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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Seats are usually larger and more comfortable, and there is more legroom in 1st class cars than in 2nd  class. There is also greater luggage space. 1st class cars are almost always less crowded than 2nd class.

On certain high-speed trains, 1st class travelers may receive the following:

  • Complimentary drink and snack

  • Free newspaper

  • WiFi internet connection

  • Power sockets
     

Classes are indicated with large numbers '1' and '2' on the outside of the train, as well as inside the cars. Some smaller regional trains may not have a class distinction. A 1st class Eurail pass also entitles you to travel in 2nd class cars.

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