Train Flash: New Eurail Passes

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This month, Eurail is introducing two new Regional Passes: the Germany-Poland and Czech-Germany passes.

Both passes are valid for five, six, eight, or ten days of travel within a two month period. The Germany-Poland Adult Pass starts at $375 for five days and tops out at $564 for ten days. The price range for the Czech-Germany Adult Pass begins at $355 and climaxes at $536. If you’re traveling with a companion, you can save 15 percent by purchasing Saver Passes, which nudges the $375 Germany-Poland Adult Pass down to $320 per person.

But what’s really exciting about these new passes is that they allow adults to travel second-class. Most Eurail Adult passes are restricted to first-class carriage.

A second-class Adult Pass costs 15 percent less than its first-class equivalent. An individual second-class Saver Pass matches the Youth Pass fare: $272 for 5 days on the Germany-Poland Pass, rather than $320 in first class.

Thank you, Eurail, for dealing a blow to age discrimination in the rail pass industry. Now how about offering this deal on all 18 Regional Passes?

Eurail Passes can be purchased by people not resident in Europe, a designation that includes Russia and Turkey. Eurail defines a European “resident” as someone living in Europe for the past six months.

About the author

TJ developed a taste for travel while living (and ostensibly) studying in Rome. He soon began catching bargain-basement Ryanair flights to various European destinations, where he would immediately scope out the dodgiest bar upon arrival. (He also saw some art along the way.) After returning to SUNY Albany, he developed an independent study in travel writing, which was mostly an excuse to drive cross-country. The 7200 mile trip, made in 11 days with two friends in a very small red car, culminated in a collection of essays called MOVE!, which he describes as incredibly self-indulgent and quite un-publishable. After moving to Manhattan, he found his way to EuroCheapo and has spent most of his time writing reviews for the New York City listings.

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