Choosing a Eurail pass

Check our frequently asked questions on choosing a Eurail pass. If your question isn't answered here, contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

Pass types and discounts

 
  • Do I need a Eurail or an InterRail pass? 

    A Eurail pass can only be used by non-European residents, living outside of Europe for at least 6 months. European residents can use an InterRail pass instead, available from InterRail.eu. Check below to find out which pass is is the right pass for you.

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  • Do you offer any discounts? 
    Yes, we offer discounts on certain Eurail passes for child, youth and senior travelers, as well as for groups. Read more
  • What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class? 

    The difference between 1st and 2nd class rail travel is the level of comfort and the facilities provided. Most European trains have both 1st and 2nd class cars, but there are also trains without class distinction. A 1st class Eurail pass is more expensive than a 2nd class Eurail pass.
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  • What is different about the new 4 country Select Pass? 

    From April 1, the new 4 country Select Pass will include France, one of the most popular destinations in Europe! Visit amazing cities such as Paris, Lyons and Nice, and travel through all the breath-taking scenery that France has to offer.

  • Is my Select Pass 3/5 countries still valid? 

    If you ordered a Select Pass 3 or 5 countries it is still valid for travel. You must activate your pass within 6 months of the issuing date. The Select Pass 3 and 5 countries were discontinued on March 31 at 22:00 Central European Time.

Countries

 
  • Is there a Eurail pass for Great Britain? 

    No, Eurail passes aren't valid for train travel in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). The Eurail Global Pass and the Eurail Ireland Pass are valid in Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland. A Eurail Select Pass can also include Ireland.
     

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  • Is there a Eurail Germany Pass? 

    We offer a German Rail Pass at our dedicated www.germanrailpasses.com site.

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  • Is there a Switzerland Pass?  

    No, Switzerland is not available as a One Country Pass. However, Eurail does offer various train passes which combine Switzerland with 1 or more other country.

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  • Is there a France One Country Pass? 

    No, France is not available as a One Country Pass. However, Eurail does offer various train passes which combine France with 1 or more other country.

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Travel days

 
  • What is a travel day?  

    A travel day lasts 24 hours from midnight to midnight. On each travel day you have access to the train networks and participating ferry companies where your Eurail pass is valid.

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  • How many travel days do I need? 

    On average, it won't take you more than 1 travel day to go from one European city to the next. For instance, you can use 1 travel day to get from Berlin to Paris and another travel day to go from Paris to Madrid.

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  • What does 10 or 15 days within 2 months mean? 

    A Eurail pass with 10 or 15 days within 2 months means that you get 10 or 15 travel days, during which you can travel by train within a 2 month period. Travel days are flexible, so you can decide on the go when you want to use them.

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  • What does 10 days within 2 months mean? 

    A pass with 10 days within 2 months means that you get 10 travel days, which can be used for train travel within a 2 month period. Travel days are flexible, so you can decide on the go when you use them. Choose the pass with the number of travel days that best fits your travel plans.

     

    For instance: You are planning to travel in Italy and visit Rome, Florence and Venice. You don't need 10 travel days for this trip, because all of these cities can be reached in a day. So instead, you buy a 3 days within 2 months pass, which is cheaper and suits your trip better.

  • Does it matter which country I start in? 

    No, you can start your trip in any country in which your Eurail pass is valid. You can even travel back and forth between countries as much as you like.

  • What does 4 to 10 days within 2 months mean? 

    A pass with 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 days within 2 months means that you get 4 to 10 travel days during which you can travel by train within a 2 month period. Travel days are flexible so you can decide on the go when you use each one. Choose the number of travel days that best fits your trip plans.

  • What does 5, 6, 8 or 10 days within 2 months mean? 

    A pass with 5, 6, 8, 10 or 15 days within 2 months means that you get 5, 6, 8, 10 or 15 travel days during which you can travel by train within a 2 month period. Travel days are flexible so you can decide on the go when you use each one.

  • Do I have to travel every day with a continuous pass? 

    No, with a 15 days continuous pass (and any other continuous pass), you don't have to travel every day. However, you do have the freedom to go by train on each of your travel days if you want to.

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  • What does "1 month continuous" mean? 

    A pass with "1 month continuous" means that each day during a period of 1 month is a potential travel day during which you can travel by train. This type of pass is sometimes referred to as a "continuous pass".

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General questions

 
  • Do you sell point-to-point tickets?  

    No, Eurail.com doesn't sell point-to-point tickets (one-way or return train tickets from city to city). We offer Eurail passes only, which give you access to most trains within the countries where your pass is valid.

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  • Can I book a preplanned trip with Eurail? 

    Yes, you can book one of our Eurail Trips and let us take care of your planning. The Eurail Trips are preplanned itineraries, including a 1st class Eurail pass and all the required train reservations.

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