Eurail and Eurostar difference, disabled persons discount?

I am bringing my sister to Europe, as friend passed away in US, his family had not seen him in years, want to meet her because she contacted them without even knowing them, saved his things for them, etc. and wants to feel better. As she has never flown in her life, I am bringing her to her friend's sister's home in UK but we are planning on a significant amount of train usage, as this is probably her only chance. We are from US and I am unfortunately considered disabled, as have had 6 very serious back surgeries, much nerve damage but am officially labeled as disabled/have paperwork. I thought I would just ask question if this can improve rate at all. Also, is there a difference between Eurail and Eurostar? We are coming May 20, leaving July 10th and want flexibility to see as much as possible. We will need to be able to access a train that allows global travel, as interested in 5 or more countries, but will be coming from UK and returning there. Thought might get a continuous month of train service, with the promotional 5 extra days. For high speed or overnight trains,I understand that you need to reserve (for those included with Eurail service already). Wondering if there is a fee associated with reserving and how far in advance for reserving overnight or high speed trains. Wondering if we need to purchase another pass to get to Eurail trains in UK? I have been to Europe many times for work, and I'm sorry I am asking such crazy questions but it has been awhile and know things have changed. Want to make sure we follow rules and are clear on everything. I used frequent flyer miles that i get with my credit card to pay for our tickets to fly to UK and this is rough time for me financially but need to take advantage of this opportunity for my sister to see things that Americans can only dream of. Therefore, I want to make sure I understand all clearly. I thank you so very much for your help! Please feel free to give me any advice that would be helpful related to rail issues but also any other advice. Thank you so very much! Also, any advice on ways to save money on activities such as museums or visiting Eiffel tower, etc. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 08, 2017 21:24
    Hi Stephanie,

    'Eurail' is a type of rail pass for residents of countries outside of Europe. 'Eurostar' is a specific train that runs between London and either Paris or Brussels, connecting the United Kingdom with the mainland continent of Europe. As of 2017, the Eurostar is now covered by any rail pass that includes France or Belgium (the Benelux). The Eurostar would just require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Generally, the Eurostar can be reserved 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Other trains in Europe generally can only be reserved within 90 to 120 days of an intended departure date.

    What you purchase for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. This can only be determined once a specific itinerary is settled upon. If you need assistance determining the best option for an itinerary, you would call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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