How Much Does a Eurail Pass Save You?

As you may know, Eurail has been one of my sponsors throughout my now completed Europe trip. I’ll be honest in telling you that in the past I had been a little bit sceptical about rail passes in Europe and how much one can actually save. Thus, having this pass finally gave me the chance to work out how one can use the Eurail, and how much one can actually save.

I will say, I definitely got value out of my pass by doing some fairly long journeys. However, if I really wanted to, I’m sure I could have extended my distances much more and the savings gathered would have been even greater.

After calculating, I’m actually pretty amazed by how much was saved with the Eurail. I calculated the price of the ticket as the price a week before purchase which I assumed would be the average time one would buy their train tickets without a pass.

Swiss Train, First Class, SBB

First Class on a train in Switzerland

My Pass

I had a 2 month 10 day global pass, which allowed me to travel by train in any country in Europe (well 23 of them are included) over a 2 month period with a possible 10 days of use.  Basically, within a 2 month period I had 10 days I could travel anywhere in Europe on the train.  It doesn’t matter if that trip is short or long, you have 10 days of use.

If you’re interested in knowing how the Eurail ticket works I’ll be explaining it in a future post.

First Class, Italy, Train

First Class on the train from Milan to Rome

How Much Did I Save?

If I didn’t have a Eurail pass, I would have booked a ticket one week ahead.  Therefore, I took the prices down a week before my trip would have been:

1. Calais to Paris – Without the Eurail =48 Euros
2. Paris to Bern – Without the Eurail = 120 Euros
3. Bern to Rome – Without the Eurail = 169 Euros
4. Rome to Nice – Without the Eurail = 114 Euros
5. Nice to Barcelona – Without the Eurail = 104 Euros
6. Barcelona to Madrid – Without the Eurail = 87 Euros
7. Madrid to Lisbon – Without the Eurail = 67 Euros
8. Lisbon to Porto – Without the Eurail = 35 Euros
9. Lisbon to Seville – Without the Eurail = 130 Euros
10. Seville to Algercias – Without the Eurail = 43 Euros

The Results?

  • The total price of a 2nd Class Global Pass is 422 Euros
  • The total cost of my trip would have cost 917 Euros
  • My total savings were 495 Euros!

The Verdict?

You would have to be clinically insane not to buy a Eurail pass if you were planning on travelling Europe by train.  I mean seriously, the amount of money saved could buy you a second rail pass!  Or, if you’re like me, that 495 Euros will buy you lots of overpriced beers.  If you were looking for the answer to “How Much Does a Eurail Pass Save You?” well, let’s just say that it’s a lot.
Travelling by train in Euro is an amazing way to see the countryside, it’s comfortable, it’s efficient, and there are very few hassles.  After travelling this way for a little over a month, I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.  A massive thanks to Eurail for giving me the chance to have this experience.
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***Note: Eurail is one of my sponsors, they provided me with a free first class global pass to test their services. They have not influenced the content of my article nor have they demanded that I write on this topic. I am a journalist, and regardless of whether or not they are a sponsor I call it as I see it. After using the Eurail, I can’t imagine travelling Europe without one.  Check out this post on How to Book a Ticket Using a Eurail Pass.


Author: Brendan van Son

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12 Comments

    • Impressive right? I mean yeah, I used the Eurail pretty hard… but to save over 100% is impressive man! You’d have to be insane not to get a rail pass in Europe.

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  1. Daaaamn that’s quite a saving, Brendan! Thanks for providing us with the info – it’ll help a lot of people I reckon.

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  2. Quick question… Were there any reservation fees or supplement fees for using your pass? I’m trying to sort out our summer Europe transport options. Thanks!

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    • Hi Brad – Yes, I’ll be talking about this next post. But basically any time you need to book ahead there is a fee. It’s usually about 2-3 Euros, and for some reason in Spain it’s higher. The prices I listed don’t include that reservation fee either (you need to pay it whether you have a pass or not), so the savings you’d have are the same. Have fun!

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  3. Thanks for this post, like yourself initially, I was sceptical about how much I could save with Eurail, but reading this has washed away these doubts!

    If I do get round to planning an extensive (and intensive) trip around Europe it will likely be with Eurail. Otherwise I’d be one of the “clinically insane”! :D

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    • Blog Me – You must have more cash than me if you’re willing to go for the clinically insane version.

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  4. Surely the savings were only higher since you were booking a first class ticket. Train tickets are much cheaper at second class and I would presume you’d save less money had you been booking second class seats not first class.

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    • Laura – Actually, the prices I calculated were the second class ticket prices. When I did my research I calculated the prices the exact way I would have travelled had I not had the Eurail. The prices listed were the cheapest I could find a week before booking and for a second class ticket. There is not funny business going on, those are the actual second prices without their reservation fees.

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  5. I completely agree with you Brendan! The Eurail pass is the most sane option to choose for a holiday around Europe on rail! Comfortable, convenient and clean!

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    • Amisha – I wouldn’t train travel Europe without a Eurail!

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  6. Thanks for this great post! I am traveling to Europe in July and am planning to use the Global Pass as well! I haven’t decided on how many days I want to use yet but I feel even more confident that it is the way to go! Thank you!

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