What is the difference besides where you can travel to with the Eurail Global Pass and the Eurail Select Pass?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 01, 2016 20:25
    Hi Jodi,

    The Eurail Global Pass is the pass that covers travel in 28 different European countries.

    The Eurail Select Pass is the pass that covers 2, 3 or 4 bordering countries.

    Rail passes can be offered in two different basic formats: flexi and consecutive.

    The Eurail Global Pass has both options, while a Eurail Select Pass can only be offered in 'flexi' form.

    A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days that 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 ‘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.

    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 option of a Eurail Global 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.

    For the specific offerings and other information about each pass, you would refer to their respective pages on our website.

    For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-global-pass/index.html.

    For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.
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