Is it convenient to buy a pass for booking (mainly) night sleeping cabines?

  • 2 November 2023
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Hi all, could you please help me to understand what are the benefits of a pass (e.g. 7 days use over 1 month) if I'd mainly plan to travel by train overnight from one city to another by mainly booking sleeping cabines (2 adults + 1 kid)? Indeed we'd plan to make very limited use of standard daily train transports. Is a pass convenient in this case? Many thanks! Steve


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Where and when will you be travelling?

You’ll need to pay for the sleeping accommodation. Prices for a reservation are shown here: https://www.seat61.com/interrail-and-eurail-reservations.htm

Certainly on some routes, the cost of a reservation is pretty close to the cheapest standalone tickets. But if all the cheap tickets are gone, then a rail pass gets more valuable.

You can compare the price of the passes + reservations with the price for regular tickets. One bonus is that the kid gets a free rail pass if under 12 (but still needs to buy reservations).

But you lose one of the major benefits of having a pass: flexibility. If most of your journeys are by sleeper which you have to reserve, then you can’t be flexible any more.

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In several countries the age limit for children is 14, 15 or even 16 so depending on the age of the child it is not necessarily a bonus with the free children's pass for children under 12. 

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In several countries the age limit for children is 14, 15 or even 16 so depending on the age of the child it is not necessarily a bonus with the free children's pass for children under 12. 

Good point!

Seat61 has a good page with a table of child ages in different countries. https://www.seat61.com/european-train-travel-with-children.htm

 

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