European East Pass

Explore Eastern Europe by train with one great rail pass

  • Travel on the national rail networks of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia
  • Freedom to take multiple train journeys per travel day
  • Issued as a paper document
  • Your choice of a 1st or 2nd class rail pass
  • Children under 4 free when sharing paying adults accommodation
  • Flexible: choose where you want to go, and when
  • Travel across borders quickly and easily

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WHO

WHAT


Overview

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.


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« 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! »

Meredith K


How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 31 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.

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2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

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.

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3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.

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Benefits

More than just trains

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in European East Pass


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From our travel community

Eastern european pass (3 days) combined with swiss pass (4 days) 2nd class au$614 Why does it describe this combination as being only available in [b]2nd[/b] Class however when opening Product Description of Eastern European Pass it states "unlimited [b]first[/b] class travel in Hungary and Austria"? Is it 1st Class in those (...)

Jill F. | 2014/02/26 answered | 2 Comments
Is a train from krakow to praque included in a eastern rail pass? I was looking at the European East Pass and it had previously included Poland. So i was just wondering if now a train from Krakow to Prague is still included in the European East Pass?

Nicholas H. | 2014/01/31 answered | 0 Comments

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Overall rating (21)
  • Value for money
    Convenience
    Good, cheap, comfortable | Gemma b. | 2013/10/09
    "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. | 2013/10/05
    "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! "

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. I want to refund my rail pass. How do I proceed?

  • Q. What happens if I don’t fill out my rail pass before boarding the train?

  • Q. How can I tell whether or not I have a reserved seat on board?

  • Q. What happens if I board a train with my rail pass but forgot to purchase a reservation?

  • Q. What do I need to show to the conductor when traveling by train with a rail pass?

  • Q. In the event of a strike, is my rail pass covered under the Rail Protection Plan™?

  • Q. I made a mistake when I ordered my rail pass. How can I correct it?

  • Q. Do I need to purchase a reservation and if I do, how do I book it?

  • Q. Who should I contact to book travel for a group of 10 or more people?

  • Q. Do you offer e-tickets?

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