Backpacking around Europe? Or just visiting one country during spring break? Whatever you are doing, figuring out how to get around while you are there – and what it could cost – is a top priority. With Rail Europe, you can reap some discounts all over Europe.
How much is the Rail Europe discount?
On most Rail Europe passes, you’ll see anywhere from a 10% to a 50% discount on youth passes. These are passes for those age 12-25, and on some passes up to age 27. What you get largely depends on the type of pass you buy.
For instance, if you buy the Swiss Pass, you have the ability to travel by rail or by bus within Switzerland. You can select the number of days you expect to travel, and whether they are consecutive or not. All of this will have an effect on pricing for your pass.
If you purchase a Eurail Global pass, you can travel throughout Europe on various rail lines for the number of days you select. (Important to note: Rail Europe has distribution rights to sell Eurail passes, which are also available at a discount directly from Eurail. Eurail is the organization that coordinates all the different railways in the different countries.)
Buying a pass in advance of your trip may not be cheaper than purchasing individual passes when you are there, but it could save you time.
How to qualify for Rail Europe pricing?
When you are selecting your chosen rail pass, make sure to select the “Youth” option, which will apply the discount. Each pass is different, so pay close attention to the age requirements. Some passes must be shipped to you before you depart for Europe, while others you print right from your computer. Being able to print it yourself will save you money and time.