If I have a Eurail Global Pass, and use the pass to travel between cities in the same country, does it count as a rail day?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 25, 2016 16:33

    Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: flexi and consecutive.

    Most rail passes are only offered in flexi form; however, the Eurail Global Pass happens to offer both options.

    A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a longer time frame.

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A rail day is a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 hour time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were take a day train from 'city A' to 'city B' and then take a connecting train to 'city C' on the same day, then you would only use up one day of travel on your rail pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'city C' on the next day, that would constitute 2 days of rail travel on your pass. It doesn't matter if the 2 cities are in the same country or different countries.

    Also, with a flexipass, if you happen to take a night train that departs prior to 7 pm and arrives into the destination the following morning, then 2 days of rail travel will be used up on a rail pass. Most night trains; however, do depart after 7 pm, in which case only 1 day of rail travel would be used up on a rail pass.

    The consecutive day passes allow for unlimited train travel within a set time frame. Therefore, if you were to purchase the 15 day consecutive pass, that means you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 15 days. Considering this, 'travel days' aren't applicable to the consecutive day passes.
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