of the trip. For example, if you travel from Germany to Italy through Austria, Austria is not a country on your Eurail Select Pass and will not be covered; you must purchase an additional ticket.
Q. Can I go back and forth between the countries that are on my pass?
A. Yes, you may travel as many times are you like between countries that are on your pass.
Q. Can I also travel within the countries on my pass?
A. Yes, you may travel as many times as you like before Midnight on a travel day.
Q. Is a railpass valid for travel on city transportation systems?
A. In most cases, railpasses are not accepted on city transportation systems such as buses and subways. Passes will generally cover local commuter trains that are above ground. The exception to this is the Swiss Pass, which is valid for transportation in 37 Swiss cities.
(5) SEAT RESERVATION
Q. Do I need to make reservations if I have a pass?
A. Yes, you may need to make reservation. All trains that travel internationally will require reservations.
All night trains and high-speed trains will require reservations. Most trains in these countries will require reservations: France, Spain, and Italy.
Q. Does a 1st Class ticket guarantee you a seat on the train?
A. No. A ticket allows you to board the train, but does not guarantee you a seat.
You must make a seat reservation to have a guaranteed seat on the train.
Q. Can a seat reservation be made with a 2nd Class ticket?
Q. Is it possible to avoid reservations or extra charges?
A. Yes, depending on the country you are travelling in.
Generally, there are local trains that travel the same route as high-speed trains, however they normaly take much longer to travel the same route.
You will need to weigh the cost of a reservation compared with the time it will take to travel the same route.
Example: Lyon to Marseille is generally about 1 hour 45 minutes on the TGV. Local train for this same route would be about 3.5 hours.
(A TGV reservation is from €9 per person).
Q. Can I request seat facing forward?
A. Unfortunately, you cannot request a forward-facing seat. Trains generally pull into a station in one direction, and pull out in another direction and seat positions change, depending on the train.
Q. What kinds of sleeping arrangement is available on overnight trains?
A. Sleeper and Couchette compartments.
Q. What are the differences between a Sleeper and Couchette compartment on overnight trains?
A. Sleeper compartments have proper beds and amenities (washbasin, towel & toiletries)*. Sleepers are in 1, 2, 3, and sometimes 4-bed arrangement.
A couchette (pronounced "koo-shet") is normally only in 2nd Class. A couchette accommodates 4 or 6 passengers, male and female, and offers no amenities.
Keep in mind that some compartments are gender specific unless the compartment is fully booked. (*) Private shower & toilet can sometimes be found with certain overnight trains when the Premier fare is booked.
(6) AMENITIES ON THE TRAINS
Q. Is there a limit for luggage trains?
A. The standard of amount of luggage is 2 large items per person. Trains have either overhead storage racks throughout the car, storage room behind the back of your seat or luggage areas at the end of the car. There is no porter service available and all passengers are responsible for putting their own luggage on the train.
Note: Luggage kept by the passenger and placed in the luggage racks remains under the sole responsibility of the traveller. The railroads assume no responsibility in case of loss, damage or theft.
Q. Are dining cars available on all trains in Europe?
A. Dining cars are available on most long distance trains. Normally, you can just walk into most dining cars, sit down, and eat without a reservation, but you are welcome to make a reservation for a meal when mealtime is busy, or when the train attendant announces the opening of the dining car. If your train does not have a dining car, it is likely to offer passengers a buffet bar car. On local trains, there may be an attendant with a snack cart who travels from car to car, selling snacks and beverages. Train Dining cars are part of the train experience and is unrivaled by any other means of transportation. In some trains the quality of the food and wine is up to the standard of a gourmet restaurant.
Q. Is there a non-smoking section on the train?
A. Yes, non-smoking cars are available on all trains. Most high-speed trains are now completely non-smoking coaches when both options are available. There is no smoking on all trains in France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Q. Will there be a bathroom on the train?
A. Bathroom are easily accessible on all the trains and are usually marked with the letters WC. Bathroom can usually be found at the front or back of each train car and will include a sink, toilet and a locking door.
Q. Will there be shower facilities on the train?
A. Shower facilities are generally not offered on trains in Europe. However, private showers can sometimes be found with certain overnight trains when the Premier fares are booked.
Eurostar is a high speed train that directly links the UK to France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel (beneath the English Channel).
Q. Is Eurostar included with my railpass?
A. From 1st January 2017, Eurail Pass holders will be accepted on Eurostar trains, on participating routes.
A seat reservation with pass holder fee is applicable.
Q. How often does Eurostar run?
A. From London to Paris and vice versa, Eurostar offers frequent service; London to Lille & Brussels and vice versa, service is offered approximately every 2 hours. Eurostar also offers services to Disneyland Paris and the French Alps (ski season).
Q. How many pieces of luggage are we permitted to carry on Eurostar?
A. Each Passenger is allowed 2 pieces of luggage (85cm at their maximum length) and 1 carry-on bag.
Q. What is the minimum time allowed for check-in time on Eurostar?
A. The minimum check-in time for passengers with Business Premier tickets is 10 minutes. For passengers holding standard tickets, check-in time is 30 minutes. But it is advisable to arrive at the station with time to spare
Q. How old do you have to be to qualify for Senior Fare on Eurostar?
A. A passenger qualifies for Senior Fares at age 60 and over.
Q. Can a passenger take a car on Eurostar ?
A. No, Eurostar does not transport cars. You can transport your car on Eurotunnel.
Note: All of the above information and rates are subject to change without prior notice.
(8) POINT TO POINT TICKET
POINT TO POINT TICKET between 2 cities (in a single country or across borders) on regular and high speed trains such as Eurostar, TGV, AVE, ICE and etc is also available.
- unlimited travel on Germany's extensive train network
- fast and comfortable train travel between over 5,000 destinations in Germany, including Berlin and Munich
- unbelievable additional coverage, including rail connections to cities in Italy, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland
- special discounts on boat and bus tours, at shopping outlets, and attractions in Germany
|Pass Type||Category||10 Days||15 Days|
|Consecutive Pass||1st Class Adults||€256||€357|
|2nd Class Adults||€189||€265|
|Flexi Pass||1st Class Adults||€287||€406|
|2nd Class Adults||€213||€296|