More extensive regional passes are also available. For example, the Scandinavia Pass covers four countries -- Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland -- while the European East Pass is good for travel in Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. You can even combine your rail pass with a car rental (look for the "Rail 'n Drive" options).
The Global and Select passes do not include travel to Great Britain; if you're headed there, you'll want to look into Rail Europe's Britrail options.
For a full country-by-country list of every rail pass available, visit RailEurope.com.
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Rail Pass Tips
Before purchasing any rail pass, plan out each leg of your itinerary and check the price of individual point-to-point tickets on the Rail Europe Web site. If you'll be taking mostly short, inexpensive trips, it may be cheaper to purchase individual tickets than to purchase a rail pass.
Rail passes can be purchased in the U.S. from travel agents or directly from Rail Europe. In most cases, they cannot be purchased after you arrive in Europe. Discounted passes are available for youths (under age 26), or for groups of two to five people traveling together at all times. Senior discounts (for travelers over the age of 60) are available only on certain passes.
Rail passes generally come in two types: consecutive or "flexi." Consecutive passes are valid for unlimited travel on a certain number of days in a row. These passes are best for travelers who will be moving frequently from one city to another. Most country passes are of the "flexi" variety, valid for intervals such as "four days in one month" or "five days in 15." This means that your pass is good for a certain number of travel days (four, five, etc.) within a given period (one month, 15 days, etc.).
For more on rail travel abroad, don't miss our comprehensive European Train Tips and Buying a European Rail Pass.
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