What is Eurail?

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Eurail is the comfortable and fun way to travel across Europe by train. Using just one Eurail pass, you can access extensive rail and ferry networks in 28 fascinating countries. If you're planning the trip of a lifetime, no other form of travel offers such broad and flexible coverage of Europe!

Whether you're a first-time traveler, an experienced globetrotter, or a family with young children, we have a pass for you. Travel anywhere between 3 days and 3 months in the countries of your choice. Get ready to create your very own authentic European experience.

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6 reasons to experience Europe by Eurail


Breathtaking scenery

Glacier Express passing mountain lake

Travel on one of Europe's popular scenic routes and enjoy beautiful scenery like the snow-capped Alps in Switzerland or the lush rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy. 


Discover 28 countries

Young couple in front of Eiffel Tower Paris, France

Discover famed destinations in up to 28 countries from world-renowned capitals like Paris and Amsterdam to enchanting villages in Andalusia in Spain. The choice is endless.


Comfy high-speed travel

Interior of a high-speed train

The train is the comfortable way to see Europe. High-speed trains run in many countries, providing extra-fast transport links without the hassle of airport security and check-in.


Arrive in the city center

A young man at the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium

The train doors swing open and there you are in the heart of the city. Drop your bags off and then you're ready to start exploring a new culture, rich history and famous sites. 


Travel by night

Breakfast in the night train

Cover large distances on night trains while you snooze – fall asleep in one city and wake up the next day in a new place, well-rested and ready to begin a day of exploration.


Meet new people

Regional train, people looking out of train window

Get to know the locals for a truly authentic travel experience and cross paths with other travelers from all over the world. You'll leave with lifelong memories!

How does Eurail work?

  • What is a Eurail pass? 

    A Eurail pass is a single travel document that allows you to travel by train in one or more European countries. With a Eurail pass, you can explore up to 28 countries, without having to buy point-to-point tickets.

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  • What types of Eurail passes are there? 

    There are 4 types of Eurail passes.

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  • For how long and how often can I travel? 

    Each Eurail pass is available with different numbers of travel days.

    All passes have the flexi pass option: you have a fixed number of travel days which you can use whenever you want during the overall period that your pass is valid, such as 15 days within 2 months.

    The Eurail Global Pass also has a continuous pass option: you may travel on as many trains as you want during the entire period that your pass is valid, such as 15 days continuous travel.

    The number of travel days and the period of validity varies between each pass and country. You can also use a second Eurail pass after your first finishes.

  • How do you use a Eurail pass? 

    Every traveler has to activate their Eurail pass to start using it. This can be done at the ticket offices of most large European train stations.

    After that, there’s a travel report to fill in before you board each train, bus, or ferry.

    When you're on the train, you just need to show your Eurail pass, plus your passport or identity document, to any member of staff who asks to see it.

    See our guide to using your pass.

  • Do I still need separate tickets with a Eurail pass? 

    Your Eurail pass will serve as your ticket on most trains. With it, you can get on trains run by National Railway Companies, without additional tickets or supplements.

    However, keep in mind that many European high-speed and night trains require reservations. This is to ensure that every traveler has a seat or a bed. When boarding one of these trains, you will need to have both your Eurail pass and your reservation with you.

  • Does it matter which country I start in? 

    No, you can start your trip in any country in which your Eurail pass is valid. For instance, if you have a Eurail Global Pass, you can start in any of the 28 countries that are included in your pass.

  • How far in advance can I buy my Eurail pass?  

    You can order your Eurail pass up to 6 months in advance of your trip. Within these 6 months, you need to activate your Eurail pass at a European train station.

    View the shipping calculator to find out the expected delivery date of your order. You can also have your Eurail pass delivered to a European (hotel) address.

  • What are the delivery options? 

    We offer 3 methods of signed delivery of your Eurail pass, including FREE Budget Shipping.
    With the shipping calculator you can check out the expected delivery date and costs of your order.

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  • Do you offer any discounts? 

    Yes, we offer the following discounts on Eurail passes:

    • Youth pass - Travelers aged 12 to 25 can order a Youth pass, which can be up to 35% cheaper than the Adult pass.

    • Saver pass - Adults traveling in a group of 2 to 5 people, can travel on a single Saver pass at a 15% discount per person.

    • Family pass - Up to two children (aged 0 to 11) can travel for free with a single adult.

    Check out our Pass Benefits page for more information, and Special Offers page for exclusive deals.

Global Pass

Explore up to 28 countries

Pass box map Global Pass up to 28 countries
From USD $273 USD $339

Select Pass

Select 4 bordering countries of your choice

Pass box map Select Pass 4 Countries 4 countries
From USD $105

Regional Pass

Choose from popular 2 country combinations

Pass box map Regional Pass 2 countries
From USD $120

One Country Pass

Pick from 27 popular countries

Pass box map One Country Pass 1 country
From USD $68

Countries you can visit with Eurail

Italy Portugal Spain France Belgium the Netherlands Luxembourg Serbia Ireland Switzerland Turkey Greece Finland Sweden Norway Denmark Poland Bulgaria Romania Slovakia the Czech Republic Montenegro Hungary Austria Slovenia Croatia Germany Bosnia-Herzegovina


Move from one country to the next in Europe and you'll find interesting information!


Railway in the Austrian Alps

Capital: Vienna

Population: 8.6 million

Language: German

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +43

Enjoy "The Sound of Music"-like views from the train window.


Futuristic Liege-Guillemins railway station

Capital: Brussels

Population: 11.2 million

Language: Flemish, French, German

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +32

Take advantage of Belgium's fast, efficient train network.


Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria

Capital: Sofia

Population: 7.2 million

Language: Bulgarian

Currency: Lev (BGN)

Dialling code: +359

Admire views of Bulgaria's conifers, deciduous forest and open fields.


View of Split

Capital: Zagreb

Population: 4.3 million

Language: Croatian

Currency: Kuna (HRK)

Dialling code: +385

Take the train south to Split to enjoy Croatia's stunning coast and islands.

the Czech Republic

View of Prague Castle

Capital: Prague

Population: 10.5 million

Language: Czech

Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)

Dialling code: +420

Hop off the train at some of the charming towns in the Czech Republic.


Bridge across Torne River between  Finland and Sweden

Capital: Helsinki

Population: 5.5 million

Language: Finnish

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +358

Head up north by train for views of Finland's great wilderness & glistening lakes.


Landscape in Garfagnana, Lucca

Capital: Rome

Population: 60.8 million

Language: Italian

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +39

Take a train ride though Tuscany's rolling hills for unforgettable views!

the Netherlands

Dutch tulip field

Capital: Amsterdam

Population: 17 million

Language: Dutch

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +31

Play "spot the windmill" as you travel by train through the Dutch countryside!


View from a train in Norwegian mountains

Capital: Oslo

Population: 5.2 million

Language: Norwegian

Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)

Dialling code: +47

For top views of Norway's mezmerizing scenery hop on board the train!


View of Giewont mountain

Capital: Warsaw

Population: 38.5 million

Language: Polish

Currency: Zloty (PLN)

Dialling code: +48

Gaze out the train window at Poland's farmland and pretty cottages.


Railway across Lake Skadar

Capital: Podgorica

Population: 622,000

Language: Montenegrin

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +382

The views from the train look like something out of "Lord of the Rings"!


Vineyards and forest along the Mosel river in Germany

Capital: Berlin

Population: 81.1 million

Language: German

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +49

Take a scenic train ride through Germany's beautiful Black Forest.


Train on railway viaduct in Douro Valley

Capital: Lisbon

Population: 10.4 million

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +351

Take in views of Portuguese vineyards, the Douro River & charming villages.


Bucegi mountains

Capital: Bucharest

Population: 20 million

Language: Romanian

Currency: Romanian leu (RON)

Dialling code: +40

Catch sight of Romania's impressive Bucegi Mountains from the train window.


Train near Mokra Gora

Capital: Belgrade

Population: 7.1 million

Language: Serbian

Currency: Serbian dinar (RSD)

Dialling code: +381

Take the train to southern Serbia - you're in for a scenic treat!


Train in Vysoke Tatry

Capital: Bratislava

Population: 5.4 million

Language: Slovak

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +421

Enjoy the beautiful train ride to Slovakia's Tatra mountains.


Scenic view of Slovenia mountains

Capital: Ljubljana

Population: 2.1 million

Language: Slovene

Currency: Slovene

Dialling code: +386

Sit by the window for a showcase of Slovenia's glorious scenery!


High-speed trains AVE in Madrid

Capital: Madrid

Population: 46.5 million

Language: Spanish

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +34

Travel between Spain's main cities onboard comfortable high-speed trains.


Northern lights in Swedish Lapland

Capital: Stockholm

Population: 9.8 million

Language: Swedish

Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)

Dialling code: +46

Take the train north to Swedish Lapland for the Northern Lights & ice fishing!


Scenic view from Jungfrau Bahn

Capital: Bern

Population: 8.2 million

Language: German, French, Italian

Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)

Dialling code: +41

The Swiss Alps, turquoise lakes & charming Swiss cabins - all on one train ride!


Trains at Haydarpasa Station

Capital: Ankara

Population: 77.7 million

Language: Turkish

Currency: Turkish lira (TRY)

Dialling code: +90

The Turkish train network connects all corners of this fascinating country.


Green mountain landscape Inishowen

Capital: Dublin, Belfast

Population: 4.6 million, 1.8 million

Language: English, Irish

Currency: Euro (EUR), British Pound (GBP)

Dialling code: +353, +44

Admire the "Emerald Isle's" lush green countryside from the comfort of your seat.


Beautiful vineyard in Badacsony

Capital: Budapest

Population: 9.8 million

Language: Hungarian

Currency: Forint (HUF)

Dialling code: +36

Snap some pictures from the train window of Hungary's farmland & quaint villages.


Scenic view of Luxembourg

Capital: Luxembourg City

Population: 563,000

Language: French, German, Luxembourgish

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +352

Snap some shots from the train of the rolling hills of Luxembourg's Ardennes.


Country field in Denmark

Capital: Copenhagen

Population: 5.7 million

Language: Danish

Currency: Danish krone (DKK)

Dialling code: +45

Take a relaxing train ride through Denmark's pretty countryside.


Railtrack, Villefranche sur mer

Capital: Paris

Population: 65 million

Language: French

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +33

The train runs alongside France's Côte d'Azur coastline - the views are breathtaking!


Nestos river at Thrace

Capital: Athens

Population: 10.8 million

Language: Greek

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Dialling code: +30

The rugged mountains of Greece are in full view from the train window.


Stari Most in Mostar

Capital: Sarajevo

Population: 3.9 million

Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

Currency: Marka (BAM)

Dialling code: +387

See the sights of Bosnia-Herzegovina as you relax on comfy Bosnian trains.

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