A Guide to the Eurail Pass

Everybody has the dream of backpacking around Europe for extended periods of time, especially post graduation, whether it be high school or college. It’s adventurous, it’s Europe, and logistically, it’s simple! The fluidity between nations and the access to multiple modes of transportation makes traveling around Europe easy and fun. As I always say “half the fun is getting there”.

Probably the most popular mode of transportation is the Eurail, the international train that entices almost all of Western Europe and a lot of Eastern Europe. The destination opportunities are endless and if you plan on traveling around a lot, the money will definitely play in your favorite.

How Much Is It?

There are many different passes you can get, and which one you choose depends on your budget and your itinerary. The most popular pass is the Global Flexi Pass. This pass allows two months travel with up to fifteen trips in second-class for $721 (or $48 per trip). If you wanted to upgrade to first-class, the pass costs $1100 (or $73 per trip). The pass allows you to hop on any train during those two months without needing to make a reservation.

Should You Get One?

This solely depends on your type of travel. If you’re somebody who values flexibility over price, then absolutely, get the Eurail pass! But, if you’re someone who has a strict itinerary and would like to stick with it, planning and purchasing well in advance can get you much cheaper per ticket prices.

How Do I Get One?

The main distributor of the Eurail pass is raileurope.com. Here you can choose between point-to-point or a multi-day pass. They offer itinerary planning services as well as provide the most common passes purchased.

That’s about all I know! If you have any other questions, Nomadic Matt’s newly revised book “How To Travel The World On $50 Or Less” has a large section on the Eurail and its offerings 🙂 Cheers!


One thought on “A Guide to the Eurail Pass

  1. Good advice! I always regret that I didn’t save money while I was in college so that I could backpack Europe when I graduated. It all worked out for the best though.

    Now, instead of spending two months backpacking on a meager budget, I will backpack for about a month with a slightly more comfortable budget to celebrate my 30th birthday.

    -Amanda at http://teachingwanderlust.com/

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