Is the Eurail Global Pass usage based on how many times you get on or off the train?

Is the Eurorail Global Pass usuage based on how many times you get on or off the train only???
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 10, 2015 21:36
    Thank you for your question, Linda.

    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 offers 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, then you would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass.

    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.

    You would purchase the Eurail Global Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.
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  • What do you mean with "travel days aren't applicable to the consecutive day passes? The explanation is perfect but this last sentence makes it confusing!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 09, 2015 18:40
      Hi Laura.

      I'm very sorry for any confusion. I'm referring to the specific use of the phrase 'travel days', as I define it further above in the reply in reference to the flexipasses. These 'travel days' aren't applicable with regard to the consecutive day passes, because the travel is unlimited.

      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. In contrast, with the type of pass known as a flexipass, you would have a set number of 'travel days' to be completed within a longer time frame.
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