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.
The 7 p.m. rule only applies after the activation date of your pass. For example, if your Eurail Pass is activated from August 6, you cannot use the 7 p.m. rule on the evening of August 5.
If you board a direct night train that departs after 7 p.m. (19:00) and arrives at its final stop after 4 a.m. (04:00) then only the day of arrival needs to be entered into the travel calendar.
The 7 p.m. rule applies to all free night ferry crossings, regardless of the departure and arrival times. You choose whether you fill in the departure date or the arrival date in the travel calendar. You don't need to use any travel days for discounted ferry trips, just show your pass to get the discount.