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  • 30 July 2023
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Hello, apologies for asking for help with this but I’m afraid I’ve made a newbie mistake with my Eurail Global 5 day pass.

Rather than creating one trip to use as a folder I have individual trips for each train journey eg Milan to Tirano, Tirano to St Moritz (one day) then St Moritz to Zermatt (another day), Zermatt to Lyon (another day again) plus others to use my 5 days up.

Will I need to delete these individual trips and create one overall “Trip Folder” and start again or will this situation still work?

Being 68 and never having used Eurail before I’m pretty concerned to get things sorted.

I have reservations for the Bernina and Glacier Express and having paid quite a bit of money some peace of mind that all will work well (when I really won’t know until we board the first train) does cause some anxiety. Not connecting a journey until just before boarding is leaving things later than I’d like but I guess it’s the way the pass works.

Thank you for patience with yet another silly mistake. Your advice greatly appreciated.

 

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Best answer by AnnaB 30 July 2023, 07:36

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The pass can only be connected to one Trip so you need to add all journeys (trains) to the same Trip. 

 

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Here is some useful information from the experienced travellers in the Community regarding both planning, reservations and activation of pass and travel days. 

 Planning

The rail planner is normally not up to date, as it only is updated once a month, so to be sure of the time table you better check the timetable and availability on the websites of the national railways. The bigger national railways, like DB (Germany) SBB (Switzerland) and ÖBB (Austria) cover several countries. 

 Reservations 

The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is to use other ways to make reservations than the Interrail/Eurail website.  You can look at the guide in the link:

https://community.eurail.com/train-connections-reservations-47/how-to-get-reservations-105

If you, after having looked at the guide, have questions about how to make specific reservation, please give your travel details (departure date, time and route) preferably in a new topic, and you will get advice.

Please note that Interrail/Eurail charges an extra fee of 2 EUR per person and train in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.

 Activation of pass

During the activation process you choose the start day of the validity of the pass. Once the validity has started it can't be changed even if you haven't travelled. The advice is therefore to wait with activating the pass and starting the validity until the first day of your travel as you only can deactivate the pass no later than 23.59 CET on the day before the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you can't deactivate the pass and change the validity. 

It can be wise to make a test and activate the pass with a start date well in the future and then deactivate the pass immediately, just to see that everything works.

 Activation of travel day

The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is also never to activate a travel day, that is connect a journey to your pass and create the ticket (QR code), until just before boarding the train, otherwise you might loose a travel day if your travel plans change in a late stage  You can't delete a travel day in the past. A travel day can only be deleted until 23.59 CET the day before the travel day.

Thank you AnnaB for your reply and kind advice. It is much appreciated.

 

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