Eurail is adding access to two new countries this year, along with a number of other new routes, discounts and an updated rail planner app.
New for this year is the inclusion of Estonia and Latvia, increasing Eurail’s country count to 33 and providing access throughout all the Baltic countries for the first time in the 61-year history of the pass. Latvian operator Pasažieru vilciens will offer extensive domestic connections throughout the country from its main hub, Riga, while Estonian railways operator Elron offers several domestic connections from the capital city Tallinn to popular destinations such as Tartu, Narva, Viljandiand and Rakvere. In both countries, seat reservations are not required for Eurail Pass holders, allowing travelers to hop on and off on any trains operated by Pasažieru vilciens or Elron.
Alternatively, travelers can opt for the newly introduced Latvia One Country Pass or Estonia One Country Pass, for extensive travel within either of the Baltic regions. In addition to providing unlimited access to Latvian and Estonian trains, Eurail Pass holders may travel by ferry from Riga to Stockholm and Germany, or from Tallinn to Stockholm and Helsinki, up to a 50 percent discount on international ferry connections.
For travel between France and Italy, Thello day and night trains are now including in the Eurail Pass. The Thello day train provides travel from historic Milan or coastal Genoa linking them to the French Riviera cities of Nice and Marseille. The night train will run nightly between Paris and northern Italy, ending in the world-famous city of Venice. Stops along the way include cities such as Milan, Verona and Padua.
In terms of discounts, this year youth travelers can get 25 percent off the standard adult fare, up from 23 percent off last year.
Finally, Eurail’s free Rail Planner App now incorporates a number of new features, including updated timetables, a refreshed look and a new map view of travelers’ trips and statistics on the countries and kilometers traveled, which can be shared on Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.