Rail passes give you extensive rail travel within one country, or, depending on the pass, between multiple countries. They also allow you to make last minute travel plans as well as save money, offering travel discounts, benefits and bonuses. Eurail Global Pass Eurail Global Pass stands as the (...)
Eurail Global Pass
Eurail Global Pass stands as the most complete and flexible pass for travellers who wih to have a complete freedom to visit Europe extensively. This Eurail Pass allows you to travel as much as you want on board trains in 28 countries in Europe. With the Eurail Global Pass, it is of course possible to travel on board the Eurostar, TGV trains, TGV Lyria, Thalys , AVE high speed trains operated by Renfe, Frecciarossa operated by Trenitalia, and the ICE trains. You can also choose flexible or consecutive travel days. Please note that high speed trains require a reservation which is not included in the pass.
Eurail Select Pass
Eurail Select Pass are ideal for those who want to travel specific countries extensively. The countries of course have to be near to each other or share borders. With the Eurail Select Pass, you can visit a combination of 2, 3 or 4 bordering countries out of a choice of 28 countries.
You can for instance take the TGV Lyria from Paris to Geneva, and from Switzerland travel to Germany, where you can the ICE train from Munich to Frankfurt. After which you can also take the train to Italy, all thanks to the Eurail Select Pass.
There is nothing more simpler than choosing a country pass to visit a specific country extensively. Pick one of country passes and have get to know one of the countries as much as you can:
Italy - With the Eurail Italy Pass, you can have that romantic trip to Venice you always dreamt of. Visit the glorious Rome and take the train to explore the Tuscan countryside. Experience the comfort of the Frecciarossa high speed trains in Italy.
UK - Grab your Britrail Pass to visit England and add the Britrail Central Scotland pass if you want to visit cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow.
France - The France Rail Pass is the best way to have unlimited travel by train in France. And you know the trains in France are the perfect way to move around, right?
Switzerland - By train, but also by boat or by bus, the Swiss Pass is the perfect way to travel from the beautiful Swiss towns to the picture perfect countryside and to visit the snowy mountain caps.
Should you want to add another country to your bucket list, you will be delighted to know that we have double country passes including Denmark and Germany pass, or the European East pass, which will allow you to visit the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. As for the Balkan Flexi Pass, it gives you the freedom to visit Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania and Turkey in one month.
Just know that at Rail Europe we always have a rail pass to allow you to travel wherever you want. You journey with us has never been simpler!
Remember, even with a pass, it is best to reserve a seat and you can do that exclusively with us, online.
Please note that high speed trains, scenic trains and night trains require a reservation. The reservation is not included in your rail pass. You can reserve a seat online with Rail Europe.
How does it work?
Rail Passes in 3 steps
1. Pick the right rail pass
Rail passes are available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 country combinations for extensive travel on the national rail networks. Going for an extended trip? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering rail travel in 28 different countries.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service, First or Second, selected and the number of rail travel days.
2. Reserve your seats
Travelling on 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. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements.
3. 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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Rail Passes vs. Train Tickets
|Rail passes||Train Tickets|
|Best for discovering more than 3 cities|
|Children usually travel free|
|Often includes travel bonuses|
|Seat reservations included for most trains|
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