Rail Travel: Choosing the Right Rail Pass in Europe

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Catch the Eurostar for a fast rail travel between London, Paris and Brussels

Catch the Eurostar for a fast rail travel between London, Paris and Brussels

Traveling the European continent can be such an adventure, especially if you choose to do so by train. The rail networks in Europe are quite extensive, penetrating the major cities as well as the less frequented destinations. In order to make the most of your travel experience, it is a good idea to buy a rail pass.

What is a rail pass? Basically, it is something that will allow you to take multiple trains in Europe for a much cheaper price, as compared to buying a ticket for every single train ride. They come in different forms; the trick is in finding the right rail pass to suit your needs and preferences.

There are three general types of rail passes. These are the consecutive, flexi, and saver passes. The consecutive passes give you the right to unlimited train travel for the duration of the pass. As the name implies, this kind of rail pass allows travel for a number of consecutive days. This is perfect for those who are planning on being on the move every day. Flexi passes allow travel for a certain number of days, with the pass being valid for a longer period of time. For example, you can travel for 15 days within a month. This pass is perfect for those who would like to linger for a day or so at a certain destination before moving on. Saver passes are meant for people traveling in a group. These are valid for single trips, but sold at lower prices.

So how do you know which rail pass to buy? The best thing to do would be to plan out your itinerary, including the days that you will be traveling from city to city, or country to country. You may have to purchase different passes for different countries, so this is important. If you’re traveling all over Europe, then the best choice for you is the Eurail Global pass. For more details on the different rail passes, visit Rail Europe – they have extensive information on rail travel in Europe as well as a large selection of discount rail passes and train tickets for the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Euro trains UK

We are visiting UK and Europe from the Canada. We have just chosen to go by train, these are tips of a life time and I cannot wait. Any tips on where to go, we have a euro pass which will allow us to travel anywhere within two weeks. We wanted to go to Holland too, but not sure if we will have time for all that fun.


Mark Hodson

If you’re transferring across Paris you have several options, including the Metro and waiting in line at taxi ranks (although it’s easy to walk between Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est).

At snowcarbon, we have also recently arranged with a number of taxi companies in Paris to offer pre-bookable taxi transfers where a driver meets you on the platform, helps with your baggage and ensures you have a quick, comfortable journey. These can be booked online or by phone (we don’t make a commission on this service).

snowcarbon is a website that encourages skiers to take the train to resorts in Europe, rather than fly.

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