|Getting around Europe is extremely easy. There are plenty of transportation options for all tastes and ages. Here's what you need to know on how to travel between cities, what your Railpass options are, and how to use the Railpass once you purchased it.
|Inter-city transportation options:
||1 - Independent Inter-city transfers by train
If you are only planning on combining a couple of cities in Europe, it may be most cost effective to just purchase the train legs that you are interested in, for example the EuroStar between London and Paris. Europe has numerous intercity, fast and modern trains, which are normally referred to as Premier trains. They all have brand names and you can access them, if available when you click on the “Add transportation to next city” option.
||2 - Railpasses
We also offer the option of selecting a rail pass that best suits your needs. We offer Single Country Passes and multi Country passes. Below you will find detailed information on the different passes. Depending on the type of pass that you purchase, you can travel at your heart’s desire within Europe. Please note that you do not need reservations for regular trains, but you will need reservations and there are also supplements for travel in any of the premier trains. In order for us to make the reservations for you, you will need to purchase the “PASSHOLDER” item for the specific train that you want to ride on. Please note that these passholder fares are only available as supplements to a Railpass and cannot be purchased on their own.
||3 - Car Rental
We offer a very good selection of rent a cars in each country. Rent a Cars are only valid for pick up and drop off within one country. There is a possibility of dropping them off in a different country but drop off fees can be very expensive. Should you want to drop off in a different country, we will be happy to request that for you on an individual case per case scenario and will advise of the drop off fees as the request is processed. Please note that each country has different rules regarding minimum driving age, credit cards, liabilities, etc. Please click on “car details” for specific information.
|Combine all of the above
For example: you could purchase the EuroStar between London and Paris, then purchase a Eurail Select Pass – 3 bordering countries to travel in France, Switzerland and Italy, purchase a Passholder reservation on the Cisalpino between Zurich and Milan and finally, you can purchase a rent a car for a short rental in Florence so that you can spend sometime driving around Tuscany!
a. Eurail Selectpass - choice of 3, 4 or 5 bordering countries
Know exactly what you want to see in Europe? Is it only 3, 4 or 5 countries that border each other (France, Italy, Germany for instance)? The Eurail Selectpass offers unlimited train travel that can be used either consecutively or non-consecutively, which is quite flexible for the traveler. 2 to 10 days of rail travel within any 2-month period on the national rail networks of any 3, 4 or 5 bordering countries out of 22 European countries that are connected by train or ship. Travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.
Bordering European Countries
The chosen countries must be bordering, or have a direct shipping line which is part of the Eurail offer. Important! Make sure all the countries the train is going to travel through are covered in the Eurail Selectpass. If this is not the case, you must buy a separate ticket for the trip.
Austria: Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Romania
Benelux: France, Germany, and Ireland
Bulgaria: Greece, Romania, and Serbia/Montenegro
Croatia: Hungary, Serbia/Montenegro, Slovenia
Denmark: Germany, Norway, and Sweden
Finland: Germany, Sweden
France: Benelux, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland
Germany: Austria, Benelux, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, and Switzerland
Greece: Bulgaria, Italy Hungary: Austria, Croatia, Romania, and Serbia/Montenegro, Slovenia
Italy: Austria, France, Greece, Slovenia, and Switzerland
Norway: Denmark, Sweden
Romania: Bulgaria, Hungary, and Serbia/Montenegro
Serbia/Montenegro: Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, and Romania
Slovenia: Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, and Serbia/Montenegro
Spain: France, Portugal
Sweden: Denmark, Finland, Germany, and Norway
Switzerland: Austria, France, Germany, and Italy
The Following Regions Count as ONE Country:
Benelux (includes Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg)
Slovenia/Croatia (counted as one country)
Serbia/Montenegro/Bulgaria (counted as one country)
Norway and Finland are not bordering countries. They have a joint border, but to get by train from Norway to Finland you have to pass through Sweden. Norway and Denmark are connected by the Color Line Boat-connection Hirtshals-Kristiansand. You can add one more connecting country to your Selectpass, like Sweden or Germany.
||b. Eurailpass Flexi - Travel in 17 countries
Valid for set number of travel days on the national rail networks of the 17 Eurail countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. You'll have total flexibility to travel between 17 countries whether they border each other or not. Choose between 4 and 10 days of unlimited travel in 17 countries within a 2-month period. So go ahead – head to Helsinki and then make for Madrid. All of Europe is at your fingertips when you're a Eurailpass flexi ticket holder.
||c. Eurailpass - Unlimited travel in 17 countries
Valid for unlimited travel on the national rail networks of the 17 Eurail countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Want to see it all? The Eurailpass is the mother of all passes. You'll have total flexibility to travel between 17 countries whether they border each other or not. So go ahead – head to Helsinki and then make for Madrid. All of Europe is at your fingertips when you're a Eurailpass ticket holder. The Eurailpass must be used over consecutive days (in other words, use the days or lose them). You'll have the freedom to just get up and go. Now really, what better way to see Europe?
|How to use Railpass:
||Validate the pass before boarding the train
Have your pass validated on or before your first day of use. Your pass must be validated within 6 months from date of issue. To validate your pass, present your passport and your pass to a railway official at the ticket window in the train station (not the conductor) who will enter the first and last date of your travel period. This must be done before boarding a train, bus, or boat for the first time. Please do not write on or fill in any part of your pass before it has been validated. All services must be used within the validity of the accompanying railpass. Under no circumstances is the holder allowed to validate his or her own pass, nor should pass holders enter their own passport number. Tampering with or altering a pass renders the pass void and authorizes train staff to confiscate the pass and subjects passenger to a fine payable in local currency. Before boarding the first train or ferry of each day, write the date in ink, in the appropriate box on your pass. Unless you’re taking a train that requires a reservation (see below), just hop on the train with your pass.
Show your ticket upon boarding the train
After the train starts, the conductor will head down the train, checking for tickets and passes. Simply show the conductor your pass. He or she may ask to see your passport too. Passes are strictly nontransferable and are only valid for those whose name appears on the pass. Use by anyone other than those named will invalidate the pass and will result in a heavy fine in local currency and confiscation of the pass. It is compulsory to present passports to railway officials on request.
7 PM Rule
If a traveler boards a direct overnight train that departs after 7:00pm, traveler is required to use only one day of their pass. If the overnight trip requires a train change before midnight, traveler will use 2 travel days. Before boarding the train (or boat covered 100% by your pass), fill in that day’s date in ink in one of the blank boxes on your pass. If you board after 7 p.m. you just write the next day’s date on your pass. If the very first use of your pass is for an overnight ride, you still write the next day’s date, though your pass will be validated for the actual date you board. All rides must be started and completed within the validity period of the pass.
A month is counted as a calendar month. For example, a pass that begins on July 15 will expire at midnight on August 14. For the train, a travel day goes from midnight to midnight.
Seat Reservations and Overnight Travel
A pass allows the boarding of a train or boat, but does not guarantee a seat. Seat reservations are optional for most trains but are mandatory for all TGV, Thalys, Cisalpino, AVE, and ES* trains and selected EuroCity and InterCity trains and for all sleepers and couchettes.
Premier trains reservations
For reservations or supplements in Premier trains, please select the appropriate Intercity transfer in your reservation process. Should you want reservations in another train, please send us an email and we will be happy to reserve it for you. There is a supplementary reservation fee, which will be advised for your approval, prior to booking.
Traveling by boat with an Eurail Pass
Eurail Pass holders are granted a reduced fare or even free passage on many shipping lines. This passage can only be arranged at the shipping company's office. Holders of a Eurailpass Flexi, or Eurail Selectpass please note that free passage on a ship requires use of a travel day; traveling at a reduced fare does not require use of a travel day. For free travel on authorized shipping lines, your Pass must be valid for the country of departure AND the country of arrival. For reduced travel on authorized shipping lines, your Pass must be valid for the country of departure OR the country of arrival.