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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I validate my Pass once I get to Europe?
Before boarding your first train in Europe, you must present your Eurail Pass and passport at a train station ticket window for validation. Once at the ticket window the train station attendant will activate your pass by stamping the activation box, filling out your passport details and writing in your first travel date.
What is the difference between a Consecutive days Pass and a flexi Pass?
A consecutive Pass is valid for the number of days purchased. A 21 day pass is valid for 21 days in a row, you are not required to travel every day if you do not wish, however you will lose those days and no refund can be issued for unused days.
The flexi Pass allows flexibility of travelling within a 1 month or 2 month period, i.e. 4 days in two months allows you to travel any given 4 days of your choice within a 2 month period
Do children travel free?
Two children aged 4-11 years inclusive travels free for each paying adult. The free child offer must be requested at the time of booking the adult pass. The free child offer is NOT valid in conjunction with a Senior or Youth fare. Additional children aged 4-11 years purchase a Youth fare. Children under 4 years travel free if not occupying a seat / bed. Seat reservation fees still apply.
Where can I view train timetables?
Please click on Timetables from the top toolbar on our website. Please select the timetable you require (note Western/Eastern European timetables is the one for Europe). Here you can look up timetables for the trains you require. Please refer to our Timetable Help Sheet if you are having trouble looking up your train. Do not request for a fare as this link is only used for train times. For train numbers/additional information please tick the far left hand side box, and this will bring up train times, if reservations are compulsory and additional details.
What constitutes a rail day?
For trains: A travel day is midnight to midnight. You can travel on as many trains as you like during this period.
A month on a pass is counted as a calendar month. For example, a pass that begins on October 15th, will expire at midnight on November 14th.
How far in advance can a sleeper or seat reservation be made?
A sleeper or seat reservation can normally be made up to 6-8 weeks prior to the train's departure date.
Eurostar reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance.
Thalys reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance.
On any other Premier Train, reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.
For more information on booking in advance please click here.