When booking the 3 month rail pass, is the "departure date to Europe" also the date that my pass starts?

When booking my Rail 3 months continuous pass, will the date given for "Specify your departure date to Europe" also be the date that my pass starts?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2019 17:48
    Hi Sierra,

    The date you indicate as your "departure date to Europe" would not be the same as when you begin using your Eurail Global Pass and start your rail travels. You can validate your pass for usage at any point after you arrive in Europe. The pass just has to be validated within 11 months from the date it is purchased.

    Validating your pass is something you would do at the rail station before you take your first train. You would just go the ticket window in the station and request that your pass be validated.

    Your "departure date to Europe" is for our reference, so we know by when you need to receive the pass in the mail.

    For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880
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  • I am travelling by train from Santiago de Compastela in Spain to Porto Portugal in July and then from Porto to Madrid 5 days later in July is is wise to buy rail pass for this 2 trips? thank you Estie
    • Jeff (Official Rep) April 05, 2019 15:43
      Hi Estie,

      If those are the only trips you'll be doing, I would not advise purchasing a rail pass. All you would need are regular tickets. You would purchase tickets by searching a route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      Santiago de Compostela to Porto

      The only feasible connections from Santiago de Compostela to Porto are very early morning or a late afternoon departure. These involve changing trains once in Vigo along the way.

      When purchasing the tickets for this connection on our website, you would just break up your search in Vigo. Also, for our site to display the schedules, you would have to type Vigo as 'Vigo Guixar'. Therefore, you would do one search from 'Santiago de Compostela' to 'Vigo Guixar' and then another search for connecting trains from 'Vigo Guixar' to Porto'.

      Generally, these trains can be booked once within 60 or 90 days of an intended departure date. Currently, however, both of these trains are not able to be booked for dates beyond May. Therefore, you would have to use an earlier date, some time in April or May, to get an idea of these ticket costs and schedules in the meantime.

      The trains from Santiago de Compostela to Vigo are regional trains, and the trains from Vigo to Porto are Celta trains.

      Porto to Lisbon

      From Porto to Lisbon, there are direct trains, so you would just do one search from Porto to Lisbon when you go to check the schedules and purchase tickets on our website.

      It is also important to note that the trains from Porto to Lisbon require reservations as a supplement to the ticket we issue. With that said, the Portuguese national rail network has not enabled seat reservations for their trains to be purchased from anywhere outside the country. Reservations for trains in Portugal can only be purchased at the 'CP' offices in the stations. The cost would only be a small cost in addition to the ticket. When you go to purchase your reservation at the station, just be sure to mention that you already have the ticket.

      Generally, trains from Porto to Lisbon can only be booked once within 60 days of an intended departure date.

      Lisbon to Madrid

      The only train on the route from Lisbon to Madrid is an overnight train called the Lusitania. This night train carries single compartments, double compartments, 4-berth compartments, and 2nd class seats. However, there is currently an error preventing actual sleeping compartments on the Lusitania from being booked on our website. Therefore, if you're interested in purchasing tickets for this train, you would have to email us at customercare@raileurope.com.

      Generally, the Lusitania night train from Lisbon to Madrid can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.
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