Eurail Pass: The Best Way To Travel Around Europe

10 May 2018

Beatrice Lee

Klook Travel Curator

One pass, 28 European countries

Are you planning to travel to Europe? You might want to consider purchasing a Eurail Pass.

With just one pass, enjoy the freedom to travel in and around different European countries hassle-free!

Read on to discover the benefits of the Eurail Pass and what you can do with it.

What is a Eurail Pass?

A Eurail Pass is an all-in-one train ticket giving you flexible access to most trains across Europe.

Apart from transport, the Eurail Pass also entitles the holder to additional discounts on certain attractions and more across Europe.

Can I buy a Eurail Pass?

The Eurail Pass can only be used by non-European residents.

List of available Eurail Passes on Klook

Eurail Global Pass

Eurail One Country Pass (3, 4, 5 or 8 days)

If your desired Eurail Pass is not available, don’t worry! We’ll be adding more passes in the near future so do stay tuned for updates.

How do you activate your Eurail Pass?

It’s a simple 4-step process to activating your Eurail Pass.

There are a variety of Eurail Passes available for purchase on Klook. Depending on how often you’re intending to use the pass, you can choose from two main types of passes: Flexible Pass or Consecutive Pass.

Your Eurail Pass takes the form of a physical pass that cannot be emailed or printed by individual travellers.

How your pass reaches you depends on where you live.

For residents of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Mainland China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, your Eurail Pass will be mailed to you. For residents of other countries, we’re working hard to make the passes available in more destinations!

You will receive a Travel Diary, which is a piece of paper attached to your Eurail Pass that you will have to bring along with you. You must fill in the required personal information and daily itinerary as you travel. Failing to comply may attract heavy penalties when your pass is inspected by a rail official.

Reservations are generally required for all high-speed rail and night trains, and strongly recommended during peak seasons or periods around major festivals. Reservations can be made via the Rail Europe website.

Reservations not required for:

  • Regional (local) trains

Reservations required for:

  • High-speed rail trails
  • Night trains

Travellers are advised to make their seat reservations as soon as possible, especially for popular routes and trains.

Do also note the additional charges for reservations:

To check if your train requires a seat reservation and the additional charges that apply, visit the Rail Europe website for more information.

The most common ways of activating your Eurail Pass include:

  1. Ticket offices of a major European train station, or
  2. Eurail Aid offices located at major European train stations

Eurail Travel Diary

The Travel Diary is a very important part of your Eurail Pass and will have to be carried with you throughout your travels. Each time you use your Eurail Pass, you will have to manually record the following details:

Date & time Departure and arrival destinations

Travellers may be subjected to fines if these details are not dutifully filled up. Travellers also have the option to receive a free gift when they return their travel diary via mail, no stamps required.

Photo Credits: Eurail.com

Countries covered by the Eurail Pass

*The Eurail Pass does not cover travel within these countries. Refer to section below for specific Country Passes.

Types of Eurail Passes

There is no One Country Eurail Pass for Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For travel within these countries, please refer to the German Rail Pass, Swiss Rail Pass and BritRail Pass respectively.

Eurail 1st Class vs 2nd Class Passes

Travellers can choose from two different classes based on your own travel needs.

1st Class

  • Individually adjustable seats
  • More room between seats
  • Extra legroom
  • Extra wide tables
  • Electric outlet for each seat
  • Cabin service
  • WiFi

Photo Credits: Kecko for Flickr

2nd Class

  • Modern seats in open cars
  • Compartments (6 seats)
  • Luggage racks provided
  • Multi-functional tables
  • Shared electric outlet for every two seats
  • Restaurant and bistro car
  • WiFi available in some cars

Photo Credits: Roel Hemkes for Flickr

Can I cancel my Eurail Pass?

Cancellation Policy

Do take care of your passes as lost or stolen passes cannot be refunded or replaced. Subject to compliance with Klook’s and Rail Europe’s cancelation policy, unused and unactivated Eurail Passes may be refunded for 85% of the cost of the pass.

To claim refund, please send back all the tickets enclosed with the pass you received and make sure Klook receives it within 6 months from the date of issue.

Do note that the time taken to process refunds is subject to Rail Europe's policies.

Please refer to the activity page of the individual passes for more info on the respective cancellation policies.