does the eurail pass work on every train in europe?

I am nervous about purchasing the tickets as I am in the military stationed overseas with my gf here. We want to do a tour of europe for 10 days, unlimited travel. i was looking at the eurail global pass, but i was unsure if the pass worked for every train system in europe; i.e., I can depart from Naples and get off at any stop I please in europe, and then catch any train and get back to Naples again.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 04, 2012 21:10
    Hi Chris,

    Rail Europe is the North American-based rail ticket consolidator for the various national rail networks and train operators of Europe, and most of our tickets and passes are physical documents that would have to be shipped to you, including all rail passes.

    Delivery to an international address is not able to be arranged on our website, and we are not able to ship to APO addresses. Therefore, U.S. citizens with an APO address will often opt to have orders sent to the domestic address of a family member or friend, who will then ship the documents to them overseas.

    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.

    You would book reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    While a rail pass will generally cover any rail line within the country listed on the pass, there is one exception to take note of for travel within Italy. This exception is the privately owned and operated Circumvesuviana Line running along the Amalfi coast to cities such as Sorrento or Pompei. Therefore, in this case, a rail pass that includes Italy would cover you to Naples, where you would have to purchase a separate ticket to continue on along the Amalfi Coast. Circumvesuviana trains depart out of the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples, which is conveniently located in the same building as the Centrale station (the main rail station in Naples).
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  • Hi Jeff,
    I just read the above post from 4 years ago. I am just wondering if everything is still the same?

    Thanks,
    Brenna
    • Jeff (Official Rep) October 17, 2016 15:20
      Hi Brenna,

      Yes, everything mentioned in the above response does still hold true today, except that the homepage of our website has been redone slightly. For travel with a rail pass, you would now purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.
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  • Hi Jeff,

    Does the 4 country select pass work on the Saarfahrplan.de Germany trains that run from Saarbrucken to Cochem and Koblenz? We are traveling Summer 2018.

    Thanks,
    Sue D.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) January 08, 2018 19:44
      Hi Susan,

      I'm not familiar with the specific train/company name you used; however, regional trains from Saarbrücken to Cochem and Koblenz are covered by any rail pass that includes Germany. These trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

      For planning purposes, you can just view schedules for non-reservable trains from Saarbrücken to Cochem and Saarbrücken to Koblenz under 'Find Train Tickets' on the Rail Europe homepage, www.raileurope.com. Generally, when just accessing schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.
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