Does the Eural Global Pass include England?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 21, 2016 21:30
    Hi Meghan,

    I'm sorry, there is no rail pass that combines England with any country on the mainland continent of Europe.

    England is only covered by the various 'BritRail Passes'. These include the following:

    The BritRail Pass - valid for England, Wales, and Scotland

    The BritRail England Pass - valid only in England

    The BritRail London Plus Pass - only covers areas in the south of England surrounding London

    The BritRail South West Pass - covers only specific areas of southwest England and parts of Wales

    You can access these passes here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/europe-rail-pass-list/#8.

    It would also be important to note that the Eurostar (the train that connects London with the Europe mainland in either Paris or Brussels) is actually not covered by any rail pass. With that said, by purchasing the BritRail Pass or the BritRail England Pass, you would be able to receive a discounted rate called the ‘Passholder’ rate for a ticket on this train.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on a Eurostar by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'BritRail - Pass' or 'BritRail - England Pass'). Incidentally, this is the same procedure you would follow for booking reservations on trains in Europe that are covered by rail passes.

    The Eurostar is unique in that it can generally be booked up to 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Due to high demand, the Passholder rates can sell out very quickly, so it would be recommended that these tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 25, 2017 21:16
      Update:

      As of this year, BritRail Passes no longer enable passengers to receive any kind of Passholder rate on the Eurostar.

      While that is true with regard to BritRail Passes, any Eurail Pass that includes France is now valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Paris and the UK, while any Eurail Pass that includes the Benelux is valid to cover Eurostar trains running between Brussels and the UK. As a supplement to the Eurail Pass, reservations on the Eurostar would still be necessary.

      If a BritRail Pass is the only rail pass with which you’ll be traveling, then it would be necessary to purchase regular tickets in order to ride on the Eurostar. Please note, this applies to any BritRail Pass, including the BritRail England Pass, the BritRail London Plus Pass, the BritRail South West Pass, and the regular BritRail Pass.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 06, 2018 16:27
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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