FAQ –What are the advantages of buying a rail pass in advance vs. buying train tickets on the fly?
1) Savings – For most itineraries, once you compare the cost of point to point train tickets vs. buying a rail pass, it quickly becomes clear that you get much more value with a rail pass. Sometimes you can even make up the price of your rail pass in your first travel days, leaving you with a few days of travel – practically for free! Not to mention the potential savings by keeping a flexible itinerary with a rail pass and not committing to a set train ticket there is less chance you will have to pay cancellation fees if your plans change.
2) Skip ticket line-ups – With a rail pass, board local trains without going through the hassle of standing in line to buy tickets. Simply get your pass validated on your first day of travel and then you’re on your way. If you have a Flexi Pass, fill in the date in the travel calendar on your pass before boarding the train.
3) Arrive prepared – Traveling to an unfamiliar country can often be an adventure so it’s nice to be able to do some basic planning before arriving. Having your rail pass in hand means that there’s one less thing to think about! Remember that you can’t buy select rail passes on location so be sure to purchase before your departure.
4) Stay flexible – With a rail pass you won’t need to go to the ticket window to buy a train ticket while figuring out the specifics such as train date, time and number, class, one-way vs. round trip, language/communication differences and currency conversions. Instead, you can enjoy a flexible itinerary and board the train at your leisure. Think about the possibilities, as each travel day lasts anytime from midnight of one day to midnight the next day, which means you can hop on and off the train as much as you wish.