With a rail pass, is it free or a discounted price on trains?

Hi, I'm not quite understand about how the pass work. From what were you explaining above, is that means all the train cost is already included in the pass or we will just get discount price?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 19, 2015 14:20
    Hi Halim Mohamed.

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on a pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

    Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. 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 in there. The same would likely be the case for any internationally operating trains (trains going from one country to another).

    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our site (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating that the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with.

    Generally, most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just use an earlier date, some time within the next 60 or 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules in the meantime.

    If a particular train doesn't accept or require reservations, then the rail pass is all you would need to board.
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