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Is it worth buying eurorail pass

Chandigarh, India
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Is it worth buying eurorail pass


Traveling to Europe in June and plan to cover the following places by eurorail pass

Prague to Vienna

Vienna to Munich

Munich to fussen and back

Munich to interlaken

Interlaken to zermatt

Zermatt to Basel

We a 2 adults with a 5 year old kid

Since traveling on budget would welcome comments on the following

a. Is it worth buying the pass or buying tickets on day of journey is ok ?

b. As would traveling on international train does the eurorail pass covers them

c. Do I need to buy pass for 5 year old kid

d. Where can buy pass in India


6 replies to this topic
Wengen, Switzerland
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1. Re: Is it worth buying eurorail pass

Compared to buying tickets on th day a pass may be cheaper. However if you buy your tickets in advance you can save a lot more.

Start by reading up on trains in Europe on www.seat61.com

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Is it worth buying eurorail pass

My advice, DO NOT buy a pass !

But, to convince yourself of this decision, do a spreadsheet with the following columns:

Pass per day cost (whole family)

Reservation costs (whole family)

Advance booking price

Walk up price

For example, Prague Vienna using Regiojet is €19 (www.regiojet.com)

Munich to Fuessen, Bayern ticket €31 for two (child free)

Vienna to Munich , from €29 (depending time of day) "Sparschiene" price

Price of 4 country pass: (5 days within 2 months)

Discounted price €588, pass per day €117.60 Not including reservation


Edited: 19 March 2018, 04:03
Melbourne, United...
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3. Re: Is it worth buying eurorail pass

This is a great resource to work out whether a Eurrail pass is the right option https:/…

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Is it worth buying eurorail pass

I would not trust anything on Rome2Rio. I have found too many errors on that site.

Indeed, following that link, the illustration showing Rome2Rio's calculation of train prices gives prices that are way above the cheapest advance purchase tickets.

Quainton, United...
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5. Re: Is it worth buying eurorail pass

There are no reservation costs to add if you use a pass.


Vienna-Prague from €14 in 2nd class or €29 in 1st class if you pre-book and commit to a specified train. €42 on the day in 2nd class full-flex. Book at Czech Railways www.cd.cz

How much is your pass per day? Unlimited 1st class travel for €80 per day? Do you really need 'unlimited' travel? Are your plans fixed so you can go with the €14 cheap fare?

Edited: 19 March 2018, 15:03
Brno, Czech Republic
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6. Re: Is it worth buying eurorail pass

Vienna to Prague train from €15 in standard to €22 in Business with www.regiojet.com , and you don't need to book that well in advance as the price doesn't change, you can even buy on the day online using a smartphone, or at the Regiojet office at the station. They also operate buses from €13.90 - good for children (good selection of movies on the built-in screen) and luggage (just put it in the hold).

As mentioned, Munich - Fuessen can also be bought on the day using a Bayern Ticket.

Munich to Interlaken is about 1-2 hours quicker if you use the German Railways bus to Zurich and train from there, from €39.90 www.bahn.com

Your child will travel free (or for a nominal amount) everywhere, but you will still have to enter their details when booking, if booking online.

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