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Going through Poland on Eurail Global Pass

Hey I am travelling wit some people on Interrail but I am not from the EU so I have a Eurail Pass. We're getting a night train from Prague to Krakow, then our only other journey in Poland is from Krakow to Budapest. What Polish tickets do I need to buy in addition to using Eurrail for the times I'm not in Poland? Thanks.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 28, 2014 19:21
    Hi Ben,

    If you take the direct night train from Prague to Krakow, the ticket you would purchase to cover you in Poland would be an open ticket from the town of Zebrzydowice (at the Czech-Poland border) to Krakow.

    Even though you would be purchasing tickets that display Zebrzydowice as a departure point, that does not mean you would actually have to get off the train there en route. You would only be purchasing these tickets so that you'll be covered for the portion of this route that's in Poland.

    By purchasing the Eurail Global Pass and the open ticket mentioned above (from Zebrzydowice to Krakow), the ticket costs for the entire route on the night train from Prague to Krakow would be covered. With that said, the reservations for this train and the open ticket from Zebrzydowice to Krakow are not able to be purchased on our website. For the reservations and your open ticket from Zebrzydowice to Krakow, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 28, 2014 19:22
    There is a direct overnight train from Krakow to Budapest, and there are day connections that would involve changing trains once in Katowice along the way. The direct night train would require reservations, as would the day trains from Katowice to Budapest.

    If you take the direct night train from Krakow to Budapest, the ticket you would purchase to cover you in Poland would be an open ticket from Krakow to Zebrzydowice at the border. Just like for your inbound trip from Prague to Krakow, you would have to call us in order to purchase this ticket.

    If you take the day connection with the train change in Katowice en route, you would purchase 2 sets of tickets to be covered for the part of this route that's in Poland; open tickets from Krakow to Katowice and also open tickets from Katowice to Zebrzydowice. Once again, you would not be getting off the train in Zebrzydowice, even though you would be purchasing tickets displaying it as an endpoint.

    You can purchase the supplemental open tickets from Krakow to Katowice and from Katowice to Zebrzydowice by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage.

    Trains from Krakow to Katowice don't accept reservations, so the open tickets you would be purchasing for this segment are all you would need to board (should it be that you opt for the day connection from Krakow to Budapest).

    You would purchase reservations for the connecting train from Katowice to Budapest by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage. Since the Eurail Global Pass by itself does not cover the entire route from Katowice to Budapest, you would actually have to indicate that you'll be traveling with the 'European East Pass' when prompted, in order to be quoted the reservation fees.

    Otherwise, if you indicate that you'll be traveling with the Eurail Global Pass, our website will think that you do not have the necessary ticket/pass to cover the entire route, and you will not be quoted the reservation fees. By purchasing the Eurail Global Pass and the open tickets mentioned above (from Krakow to Katowice and from Katowice to Zebrzydowice), the ticket costs for the entire route would be covered.

    To ensure you are issued the appropriate ticket from Katowice to Zebrzydowice, just make sure the train you select here corresponds to the train from Katowice to Budapest that you booked reservations on. You can do this by matching the train number and the departure time out of Katowice. Once again, even though you are booking a ticket that shows Zebrzydowice as an endpoint, that does not mean you would get off the train there. You would just remain on the train until it arrives to your destination of Budapest.
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