How do I know if I need a Eurail Pass?

How do I know if I need a Eurail Pass?

For many Americans, a summer Europe trip taken during college is a rite of passage. The complexity of Europe's train network often makes buying a Eurail Pass seem like the easiest way to travel around the continent. But how can you be sure that you're actually getting the best deal? Which pass makes the most sense for your specific trip? When are individual train tickets actually cheaper than buying a rail pass? There are no definitive answers to any of these questions but we're here to help you through the decision-making process with our comprehensive guide to buying European rail passes.


Choose between the 3 Eurail Pass types

Global Pass

Discover 28 European countries with the simplicity of the global pass.

The Global Pass

Find out more about the Eurail Global Pass here →

Select Pass

The select pass lets you can easily explore 2-3 neighboring countries.

The Select Pass

Find out more about the Eurail Select Pass here →

One-Country Pass

Explore one of Eurail's many partner countries with the one-country pass.

The One-Country Pass

Find out more about the Eurail One Country Pass here →


Here are a few things you'll want to consider before buying:

  • Your age: Eurail passes makes the most sense for travelers under 25 years old who are planning a longer trip involving many towns and cities in multiple countries
  • Your booking period: As a general rule, the longer you plan to travel, the more likely it is that you’ll save with some kind of Eurail pass especially if you’re last-minute planner (train tickets in Europe can get pretty expensive when you book last-minute)
  • Your travel plan: You’ll also find that passes can be very convenient for exploring off-the-beaten path destinations as you won’t need to reserve seats on regional trains
  • Your seat reservations: When you’re traveling between major cities or on high-speed trains, you’ll usually need to pay additional seat reservation fees on top of the cost of the Eurail Pass


No matter your travel plans, you’ll definitely want to use GoEuro to double check prices for your specific trip to see if you can string together a cheaper itinerary yourself. You can check prices for most train companies 2-4 months in advance of your intended travel date.


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3 routes where buying a Eurail Pass will save you money

South to North: Eurail Global Pass

Visit 7 European cities in 6 countries with the Eurail Global Pass starting from $431. Doing this itinerary with a Eurail Global Pass is 9% cheaper than purchasing equivalent point-to-point tickets.

South to North Europe Trip

Travel between 28 European countries with the simplicity of the Eurail Global Pass. More Information →

2 Weeks in France & Italy: Eurail Select Pass

Visit 5 cities in France and Italy with the Eurail Select Pass starting from $246. Doing this itinerary with a Eurail Select Pass is 26% cheaper than purchasing equivalent point-to-point tickets.

2 Weeks in France & Italy

The Eurail Select Pass lets you can easily explore 2-4 bordering countries in Europe. More Information →

2 Weeks in Spain: Eurail One-Country Pass

Visit 5 cities in Spain with the Eurail One Country Pass starting from $179. If you're booking point-to-point tickets for this route at the last minute, you should consider purchasing a Spanish Eurail pass.

2 Weeks in Spain

Explore one of Eurail's many partner countries with the one-country pass. More Information →


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Not sure if the Eurail pass if right for you? Check out all our other European itineraries and decide for yourself if you're better off buying a pass or point-to-point tickets. Our website gives you prices for trains buses & flights in a single search. It's that simple!


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