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Best rail pass/ticket options for travel in Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the UK

Hi there, this is the first time I'm traveling by myself and by rail in Europe, so I'd love all the help I can get.

I'm visiting Poland for about a month where I'll be studying abroad at a field school. I have the weekends off so I plan on using that time to explore the country. After that course is completed I plan on travelling over a 2-week period to Germany, Austria, and Italy, then making my way over to London, UK (likely going through Paris). The Rail Europe website and call centre have given me varying results with varying prices for rail passes and tickets. Since I'm a student, I'd like to keep the costs low and make use of some of the deals on the website. Is it possible for me to get a Eurail Global Pass (Youth) and Eurail Poland Pass, plus take advantage of the Eurostar deals on the website? Is there any other traveling expenses I should be worrying about besides reservations and a rail protection plan?

I'd really appreciate any help or advice. Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 21, 2013 19:39
    Hi Lisa,

    The best option for you would be dependent on too many various factors for me to be able to assist you through this messageboard. For your specific travel plans, I would recommend that you call us at 1-800-622-8600, and one of our representatives would be able to provide you with proper assistance. The combination of passes you mentioned would be something for you to consider, but another option may turn out to be more economical depending the specific itinerary you plan on doing.

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances.

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. In western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there.

    Reservations are purchased under 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    The Eurostar train (which connects London with either Paris or Brussels) is not entirely covered by any pass. However, by purchasing a railpass, you would be eligible to receive the 'Passholder' fare for tickets on this train. You would check the Passholder costs for the Eurostar by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations', just as you would to make reservations on other trains.

    While most trains in Europe can only be reserved within 60 or 90 days of an intended date of departure, the Eurostar is an exception and can generally be reserved up to 9 months in advance.

    Due to high demand, the Passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out quickly, so I would recommend that these tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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