European East PassNational Passes
- Unlimited travel in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.
- Children under 4 travel for free.
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?
It is required that you start using your rail pass within 6 months of the date of purchase.
To use your rail pass for the first time, you have to go to any train station in Europe. A railway official will write down your passport number on the rail pass and stamp it. Don’t forget to write down the date of travel on your rail pass.
Please ensure that all the above information is reflected on your rail pass. An unstamped rail pass or incomplete travel information can lead to a fine and payment of a full fare ticket.
A travel day starts from midnight and ends at midnight the next day. It lasts 24 hours. During that period, you can take as many trains as you want.
You can get a free travel day with the 7 PM rule when the four conditions below are met:
- Your rail pass should be activated by a rail official.
- You must travel on board a night train which departs after 7 pm, and this trip should be the first one you are taking during that day.
- You must reach your destination no later than 4 am on the following day.
- The arrival date must be within the validity of your rail pass.
The validity is the number of travel days of a rail pass.
For a rail pass with a validity of 5 days within 1 month. If you activate your rail pass on the 1st of the month, you can travel on the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th and 30th of this month.
Rail pass benefits
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.
Interactive Rail Map
The Interactive Travel Map will allow you to plan your trip easily in Europe. Type-in your itinerary or choose it directly from the map. You can even provide your travel dates to view trains and fares related to your itinerary.
- A. Timetables for European Train schedules can be difficult to read and determine what the trains are running. For fast and easy schedule results view our train times on our Train Tickets and Schedules page to view each route.
- A.Refund policies for tickets will vary depending on the type of train and fare that are booked. Please check the "details" tab of each fare to obtain specific refund information for the fare you are purchasing.If you have already purchased your tickets, please review the terms and conditions that came with your documents. Except for PayPal, for which the amount can be reimbursed automatically on the PayPal account. For all the other payment services, a BIC (Bank Identifier Code) must be sent to receive the reimbursement of your purchase.
- A. Each passenger is allowed 2 bags/suitcases plus 1 piece of hand luggage and every piece of luggage must be labelled. Luggage can be stored in the racks above your seat on ICE trains.
- A. Eurostar Business Premier passengers will be offered a 3-course meal with refreshments at seat meanwhile in Standard Premier, you will get a light and cold meal with refreshments at seat. A bar buffet car with a selection of food and beverages for purchase is also available on Standard class.
- 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. On-board Eurostar, you are allowed two medium-sized cases (85cm at their longest length), and one piece of hand luggage per passenger. Any luggage over the allowance will be counted as excess luggage and will incur a fee. This will be arranged at the Eurostar terminal on your arrival.
- 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.
- A. A travel day lasts 24 hours, in which you can take as many trains as you wish.
- A. There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding TGV trains. However, you must be onboard at the latest 2 minutes prior to the departure time, beyond which access to the train cannot be guaranteed. Ticket control and passport checks will occur on board the train.
- A. Special amenities for disabled travelers are offered on trains and at many train stations, and are clearly indicated with pictograms (for telephones, toilets, elevators, etc.). Special equipment is also available for use by handicapped passengers. This equipment must be reserved locally in advance. Be sure to specify if you need personal assistance (whether with a wheelchair, boarding, etc.).
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Reviews & ratings European East Pass
Overall rating (19)
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- "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