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.

Use our Pass Finder

2. Reserve your seats

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.

Book Seat Reservations

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.

Common Questions

Rail pass finder

Know where you want to go? Type in the names of the countries you'd like to visit and we'll find the best pass.



Comparison

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
Our customers stories What can you do with a rail pass?

  • Swiss Half Fare | Boon Chiew p. |
    "What I like about this card is that I get to enjoy great discount for entrance tickets to attractions (e.g. the Matterhorn). Also it is easy to use and the trains (...) "

  • Rail is the best in Europe | Anand k. |
    "Comfortable, clean, prompt, accessible and supportive are the words we can use for this mode of travel. First class global pass place you in different level of (...) "

  • Virgin trains | William m. |
    "WE travelled Kings cross to Edinburgh and Edinburgh to Wolverha,pton. Both trains on time and vey clean and comfortable. "


FAQ's

Common Questions

Find answers now by viewing our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Q. What is a Rail Pass?

  • Q. What's the difference between a rail pass and a train ticket?

  • Q. What is the difference between a flexi pass and a consecutive/continuous pass?

  • Q. What is a travel day on a rail pass?

  • Q. What is the "validity period" of a rail pass?

  • Q. Can I use my rail pass on any train within its area of coverage?

  • Q. Does each journey I take require using a separate day of travel on my rail pass?

  • Q. How do I use the bonuses that come with rail passes?

  • Q. How do I know the right rail pass and how many days I should purchase?

  • Q. Are there discounts available for rail passes?

  • Q. What if I have a group of 10 or more purchasing rail passes?

  • Q. Can I share my rail pass with others (family, friends, or charity)?

  • Q. Who is eligible to buy a rail pass?

  • Q. How far in advance can I buy my rail pass?

  • Q. What information do I need to provide when booking a rail pass? Do the names on the rail pass and the passports have to match?

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

  • Q. Do I need to book a rail pass for everyone in my traveling party, including children and infants?

  • Q. Can I purchase a rail pass when I'm in Europe?

  • Q. Can a rail pass be issued as an e ticket or e pass?

  • Q. Can I print my rail pass at the station?

  • Q. Do I need to buy a reservation if I already have a rail pass? How do I book one?

  • Q. I’ve written the wrong date on my rail pass travel calendar box. What should I do?

  • Q. Can my family sit together if I have a First class rail pass and my child has a Second class youth pass?

  • Q. Can I sit in Second class if I have a First class rail pass?

  • Q. Can I sit in First class if I have a Second class rail pass?

  • Q. Can I add a friend to my existing rail pass?

  • Q. Does taking an overnight train mean using 2 travel days on my rail pass?

  • Q. What do I do if my train goes through a country not listed on my rail pass?

  • Q. What is the questionnaire that comes with my rail pass? Do I have to fill it out?

  • Q. What should I do If I've already bought my rail pass, and now want to add another country?

  • Q. What does “Activate my rail pass mean and how do I do it?

  • Q. Can I board the train if I forgot my rail pass but have my seat reservation?

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

  • Q. What if I’ve purchased a Twin/Saver pass and one of the travellers decides not to travel that day?

  • Q. Do rail passes cover commuter trains or airport shuttle trains?

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

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

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

  • Q. My plans have changed and I won’t be able to use my rail pass. Can I get a refund?

  • Q. I’ve already booked my rail pass, but think I’d like a different one. Can I exchange it? It’s totally unused.

  • Q. Can I exchange or refund my rail pass while in Europe?

  • Q. Can I get a refund for unused days on my rail pass?

  • Q. A rail strike in Europe prevented me from fully using my rail pass as intended. Can I get a refund on the unused days?

  • Q. I have a question about my promo code. Who should I contact?

  • Rail Europe Traveller

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  • Q. Do I need to do anything with my rail pass before boarding the train?

  • Q. Do I need to make a reservation if I’m traveling with a rail pass on an overnight train?

  • Q. What should I do if a strike has been announced in the country I’m traveling to?

  • Q. Do you offer student, family and/or senior discounts?

  • Q. Why should I purchase my train tickets before I leave for Europe instead of while there?

  • Q. Should I buy my rail pass or train ticket before I leave for Europe?