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Can I buy a rail pass if I'm already in Europe?

Hello,

I would have three questions.

I live in Strasbourg (France) and I plan to visit Geneva (Swizerland), Vienna (Austria) and Berlin (Germany) next month.

I think that the best deal would be to buy a Eurail Select Pass. Can you tell me:
1. If there is another pass that would be less expansive?
2. If it is possible to buy the pass in a train station
3. If I have to take a pass for 3 or 4 countries (does the country of departure accompt for a country)?

Thank you a lot!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 23, 2012 19:19
    Hi Malika,

    This site is for the Rail Europe that is the North American-based ticket supplier for the various national rail networks of Europe. We are generally not able to sell to residents of countries outside of North America, due to local restrictions. Since you are from France, you would purchase tickets locally if there is no agency you can link to from www.raileurope.eu.
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  • Hello Jeff,

    Thank you for fast reply.

    In fact, I'm Canadian, but I'm currently in France for a one-month trip, so I have a temporary adress in France, but a permanent one in Canada. Is it still possible to have the pass? I can proove my citoyenship, but if tickets are only send by mail, I won't be able to receive it because I'm not in Canada right now.

    Thank you a lot,
    Malika
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 24, 2012 17:37
    Hi Malika,

    In that case, you would be eligible to purchase a pass, but it is a physical document that would have to be mailed to you. Since you are already in Europe, you could arrange for the pass and any reservations to be shipped to you at an address there. However, delivery to an international address is not able to be arranged on our website. To arrange for an order to be delivered to you at an address in Europe, you would call us at 1-800-622-8600 or 1-847-916-1028. Our current hours are 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM ET Monday to Friday and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET on Saturday and Sunday.

    When selecting a railpass on our website, you would just want to be sure that all of the countries being traveled through are accounted for on the pass you choose.

    The pass you would purchase would be a 5 country Eurail Select Pass to include France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Otherwise, you could purchase a point-to-point ticket to cover you on a train from Strasbourg to Basel (as part of a connection from Strasbourg to Geneva) and a 4 country Eurail Select Pass to include Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Trains from Vienna to Berlin pass through the Czech Republic en route, which is why the Czech Republic would need to be included on your pass.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 24, 2012 17:53
    The direct train from Vienna to Berlin passes through the Czech Republic, but there are connections from Vienna to Berlin involving one train change in Nuremburg that do not pass through the Czech Republic en route, in which case, you would not have to include the Czech Republic on the Eurail Select Pass.
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  • Ok, thank's for all this information Jeff. It is very appreciated. :)
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 24, 2012 21:39
    You're welcome, Malika. Hope you have a great trip.
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