How to use your Eurail pass

Find out everything you need to know about using your Eurail pass.

Activate your pass


You must activate (validate) your Eurail Pass before your first train journey. This can be done at a European train station, or online by using our activation service at checkout. Activation is required within 11 months* of the issuing date.

Eurail passes are issued on identity and cannot to be used by any other person. Your name, country of residence, and passport number should be filled in on the pass.

*Please note that by months we are referring to calendar months. This means that if, for example, you purchase your pass on May 31, the latest day you can activate your pass is April 30.

Read more on how to activate your pass.

Travel days


A travel day lasts 24 hours, from midnight to midnight. On each travel day, you can take as many trains as you want and go wherever your pass is valid. You're free to choose the days when you want to travel. Fill in each travel date on your pass before you board the train.

Read more about travel days

Pass benefits


Take advantage of extra benefits available with your Eurail pass. A range of discounts and special offers are available in the European countries where your pass is valid. 

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Travel diary


Your Eurail pass consists of a pass and a pass cover. Before boarding each train, bus or boat, you'll need to record your trip in the "travel diary" on the pass cover (in blue or black ink). If you forget, you could be fined and pay for a full fare ticket. When you get home from your trip, make sure you send us your travel diary, so we can send you a FREE Eurail souvenir to help remember your Eurail journey.

Read more about the travel diary

Traveling in a group


Groups of 2 to 5 people can buy a Saver Pass, giving you a 15% discount per person. All the travelers' names are printed on the Saver Pass, so this pass is only suitable if you're traveling together for your whole trip.

Read more about the saver pass

Train reservations


In some countries a seat reservation is mandatory for specific trains. The rules and conditions for making these reservations vary between rail companies and countries. Therefore we advise you to make sure you know in which country a reservation might be needed before you travel, so there are no surprises.

Read more about train reservations

We can imagine that you want to protect your valuable Eurail pass. Please note that laminating makes your pass invalid. We advise you to store your pass in a plastic wallet instead.

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