Why Now Is the Best Time To Book A Eurail Trip - Family Traveller (USA)

We already rave about train travel and how easy it makes traveling through Europe. Train travel provides families flexibility, more space and stunning window-seat vistas. But now there's even more reason to book train travel in Europe. Eurail, the all-in-one train pass that gives discerning travelers access to the most trains in Europe, is celebrating its 60-year history with transformative product developments — including price reductions and expanded offerings — starting January 2019.

With these changes, travelers taking advantage of Eurail now have the opportunity to experience over 40,000 destinations across Europe more efficiently and economically than ever before. Most notably, Eurail will now provide access to Great Britain for the first time, as well as Macedonia and Lithuania, expanding its overall country count from 28 to 31. And with the addition of five new train carriers to Eurail’s portfolio, travelers now have even more route options within Europe to be excited about.

Ease of travel and affordability are central components of the product changes. For 2019, Eurail is retiring its Multi-Country Passes (2-4 countries) in favor of promoting Global and One Country Passes. Both will see price reductions, giving travelers up to 37 percent off various classes of travel including Senior (over 60 years), Youth (up to 27 years) and a new 2nd Class option. The move creates the ability to fluidly move about 31 European countries at leisure or stay within one country’s borders, all with just one pass.

“We anticipate the streamlining of our Pass offerings to be a welcome change by both consumers and travel agents alike,” said Clarissa Mattos, Market Manager Americas and Pacific at Eurail. “The increased clarity and transparency of product options makes planning a European trip easier and more affordable than ever with Eurail.”

Check out some of the highlights to the Eurail Global Pass and start daydreaming about where your family will explore in 2019:

  • Island hop

    Eurail is adding a new and improved Greek Islands Pass. Travelers can now catch a ferry to 53 total Greek Islands, including islands in the Cyclades, Dodecanese, NE Aegean and Sporades chains, as well as Crete.

  • Get more passport stamps

    The introduction of the Global Pass means travelers can now hit up 31 countries in Europe. Notably, Great Britain has been added to the pass. The inclusion of Eurostar in Eurail’s portfolio now connects London with major European cities such as: Amsterdam, Avignon, Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris and Rotterdam. Also new in the Global Pass are Macedonia and Lithuania.

  • Save big with seniors and youth

    Seniors (over 60 years) have been added as a category to passenger type, with 10% off the fare. Youth (up to 27 years) pricing is decreased to 23% off the adult fare for the same class. This is great news for families planning multi-generational or skip-generational travels in 2019!