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1. Posted by gustavowoltmann (Budding Member 9 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi guys! My name is Gustavo Woltmann, I'm new here and I love to travel. I've been to some places in Europe already (Paris, Berlin, Madrid), but my life-long dream is to visit every country in the world. I have one of those scratch-off world maps but it's looking quite empty as of right now :D.

Does anyone have any experience with the Eurail pass? Is it worth it? Any advice on things to look out for?

I hope to have a lot of fun on here!

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3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3029 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

"Eurail pass? Is it worth it? Any advice on things to look out for?"

For anywhere in the world , when using crowded local transportation, be careful of pickpockets! So, don't be careless with wallet and passport. My travel pants (trousers) have buttons or velcro on flaps on pockets.

"...life-long dream is to visit every country in the world."

Very ambitious! Easy to do with plenty of time and money!

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2304 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

>Does anyone have any experience with the Eurail pass? Is it worth it?

Eurail passes are not automatically the cheapest...or best....option. Even if you have a pass you must make (and often pay for) reservations on the fastest trains, something which may only be possible when you're actually in the country. France also has limits on how many pass-holders can travel on a specific train.

In order to know whether a Eurail pass is financially 'worth it' you need to do some research and planning. Use official country raiwlway websites to find and the cost of your potential/probable fares then check that total against the cost of a pass. It's usually the case that a pass is much more expensive than buying point-to-point fares, especially as many countries offer discounted fares if you buy tickets online in advance.

Each European country has its own official railway website with English-language pages. I've listed some below but they're all easy to find if you google the country name + railway.The vast majority give fares but if they don't you can be certain that fares are very reasonable indeed.

The German railway website lists times for almost all trains within the EU, except some private and commuter lines. It also gives fares within, from and to Germany with some very good advance online discounts:

https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml

Italy: https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html

France: https://www.sncf.com/en

Spain: https://www.renfe.com/es/en

Belgium: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en

Netherlands: https://www.ns.nl/en

Switzerland: https://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

Austria: https://www.oebb.at/en/fahrplan

UK: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Ireland: https://www.irishrail.ie/en-ie/

Czechia (Czech Republic) https://www.cd.cz/en/

Slovakia: https://www.zssk.sk/en/

Portugal: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/buy-tickets

[ Edit: Edited on 15 Mar 2021, 21:14 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by gustavowoltmann (Budding Member 9 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

"Eurail pass? Is it worth it? Any advice on things to look out for?"

For anywhere in the world , when using crowded local transportation, be careful of pickpockets! So, don't be careless with wallet and passport. My travel pants (trousers) have buttons or velcro on flaps on pockets.

"...life-long dream is to visit every country in the world."

Very ambitious! Easy to do with plenty of time and money!

Haha, thanks man! That's good advice! I have some experience with pickpockets from my travels to Asia, but nothing terrible.

I'm not rich but I'm doing it one step at a time brother!

Gustavo Woltmann

6. Posted by gustavowoltmann (Budding Member 9 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>Does anyone have any experience with the Eurail pass? Is it worth it?

Eurail passes are not automatically the cheapest...or best....option. Even if you have a pass you must make (and often pay for) reservations on the fastest trains, something which may only be possible when you're actually in the country. France also has limits on how many pass-holders can travel on a specific train.

In order to know whether a Eurail pass is financially 'worth it' you need to do some research and planning. Use official country raiwlway websites to find and the cost of your potential/probable fares then check that total against the cost of a pass. It's usually the case that a pass is much more expensive than buying point-to-point fares, especially as many countries offer discounted fares if you buy tickets online in advance.

Each European country has its own official railway website with English-language pages. I've listed some below but they're all easy to find if you google the country name + railway.The vast majority give fares but if they don't you can be certain that fares are very reasonable indeed.

The German railway website lists times for almost all trains within the EU, except some private and commuter lines. It also gives fares within, from and to Germany with some very good advance online discounts:

https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml

Italy: https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html

France: https://www.sncf.com/en

Spain: https://www.renfe.com/es/en

Belgium: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en

Netherlands: https://www.ns.nl/en

Switzerland: https://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

Austria: https://www.oebb.at/en/fahrplan

UK: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Ireland: https://www.irishrail.ie/en-ie/

Czechia (Czech Republic) https://www.cd.cz/en/

Slovakia: https://www.zssk.sk/en/

Portugal: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/buy-tickets

Whoa! Thanks for the detailed reply brother! Seems like a lot of work, and with how unpredictable everything is right now I'm probably better off waiting another year and planning in the meantime. But I'll be sure to bookmark and keep your advice. Cheers!

Gustavo Woltmann

[ Edit: All fine! ]