FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

About Eurailing

  1. Why can’t I buy a Europass?
  2. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class train travel?
  3. Aren’t trains cramped and smelly?
  4. Is everyone eligible for a Eurail Pass and can they be purchased in Europe?
  5. Are there any discounts available for the Eurail or Britrail Passes?
  6. Why take a train in the first place? Isn’t flying better and faster?
  7. What is the difference between the consecutive-day pass and the flexipass?
  8. What constitutes a rail day?
  9. What makes you think that there is actually a rail pass that’s going to fit my schedule/budget/itinerary/etc., etc., etc.?
  10. How do I use my pass once I get to Europe?
  11. Do I need to make reservations if I have a railpass?
  12. Do you have the cheapest rail passes?
  13. What do I get for my money?
  14. Are Eurail passes good in Great Britain?
  15. Does my Eurailpass cover ferry crossings or trains such as the Eurostar (i.e. the train that goes from London to Paris through the Chunnel)?
  16. Why would I prefer purchasing railpasses (rather than point-to-point tickets)?

About Using RailSaver

  1. Why does RailSaver ask for my first name, age, citizenship, and email?
  2. What is my arrival city?
  3. What is my arrival date?
  4. Why do I need to tell RailSaver each city I am traveling to?
  5. Why do I need to choose between a Train, Boat, Mountain Lift, Bus, Car, etc?
  6. Should I bother entering cities that I am not traveling to by train?
  7. How do I know if a trip from one city to another is an “overnight journey” and why does it matter?
  8. What if I don’t know the country that a destination is in?
  9. RailSaver could not find one of my destination cities. What do I do?
  10. I don’t know how many nights I will be in each city. What do I do?
  11. I have more than 7 destinations, what do I do?
  12. I have more than 15 destinations, what do I do?
  13. I am traveling with more than 1 companion, what do I do?
  14. I do not live in the USA, can I purchase these passes?
  15. I live in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet Union), Turkey, Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia. Can I purchase railpasses?
  16. What cities are in the RailSaver database?
  17. How many nights should I spend in each city that I visit?
  18. Why do I need to know the number of nights that I spend in each city that I visit? Why do I need to know how long I’ll be traveling in Europe?
  19. What is my Estimated Departure Month?
  20. Why do I need to select the countries that I plan to visit?
  21. Do I need to select countries that I will only travel through – but not actually get off the train and visit?
  1. Why can’t I buy a Europass?

    The Europass was discontinued on January 1, 2003, and is no longer available as a railpass option.

  2. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class train travel?

    First class is more spacious and quieter with fewer seats per compartment or train car. The seats are larger and sometimes more plush. There is more room for luggage and it will generally be less crowded since most Europeans using the train will travel in second class. Some train systems (such as Scotland) only offer second class. Try both options and compare the prices.Back to Top

  3. Aren’t trains cramped and smelly?

    Not on this Continent. Travelers from some parts of the world may not be used to an efficient, clean, well-run rail network. The quality of European trains may vary some from country to country, but all-told European trains are clean, well-kept and very comfortable.Back to Top

  4. Is everyone eligible for a Eurail Pass and can they be purchased in Europe?

    Anyone is eligible to purchase a pass, except for residents in the countries of Europe, the Russian Federation, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, or Tunisia. Since rail passes are intended for tourists, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to find an outlet for these passes in Europe. They can be purchased in the U.S. and shipped to Europe, however.Back to Top

  5. Are there any discounts available for the Eurail or Britrail Passes?

    Pricing is standardized for rail passes and all legitimate vendors must sell passes at the same price. Travelers should look for vendors that offer good service with free exclusive bonuses.In terms of different types of passes, there are discounts for youths, children or for groups of 2 or more people traveling together. Look for the Youth Pass or Saver Pass options.Back to Top

  6. Why take a train in the first place? Isn’t flying better and faster?

    For starters, it’s pretty difficult to sight-see from 20,000 feet up. Not even the Eiffel Tower is all that impressive, if all you’re doing is looking down on the top of it. Yeah, planes can be faster – but is speed the only point of your trip?For us, we agree with Mahatma Gandhi: “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Traveling by train is fast and efficient – but you can still see the countryside. You can pass through small villages that no airplane is going to go to; you can stop in towns, or even in the middle of nowhere – the choice is yours, not the flight plan’s. Rail travel is also a great way to meet people, both locals and travelers, which will help you get more out of your trip. Click here for more reasons why you should get a rail pass and take the train. Back to Top

  7. What is the difference between the consecutive-day pass and the flexipass?

    A consecutive-day pass provides unlimited rail travel for the duration of the pass, once it has been validated.The flexipass gives the pass-holder a 2 monthperiod from the validation date to utilize the number of days they have purchased for their pass. (Ex: the 5 day flexipass allows 5 days of travel in a 2 month period, The 8 day flexipass allows 8 days of travel in a 2 month period, etc.)Back to Top

  8. What constitutes a rail day?

    A rail day is considered any travel between 12 midnight to 12 midnight of the following day (i.e. a 24 hour period). However, a good tip to know is the 7:00pm rule. If you board a direct, overnight train after 7pm, only the following day of travel is counted. On your flexipass, you would write the day of arrival on the pass prior to boarding the overnight train. Some individual country passes do not offer this rule.Back to Top

  9. What makes you think that there is actually a rail pass that’s going to fit my schedule/budget/itinerary/etc., etc., etc.?

    For starters, there are about 5,000 different possible rail passes. Yeah: 5,000. So really there’s going to be a type of pass for anyone, going anywhere, in any timeframe. This includes point-to-point trips, whole-continent wanderbouts, 1-week blitzes and long, long-term journeys.Back to Top

  10. How do I use my pass once I get to Europe?

    One of the great things about a Eurail pass is the ease of use and convenience. Before the first time you use it, you must present your rail pass and passport at a train station ticket window for validation, prior to boarding the train. This is only necessary the first time. After that, you have the freedom of unlimited travel all day according to the validity of your pass. If you have a flexipass, the only thing you would need to do is fill in the date box for the day you want to travel.Back to Top

  11. Do I need to make reservations if I have a railpass?

    Reservations are generally not mandatory, although they are recommended for busy times and routings. Reservations are required for some high-speed trains such as the TGV, sleeper trains, or, if you want a couchette during an overnight journey. Reservations can be made at any train station for just a few dollars or in the U.S. for an additional service fee. Couchettes and Sleeper compartments are extra.Back to Top

  12. Do you have the cheapest rail passes?

    Anyone who is authorized to sell rail passes actually has to sell them at the same price. Fares and rates are set by the Eurail Commission in Europe, not by sellers such as ourselves. So you won’t find a better price than right here.  Back to Top

  13. What do I get for my money?

    Value for money. Since all rail pass dealers sell at the same price, where we stand apart is what we add in to the package for the same rate. We offer freebies and extras that let you get even more out of your pass. These offerings – from free travel day extensions to low season discounts to free steamer travel – change regularly. Not only do you get a rockin’ rail pass, you also get service, pass protection, and hey, cool freebies. Say no more. Back to Top

  14. Are Eurail passes good in Great Britain?

    Great Britain is not part of the 17-country Eurail Network. For train travel in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you will need to purchase one of the many types of Britrail Passes. All of the Britrail passes except the Southeast Pass cover the Gatwick and Heathrow Express.Back to Top

  15. Does my Eurailpass cover ferry crossings or trains such as the Eurostar (i.e. the train that goes from London to Paris through the Chunnel)?

    Certain ferry lines do allow rail pass holders free or discounted travel. Routes covered include Ireland-France, Italy -Greece and Germany-Sweden-Finland. The rail pass does not cover travel on the Eurostar, however, the ticket can be purchased at a discount when proof of a validated Eurail pass is shown at a ticket office in the train station.Back to Top

  16. Why would I prefer purchasing railpasses (rather than point-to-point tickets)?

    Many travelers feel that the value of railpasses is greater than the price of point-to-point tickets that they replace. Travelers can purchase everything in advance, thereby eliminating foreign currency exchanges, language confusion, and long ticket lines. Railpass holders enjoy the convenience of jumping on and off trains as they please. Many travelers to Europe demand the convenience and simplicity that railpasses offer.Back to Top

  17. Why does RailSaver ask for my first name, age, citizenship, and email?

    RailSaver needs your age and citizenship to determine which railpasses you are eligible to purchase. RailSaver asks for your first name so it can present you with a customized itinerary – with your first name on it. RailSaver asks for your email address so that we can email you our railpass recommendations – so you can refer back to this email to recall which railpasses to purchase. RailSaver, or one of RailSaver’s partners, may also email you with special European travel material from time to time. You may choose not to enter your email address. Back to Top

  18. What is my arrival city?

    This is the city that you fly into. For example, if you fly from New York City to London, England; then, London, England would be your arrival city.Back to Top

  19. What is my arrival date?

    This is the date which your airplane lands in Europe. For example, your flight may leave New York City on July 1 and arrive in London on July 2. July 2 is your arrival date.Back to Top

  20. Why do I need to tell RailSaver each city I am traveling to?

    RailSaver needs to know your entire itinerary in order to provide you the most accurate information.Back to Top

  21. Why do I need to choose between a Train, Boat, Mountain Lift, Bus, Car, etc?

    RailSaver needs to know how you plan to get from one city to another in order to provide you with the best information.Back to Top

  22. Should I bother entering cities that I am not traveling to by train?

    Yes. Enter your entire itinerary.Back to Top

  23. How do I know if a trip from one city to another is an “overnight journey” and why does it matter?

    Please check the train schedules for each segment of your itinerary (choose the schedules icon). RailSaver needs to know if a segment is an “overnight journey” because flexipass holders enter the next day’s date on their railpass for “overnight journeys” (any trip that begins after 7:00 pm).Back to Top

  24. What if I don’t know the country that a destination is in?

    Make your best guess – if you are wrong, RailSaver will give you a message saying it could not find your city and offer you suggestions.Back to Top

  25. RailSaver could not find one of my destination cities. What do I do?

    First, check your spelling and country selection for this city. Use the train schedules to verify that this city has train service. RailSaver has a database of thousands of cities and tourist destinations in Europe. However, it is possible that RailSaver may not contain your destination. Try entering a nearby larger city.Back to Top

  26. I don’t know how many nights I will be in each city. What do I do?

    It is OK to guess – but be sure to guess high. For example, if you think you may spend anywhere from 3 to 6 nights in Paris, enter “6″.Back to Top

  27. I have more than 7 destinations, what do I do?

    Click the “Add More Destinations” button.Back to Top

  28. I have more than 15 destinations, what do I do?

    RailSaver can only accept up to 15 destinations per calculation. Remove some of your smaller destination cities that are in-between your larger destinations. Be sure to keep the major cities you are visiting, as well as your final destination (the city you are flying out of).Back to Top

  29. I am traveling with more than 1 companion, what do I do?

    RailSaver calculates the best railpasses for up to 2 travelers at a time. For most itineraries, all travelers in groups of more than 2 will get the same price. Keep in mind, however, that all people in the group must travel together at all times. You may want to try entering both 1 and 2 travelers for your itinerary. RailSaver will compute different railpass options that you should consider. In addition, you may wish to speak with one of the recommended rail travel agencies to verify your choice.Back to Top

  30. I do not live in the USA, can I purchase these passes?

    Most likely. Railpasses are valid for anybody who does not live in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet Union), Turkey, Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia.Back to Top

  31. I live in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet Union), Turkey, Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia. Can I purchase railpasses?

    You cannot purchase the railpasses recommended by RailSaver. However, you can purchase Interrail and Euro-Domino railpasses in your home country.Back to Top

  32. What cities are in the RailSaver database?

    The RailSaver database contains thousands of larger and smaller cities throughout Europe. The database also contains train stations important to travelers, such as airport train stations, ferry terminals, and resorts.Back to Top

  33. How many nights should I spend in each city that I visit?

    Some travelers enjoy a fast pace and generally only stay 1 night in each city that they visit. Other travelers like a more leisurely pace, and spend 3 or more nights in each city. So, the faster you like to travel, the fewer nights you will spend in each city. If you like to see more than 1 city each day (you are super-fast), then choose “1 night”.Back to Top

  34. Why do I need to know the number of nights that I spend in each city that I visit? Why do I need to know how long I’ll be traveling in Europe?

    RailSaver calculates the estimated number of cities that you will see during your travels – and the number of train trips between these cities. This is an crucial to RailSaver’s calculations that involve the many possible itineraries that you might follow.Back to Top

  35. What is my Estimated Departure Month?

    The month (and year) that you leave for Europe.Back to Top

  36. Why do I need to select the countries that I plan to visit?

    RailSaver can best help you choose the best rail pass if you select the countries that you will be traveling to. If you do not know where you wish to travel, or you desire the freedom to go anywhere, then check the box labeled “I do not know. I may wish to travel anywhere in Europe.”Back to Top

  37. Do I need to select countries that I will only travel through – but not actually get off the train and visit?

    No. RailSaver will figure out these “through countries” for you. RailSaver will recommend a railpass that covers these “through countries” if the pass will save you money.Back to Top

How do I pick a pass?

Select your countries

Which countries do you want to visit on your trip to Europe? Some travelers want to go everywhere. Some only want to see a handful of neighboring countries (like Italy, Spain, and France). Some want to pick and choose across the entire region. No matter your preference, there is a pass for you.

Determine your budget

Your budget goes a long way in determining which pass is right for you. After narrowing down your wish list, go through your trip budget and figure out how much you can set aside for a rail pass. Remember, the more places you go and the faster you move, the more your pass will be.

Figure Out Length of Your Trip

Some travelers go to Europe for a couple of weeks, like for a spring break during college or a shorter vacation. Some go for the entire summer. Some take months and months to explore the continent, while others travel Europe for as long as possible. There are rail passes available to suit any traveler and pretty much any timeframe.

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