European East PassNational Passes
- Unlimited travel in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.
- Children under 4 travel for free.
5.5 milliontravellers in 2015
75+years of rail travel experience
The European East Pass is the most complete rail pass to visit the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. Home to rich cultural and historical features, all four countries are worthy of a visit. Discover the UNESCO World heritage sites in Czech Republic and Austria, before travelling to Hungary where you’ll have a relaxing moment in one of the numerous thermal baths. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is known for its medieval towers.
With the European East Pass, you can travel where you please, whenever you want! Take as many trains as you like, there is no limit on the distance you can travel in a day. The European East Pass, to put it simply, offers unlimited travel at a fixed price!
Hop on hop off trains to visit any place you want. The European East Pass gives you access to all trains, but remember that premium trains require a seat reservation. The Things to know section explains everything you need to know about seat reservations.
Enjoy the bonuses which are included in the European East Pass. You will get discounted fares for selected hotels, reduced museum fares, and more.
The European East Pass is the key to have a hassle-free trip throughout the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.
Things to know
Who can buy a rail pass?Any person living outside the participating countries can use the European East Pass.
A seat reservation is a guaranteed seat on board a train.
Seat reservations are compulsory for high speed, international and night trains. However, as you will be travelling with a rail pass, you will only have to pay for a small reservation fee, as opposed to the usual standard fare.
Seats are generally available for reservation up to 90 days prior to departure and are limited. Book early to secure your seat!
We are not currently offering online seat reservations for high speed, international and night trains covered by the BritRail passes.You can book your seat reservation directly from train stations once you are in the United Kingdom.
Most regional trains do not require a seat reservation. Just hop on board with a valid rail pass, find a seat and relax as the train takes you to one of the many destinations served.
How to use a rail pass?
Taking local and regional trains allows you to explore at will. Simply board with your rail pass and choose any open seat. Reservations are required on most high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. With the European East Pass you may travel on SuperCity, EuroCity, and InterCity trains which require additional seat reservations. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements.
Most rail passes include discounts and bonuses. Save money and make the most of your trip with your rail pass.
When available you will get hotel discounts, free entrance to museums, discounted boat trips and more.
And the European East Pass is packed with bonuses to make your trip even more enjoyable. You’ll get discounts on buses and trains, cruises & ferries, museums & activities, and more.
With the European East Pass, the benefits like the connections it provides - are everywhere. Whether you are an adventurous traveler or avid planner, the European East Pass is your pass to freedom and an unforgettable journey of discovery.
Interactive Rail Map
Use our interactive travel map to plan your trip and view the rail network of each country covered by your rail pass.
- A. Yes. If you’re on Turista class, you could buy some nice snacks and beverages to a bar buffet car. On Ave First class, a catering service will deliver you some meal and beverages directly to your seat. You could also get access to an A la Carte service at seat and even a bar service.
- A. A railpass month is counted as a calendar month. For example, a pass that begins on July 15th will expire at midnight on August 14th.
- A. All passengers with an AVE ticket may carry up to two pieces of hand luggage, for which they will be responsible and which they must store in the designated areas. The total weight limit is 20 kg and the combined dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece of luggage must not be more than 250 cm.
- A. With Lyria, you’ll be allowed two bags or suitcases plus your hand luggage. Keep in mind that there is no charge for oversize luggage on Lyria trains.
- A. This depends mainly on what Eurostar ticket you have. Business Premier passengers can check-in just 10 minutes before departure whereas Standard Premier and Standard passengers need to check-in 30 minutes before departure. To ensure you have time to go through the security checks and passport control, we would recommend you arriving at the station at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure with Eurostar.
- A. Gatwick and Heathrow Express trains run every 15 minutes.
- A. Check-in is usually open 30 minutes before AVE train leaves and is closed 2 minutes before departure. Also, bear in mind that ticket control and passport checks will occur before boarding AVE Trains. For travellers carrying Eurail Pass including Spain – just remember that you need to validate your pass prior to boarding AVE trains and get a reservation.
- A. - Business class offers the highest class of service in trains. It will include 1st seats, meals , access to lounges, and no restrictions on being exchanged. Flexi First class offers on day train 1st class seat , and are the most exchangeable. Night trains will offer first class couchette (shared sleeping) or sleepers and are exchangeable. Meal service may be available for purchase. Best Price First class day trains will also offer 1st class seats with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Meal service may be available for purchase. Night trains will offer first class couchette or sleepers and lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Flexi Second day trains will offer 2nd class seats that are exchangeable. Night trains offer lower comfort couchette (shared sleeping) or sleepers and are exchangeable. Best Price Second day trains will offer 2nd class seats with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Night trains offer lower comfort couchette (shared sleeping) or sleepers with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions. Super Saver class is available on night train only and will offer reclingin seats with with lowest ticket prices that may have restrictions.
- A. First class on the Talgo Day offers large comfortable reclining seats and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase. Second class on the Talgo Day offers generous legroom and a bar-buffet car offering a selection of food and beverages for purchase.
- A. Yes, we recomand that you would purchase tickets and make your seat reservations prior to your departure so you can avoid fully booked trains and disrupting your travel plans.
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Reviews & ratings European East Pass
Overall rating (19)
Overall appreciationExcellent 43% Very good 25% Average 22% Poor 5% Terrible 5%
- "Good, cheap, comfortable" Gemma b. 09/10/2013
We travelled on the European East pass and really enjoyed the trains and journeys. The trips go really fast as you are very comfortable and there is often food and trip served on board (although we always brought our own). When travelling overnight, which we did twice, always book a double room as the sleeper carriages for four or more are really uncomfortable and very small. The doubles are fantastic! Value for money Convenience
- "Eastern European Holiday" Meredith k. 05/10/2013
We combined a Denmark-Germany Eurail Pass with an Rail Europe Eastern Pass to make a circle trip from Warsaw, to Krakow, Budapest, Prague, Cesky Krumlow, Dresden, Berlin, Copenhagen and Then back to Hamburg. It was really good to have all the pass options to choose from, so we got great value. The train journeys themselves were very varied in terms of the type of trains, comfort levels and duration. In Poland, the only options for the sectors we travelled was the local trains. If you can find an ICE train for your sector, it's much better, as you're guaranteed air conditioning (a must in hot weather), and more comfortable as well. We made reservations for our sectors before leaving Australia, and this was worth the extra cost, travelling in August. All of Europe is on holidays then and although most first class carriages had some spare seats, it was a lot easier being able to claim the seats as ours! We discovered the folly of forgetting to write up the trip details on the pass on our journey between Budapest and Prague! The Hungarian guard was completely unforgiving (unlike the Danish guard out of Copenhagen, who let another passenger update his pass on the spot). He confiscated all our travel passes and our passports for over an hour, saying he would come back to us. Just before he was due to leave the train at the border, he returned our things and "charged" us a "fine" in cash of €50. Lesson learnt! Value for money Convenience