Using your Eurail pass

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

How to use your pass

 
  • How do I activate my Eurail pass?  

    You need to activate your Eurail pass in a European train station before you can start using it. It must be activated within 6 months of the issuing date.


    Once in Europe, simply go to the ticket office of any large train station and have a railway official activate your pass. It's not possible to activate the pass yourself.

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  • What popular routes can I take with my Eurail Global Pass? 

    With a Eurail Global Pass you can go almost everywhere in Europe. We have compiled a list of the 20 most popular European train routes. This will give you an idea of some of the exciting countries and cities you can visit with the pass.

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  • Does it matter which country I start in? 

    No, you can start your trip in any country in which your Eurail pass is valid. For instance, if you have a Eurail Global Pass, you can start in any of the 28 countries that are included in your pass.

  • Can I travel back and forth between countries?  

    Yes, you can visit the countries included in your pass as many times as you want, and cross the borders between them as often as you like. Use national and international trains to create your ideal European travel itinerary.

     

    If you travel through a country where your pass is not valid, you'll have to buy an additional ticket for that part of the journey. More information about this can be found here.

  • Can I travel through a country not covered by my pass?  

    No, your Eurail pass only gives you access to the train networks within the countries where your pass is valid. You're not covered in any other countries, even if you remain on the train for the whole time and don't change trains in that country.

    If you want to travel in a country not covered by your pass, you need to buy an additional ticket for that section of the trip. Buy this ticket locally at a train station. Buying tickets on the train is often more expensive and you risk getting a fine.

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  • How long exactly is a 1 month pass valid?  

    Global Pass - 1 month continuous is valid for train travel on each day during 1 month. The number of travel days you have, depends on the length of the month in which you start using your pass.

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  • What is the 7 p.m. rule? 

    It’s very useful to know about the 7 p.m. rule if you have a flexi pass (e.g. Global Pass - 15 days within 2 months) as it can save you precious travel days! The rule means that you only need to use 1 travel day when you travel on a direct night train that departs after 7 p.m. (19:00) and arrives at its final stop after 4 a.m. (04:00), even if you leave the train before 4 a.m..

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  • What is the travel calendar? 

    The travel calendar can be found on your Eurail pass. It is the rectangular box with a number of spaces in which you can fill in each travel day.

    When you have a flexi pass with a specific number of travel days e.g. a Global Pass - 15 days within 2 months, you need to fill in the date in the travel calendar on your Eurail pass before boarding the first train, free bus or free ferry of each day. Decide as you go, when you use each travel day.

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  • What is a continuous pass? 

    The continuous pass allows you to travel by train every day during the period your pass is valid.
     

    Example: if you have a Global Pass - 21 days continuous and your pass is valid from September 1 to September 21, you can travel by train on each of these days, if you want to.

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  • What is a flexi pass? 

    The flexi pass lets you travel by train on a specific number of days that you choose to travel on during the validity of the pass.


    Example: If you have a Global Pass - 10 days within 2 months and your pass is valid from June 1 to July 31, you can choose to travel by train on any 10 days during this period. Travel days do not have to be consecutive and you decide during your trip when you use them. 

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