Traveling in Europe without hiring a tour package in a travel agency can be a challenge for some people, but it also opens a great opportunity to change your schedule, determine your times and places to visit . MeL wants to show you one of the most popular ways to travel in Europe, which can help you to save some money while being an adventure by itself.
If flying is your thing, you may still want to consider the train after reading this: 5 Passengers on the Plane You Do not Want to Find
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1. Train Passes.
A train pass can be purchased for a single trip, but what happens if I want to make several stops in different cities? There are unlimited train passes in Europe (Eurail or Interrail) that allow you to use the train network in the country or countries where you want to move. Interrail is a pass for permanent residents in Europe and the Eurail is for foreigners although both can use the same train network, so there is no difference in the trains you can board or in the type of cabins.
If I travel with my friends in Europe and I am a tourist, can I use the same Interrail train pass as them? Well NO, if you travel with friends who are European or permanent residents in Europe, they travel with Interrail and you have to do it with your Eurail.
It should be mentioned that ferries are not included many times in these passes, so we recommend you always look at the coverage of your pass in the place where you are traveling.
2. Duration of The Pass.
According to the Eurail page, The Eurail Global Pass offers unlimited train travel along the national rail network covering 28 countries with Eurail: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France , Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (includes the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey ( Liechtenstein and Monaco are considered part of Austria and France, respectively). There is a continuous pass of 15 or 22 days of travel or an option to select 1, 2 or 3 months of travel
You can also find the option of flexible pass that offers 5 or 7 days of travel within a period of 10 days or 10 or 15 days of travel that can be used during a period of 2 months, with the option of choosing days of consecutive trips.
In this article we will give you just a few examples of the prices since they are as varied as the places you can visit, but in the end we leave you the link to the official website so you can select the one that best suits the needs of your trip.
Eurail Global Pass (all countries) 2018
7 days within a month (12 -32 years): € 458.00
7 days within a month (adult): € 570.00
15 continuous days (12 -32 years): € 480.00
15 continuous days (adult): € 597.00
2 continuous months (12 -32 years): € 1064.00
2 continuous months (adult): € 1327.00
Remember that you can also make your purchase by the specific countries of your travel plan or by single country.
There are discounts for passengers under 28 years old or discounts for groups ranging from 2 to 5 people; In addition, for each adult traveling there is the option of traveling two children from 4 to 11 years of age for free.
Reservations and observations
Allthough in most of the trains you need no reservation, it is possible that after you have bought your pass you have to make reservations for: international, panoramic, night trains, as well as high-speed trains, since the demand can be very high in some seasons (consider the extra cost of booking , and the anticipated time to carry them out, since they oscillate between 60 and 90 days in advance). In addition, it must be taken into account that this train pass is not valid for traveling on Italo trains in Italy.
5. Buy from Any Country.
When shopping through the website, from your country there is an additional price for the shipment, make sure to confirm this when placing your order, buying in advance allows you to do your route planning and train reservation.
If you make a purchase over $ 399 (USD or CAD), you receive the free shipping by standard delivery.
In another article we will also detail the Interrail trains for permanent residents in Europe and in this way cover all the doubts of those of this part who also wish to make a trip through the old continent with this medium.
Eurail website: CLICK HERE