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 at a train station before your first train journey. Activation is required within 6 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.


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.


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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 report

 

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 report" 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 fromy your trip, make sure you drop your back to us by post, so we can send you a FREE Eurail souvenir to help remember your Eurail journey.


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Traveling in a group

 

Groups of 2 to 5 people can buy a Saver Pass, giving you a 15% discount per person. All the traveler's 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.


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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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