Everything you need to know about the Eurail pass in 2016
Travelling Europe by rail is one of lifes great experiences its convenient, affordable and you'll see the diverse scenery of the European countryside.
Enjoying a trip through Europe by train is not the complex adventure that it used to be. In the past, a trip to Europe involved messing around with a confusing wade of individual rail tickets, keeping to strict train departure deadlines and making sure that you get on board the right train, at the right time. That has all changed when the Eurail pass was introduced.
Today, things are a little different. When you purchase a Eurail Pass from Rail Plus, you'll be buying a pass that can take you all around the continent. More importantly, with a selection of over 50 Eurail Passes, you can travel flexibly, when you want and where you want, depending upon the Pass you choose.
With a Eurail Pass, you can travel flexibly, when you want and where you want, depending upon the Pass you choose. Learn more about the Eurail Pass thats right for you. Let's take a look at what you need to know about the Eurail Pass in 2016.
Why is the Eurail Pass the best way to travel the continent?
Simply put, there is no easier or more exciting way to explore Europe than by rail. You'll travel from city centre to city centre and be able to watch the unrivalled scenery of this historic continent roll on by from your carriage window, or even restaurant car as you travel from one fascinating place to the next.
It's possible to enjoy unlimited rail travel across almost every one of Europe's different countries, all with a single Pass in your pocket. The Eurail Pass is extremely flexible, so you can jump on as many trains as you like (on each travel day) without the worry of your journey limit running out - you really can go when, and where, you want.
Please note: some trains such as high-speed trains (SNCF TGV, Thalys, Lyria, Trenitalia and RENFE AVE), overnight sleeper trains and panoramic coach require a seat reservation to guarantee a seat. It is recommended to book seat reservations in advance as they are often cheaper and sell out quickly during peak travel seasons.
Which Eurail Pass is best for you?
Where can you travel with a Eurail Pass?
Depending on which Eurail Pass you choose, it's possible to visit up to 28 countries across Europe on a single Pass. Popular countries to visit include; France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Nations including Austria, Belgium and the Czech Republic are also a big draw. Take a look at our list of destinations - where would you like to go?
Wherever it is that you choose, you're almost certain to enjoy a unique travel experience that you just won't get anywhere else. It's the flexibility of the Eurail Pass that makes train travel in Europe convenient and sets it apart. The cultural, geographical and historical diversity of Europe is among the deepest, anywhere, and exploring it all via rail is an experience that must be had to be truly admired.
Two new passes for 2016...
If you're looking to explore just a select few countries during your adventure, there are a few new options to consider. One of these is the new Eurail Select 2 Countries Pass. This pass allows you to travel between two neighbouring countries with ease. Train travel is valid for 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 days within a 2 month period in 1st or 2nd class, so you can choose precisely how much time you'd like to spend in either country.
The Eurail Select 3 Countries Pass, is also back by popular demand and is a versatile option to travel between three countries by rail! Choose your train travel dates for 5,6,8, or 10 days, within a 2 month period in 1st class ( 2nd class option for Youth Passes)
Both these new Passes are in addition to the already popular 4 Country Eurail Select Pass.
...as well as four new countries
As if the choice of different countries to explore with the Eurail Pass wasn't broad enough, now there are four additional countries included in the rail pass. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Poland, and Serbia have all been added to the roster, bringing with them their own unique sense of history and culture.
What about children?
With the Eurail Pass, up to two children aged 11 years and under can travel for free per adult. A grand train adventure for the whole the family! Note children are still required to pay for seat reservations where required or requested.
Additionally, our popular Youth Pass option is now available as a first-class offering on a number of Eurail Passes. Now younger travellers can enjoy all the trimmings that come at the very highest end of train travel - and it's a whole 20 per cent cheaper than the Adult Pass.
Be sure to get in touch with Rail Plus today to find out more about our range of Eurail passes. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have and can help get the ball rolling on your grand European adventure.