Eurail Select Pass (2 Countries) : Reviews

2017
NOV
11
Bruce (Taringa, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Best way to transit between cities, as most main stations are centrally located "

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Suitability: 5/5

We have used these types of tickets within Europe on several occasions, including up to 15 days in 2 months . I think the skill is to have your ticket activated , even the day before your travel starts , whilst it doesn’t take any time, if your first train is leaving , it’s not fun. We also use the rail plus app to check train times and we always book seats locally when we have time for future known travel days . We have always taken the first class as there is more room, but seat booking essential on fast trains, compulsory in France. On the platforms, there is a plan of each train to usually identify where you precooked carriage is likely to stop Railplus staff in Australia are helpful, but use the app to know what you want for Aus bookings
2017
NOV
06
David (Adventure Bay)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"This is a really convenient way to travel"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Suitability: 5/5

Train travel is convenient and fast. There are a couple of things that could be improved. We were on a long trip, requiring large suitcases. Getting the luggage on to the train was difficult - no ramps etc mean the cases had to be lifted. A little help would have been appreciated. Also, storage space for the luggage is never sufficient, and, once again, lifting it into position is difficult. Again, a little help would have been appreciated. We were impressed that the attention to schedule was excellent. Always on time.
2017
SEP
30
Nicole (Box Hill North, VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Fantastic pass. It was a bit unclear how to use it on regular trains in Paris and Italy but we finally worked it out. "

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Suitability: 5/5

2017
JUL
24
Oliver (St Leonards, NSW)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"good value for money"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Suitability: 5/5

2017
JUL
03
Jodie (Melbourne , VIC)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Makes travelling easy"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Suitability: 5/5

Make sure you reserve seats in summer on the DB Bahn trains as it is the busiest time to be catching a train and you won't always be guaranteed of a seat even in class 1
2016
OCT
15
bruce (Taringa, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Great way to go, needs planning"

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Suitability: 5/5

The tickets are very useful, and we have used them many times. The reservation of seats needs planning and buying in Australia is expensive relative to local , however, trains fill up and in theory French trains won't allow you on unless you have a seat reservation, but this year, even in first class, we found tgv trains had standing passengers in the carriage ends . Still a great way to move, then you find hotels within walking of trains, so bags get dropped. Some tgv stations aren't near the city, so need to watch that, e.g. Lyon part dieu is a suburb, two Klm, Avignon is a taxi ride.
2016
OCT
06
Max (Palmerston North)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Exceptional value for the money"

Value for money: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Suitability: 5/5

What was particularly good was that when we missed a train on which we had reservations (because of an accident to the bus replacement) we were able to use the pass on subsequent trains by taking our chances on the availability of unreserved seats. The pass itself is excellent. I do though find the cost of reserving seats higher than I like, though I realise that there is nothing railplus can do about that. I did find it a pity that the Thomas Cook European timetable seems no longer available. (I emailed the company that took it over but didn't get a reply.) When you miss a train and are trying to work out what to do nothing beats a printed timetable for considering options. (I used 6to carry the Cooks timteble as my 'bible'.) Is there any way railplus can offer some kind of complete European timetable for sale to prospective travellers?
2016
AUG
10
Bernadette (Brisbane, QLD)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"Convenient way to travel in Europe."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Suitability: 4/5

At Paris-Gare de Lyon, it was difficult to find the booking counter. After queuing at what we thought was the booking counter for 20 minutes and then to be told there were no seats to Hyeres at all that day, the attendant spoke to his boss, who spoke to her boss, who then directed us to another counter downstairs (we would never have found it ourselves, it was tucked around the back of some coffee shops, she took us there), where they were magically able to find seats to Hyeres! Go figure. From no seats left (with the thought of having to find last minute accommodation in Paris) to two seats that afternoon, truly bizarre how seats can magically appear when you go to the correct counter. Unfortunately, although the attendant at the Eurail counter booked us two first class seats (in accordance with our first class passes) he only allocated us one seat, but we didn't realise this until we got to the train. Consequently, I started the trip sitting on the floor until a train conductor took pity on the 50 year old lady sitting on the floor and found me a seat. Also, Europeans don't worry too much about seat allocations and just sit in any seat, so if you find someone in your allocated seat, just let them know it is your seat and they will move on.
2016
JUN
30
Bruce (Applecross, WA)
Recommend: Recommend
Overall rating:

"The quality of the trains was variable. Food was very expensive & toilets often foul."

Value for money: 4/5
Ease of use: 3/5
Suitability: 3/5

Suggestions: Empty bowel & bladder prior to boarding trains, take your own food & drink on long journeys. The platforms were typically too low for the carriages meaning heavy luggage needed to be lifted up onto the train typically through very narrow doors/passages. Porters and polite behaviuor by men helping women with luggage (even rail staff) is sadly a thing of the distance past. Stowage for luggage was often manifestly inadequate.
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