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

 
  • 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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  • Do I need a Eurail or an Interrail pass? 

    A Eurail pass can only be used by non-European citizens or residents. European citizens can use an Interrail pass instead, available from Interrail.eu. If you are not a European citizen but you can prove that you reside in Europe, you can also choose to use an Interrail pass.

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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 Deals & Discount page for more information.

  • 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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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 Eurail 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 Eurail Italy-Switzerland pass? 

    No, we do not offer a Eurail Italy-Switzerland pass. If you want to travel by train in Italy and Switzerland, these are our suggestions:
     

  • 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 is a 24 hour period within which you can travel on trains with your Eurail pass. It lasts from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 11:59 p.m. on the same calendar day. On each travel day, you have access to the train networks 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 3, 4, 5 or 8 days within 1 month mean? 

    A pass with a validity of 3, 4, 5 or 8 days within 1 month means that you're free to choose any 3, 4, 5 or 8 travel days within the overall validity period of 1 month. These 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 8 travel days for this trip, because all of these cities can be reached in a day. So instead, you buy a 3 days within 1 month pass, which is cheaper and suits your trip better.

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

    A pass with a validity of 10 or 15 days within 2 months means that you're free to choose any 10 or 15 travel days within the overall validity period of 2 months. These 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.

  • What does 1 month continuous mean? 

    A pass with a validity of 1 month continuous allows you to travel by train daily in a period of 1 calendar month. You can choose to travel every single day in this period, but you don't have to - it's completely up to you.


    For example: if you activate your pass on July 10, you are free to travel by train daily from July 10 up to and including August 9.

  • 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 have the freedom to travel on each day during the overall validity period of your pass.


    Example: if you activate your 15 days continuous pass on July 1, you can travel by train as much as you want from July 1 up to and including July 15.

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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