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.
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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What is a Eurail Pass?
A Eurail Pass is a single travel document that allows you to travel by train in one or more European countries.
What is the difference between a Flexi Pass and a Consecutive Pass?
- Consecutive Pass is 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 do not need to be consecutive – you can travel for a set number of days over a period of 1 calendar month. 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
For Eurail passes, a day is classified as 24 hours commencing at midnight; as soon as you get on a train during the day, it counts as a day’s travel.
Note: 7PM rule – you only use 1 travel day when travelling on a direct night train departing after 7PM that arrives at its final stop after 4AM the following day, even if you leave the train before 4AM. The 7 p.m. rule only applies after the activation date of your pass.
Which countries are covered by the Eurail Passes?
28 European Countries are covered by a Eurail Pass. A Global Pass will allow travel in all of the below.
What happens if I have a pass for one country but am travelling to another country by rail? Will my pass cover this?
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.
For example: You have a (one country) Italy Pass. On your last day, you’re leaving Italy and going to Germany, where your flight departs. You can either purchase an individual journey to Germany OR purchase a 2 Country Pass instead.
Are there any discounts?
There are special rates for those aged 12 – 27 years (Youth passes). There are also ‘Saver’ passes for 2 or more people travelling together at all times.
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 children travel free with my pass?
Yes. 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.
*Child age: 4 – 11 years
Do I need to make seat reservations?
In general, it is not essential but some do require it – sleepers/overnight, high-speed (e.g. TGV, Frecciaroso), long-distance and international trains.
However, at peak times (e.g. Christmas or school holidays) it is strongly recommended.
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. You can prebook seat reservations with British TIPS for a fee.
What is the difference between first class and standard (second) class?
This varies between trains and operators but, in general, 1st class tickets include more legroom, a table, and more comfortable seats. Some trains also include complimentary Wi-Fi in 1st class or even food served at your seat. Be aware that some trains do not have first class compartments.
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.
Can I use my Eurail Pass on the Eurostar?
No. Eurail Passes are not valid on Eurostar services. You can book Eurostar through British TIPS so please contact us for more information.
Is there a luggage restriction with Eurail Passes?
It varies between train operators. As a general rule, most trains allow maximum 3 items, each of which may be no more than 85cm. Bulky items (e.g. skis or bicycles) can be taken on some trains but may need to be dismantled or wrapped in a particular way; this depends on the train.
There are overhead storage racks for small items, and either storage areas at the ends of the cars or behind your seat.
All luggage must be clearly marked (as with air travel) and is your responsibility.
Can I buy food and drink on trains?
Most trains do have food available for purchase. Many long-distance trains have full-service restaurant cars; other trains may have a buffet car with snacks. On-board refreshments can be pricey so, if your budget is restrcted, we suggest purchasing snacks at a supermarket before you travel. You can often also purchase food and drinks at stations.
Do I need an additional Visa if I travel through another country en route to my destination?
Your Visa will need to cover ALL the countries you are travelling through whether you are getting off the train or not.