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FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Train travel in Europe is relaxing, comfortable, convenient, and so efficient that it is the perfect mode of transportation. You can admire the passing scenery, enjoy a meal, take a nap, or chat with your fellow travelers. You will arrive on time, rested, refreshed, and right in the heart of town, where most European train stations are located.

VALIDITY
Travel must begin within 6 months of the date the pass was issued unless noted. To validate your railpass, present your pass and passport to the railway official at the ticket window (not the conductor) prior to your first journey. When using a Flexipass, before boarding the first train each day, write  the date in ink in the appropriate box on the pass. A rail travel day is from midnight to midnight.

CHILDREN & YOUTH
For most European railpasses - Children: Ages 4-11 pay half the adult fare, except as noted. Children under 4 travel free but are not entitled to a seat when trains are crowded. Youth: Fares are for persons who are age 12-25 at the time the railpass is validated, except as noted. All Youth fares are second-class and all Child fares are first-class, except as noted.

RESERVATIONS
Seat reservations are required for most high-speed trains, all specialty trains, as well as certain InterCity, EuroCity, and ICE trains. Reservations may be made by us before you leave for Europe, in Europe at train stations, or by the concierge at your hotel.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS
First-and second-class Sleeper compartments and Couchettes are usually available on overnight trains. Reservations are required. Private Sleeper compartments with wash basin, towels, bed linens and pillows are available for one or two people in first-class and for three people in second-class. Sleeper rates depend on accommodation type and distance traveled.

First-or second-class Couchettes will accommodate from four to six people in bunks with a pillow and blanket. They are open to both genders, and passengers sleep in their street clothes. There is a flat fee charged for Couchettes.

The InterCityNight (ICN) and CityNightLine (CNL) are just two of many sleek overnight hotel trains in Europe that connect major business centers in Germany and Switzerland, offering accommodations ranging from economically priced reclining seats to private, deluxe compartments with complete bathroom facilities. Both the InterCityNight and the CityNightLine offer such hotel amenities as a reception desk, dining/lounge car, phone/fax access, hair dryers, wake-up and room services. A continental breakfast is provided to those in reclining seats, while other guests receive a hearty breakfast in their compartment or dining car. Advance reservations are required for these trains. Please ask our Reservations Department for hotel trains in other European countries.

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