Why travel with a Rail Pass
The main advantages of traveling with a rail pass are cost and flexibility.
First, a rail pass is usually more cost effective when you plan on taking three trips or more compared to individual train tickets. And the more you travel, the better the value since the cost of the rail pass is fixed regardless of how many trips you take.
The second benefit to a rail pass is flexibility. With most train tickets you have to decide on your train, date and time of travel in advance. Just define the boundary of the geographical area you plan on visiting and you can then decide your final itinerary as you go, while you’re in Europe, without being bound to the specific trains and travel times of train tickets.
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Train Reservations with Rail Passes
Despite the freedom you have to hop on many trains with a rail pass, train reservations are required on many high speed, long-distance, international, or overnight trains. Prices vary depending on route and the number of seats available for rail pass holders is limited.
Certain types of trains always require reservations and can sell out. These include high-speed trains such as the Brussels-based Thalys and the London–Paris/Brussels Eurostar, certain country-specific high speed trains (especially in France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden), some of Switzerland's just-for-tourists scenic trains, and beds on overnight trains.
Most of the time, there's plenty of seating for everyone. But it's wise to reserve ahead if you are traveling during a peak time (summer, weekends, holidays); on a route with infrequent service; if you need several seats together (a family with children); or for a train you simply cannot afford to miss. If your train doesn't require a reservation, you can just hop onboard with your activated rail pass and find a seat.
Special Deals and Promotions
German Rail Pass Promotion
Book the German Rail Pass Promotion to enjoy 10% off the 5-days or 20% off the 10-days-within-1-month German Rail Pass. Just book by April 29, 2014.
25% Off 4 & 8-Day Swiss Passes
Get 25% off a 4- or 8-day consecutive first class Swiss Pass when you book the Swiss Pass Promotion by May 20 for travel April 1- May 31.