We’re in my bedroom, and that’s because our central European winter trip on train, is finished on train. Today, we’re going to share with you guys some tips and advice to how to make the most for how to make the most Beep Hello Everyone, we’re back in my bedroom in California, and that means one thing: we finished our central European rail trip, and today we’re going to share with you some tips and our advice on how to make the most of your Eurail pass or Interail pass if you’re European. That too. First off, we worked with Eurail this winter. They hooked us up with two First Class global passes, which have a bunch of different options, depending on how long you are travelling. We chose to do 15 travel days in two months, which cost 583 E which is $630 for a second class pass or 894 E which is $960 for a First Class pass. But, if you’re over 26, like us, yes, we’re over 26, you can only get the First Class pass. Now, some people complain that the Eurail pass doesn’t save them money, but usually this is because they didn’t get the right pass or they didn’t know how to take advantage of it, which is why we are taking your questions for this video today. First question is from Instagram. Erica. What are the advantages to buying a Eurail pass? Is it best when traveling to multiple countries or within one or two countries? I think the key is long distances. The advantages kick in when you travel long distances. We went 5000 km in 14 days of travel. For us, it would have been much more expensive to buy each individual ticket, but if you only went on short distances like Brussels to Amsterdam, that still counts as one day. If all your 15 days are like that, it might be cheaper to get individual tickets. You have to think how you’re going to travel. If you buy a pass like that, make it a trip that goes as far as you can. jamaral 17 on Instagram asks: What countries does it connect to? The global pass is going to let you go to 28 different countries, which is pretty much all of the European union, including the Nordic countries, Ireland, and Turkey but excluding the U.K. and Albania. Those are strange bedfellows. Sorry, guys. It’s pretty cool. It’s pretty much all of Europe minus a couple countries. I’m going to go ahead to the next question which is from Domenique Lee Rose Top 5 countries to see with the pass Well, we’re bias. We love Spain. We love the Basque country. You can use it there. I really enjoyed Austria and Switzerland. Alps by rail is incredible. You’ve got a lot of things to see out the window It’s definitely a cool place. Next question is this: princessdone says: Do you prefer traveling by train compared to other means of transportation? I’ll let you take that one, Mark. Trains are seriously the most comfortable way of traveling, especially in Europe because it was a continent that was designed for train travel. All the train stations are in the center of town. People always say it’s faster by airplane, but it’s not really true. Even a one hour flight is going to be 4 hours by the time you get to the airport. Two hours early at the airport. Four or five hours. The cheap tickets often go away when you have to check your baggage. Train travel baggage is free. They don’t charge anything for that. susuiepooooo Would you consider the train the easiest way to get around continental Europe? I’m going to answer this is one word: yes. I’m going to answer this in one word. That’s more than one word. Pendantic Yes, it’s the easiest way and definitely the most comfortable. Sorry for speaking like this, but this is the way I speak for the next two to three weeks. Yah Next question: Topher18 says: Are there any additional fees that don’t come with the actual ticket? Such as seat reservation fees? There are, but you can avoid them. We actually paid them once. That was from going from Paris to Berlin. Overnight trains costs money, but you get a bed. And high speed trains also require reservations, but you can avoid those by taking regional trains, which are slower and stop in more places but they can also be a good way to see the countryside. If you’re not in a rush, taking the slow train is preferable. Next question: Miss Nicole Joy Is changing destinations easy? Ok. One minute to get the train. Let’s go. It’s definitely easy. You have pretty much freedom. You can choose where you want to go You can just hop on the train. Fill it in, and you can go almost anywhere. All right. Matt Fish says: Any tips on making reservations or getting off the beaten path? We’ve talked a little bit about the both of those. The real big key I can give you is the Eurail App There’s an app that has all the timetables of all the trains in Europe You just put in your destination; where you are now, when you want to go, and it will show you how to get there. That’s a really good way to know when you need to make a reservation, or if you just feel like being spontaneous, doing that, too. It lets you get off in small towns, which is the key to doing it because you know, our parents actually met traveling on Eurail passes back in 1980!!! I’ve got to say, if my dad hadn’t been able to get off the train with my mom in some small village, the Vagabrothers might not have existed. So we pretty much owe everything to the flexibility of the Eurail pass. Getting off the beaten path. Thank you Kate Marie Obrien asks: best time of year to go? well, we just did winter, and it was the first time traveling prolonged like that in winter. It was awesome But, if you want a little warmer weather , which is understandable, try doing late spring or early fall. But if you travel in Europe in the summer, it’s going to be number one: a lot more crowded number two: more expensive. That can be a problem when you’re trying to go on trains that need reservations because summer can get booked up really fast. Generally, you should book a week ahead of your reservation. But in summer, it can be even crazier. Califlor asks, Any advice to not spend a lot of money while traveling. Is it Califlor, or is it Cauliflower? It’s actually written like hacker-speak with a 0 for the ‘o’ I think it’s cauliflower. Anyways, what was your question, Cauliflower? Any advice to not spend a lot of money while you are traveling? Definitely. All right, guys. Check it out. You’re going to go on a train. You have all day on a train. Buy your food in a super market. Get supplies, like sandwich stuff, bottle of wine, whatever you want. Get all that and bring it on. You’re going to save a lot of money because as nice as it is to go inside the little dining car, get a beer, you can definitely rack up a bill pretty quickly. All right guys, that was our Q&A about how to make the most of your Eurail pass. Big thanks to Eurail for sponsoring our passes this past winter. If you have any questions, check out their website. There’s a link in the info box, or ask more questions in the comment box and we’ll try to answer them. Also guys, we’ll be doing a question and answer video. We’ve been making videos on youtube for two years, and we’ve never done one. So use the hashtag #askvagabros. Hit us up on twitter, instagram facebook, and of course in the comment section of this video. If you enjoyed the video, give it a thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and subscribe for new travel videos every Tuesday. In the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you on the road. or in Mark’s bedroom. For the meantime, but we’ll be back on the road soon. Peace.

92 Replies to “HOW TO USE A EURAIL PASS RIGHT! ( Q & A)

  1. Hi! i saw you were carrying an f-stop camerabag… did you put all of your clothes in there or did you take an extra bag for it? #thesearchofcamerabags

  2. My husband and I just spent close to $2000 AUD on these tickets and now are having trouble making reservations. If I had my time again we would not use the EU rail system and just book the trains from point to point. I have probably had the worst customer service experience that I have ever had. Don't bother.

  3. Personally I'd say that te cheapest way to travel through Europe is by bus ! Especially with Megabus for under 10 euros sometimes. Not the most comfortable one but you definitely feel like a vagabond, see the sun rise on beautiful landscapes, save a ton of money and meet people!

  4. Is it actually possible to completely skip the Reserved trains while going from one country to another? Or do I HAVE to get a reservation while going from Germany to Switzerland (Or a similar cross-country route)?

  5. you can go to the uk now (at least with the interrail pass which is the same thing as far as im concerned)

  6. Is a Eurail pass good for night trains?

    I am traveling for 3 weeks in September over long distances and I plan on taking only night trains: Berlin -> Prague -> Krakow -> Budapest -> Munich -> Berlin

  7. How about a discussion on whether or not a first class ticket is worth it vs a regional 2nd class ticket?

  8. I traveled alright you thrill pass of 1980 summerI traveled alright you thrill pass of 1980 summer I would like to do it again someday I would like to do it again someday I see some things have changed sense that sense that pass I had was 30 days unlimited travel pass I had was 30 days unlimited travel was it a time I paid 375 deutsche marks four was it a time I paid 375 deutsche marks four about $200 about $200 I did this laws in the military in Germany I did this laws in the military in Germany I want to go back again I want to go back again hey recommendations on the changes since then hey recommendations on the changes since then

  9. +vagabrothers Very informative. Want to use EuRail to save on Hotel expenses by using Overnight trains exclusively. Speed is not important. But will want to avoid Train changes at midnight.

    When I looked online, most routes involved changes at midnight – sometimes multiple. Here is what I want to do: in phase 1 want to do Western Europe: France+Italy+Germany onto Amsterdam and then back to Paris across 14 days. Want to cover all major cities (and some minor ones 🙂 )

    Can you help?

  10. hey guys in april im planning on flying to amsterdam n taking a train to Brussels and than to Paris. Flying back home from Paris. Is it cheaper to buy separate ?

  11. I am planning a trip to Europe over an extended time of 3 months visiting 25 different countries what eurail pass would you recommend me buying?

  12. Can I get on different trains for different destinations in one travel day of Eurail pass? For example from Munich to Zurich and then from Zurich to Milan in the same travel day? Is it counted as one or two travel days?

  13. Hi guys, I was thinking of purchasing the 2 countries rail pass since I'm only going to Italy & Switzerland. My question is, are all the train lines (big lines & small lines) will be covered in the pass? I'm just curious. Hope you can answer my question, thanks guys 🙂

  14. If I don't have any way to make online reservation before;(like I need to start my journey from tomorrow) and also I want to take the trains which says reservation mandatory, can I just go to the train station and make the reservation by myself?

  15. Everywhere on earth is terrible in the summer because cheap air travel and increasing middle classes means tons of tourists everywhere.

  16. What most people don't realize, is that if you buy a regular unrestricted fare from say Warsaw to Lisbon, you can stop anywhere en route, and spread the travel out across several weeks — amazing how much you can see on just one ticket…

  17. Thanks for the inspiration I just used Eurail on a winter trip through Europe too! I made a film about it

  18. I am planning a Europe trip in August, like for 2 weeks.
    Looking forward to land in Vienna followed by Prague, Brussels, Paris ,Barcelona and Zurich.
    Do you think I should buy a Euro pass.
    Going through the internet I found airfare are much less if booked ahead of travel.
    What’s your take ?

  19. I don’t know how to hashtag or tweet so I’ll leave my question here.
    Have you guys ever heard of the El Camino? You might love it being the history and anthropology buffs that you are. It’s just a nice short walk across northern Spain. 😉

  20. I would like to book a eurail pass on since I found a great deal on a train pass but wanted to know if anyone knows the best time to tour around Europe? I'm thinking late spring?

  21. so i have the eurail global pass but how do i find out which train station i'm supposed to go to, to go to my next destination. for example, if valencia, spain has three train stations, which one can i use to go to say madrid or paris?

  22. Great video, very helpful!! But what about accomodation and bathroom overnight haha? Do I need to book room in every city I visit? 🙂

  23. For traveling through the metro within a city, for example Paris, does the Eurail Pass cover those costs or is that a separate cost?

  24. Hey i know this video is from 3 years ago but adults still need to get first class seat ? Love to get some info

  25. Great Info. Recently I bought the ticket (swiss travel pass), do I have to make a reservation? They charge extra 24.00 for the seat. Or should I go directly to the train station the day I'll leave? Thank you

  26. Nice Video
    Travelling by train is the best way to see the wonders of Europe, and with Rail Europe, you can see 28 countries and 15,000 cities and towns in Europe with the widest selection of train tickets and rail passes.

  27. We also went backpacking to 22 cities in Europe, but we didn't use the Eurail pass though. I uploaded the video on my channel as well. 22 cities, 11 countries, in 22 days!!! Definitely wanted to stay longer. If given a chance, we'd definitely go back and explore more.

  28. Wayyy to expensive. I've done it by combination of bus and trains and it cost much less that even my european friends and cousins who stay in europe are suggest to not using the pass

  29. What if I’m traveling with my husband who is 29 y/o and I’m 25? Would he be sitting first class while I’m stuck in the second class?

  30. I'm watching this way after the fact. However I'm curious. How would eurail pass's work if you have kids that you want to take with you? Would I be able to buy first class tickets for them as well or would they have to be seated in second class? Also are the sleeper cars big enough to hold a family or would it just be better to get 2?

  31. Such great tips! I bought the two month unlimited pass last year and loved it! Ended up seeing 22 countries because of how easy it was to get around

  32. Hi! I'm planning to visit Austria and Switzerland this year. And hoping to travel by train. I want to know about luggages. Are there any lockers at train stations to put luggages while youre exploring or do we have to take them with us?

  33. I mean over all, it's obviously alot better to fly from Stockholm to Athens then to take several train rides. Unless, obviously you plan wrong countries in between.

  34. Hey guys! So I'm also looking at the 15 days of travel in 2 months question is, say I want to go from Paris to Venice, but to get there I have to switch to another train, because im doing this all in one day, does this count as one day of travel or does this count as two because im switching trains?

  35. hola me podrias decir si puedo comprar el global pass que es 7 viaje en un mes podria utilizar estos viajes en 17 dias que es el tiempo que voy a estar en esos paises  Italia, francia, spain, y portugal. gracias si me puedes ayudar estoy un poco confundida y cual seria el beneficio

  36. Hi, need to know how is it to change trains in between of journey when you have only a few minutes in between two trains?

  37. What is difference between SWISS pass and EURAIL Pass? And what is preferable if I will visit Swiss and Paris both….Does Rural pass is valid on swiss all rail network

  38. Hey this might be a little late, but I am planning to take the Eurail this coming summer and had a question of what it means with the 7 day within 1 month means?

  39. Might be a silly question, but can you literally just step on the train without presenting a ticket? And then show your pass once on the train? What about for stations which have gates?

  40. my sister is my travel partener but she want a train that has window she can breath because she has panic attack do you please tell me which train you will be able to open the window that would help me allot thank you

  41. Hey peeps: quick question: My pass starts on August 19th and is the 2-month pass. Does that mean that it's valid for 60 days or just for August and September? I'm struggling so much to find this out!

  42. i m going to paris – germany – italy – swiss – germany – france . shud i take eurail pass ? this is over the span of 10 days.

  43. Bro . I'm go to Belgium Netherland Germany Austria Hungary Prague spain etc. Soo eurail pass is work or not in this country's and last question this pass is allow from local transportation in city?

  44. how do you book train reservations when you have eurail pass ? I am travelling in next two days but haven’t done seat reservation. However i have the eurail pass activated with me ?

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