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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. Plan the extras before you leave



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 time and use the timetable to check if a train needs a reservation. Please keep in mind that reservation fees are not included in your pass.


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

Read more about train reservations


Plan the extras before you leave


Now to arrange where to sleep and what to do. You've got plenty of accommodation and sightseeing options in Europe, from fancy hotels to budget hostels, and river cruises to museum tickets. Remember to also check our handy resources for your Eurail trip.

Read more about what to prepare before you leave

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