How to Get Discounted Eurail Passes if You're a Student

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Are you under 27 years old? If so, you're eligible for a whopping 20% discount on Eurail train passes

The discount includes all Eurail passes, whether it's the Global Pass, the 4 Country Select Pass, the 3 Country Select Pass, or the 2 Country Select Pass, as well as the many single-country Eurail passes. 

Eurail is a consortium of train companies covering most of Europe, and it provides one of the easiest, cheapest, and best ways to explore the continent. 

Eurail Youth Pass Types

There are two types of Eurail youth passes -- the global pass and several multi-country passes. Multi-country passes allow you to take a Eurail train around two or more European countries and cost a bit more than buying a single European country train pass. They generally cost less than buying a separate Eurail ticket in six or more European countries, though. 

You can also get a ticket on the Eurostar, the train passing under the English Channel between London and Paris or Brussels.

Let's check out Eurail multi-country passes first.

Eurail Multi-Country Youth Passes

Eurail Global Pass Youth: This is an incredibly flexible pass and offers great value for money. If you're not sure which countries you want to visit on your Europe trip and want to keep your options open this is the pass for you. Here are some of the options you can choose from, and you can pick any country in Europe that Eurail operates in (pretty much everyone) to use your pass in: 

  • 5 travel days within 1 month
  • 7 travel days within 1 month
  • 10 travel days within 2 months
  • 15 travel days within 2 months
  • 15 days continuous
  • 22 days continuous
  • 1 month continuous
  • 2 months continuous
  • 3 months continuous

Eurail Selectpass Youth: Unlimited travel to any two to for countries out of 23 countries over the course of two months. Travel days do not have to be consecutive. Choose between five, six, eight, 10, or 15-day travel options.

The catch? The countries you choose to visit must border each other. For instance, if you're leaving from Austria, your travel is limited to Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, or Romania.

According to Rail Europe: "The chosen countries must be bordering, or have a direct shipping line which is part of the Eurail offer...(for instance) Norway and Finland are not (considered) bordering countries. They have a joint border, but to get by train from Norway to Finland (passengers) have to travel through Sweden."

Eurail Single Country Passes

You can get single country passes for the following countries/regions: Austria, Benelux, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, the Greek Islands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

Eurail / Rail Europe Map

Confused about which Eurail pass to choose? Check out a helpful map with distances and travel times on the Eurail website.

Rail Trip Tip

If you want to sleep without fear of losing of your backpack on a train, invest in carabiners (secure locking devices) and use it to hook your pack to an overhead rack.

This article has been edited and updated by Lauren Juliff.