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What does "set number of days" on a rail pass mean?

If I were to get a Eurail global pass with the 5 days of travel within 15 days do they have to be consecutive days? Do I have to designate or sign up for which days I would want to be traveling?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 23, 2017 15:37
    Hi Nettie,

    There is no option of the Eurail Global Pass for '5 days of travel within 15 days'. With the 5 day 'flexi' option of the Eurail Global Pass, you would have a time frame of 1 month to complete your travel, and the 5 'travel days' would not have to be consecutive.

    Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: 'consecutive' ('continuous') and 'flexi'. Most rail passes can only be offered in 'flexi' form, but some do offer both options for you to choose. The Eurail Global Pass happens to offer both options.

    Consecutive just means that you would be allowed unlimited travel within the indicated time frame. Therefore, if you were to purchase a 5 day 'consecutive' pass, that means you would be entitled to unlimited travel within that time frame of 5 days. You would not HAVE to travel every day, but you would be entitled to unlimited travel within the 5 day time frame.

    In contrast, a 'flexipass' allows for a set number of travel days that must be completed within a longer time frame (generally, that longer time frame is 1 month or 2 months, depending on the pass). 'Travel days' on a 'flexipass' refer to how many separate days you plan on using your rail pass. A ‘travel 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.

    'Travel days' are not applicable to the 'consecutive' passes, since these are for unlimited travel within the time frame allowed.

    With a 'flexipass', your 'travel days' do not have to be designated in advance, although many trains will require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips in there. The same would likely be the case for any internationally operating trains (trains going from one country to another).

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass').
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