Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, announced its partner, Eurail, is offering multiple new and upgraded options for exploring Europe in 2019.
Eurail Global Pass Offerings Expanded
The Eurail Global Pass now offers unlimited rail travel in 31 countries, with the addition of Great Britain, Lithuania and Macedonia for 2019. A new, more competitive pricing structure makes it a better deal, as well. Compared to 2018 prices, Eurail Global Passes are now up to 37 percent cheaper.
Eurail Global Pass prices in 2019 are comparable to the 2018 Two Country Select Pass prices. To accommodate shorter itineraries, a new three-days-per-month Eurail Global Pass has also been added for 2019. Travelers can now choose a flexi-validity offering three, five or seven days of unlimited travel within a one-month period, or 10 or 15 travel days to be used within a two-month period, with a choice of consecutive or non-consecutive travel days. They can also opt for a continuous validity good for 15 or 22 travel days, or one, two or three travel months.
Note: Eurail Global Passes purchased in 2018 will not be valid for use in Great Britain in 2019. Eurail Select Passes and Saver Passes purchased in 2018 will still be valid for travel in 2019, even though the passes will be discontinued as of December 31, 2018. Check Rail Europe’s Eurail Global Pass page for details.
Eurail One Country Pass
For those travelers who wish to explore a single country, the Eurail One Country Pass is now available for six days per month. Choices now include three to six and eight days in one month. (The France Pass remains one to eight days in one month.) A Eurail Lithuania Pass and Eurail Macedonia Pass are also new.
New Eurail Senior Fare
Seniors aged 60 and over receive 10 percent off the adult fare on any Eurail Global Pass or Eurail One Country Pass for first- and second-class travel. Eurail’s existing programs include discounts for youth ages 12 to 27. Children up to age 11 travel for free when traveling with an adult, but not with those using the Senior Fare. See Eurail Global Pass for details.
Domestic and international options are now available on the more comprehensive Eurail Greek Islands Pass, which has expanded to include 53 participating islands. The international option, available in first and second class, is valid for six trips within one month, with one round-trip Italy-Greece ferry connection and four domestic trips, including Trainose rail/bus transfer from Patras to Piraeus. A new five-trip option is available in second class for five domestic trips within one month as well. For more details, access Eurail Greek Islands Pass.
Coming Soon! New Direct Routes Between France and the Netherlands
Thalys is opening new routes that will provide direct connections to Roissy – CDG Airport and Marne-la-Vallée (Disneyland Paris, La Vallée Village) from Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. Tickets are now available through Rail Europe for travel starting in April 2019.
Those who wish to explore the Bernese Oberland region including Bern, Lucerne, Brig and Emmental can use the new Berner Oberland Regional Pass for travel by rail, PostBus or boats on Lake Thun and Brienz. Available for both first and second class travel and one flat fee for children, the pass features more than 15 mountain excursions. Choices include three, four, six, eight or 10 consecutive days, valid for travel April 20 to October 31, 2019. The Berner Oberland Pass is anticipated to become available for purchase through Rail Europe beginning in March 2019. Check Rail Europe’s dedicated rail pass page regularly for updates.
Advising travel agents to log onto agent.raileurope.com to learn more.