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How to travel through Poland with Eurail Global Pass

Hope you can provide guidance...I bought an EURAIL Global Pass and understand that it cannot be used for travel to Auschwitz (POLAND). What are my options if I want to take the D403 (overnight train) from Vienna to Auschwitz and then travel onwards from Auschwitz to Prague on the same day? I don't want to buy a poland pass because I'm only going to one city/town. I know that the train stops in Bohumin at 3AM, but I am not sure if I would be able to buy tickets from the station in the middle of the night... How can I travel to Poland in this case? Please help? The PKP website does not sell tickets from Bohumin apparently as it is outside Poland....Thanks
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 19, 2012 17:38
    Hello,

    The station for Auschwitz is called 'Oswiecim'. Since the Eurail Global Pass does not cover travel in Poland, you would have to purchase a separate ticket to cover your travel for once you cross over the border into Poland. Also, the night train from Vienna to Oswiecim does require reservations as well. If you were to take this night train with the Eurail Global Pass, 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. Also, we are not able to issue tickets from Vienna to Oswiecim showing Oswiecim as the actual end-point, which is why the open ticket supplement would show Krakow as the end-point. Even though the tickets would display Krakow as the end-point, you would just get off the train in Oswiecim when it arrives there.

    Reservations for the night train from Vienna to Oswiecim and the open ticket supplement from Zebrzydowice to Krakow are both not able to be purchased on our website at this time. Therefore, for these you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.

    What you purchase to be covered in Poland for your trip from Oswiecim to Prague would depend on the specific connection you take. I would recommend inquiring about this when you call us.
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  • With the global pass can I travel from Warsaw to Krakow and from Krakow to Berlin or are these routes not covered?
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  • does the Eastern Europe rail pass cover Poland train travel?
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  • How much would a point to point ticket from Zebrzydowice to Oswiecim cost? if we use our Eurail global pass from Prague to Zebrzydowice we would then just purchase a ticket at the boarder?

    Also from Oswiecim to Krakow too? is it very expensive?

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    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 25, 2013 16:56
      Hi Molly,

      A connection from Prague to Oswiecim would involve changing trains once in Katowice along the way.

      On the train from Prague to Katowice, the Eurail Global Pass would cover you as far as Czech Republic's border with Poland. To be covered for the portion of this train route after it crosses into Poland, you would purchase an open ticket from Zebrzydowice to Katowice. You would then purchase another open ticket for the connecting train from Katowice to Oswiecim.

      Also, the train from Prague to Katowice would require reservations, in addition to your Eurail Global Pass and the open tickets from Zebrzydowice to Katowice.

      You would purchase reservations for the train from Prague to Katowice by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. When you go to purchase the reservations, you will be prompted to enter the name of the rail pass you'll be traveling with. Since the Eurail Global Pass by itself does not cover the full route of this train from Prague to Katowice, you would actually have to indicate that you'll be traveling with a 'European East Pass' when prompted here. Otherwise, if you indicate that you'll be traveling with just the Eurail Global Pass, our website will think that you do not have the necessary pass/ticket to cover the entire route, and you will not be quoted the reservation fees. All that matters is that the ticket costs are covered for the entire journey to be able to travel with these reservations, so it doesn't matter what pass you enter as long as it covers the entire route. While you're on board this train, you would show the Eurail Global Pass, your tickets from Zebrzydowice to Katowice, and your reservations from Prague to Katowice.

      You can purchase the additional ticket from Zebrzydowice to Katowice and check its costs on our website by clicking on 'Find Fares and Schedules' from the homepage. There you would just do a search for trains from Zebrzydowice to Katowice on the day you intend to travel. To ensure you are issued the appropriate ticket, just make sure the train you select here corresponds to the train from Prague to Katowice that you booked reservations on. You can do this by matching the train number and the arrival time into Katowice. Even though you are booking a ticket that shows Zebrzydowice as a starting point, that does not mean you would get off the train there. You would just remain on the train until it arrives into Katowice, where you would switch to the train to Oswiecim.

      You can purchase open tickets to cover your connecting train from Katowice to Oswiecim also by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage; however, you would actually have to type Oswiecim as 'Auschwitz' for it be recognized. Our website may only display connections from Katowice to Oswiecim that involve a train change in Trzebinia en route, but there are actually direct trains you would be able to take with the open tickets that you purchase here. If you would like to inquire about the schedules for these direct trains, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600 (since these particular trains don't display on our site).

      You would also refer to 'Find Fares & Schedules' to purchase tickets and check ticket costs for your train from Oswiecim to Krakow (once again typing Oswiecim as 'Auschwitz').

      Generally, these trains can only be booked within 60 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 60 days to get an idea of costs and view schedules when searching a route on our site.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) October 28, 2016 14:31
      Update:

      Poland has been added to the Eurail Global Pass since the time of this post. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass can now be used for travel in Poland.

      The current countries included on the Eurail Global Pass are listed on the page for it on our website here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke....
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  • Does this still apply? It does not indicate that Poland is excluded on the eurorail pass info. Can you please post a link to exclusions for the global pass?
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