With the Eurail Saver rate, can one part of the group travel without the others? How many adults are required?

I hope you might assist with a question regarding splitting saver passes. Family of 5 -- 2 adults and 3 teenage youth (btwn 13 - 17). While we plan to travel together on our trip, I would like the flexibility to split off for day travel, if necessary.

My question is whether the 15% saver pass discount is available if you have a combination of 1 adult + 1 youth, and 1 adult + 2 youth. Or is the 15% saver pass discount only available if we all travel jointly on one pass with 2 adults + 3 youth?
On the sites it appears that the saver discounts only apply when you have 2+ adults traveling together.
Thank you for your assistance.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 23, 2015 21:06
    Thank you for your question.

    Even with a pass purchased at the 'Saver' rate, one member of the party would be able to travel without the others, you would just not be able to travel concurrently. Also, all passengers would have to be present when a pass booked at the Saver rate is validated for first use.

    Those between the ages of 13 and 17 would be eligible to receive a youth rate; however, it is not possible to receive the youth discount on top of another discount, such as the Saver rate. Additionally, the youth rate for Eurail Passes is only offered for 2nd class, and the 'Saver' is only offered for 1st class travel.

    Since there will be adult passengers traveling with youths, you can purchase a pass at the Saver rate for all of you. To be quoted the Saver rate on a particular pass for which this rate is offered, you would access the page for the pass on our website and click 'Yes' where it asks 'Special prices are offered for 2 or more travelers. Is everyone in your party traveling together at all times?' after you've indicated the number of passengers traveling.
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  • Jeff,
    I appreciate your prompt an thorough response. I hope you will humor my additional questions.

    I understand your point that one member may travel without the others, just not concurrently and all must be present on joint saver passes to activate. The scenario I envision is adult/child may split and travel separately from adult/child/child. All would be on 1st class. In that case, if we purchase our passes separately as indicated above:
    a) would we be eligible for saver discount on the youth tix since they are 1st class and
    b) if saver discount on 1st class tix is not available, would we be eligible for saver discount at least on the adult passes?

    Thanks again..
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 24, 2015 18:40
    One voucher is issued for an entire party booked under the same 'Saver' pass and that voucher is needed for travel. Therefore, if you were to book your entire party together under one 'Saver' pass, no combination of passengers would be able to travel concurrently. One grouping of the entire party could break off and do a day-trip, for instance; however, those not doing the same day-trip would not be able to do another trip, because the voucher wouldn't be in their possession.

    For the scenario you describe, you could instead purchase separate Saver passes for each segment of your party who will be traveling together at all times, since there would still be 2 or more people in each group. Therefore, you could purchase the adult/youth together on one Saver pass and the adult/youth/youth together on a separate Saver pass. By doing that, the adult/youth would be able to travel at the same time as the adult/youth/youth, because each group would be issued the necessary voucher.
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