Eurail Passes

Eurail Passes

British T.I.P.S. is proud to be an official supplier for Eurail (European rail). We can assist with booking rail passes for more extensive travel AND individual journeys in many countries in Europe. A Eurail Pass is a single travel document that allows you to travel by train in one or more European countries.

Eurail Passes are available in single-country and as Global Pass options.
(As of 01 January 2019, 2-, 3-, and 4-country passes have been discontinued.)

Point-to-point (individual journeys) travel in many European Countries can be expensive and a rail pass often works out much cheaper.

Important: A rail pass works according to number of journeys on number of days not time spent in the country.For example: if you are in the country for 14 days but only want to make 4 trips, then you need a 4-day pass and not a 15-day pass.

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Download pricelist: 2019 Eurail GLOBAL Passes


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between a Flexi Pass and a Consecutive Pass?

  • Consecutive Pass: valid for a set number of days in a row. For example, if you start using a 4-day pass on a Monday, it will be valid until Thursday.

  • Flexi Pass: your travel days don’t need to be consecutive – you can travel for a set number of days over a period of 1 or 2 calendar months (depending on the pass). You can make as many train journeys as you like in one day, as the passes are restricted by days not journeys. For example: if you start using a 4-day pass on
    01 January, you have 3 remaining days that you can use until 01 February inclusive.
    IMPORTANT: A rail pass works according to number of journeys on number of days not time spent in the country. For example: if you are in the country for 10 days but want to travel on 4 days, then you need a 4-day pass and not a 10-day pass.

Which countries are covered by the Eurail GLOBAL Passes?
31 European Countries are covered by a Eurail Pass. A Global Pass will allow travel in all of the below:

o Austria
o Belgium
o Bosnia Herzegovina
o Bulgaria
o Croatia
o Czech Republic
o Denmark
o Finland
o France
o Germany
o Great Britain (England, Scotland & Wales)
o Greece
o Hungary
o Ireland (Republic & Northern)
o Italy
o Lithuania
o Luxembourg
o Macedonia
o Montenegro
o Netherlands
o Norway
o Poland
o Portugal
o Romania
o Serbia
o Slovakia
o Slovenia
o Spain
o Sweden
o Switzerland
o Turkey

How many train journeys can I make on one day?
You can make as many journeys as you like in one day. The passes are restricted by days, not journeys. A day is classified as 24 hours commencing at midnight; as soon as you get on a train during the day, it counts as the start of a day’s travel.

Note: OVERNIGHT TRAINS: Traveller will enter the day of departure and you only use 1 travel day when travelling on a direct overnight train that arrives at its final stop
after 4AM the following day, even if you leave the train before 4AM. Travel after midnight still counts as day of departure.

What is one day?
A travel day is a 24 hour period. It lasts from 12h00 midnight to 11h59 PM on the same calendar day.

Do I need to make seat reservations or can I just get onto any train?

Some train types do require seat reservations while others allow you to just take any train with open seats.
Sleepers/overnight, high-speed (e.g. TGV, Frecciaroso), long-distance and international trains do require seat reservations.
At peak times (e.g. Christmas or school holidays) it is strongly recommended that, wherever possible, you prebook seat reservations. Reservations can be prebooked through British TIPS with a seat reservation fee or you can purchase these in Europe, even on the day of travel.
REMEMBER: A pass allows you to travel on a train, but does not guarantee a seat on a specific train. If the train is full, you will wait for the next one.

Can I use my Eurail Pass on the Eurostar? You can use Eurail GLOBAL passes but a seat reservation is mandatory. Only the person named on the pass can use it to travel with Eurostar. 2nd-class pass holders can travel in Eurostar’s Standard Class and 1st-class pass holders can travel in Standard Premier.

What does ‘within 1 month’ or ‘within 2 months’ mean?
This applies to Flexi Passes. With a flexi pass, you have a certain number of days WITHIN a certain period, either 1 or 2 months. Your 1- or 2-month period begins when you activate your pass. You can make as many train journeys as you like in one day, as the passes are restricted by days not journeys.
For example, if you start using a 4 day pass on the 23 March you then have 3 remaining other days that you can use your pass until the 22 April inclusive.
You may use your pass as many times as you like within a day.

What happens if I have a pass for one country but am travelling to another country?
Your pass will only cover the country/ies for which it is booked. Should your route take you out of the country, you will need to buy an extra ticket or ensure you have a pass which covers that country too.

Are there any special rates? Yes:

  • Youth Passes: aged 12 – 27 years
  • Senior rates for those 60 years and over.
  • Children: For every adult buying a full price ticket, one child* receives a pass of the same type and duration for free. If booking seats, seat reservations and accompanying segment fees are payable per child. This does not apply to Senior Passes. *Child age: 4 – 11 years.

Some passes also offer discounted travel on ferries and some buses, and/or discounted or free entry to certain attractions. This varies between passes.

Can I buy a Rail Pass when I get there?
No, they must be purchased before departure. Eurail passes are only available to international tourists staying for 6 months or less.

Can you email me the rail pass?
No. Eurail Passes are actual paper tickets and must be couriered (or collected from us) so please allow enough time when ordering. Courier fees vary and will be added to your invoice should you require us to arrange the courier.

To Book, please contact British T.I.P.S.
021 975 2047 | rail@britishtips.com

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