Can a 15 day Eurail Global Pass be used for any 15 days in a 21 day period or must they be continuous?

Can a 15 day global pass be used for any 15 days in a 21 day period or must they be continuous?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 17, 2016 18:26
    Hi Dan,

    With the Eurail Global Pass, there is an option for 15 days within 2 months or an option for 15 consecutive days.

    Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: flexi and consecutive.

    Most rail passes are only offered in 'flexi' form; however, the Eurail Global Pass happens to offer both options.

    The 'Flexipass' Options

    A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a longer time frame. If you choose the 5 or 7 day options of the Eurail Global Pass, that longer time frame would be 1 month. If you choose the 10 or 15 day options of the Eurail Global Pass, that longer time frame would be 2 months. With a flexipass, the 1 or 2 month validity period would start to count down after you get your pass 'validated' at the station, which is something you would do before boarding your first train.

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel day’ is a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    With a flexipass, if you happen to take a night train that departs prior to 7 pm and arrives into the destination the following morning, then 2 days of rail travel will be used up on a rail pass. Most night trains; however, do depart after 7 pm, in which case only 1 day of rail travel would be used up on a rail pass.

    A 1 month flexipass would be valid until the previous day of the following month from when you begin your travel. To elaborate, if you were to begin using a 1 month pass on April 26th, then the pass would be valid until May 25th at midnight. This is how it works no matter how many days comprise of the month a passenger intends to begin their travel during.

    It would work the same with a flexipass valid for 2 months. Therefore, if you were to begin using a 2 month pass on April 26th, then the pass would be valid until June 25th at midnight.

    The 'Consecutive' Options

    The consecutive day passes allow for unlimited train travel within a set time frame. Therefore, if you were to purchase the 15 day consecutive option of a Eurail Global Pass, that means you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 15 days. You wouldn't have to travel every day, but you can if you want. Considering this, 'travel days' aren't applicable to the consecutive day passes.
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