#1
I want to make a trip through Europe next year and I was thinking about buying the Eurail Pass. Can it be used anywhere (e.g. at airports) and are reservations needed to hop on a train or can I show my pass and get an entry?

For example, say that I wanted to take a train from Rome to Venice (or Milan to Zurich) that departs in 30 minutes, would I be able to get on, or do I need to make reservations?

If it helps, here is my projected itinary (the times I'll be travelling by train):

Rome-Venice
Venice-Milan
Milan-Zurich
Zurich-Munich
Munich-Prague
Prague-Berlin

Copenhagen-Gothenburg
Gothenburg-Stockholm
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#2
Quote by Iced Earth9
I want to make a trip through Europe next year and I was thinking about buying the Eurail Pass. Can it be used anywhere (e.g. at airports) and are reservations needed to hop on a train or can I show my pass and get an entry?

For example, say that I wanted to take a train from Rome to Venice (or Milan to Zurich) that departs in 30 minutes, would I be able to get on, or do I need to make reservations?

If it helps, here is my projected itinary (the times I'll be travelling by train):

Rome-Venice
Venice-Milan
Milan-Zurich
Zurich-Munich
Munich-Prague
Prague-Berlin

Copenhagen-Gothenburg
Gothenburg-Stockholm

Most international trains require reservations, not all though.

Hmm especially in italy I think you don't need one.
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#4
What do you mean can it be used in Airports? You won't be able to get on an airplane with one if that's what you are asking.

As for reservations, I never made a reservation to get on train with the pass. That could have just been pure luck however. It makes sense that you would need to make a reservation to guarantee a spot, but if you are just chancing it to see if there is space, there might not be any issues. You do need to pay a surcharge of between 5 and 15 euro for the nighttime sleeper trains. IIRC, you get a pretty detailed booklet with the pass that explaines pretty much everything.
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What do you mean can it be used in Airports? You won't be able to get on an airplane with one if that's what you are asking.

As for reservations, I never made a reservation to get on train with the pass. That could have just been pure luck however. It makes sense that you would need to make a reservation to guarantee a spot, but if you are just chancing it to see if there is space, there might not be any issues. You do need to pay a surcharge of between 5 and 15 euro for the nighttime sleeper trains. IIRC, you get a pretty detailed booklet with the pass that explaines pretty much everything.



Sorry, I meant going from train stations inside airports to train stations downtown (like subways or whatever).


And did you go from country to country? Would it make sense to buy the Eurail pass and still make reservations for 9-10 trains?
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Last edited by Iced Earth9 at Jul 3, 2013,
#8
The best way to travel around Europe is by low-cost flights, dude. By far.
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#9
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I still plan to go to Jasper and in the North sometimes in the future though :/

If only travelling in this country wouldn't be so costly..
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#11
Quote by Iced Earth9
Sorry, I meant going from train stations inside airports to train stations downtown (like subways or whatever).


And did you go from country to country? Would it make sense to buy the Eurail pass and still make reservations for 9-10 trains?



Taking a quick look at the Eurrail website, it seems that reservations work on a train by train basis. So for some you will need to reserve, others you wont. That said, it says you need to reserve the sleeper trains, and I got sleepers from Budapest to Krakow and Krakow to Prague, and never reserved anything, we just showed up quite literally minutes before the train departed and we got on. Again, your mileage might vary, we may have just been lucky.

As for the airports question. To my knowledge, the Eurail pass only covers regional and international train travelling. Most airport to downtown lines would be part of a city's metro system so is most likely not covered. There is a section somewhere on the Eurail website though that makes a list of all the extra benefits the Eurrail pass gets you, on a country by country basis, so it would be worth checking that out.

When I got my interrail pass, I bought mine from a local student oriented travel agents, the specialises in this kind of thing, and foreign internships etc. IIRC, it was the same price as buying online, but it was good to have someone who knew what they were talkng about and was able to answer all our questions
#13
My friend and I traveled Europe last summer and we both used Eurail passes. The pass differs from country to country but you are given an information booklet which details what services are valid with the pass. For example, some countries you can use the Eurail pass for specific train lines as well as buses. In terms of reservations, that is largely dependent on what you're willing to do.

Often times you'll find you'll have to pay to reserve a seat. However, you can sometimes get away with just sitting by the doors between the cars. It all depends though, sometimes my friend and I were able to do that for a whole train ride and sometimes a ticket inspector made us pay for a reservation.

Check out easyjet and ryanair though if you're going to be doing any particularly large trips, flights within Europe are ridiculously inexpensive.