Be careful, though! A similar service is provided by the Interrail Pass: the main difference is that non-European citizens and residents must purchase a Eurail Pass, whereas European citizens will buy an Interrail Pass. People residing in Europe can opt for the Interrail Pass too.
What is a Eurail Pass?
The Eurail Pass is an all-in-one ticket that allows you to travel Europe by train in an easy and affordable way. The Eurail pass gives you access to most of the trains of the European railway companies, giving you the opportunity to explore one or more countries during a chosen period of time.
Choosing the right Eurail Pass combination
Where do you want to go?
First, you have to choose how many countries you want to visit.
The One Country Pass allows you to travel by train in just one country: for example, choose the Eurail Germany Pass if you want to travel from Berlin to Munich by train, but you also want to take some time to explore the black forest and visit the wonderful Neuschwanstein Castle.
The Select Pass allows you to choose up to 4 countries (as long as they confine with each other): enjoy the best food in Europe traveling France and Italy, from Paris to Rome, or explore Provence and the sunny southern coast of Spain, traveling from Barcelona to Paris.
Finally, the Global Pass allows you to visit as many countries as you like and enjoy all the best places in Europe.
Remember, though, that the Eurail Pass is not valid in Great Britain, so if you want to travel from Paris to London by train, for example, you will have to opt for a different kind of ticket.
Discover European destinations with your pass
How long and how often are you going to travel?
Each kind of pass has a different validity period.
The One Country Pass has a fixed validity of one month and an average price of €100, depending on the country. The validity period of a Select Pass ranges from 5 to 10 days and for the Global Pass from 5 days to 3 months, with prices starting from €130 and €270.
You will also have to plan how often you are going to travel: a pass with continuous validity allows you to travel every day, whenever you like. If you plan to spend some time in the same city choose a pass with flexible validity instead: it allows you to travel on a fixed number of days within the validity period of the pass.
Last but not least, you will have to choose between a first or a second class Eurail Pass.
Discounts and promotions
People aged 11-27 have a 20% discount on all kind of passes, both on first and second class tickets.
If you are traveling in a small group (up to 5 travelers) you can get 15% off with a Saver Pass. Just remember that the whole group will have to travel together since you will own just one pass.
Children aged 0 to 11 travel for free, but remember that children aged 4 to 11 need a free Eurail Child Pass. A free Child Pass is also necessary if you want to reserve a seat for your child, even if aged under 4. It is possible to purchase up to two Child Passes with a Eurail Adult Ticket.
There are several benefits for Eurail Pass owners: you will get discounts (and even free access) on many city cards and even different means of transport, such as ferries.
Planning your trip to Europe by train
If you are using a Eurail Pass, you are not an EU citizen or resident so you might need a Schengen Visa for traveling in Europe. It is also recommended to bring your passport with you (and not just an ID card) since it is necessary to enter some European countries.
Rail Planner App
This is a very useful App, available both from the App Store and the Google Play Store: it allows you to reserve seats (when needed), check your itinerary and train timetables. Also, it works offline.
Reservations have to be made if you are taking a night train and for the majority of high-speed trains.
It is possible to reserve a seat both on Eurail.com or via the Rail Planner App. Depending on the kind of train and the railway company you will need to make your reservation in advance.
Since a fee has to be paid when reserving a seat, it is possible to avoid that kind of trains: just apply a “trains with no reservation” filter to your research.
Mind that all e-ticket reservations must be printed.
Luggage, bikes and pets
The size of the luggage you are allowed to carry and the possibility to travel with bikes and pets really depend on the railway company you will be travel with so make sure you check for particular policies.
Some inspiration for your Euro-tour
Food, sun and history with the Eurail Italy Pass
It might not be the most unusual trip, but Italy is always a good idea and traveling in Italy by train is probably the best way to enjoy all the beauties of this country: you won't miss a single landscape while taking full advantage of the comfort of high-speed trains.
Discover the best itinerary to visit all Italian art cities, from Florence to Rome, and how to travel around the Cinque Terre.
Can't reach your destination by train? On Wanderio you can compare different means of transportation to the same destination, so remember to check for buses or carpooling!
Discover all italian art cities
From Paris to Amsterdam, to Brussels
Want to enjoy more than just one country? Those three cities are very different but it is so easy to reach them by train! Start your itinerary in France, enjoying a glass of wine and a stroll by the Seine at sunset. A quick train from Paris to Amsterdam and you will arrive in the "Venice of the North": with its colorful houses and picturesque canals, Amsterdam is both a romantic and a very fun destination. Brussels might not seem an obvious choice, but the Grand Place and the close town of Bruges are definitely worth a visit and it takes just a couple of hours to travel from Amsterdam to Brussels by train!
During your European tour, it will be impossible not to be intrigued by the wonders of Spain.
The sunny beaches of the South, the high cliffs of the North, the amazing historical buildings: Spain knows how to please and attract every kind of tourist.
Visit the capital city and the South traveling from Madrid to Barcelona with a Renfe high-speed train, continue your itinerary traveling from Granada to Seville (don't miss a quick stop in Malaga!) and finish your tour in Bilbao. Traveling Spain by train is easy with a Eurail Pass!