Planning a trip by train around Europe can be confusing with the many different train agencies and routings out there. This guide to how to find cheap European train tickets explains it all, including the Eurail pass!
TIPS FOR BOOKING TRAIN TICKETS IN EUROPE
Below are some of our top tips for booking train tickets in Europe.
- Compare prices and do your research: Eurail passes can be very enticing and economical depending on your trip. However do prepare and research yourself, comparing train ticket prices on the company website for your specific itinerary.
- Buy your tickets in advance: ticket prices drastically rise before your travel date so be sure to book in advance
- Keep track of your train journeys: the best way to do this is on the app Trainline EU
- Never leave your passport behind: especially when traveling between European countries on the train as they do control passports!
- Watch out for pickpockets in train stations: read more- How to avoid scams in Paris
Click here to read about the best apps to download before your trip to Europe
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CHEAP EUROPEAN TRAIN TICKETS AND HOW TO FIND THEM
An extensive guide to Eurail passes, an economical option for traveling around Europe by train.
Eurail passes can be used on all National Railway companies, excluding Eurostar. Passes range in price based on whether you want to explore one country or many countries, and in how much time.
Click here to see a list of all European trainlines where you use your Eurail pass
Click here to reserve seats on high-speed train journeys (compulsory)
HOW TO BUY A EURAIL PASS
Prices vary, although you can estimate online right now if you have an idea of what you would like to purchase. Simply select the county/countries and the duration you desire, pay online and the pass is mailed to your home address.
Here is a breakdown of some examples of the cost of the Eurail pass:
1 country (France): For ages 18-27, 3 days cost 159€, whereas 8 days cost 296€, with adults 28+ being about 40-50€ more on average
Click here to see the list of all the European countries where you can use the Eurail pass
3 countries (France, Italy, Switzerland): For ages 18-27, 5 days cost 314€, with adults 28+ being about 40-50€ more on average
Click here to see popular combinations of countries where you can use the Eurail pass
5+ countries with a “global pass”: For ages 18-27, 7 days cost 456€, and for ages 28+ it costs 568€
Click here for more options for global Eurail passes
Eurail also offers family passes if you are traveling all together
You can buy your Eurail pass online by clicking here