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Planning your Eurail trip is all part of the fun. Follow these 5 steps to help you plan your European vacation of a lifetime.

Plan your Europe trip in 5 steps


Planning your rail trip through Europe is all part of the fun. Follow these 5 steps to help you plan a memorable vacation:

  1. Order your Eurail pass

  2. Plan your route

  3. Schedule your travel times

  4. Book your train reservations

  5. Book your accommodation



Order your Eurail pass


First things first, you need to choose your Eurail pass. Decide which countries you want to discover and how many train travel days you need to visit all your destinations. Then you’re ready to choose and order your pass. We can deliver to a home or work address, or even to your accommodation in Europe.

View all Eurail passes


Plan your route


Once your pass is on the way, you're ready to come up with your route. To help you, use the Eurail map that shows the main European train and ferry routes included in the Eurail pass. There's also a map showing the approximate travel times between popular cities to give you an idea of the amount of time you'll need.

View the Eurail map



Schedule your travel times


Once you know the route you want to take, you can use the Eurail timetable to look up specific train times. You’ll be able to see the departure and arrival times and if you need to change trains along the way. You’ll also be able to check if you need to make a reservation for a particular train.

Use the Eurail timetable


Book your train reservations


Some trains need to be reserved before you set off. Make sure you get all of the necessary trains reserved in plenty of time. Use the timetable to check if a train needs a reservation.


Note that the number of seats available for Eurail pass holders is limited on most French trains. Reserve these trains as soon as possible. Read more about limited seats. 

Read more about train reservations


Book your accommodation


Now to arrange where to sleep. You've got plenty of accommodation options in Europe, from fancy hotels and cosy B&Bs to budget hostels and campgrounds. There's also an extensive network of night trains in Europe, transporting you across long distances while you sleep.

Read more about accommodation options

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