Planning your Eurail trip

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

Travel planning

  • Can I book hotels and hostels at 

    Yes, you can book accommodation at through our trusted partners.

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  • Where can I find information on train strikes? 

    Find up-to-date information about railway strikes via our Twitter page, or you can request information by posting a question on the Eurail Facebook page or by contacting the railway company of the specific country.

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  • Are reservations included in my pass? 

    No, reservations are not included in your Eurail pass. Train reservations are required on most high-speed and all night trains. It's often possible to avoid reservations by taking regional trains instead.

    Read our reservation guide for more information or book your reservations with us.


  • Is the Eurostar included in my Eurail pass?  

    No, the Eurostar high-speed train connecting London with France and Belgium isn't included in the Eurail pass. However, Eurail travelers can get a discount known as the 'Pass holder' fare. 

    Please note that sometimes a regular ticket might be more cost effective than the pass holder fare. For this reason, we recommend that you compare prices.

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  • Is it possible to avoid making train reservations? 

    Yes, you can easily avoid making train reservations. Reservations are only required for night trains and most high-speed trains. If you travel with (slower) regional trains instead, you can go anywhere in Europe without having to reserve a seat. 

  • How do I avoid trains that have a limited seat allocation for pass holders? 

    French Thalys trains and international TGV trains have a limited number of seats available for Eurail pass holders. We recommend that you make reservations for the high season (May-September) as early as possible.

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Train routes

  • How can I travel to and from London?  

    Eurail passes aren't valid in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). However, your pass does entitle you to discounts on travel to London with the Eurostar train or to 1 location in England by ferry.

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  • How can I travel between Germany and Scandinavia? 

    Take a train or a discounted ferry to travel from mainland Europe to the Scandinavian countries, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

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  • How can I travel between Greece and Italy?  

    If you choose a Eurail Select Pass valid in both Greece and Italy, the ferry crossing between these countries is included in your pass, operated by Superfast FerriesBlue Star Ferries and Minoan Lines (you just pay seasonal surcharges, port taxes and fuel surcharges).

Railway services

  • Is there help and special access for disabled travelers? 

    Most railway companies in Europe offer facilities for disabled passengers. Standards vary between countries.

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  • Can I take my car on the train? 

    No. Most trains in Europe only transport passengers, luggage and often bicycles, but not cars or motorbikes. There are a few trains on selected routes that offer the option to transport cars.

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  • What are EuroNight trains? 

    EuroNight is a general term used for national and international night train services operating in Europe. The Berlin Night Express between Berlin (Germany) and Malmö (Sweden) is an example of a EuroNight train.

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  • What should I do if I lose my luggage? 

    Most train stations in Europe have a lost luggage office. If you aren't near the location where you lost your property, try to contact the railway company you traveled with.

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