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Things to be aware of before you start traveling
Traveling by train in Europe is an adventure and you'll find out many things along the way. However, some insights regarding trains and Passes are good to know in advance. So take a moment to check out our tips before you hop on the train!
Learn what the rules are for entering Europe, the Schengen countries and whether you need to apply for a visa.
Travel safely and match your insurance to your trip. Get covered for medical bills and gear like cameras, tablets and phones, but also for 140 extreme sports and activities and of course your luggage.
Are you travelling the tracks for longer than you expected? With WorldNomads you can easily extend your insurance when you're already abroad.
For some trains, like night trains and high-speed trains (for example Eurostar, Thalys and TGV), it's mandatory to reserve a seat. These reservations are not included in your Eurail Pass. You can buy them through our Reservation Service for 95% of the trains in Europe.
Try and book your seats as far in advance as possible, for most trains you can do this up to 3 months in advance. This is especially recommended if you are taking popular trains, are traveling in a bigger group or are traveling in high-season.
It's also possible to avoid trains with seat reservations all together, by traveling by regional train. Regional trains may be slower, but they're a great way to discover smaller towns and villages.
I like how your website is organized and contains all of the information that one needs to buy the correct pass, see timetables, and book/reserve seats on the trains you need to take to reach your destination(s). The site is straightforward, informative, and well thought out. I've never travelled by train in Europe but I already feel like I've done it many times.
TrustPilot from Charles Robert, Canada