Good news for family travel: kids travel free on Eurail in 2015. It’s one of several great new budget-saving deals Eurail is offering this year, along with new destinations. Here are the details:
Eurail Global Pass Adds New Countries
Four new countries join Eurail’s Global Pass offer for 2015. The additions of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Poland and Serbia bring the total to 28 countries that can be explored with the rail pass. The border connections created by this expansion add even more possibilities to the already vast itinerary options. For example, you can now travel down the east Adriatic coast from Croatia to Montenegro, or stop in Poland on the way from Prague to Berlin, with one single train pass.
Eurail Children Travel Free
With the launch of the new Children Travel Free initiative, Eurail backs its belief that trains provide the best stress-free transportation for a family bonding adventure in Europe. Children ages 4 to 11 can ride for free with a family member or friend traveling on an Adult Eurail Pass. Up to two children per adult can travel free.
Eurail First Class Youth Pass
Traveling with children or friends aged 12-to-25 has become easier with the new first-class Youth Pass, previously available only in second class. The first-class Youth Pass is for sale at a 20% discount from the adult cost.
Eurail 5 in 10 Days Global Pass
This is an entirely new pass category that recognizes that we don’t travel every day on a multi-city vacation, or even a business trip. The new 5 in 10 Days Global Pass option gives you the opportunity to travel any five days within a 10-day span to visit non-bordering countries of your choice.
Eurail Attica Pass: A Greek Island Hopping Pass
The Attica Pass is a new One Country Pass to the Greek islands by ferry. With two international trips, you can use Italy as a jumping-off point and make up to six ferry crossings within one month (the two international trips between Italy and Greece and four domestic trips for island hopping). This new Eurail pass also includes rail/bus transfers between the international port of Patras and the domestic port of Piraeus.
Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of authorized sales agents. Click here for more information
Even though I am an automotive journalist along with being a travel journalist, my favorite way to travel through Europe is on the train, on a Eurail pass. No stressful fighting traffic on the Autobahn or Autostrada or driving traffic-clogged city streets. No stressful looking for gates at badly designed and sprawling airports (Charles de Gaulle, I’m talking to you). Trains leave from and arrive in the center of town, where you can often walk to your hotel.
I came pretty close to wearing out my Eurail pass for Germany recently when I was updating the Fodors Germany 2014 guidebook and website.