Eurail Global Pass – European Rail Passes

This is meant for visits to 6 or more participating countries in Europe. In this case it does not matter whether the countries of travel are bordering or not (as it does in Eurail Select Pass). The countries include Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Finland,  Greece, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain and Slovenia.eurail2
Within this scheme more options are available –

• Eurail Global Pass: First class travel for consecutive 15 days, 21 days, 1,2 or 3 months. Ticket prices range from approx. $750 for 15 days to $2090 for 3 months.

Current Eurail promotion / Discounts / Coupons etc :

  • Free travel days ( limited time ) offer. (Get 2 to 5 free days based on the type of 1st class pass)
  • 35% youth discount for travelers younger than 26 years
  • 15% saver pass for groups of 2 to 5 travelers.
    Kids under 4 travel free and for children between 4 to 11 , there is a 50% discount.

• Eurail Global Pass Flexi: First class travel for 10 or 15 days in a time period of 2 months
 Eurail Global Pass Saver: This is best recommended for people travelling to non-bordering countries. For example, Belgium and Portugal. This provides first class travel for consecutive 15 days, 21 days, 1,2 or 3 months but for 2 to 5 number of people travelling together. Ticket price ranges from $630 (adult) for 15 days to $1800 (approx.) for 3 months.
• Eurail Global Pass Saver Flexi: First class travel for 2 to 5 people travelling together for any 10 days or 15 days in a 2 month period. Ticket prices range from $750 to less than $1000 (approx.) for 10 and 15 days respectively.
• Eurail Global Pass Youth: Meant for people less than 26 years of age. This is second class travel for 15 or 21 days, 1, 2 or 3 months. It is a consecutive day pass. Ticket prices range from approx. $500 for 15 day pass to & about $1360 for 3 months pass. These are cheaper when compared to the general Eurail Global Pass mentioned above.
• Eurail Global Pass Youth Flexi: Meant for people under 26 years of age. Any 10 days or 15 days second class travel in a 2month period.
• Eurail Drive Pass: Combination of rail and road travel. 4 days of first class travel with 2 days of rental car from Hertz or Avis.

Consecutive days means that one would have to either use the days or lose them. Price ranges given above are subject to change. Children under 4 are free and 4 to 11 are half rates of adult tickets. All tickets need to be validated within 6 months of purchase.

Some trains provide concessions for seniors – people 60 years or older. Discounted passes are available for seniors in some cases.

Eurail Select Pass – European Rail Passes

This is helpful during visits to 3 to 5 countries within Europe. However these countries should be border countries or have direct access by train or ship that is included under the Eurail offer. It is advisable to check that the countries being travelled to are covered under the Eurail Select pass. If not one would have to buy a different ticket for the trip.eurail1

Eurail Discounts, Promo Codes & Coupons

Youth Discount – If you are 25 years of younger on the first day of travel, you can get a 35% discount on the second class pass.Limitation : Greece and Romanian pass allows discounts on first class tickets only.

Kids Discount – Kids under 4 can travel free and for the older children ( 4 – 11), there is a promotion going on for 50% discount.

Family discount –  For small groups of 2 to 5 person, there is a 15% discount (saver pass).

Other Discounts / promotions / Coupons –

Free ferry service between Greece and Italy, including a stop at the tourist island of Corfu.
Free admission to OBB lounges  in Vienna (Wien-Westbahnhof & Wien-Meidling)
10% discount at Meininger Hostels & Hotels , A&O hotels and hostels and 20% discount on sightseeing cruises with Blue Danube( DDSG).
50% discount on lake constance boat trips ( by BSB, OBB & SBS — during may to october)
Free access to SBB lounge in Zurich station(HB) — (1st class only)
Free travel on the following boat services in Switzerland ( BLS, BSG, CCN, LNM,SGV, URh,ZSG)
50% discount on cabrio cable car ( to Stranserhorn)
Free travel on Glacier express between Davos/St.Moris and Disentis.
Free travel between Montreux to Lucern on the Golden pass train.

 

Certain points to remember are
• In case of Norway and Finland one has to cross Sweden while travelling on train, hence are not bordering countries.
• Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands form the Benelux countries and for the Eurail Select passes is considered as a single country.
• Similarly Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro count as one country for Eurail Select pass purposes
• Croatia and Slovenia are considered as a single country

European countries and their borders for Eurail Select Pass

Austria :- Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland
Germany :- Austria, Benelux, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland
France :- Benelux, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland
Denmark:- Sweden, Norway, Germany
Benelux :- France, Germany,Ireland
Finland:- Sweden, Germany
Ireland:- France, Benelux
Norway:- Sweden, Denmark
Sweden:- Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway
Switzerland :- Austria, France, Germany, Italy
Spain:- France, Italy, Portugal
Bulgaria/Serbia/Montenegro (SMB):- SC, Greece, Hungary, Romania
Croatia/Slovenia (SC): Italy,  SMB, Hungary, Austria
Italy:-  Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
Portugal:- Spain
Romania:- Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, Hungary
Hungary:- Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria
Greece :- Serbia and Montenegro, Italy, Bulgaria
Hungary :- Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria
Within Eurail Select passes there are more options
• Eurail Select pass: Unlimited travel for the single traveler
• Eurail Select Pass Saver: Best for two to five people travelling together. Valid for two months from first day of usage. Unlimited train travel as per Select pass rules.
• Eurail Select Pass Youth: For persons under 26 years age
• Eurail Select Pass ‘n Drive: Three days of train travel and two days of rental car (through Avis / Hertz) in border countries.