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As the leading worldwide distributor of European rail products, Rail Europe is the only one-stop-shop for planning and booking European train travel and sightseeing products.
From rail passes to train tickets and reservations, they provide unparalleled access to an extensive array of rail products from over 50 European train companies.
Catering to travellers from the Americas, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa, Rail Europe makes discovering Europe by train easy, seamless, and memorable. Plus, they provide award-winning localized customer care and assistance. They offer support before, during, and after the journey.
Rail Europe offers over 15,000 destinations accessible by train all across Europe. Their country guides can inspire you and their top city destinations will get you on the right track.
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1. Pick the right rail pass
Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 31 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.
2. Reserve your seats
Travelling on local and regional trains allows you to explore at will. Simply board with your rail pass and choose any open seat. Reservations are required on most high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements.
3. Activate and travel
Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.
What kind of passes are there?
SINGLE COUNTRY PASS-Enjoy extensive train travel across the national rail network of one country, with the freedom to explore its numerous cities and towns.
GLOBAL RAIL PASSES-Travel across the national rail networks of neighboring countries with a single rail pass. It’s a perfect way to explore Europe’s rich diversity.
SWISS TRAVEL SYSTEM-Extensive travel on trains, buses and boats, plus free entry to over 490 museums. There isn't a better or more budget-friendly way to discover Switzerland.
Photo: chart illustrating the difference between Rail Passes and Train Tickets