Is the Eurail Global Pass valid on Thalys, ICE & Eurostar trains? Do we need to pay anything additional?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 16, 2015 18:51
    Thank you for your question, Abhishek.

    A Eurail Global Pass does cover the ticket costs for 'Thalys' trains and 'ICE' ('InterCity Express') trains. 'Thalys' trains would just require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. On 'ICE' trains, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to the rail pass.

    Technically, the 'Eurostar' is not covered by any rail pass; however, any rail pass that includes the Benelux and/or France would enable travelers to receive a 'Passholder' discount for a ticket on this train. Since the Benelux countries and France are both included in the Eurail Global Pass, you would be able to purchase 'Eurostar' tickets at a 'Passholder' discount.

    You would purchase tickets at the Passholder rate on a 'Eurostar' train by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. the 'Eurail Global Pass').

    Incidentally, this is also how you would go about purchasing reservations on other trains on which rail passes are valid. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains (including the 'Thalys' trains), many international routes, and all overnight trains.

    The 'Eurostar' is unique in that it can generally be booked up 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. In contrast, 'Thalys' and 'ICE' trains can generally only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 12, 2018 21:11
      IMPORTANT UPDATE

      As of this month (April 2018):

      The following rail passes no longer qualify passengers to receive ‘passholder’ rates for reservations on the Eurostar:

      Any single country Eurail Pass, including:

      • Eurail France Pass
      • Eurail Benelux Pass

      Any 2 country option of Eurail Select Pass, including:

      • Eurail France-Italy Pass
      • Eurail France-Switzerland Pass
      • Eurail France-Germany Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-France Pass
      • Eurail France-Spain Pass
      • Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass

      BritRail Passes and the France-Italy combination of the 2 country Eurail Select Pass continue to not be valid on the Eurostar.

      Passengers traveling with any of these rail passes would need to purchase regular tickets to take the Eurostar.

      Passholder rates will continue to be offered (depending on availability) to any passenger traveling with a Eurail Global Pass, a 3 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux), or a 4 country Eurail Select Pass (that includes the country of arrival or departure, be it France or the Benelux).
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