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Rail Pass


If you plan to visit several European countries, a Eurailpass is the way to go. Rail Europe, a joint venture of the French National Railways and the Swiss Federal Railways, sells various types of Eurail passes and tickets for 60 railroads in 35 European countries. Each country offers specific bonuses to Eurailpass holders, such as fare reductions for travel on private  railroads, national or international terry crossings and buses, as well as reductions on car rental, hotel rates and museum entry fees. Saver passes are available at a discount for two or more people travelling together. Children aged four to 11 pay half the adult fare; those under four travel free.

These Are Five Main Types Of Eurail Passes

Eurailpass

Allows unlimited first-class travel in 18 countries far consecutive periods of 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months or three months. Travellers under 26 years of age have the option of buying discounted Eurail Youthpasses, which essentially provide the same benefits as the regular Eurailpass, except that they entitle the pass holder to second-class, rather than first-class travel,

Eurailpass Flexi

Allows unlimited first-class travel for any 10 or 15 days in 18 countries within a two-month period. The travel days may be used either consecutively or non-consecutively. This is a good option for people who want to spend several days at each destination.

Eurail Selectpass

Allows unlimited first-class travel for 5, 6, 8, 10 or 15 days within a two-month period. Travellers have the flexibility of selecting three, four or five adjoining (within a selection of 22 European countries) to visit.

Eurail Regional Pass

Great for travellers who want to see a smaller part of Europe in a shorter timeframe. It allows unlimited first-class travel for four to 10 days within a two-month period. Eurail currently offers a selection of sixteen Regional Passes, each of which allows travellers to visit two (or in some cases, more) adjoining countries.

Eurail National Pass

Allows unlimited first-class travel within a single country (from a selection of nine countries) for three to 10 days within a two-month period.

Enjoy Smoother Rail Rides

More Tips To Get You Chugging Along In Europe With The Least Fuss And Fewest Hitches

  • Read your free Eurail timetables (get current ones at train stations) and maps as they contain lots of useful information,
  • Always check the door or window of your chosen car for a destination sign. On some routes, trains are split up mid-journey; make sure that the car you get into is bound for your destination, especially if you are boarding a night train. If you don't see any indication of the destination the train is heading for, find a conductor. Even if he doesn't speak English, point to the floor of the car, and state your destination in a questioning tone. He'll let you know if you are in the right car, or not,
  • On board, a conductor will come around to check your ticket and passport, so keep these documents handy.
  • Most trains of major lines have dining cars, but if you wish to save money, pack your own food and drinks.
  • The majority of train stations have Metro (subway), bus and taxi services, tourist information and money exchange kiosks, food vendors and lockers. These let you conveniently obtain city maps, change currency or even book your accommodation upon reaching your destination. On a day trip, you could deposit your luggage in a locker for a fee and explore the place unencumbered.
 

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