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 train station before you can start using it. It must be activated within 6 months* of the issuing date. Once you have arrived in Europe, you can activate your pass at the ticket office of most large train stations.

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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. Below is 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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 is the travel calendar? 

    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 Eurail pass is available with different numbers of travel days. With a continuous pass every day is a potential travel day during the period your pass is valid. With a flexi pass you have a fixed number of travel days which you can use whenever you want during the overall validity.

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  • What is a flexi pass? 

    There are 2 types of Eurail passes available depending on how much of your trip you want to spend on trains. 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. The continuous pass lets you travel on as many trains as you want during the whole period that your pass is valid. A flexi pass is cheaper than a continuous pass.

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