European East Pass

Explore Eastern Europe by train with one great rail pass

  • Travel on the national rail networks of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia
  • Freedom to take multiple train journeys per travel day
  • Issued as a paper document
  • Your choice of a 1st or 2nd class rail pass
  • Children under 4 free when sharing paying adults accommodation
  • Flexible: choose where you want to go, and when
  • Travel across borders quickly and easily

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WHO

WHAT


Overview

The European East Pass is the most comprehensive pass to visit the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.

All four countries have a rich cultural and historical background. Discover Slovakia, the gateway to Eastern Europe and UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Czech Republic and Austria. Have a relaxing moment in one of the excellent thermal baths in Hungary.

The European East Pass allows you unlimited travel with the freedom to hit the tracks whenever and wherever you want! You can take as many trains as you like and there is no limit on the distance you can travel within a travel day. All of this at a fixed price.

Hop on and off trains at any time according to your desires and encounters. Just show up at the nearest train station and get ready to go and explore a new destination. (See ‘Things to know’ for more information about seat reservations).

The European East Pass is packed with bonuses to make your trip even more enjoyable. Hotel discounts, reduced museum fares and more are included in your pass.

Whether you are the adventurous traveller or the avid planner the European East Pass is your pass to freedom and the key to an unforgettable trip!


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Customer feedback Lots of options!
« Travelled alone with low budget in Central Europe. Very comfortable trains and the price was worth every penny. Trains leave main stations every one or two hours so it is very easy to travel. Always leaving on time except Budapest - Bratislava (delayed due to technical problems). Other than that I always arrived to my destination as planned. Would buy the East Pass again. Enough seats and space for luggage. »

PAOLA P


How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 31 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.

Use our Pass Finder

2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

Taking local and regional trains allows you to explore at will. Simply board with your rail pass and choose any open seat. Reservations are required on most high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. With the European East Pass you may travel on SuperCity, EuroCity, and InterCity trains which require additional seat reservations. We recommend always checking your desired journey for any specific seat reservation requirements.

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3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.

Common Questions

Benefits

More than just trains

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in European East Pass


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From our travel community

Unable to book a return reservation from vienna to prague and back with my european east pass I am unable to book a return reservation with my European East Pass from Vienna to Prague and back. The message I receive is "The fares you requested are not available with the selected rail pass. Please select a regular fare and proceed to the (...)

Nikhil K. | 2017/06/10 answered | 0 Comments
Rail passes to eastern europe I'm going to spend 2 weeks with 2 friends travelling around Hungary, Australia, Czech and Slovakia. There should be 7 days travel by rail. Please advise which is the best pass to purchase? 1. Budapest-Graz 2. Graz-Vienna 3. Vienna-Ceske (...)

ROSANNA L. | 2016/04/01 answered | 2 Comments
How to use european east pass (5 days in a month) Hi I would like to clarify further if my understanding is right and if this is a correct pass for my route and whether all journeys below are covered under my European East Pass. 1) Pass Day 1 - Vienna to Bratislava, Bratislava to Vienna (same (...)

Wei M. | 2016/01/15 answered | 2 Comments
Budapest to vienna. using european east railpass. pass does not exist in rail europe website. Hi there I am having trouble sorting out how to utilise my Euro Eastern railpass that I purchased in New Zealand in Sept. Issued 16 Sep 2015. I am in Budapest and want to travel to Vienna by ÖBB railjet (with a friend who is just going to buy (...)

Samuel K. | 2015/10/20 answered | 0 Comments
Difficulty in reserving seat tickets with european east pass Dear sirs, Recently I had bought two European East Pass for travel preparation to Austria and Slovakia in late Sep 2015. While I start to reserve seats for the trip online, I found that the system cannot locate available trains to me and it (...)

SIU K. | 2015/08/03 answered | 3 Comments

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (21)
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    European East Pass | Gautam m. | 2015/08/25
    "The train journeys were very picturesque. The fast trains are very comfortable. We did not like: 1. The trains from Vienna to Budapest ans return 2. No direct trains from Salzburg to Prague "

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    Knowledge of the pass | Trevor i. | 2015/02/09
    "We were surprised to learn that the officials of the trams in the cities which this pass covered were unaware of the passes. We found in the W European countries that we had such a wide use of the pass where here it was limited to the inter-city trains. "

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    Train | Pui Ming w. | 2015/02/08
    "The train is on time, easy to locate. All trains are new and clean, except the one from prague to CK which is very crowded, hot and a bit dirty. Overall I enjoy traveling with the train pass which is very convenient and easy for budgeting. I will definitely consider buying train pass again in my next trip. "

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    great home travel with humens | Narendra g. | 2014/11/29
    "i travel with great comfort i met wonderful and homely , helpful and real humens comfortable trains , timings , lovely stations i wish all to use train only during our travel in east of europe "

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    Lots of options! | Paola p. | 2014/03/28
    "Travelled alone with low budget in Central Europe. Very comfortable trains and the price was worth every penny. Trains leave main stations every one or two hours so it is very easy to travel. Always leaving on time except Budapest - Bratislava (delayed due to technical problems). Other than that I always arrived to my destination as planned. Would buy the East Pass again. Enough seats and space for luggage. "

  • Value for money
    Convenience
    Krakow to Praha | Man Shan l. | 2013/12/02
    "As second-class tickets, we wouldn't ask for more. There was about 3 hours break in the mid-night and the train was keep switching tracks ! No one told us what happened... "

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  • Q. What should I do if I missed my scheduled train? Can I take the next one?

  • Q. Can I get a refund for unused days on my rail pass?

  • Q. What if my shipment gets lost?

  • Q. Can I open the train windows?

  • Q. Do I need to book a rail pass for everyone in my traveling party, including children and infants?

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  • Q. Do I need to do anything with my rail pass before boarding the train?

  • Q. My plans have changed and I won’t be able to use my rail pass. Can I get a refund?

  • Q. In the event of a strike, is my rail pass covered under the Rail Protection Plan™?

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