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===Validity===
 
===Validity===
  
In general, passes are valid only on trains operated by national rail companies. In some countries (Italy, Spain and Switzerland in particular) you'll find regional or private companies that don't accept InterRail or Eurail passes, although many of them offer up to 50% discount for passholders.
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In general, passes are valid only on trains operated by national rail companies. In some countries (Italy, Spain and Switzerland in particular) you'll find regional or private companies that don't accept InterRail or Eurail passes, although many of them offer up to 50% discount for passholders. See Interrail and Eurail websites for complete list of train operators accepting passes.
 
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{|
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!Company abbreviation
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!Company name
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!Validity
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|AAR
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|AAR bus + bahn
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|Discount
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|AB
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|Appenzeller Bahnen
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|Discount
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|-
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|ABELLIO
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|ABELLIO GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|ABG
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|Anhaltische Bahn Gesellschaft mbH
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|No
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|-
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|AD
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|Arriva Denmark
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|No
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|-
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|ADDY
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|Azerbaycan Dövlet Demir Yolu
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|No
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|-
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|AKN
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|Altona-Kaltenkirchen-Neumünster Eisenbahn AG
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|No
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|-
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|ALEX
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|Arriva Länderbahn Express
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|Yes
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|-
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|AN
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|Arriva Nederland
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|Yes
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|-
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|ASm
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|Aare-Seeland Mobil
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|Discount
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|-
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|AVG
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|Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
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|No
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|-
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|BA
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|Chemin de Fer du Blanc-Argent
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|No
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|-
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|BAM
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|Chemin de fer Bière-Apples-Morges
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|Discount
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|BayOB
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|Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|BB
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|Kehrsiten - Bürgenstock
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|Discount
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|-
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|BCh
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|Belaruskaya Chygunka
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|No
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|-
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|BDZ
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|Bulgarski Durzhavni Zheleznitsi
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|Yes
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|BKD
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|Borkumer Kleinbahn und Dampfschiffahrt GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|BLB
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|BerchtesgadenerLand-Bahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|BLB
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|Burgenlandbahn GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|BLM
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|Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren
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|No
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|-
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|BLS
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|BLS AG (former BLS Lötschbergbahn and Regionalverkehr Mittelland)
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|Rail: Yes<br>Ferries: Discount<br>Bus: No
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|BLT
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|Baselland Transport
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|No
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|-
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|BOB
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|Berner Oberland-Bahnen
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|No
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|-
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|BOB
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|Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|BRB
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|Bayerische Regiobahn GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|BRB
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|Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn
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|No
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|-
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|BSB
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|Breisgau-S-Bahn-Gesellschaft
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|Yes
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|-
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|BSEG
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|Brohltal Schmalspur-Eisenbahn Betriebs-GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|BSG
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|Bielersee Schifffahrt
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|Discount
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|-
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|BZB
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|Bayerische Zugspitzbahn AG
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|No
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|-
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|Cantus
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|Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft
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|Yes
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|-
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|CB
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|Centralbahn AG
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|No
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|-
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|CBC
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|City Bahn Chemnitz GmbH
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|Chemnitz - Burgstädt: Yes<br>Chemnitz - Niederwiesa: Yes<br>Chemnitz - Limbach-Oberfrohna: No<br>Chemnitz - Meerane: No<br>Niederwiesa - Hainichen: No
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|-
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|CD
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|Ceske Drahy
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|Rail: Yes<br>Bus Prague - Nuremberg: Discount
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|-
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|CFC
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|Chemins de Fer Corses
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|Discount
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|-
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|CFF
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|Chemins de Fer Fédéraux Suisses
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|Yes
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|-
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|CGN
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|Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman
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|Discount
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|-
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|CJ
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|Chemins de fer du Jura
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|Discount
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|-
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|CMB
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|Compagnie du Mont-Blanc SA
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|No
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|-
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|CP
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|Chemins de fer de Provence (Veolia Transport)
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|Nice - Digne: Discount<br>Nice - Plan du Var: No
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|-
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|Db
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|Dolderbahn
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|No
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|-
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|DB AG
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|Deutsche Bahn AG (Die Bahn)
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|Rail (including S-Bahn): Yes<br>Bus Nuremberg - Prague: Discount
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|-
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|DBG
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|Döllnitzbahn GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|DDSG
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|Blue Danube Schiffahrt
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|Melk - Krems: Discount<br>Vienna - Dürnstein: Discount
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|-
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|Drachenfelsbahn
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|Bergbahnen im Siebengebirge AG
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|No
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|-
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|DSB
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|Danske Statsbaner (including Copenhagen S-tog)
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|Yes
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|-
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|EB
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|Erfurter Bahn GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|EGB
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|DBAG Erzgebirgsbahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|EUKL
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|Eurostar UK Ltd. (LCR Ltd. - ICRR Ltd.)
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|Discount
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|-
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|Eurobahn
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|Keolis S.A.
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|Yes
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|-
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|EVB
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|Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|EVR
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|Eesti Raudtee
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|No
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|-
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|FART
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|Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi
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|Yes
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|-
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|FB
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|Forchbahn
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|Discount
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|-
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|FEG
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|Freiberger Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH
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|No
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|-
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|FEVE
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|Ferrocarriles Españoles de Via Estrecha
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|Discount
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|-
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|FFS
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|Ferrovie Federali Svizzere
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|Yes
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|-
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|FGC
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|Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya
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|Discount
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|-
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|FGV
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|Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana
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|No
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|-
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|FLP
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|Ferrovie Luganesi SA
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|No
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|-
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|FS
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|Ferrocarril de Soller
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|No
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|-
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|FW
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|Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn
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|No
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|-
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|GGB
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|Gornergratbahn
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|Youth Pass: Discount<br>other passes: No
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|-
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|GKB
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|Graz-Köflacher Bahn und Busbetrieb GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|GVG
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|Georgs-Verkehrs-GmbH
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|Discount
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|-
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|GySEV
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|Györ-Sopron-Ebenfurthi Vasút
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|Yes
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|-
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|HÉV (Budapest)
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|Helyi Érdekü Vasút
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|No
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|-
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|HEX
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|HarzElbeExpress (Veolia Verkehr Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH)
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|Lower Saxony: Yes<br>Saxony-Anhalt: Yes<br>Berlin: No<br>Brandenburg: No
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|-
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|HL
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|Hovedstadens Lokalbaner A/S
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|No
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|-
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|HLB Basis
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|Hessische Landesbahn GmbH
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|Hesse: Yes<br>North Rhine-Westphalia: Yes<br>Bavaria: Only between Hesse and Kahl (Main)
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|HML
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|Hellenic Mediterranean Lines
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|Discount
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|-
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|HSB
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|Harzer Schmalspurbahnen
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|No
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|-
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|HSH
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|Hekurudhe e Shqiperise
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|No
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|-
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|HTB
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|Hellertalbahn GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|HZ
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|Hrvatske Zeljeznice
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|Rail: Yes<br>Bus Rijeka - Lupoglav: Yes
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|-
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|HzL
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|Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG
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|Ringzug: Yes<br>Tübingen - Hechingen DB - Balingen - Sigmaringen: Yes<br>Balingen - Schömberg: No<br>Eyach - Schlatt: No<br>Gammertingen - Sigmaringen - Beuron: No<br>Hechingen DB - Schlatt: No<br>Kleinengstingen - Gammertingen: No<br>Radolfzell - Stockach: No<br>Schlatt - Gammertingen: No
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|-
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|IE
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|Iarnrod Eireann/Irish Rail
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|Yes
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|-
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|IL
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|Inselbahn Langeoog
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|No
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|-
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|JB
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|Jungfraubahn
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|No
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|-
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|JHMD
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|Jindrichohradecke Mistni Drahy
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|No
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|-
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|KHB
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|DBAG Kurhessenbahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|KML
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|Kreisbahn Mansfender Land GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|LAF
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|Adliswil - Felsenegg
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|Discount
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|-
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|LEB
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|Chemin de fer Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher
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|Discount
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|-
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|MÁV
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|Magyar Államvasutak
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|Yes
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|-
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|MBB
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|Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli GmbH&Co.
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|No
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|-
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|MBC
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|Chemin de fer Bière-Apples-Morges
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|Discount
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|-
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|MBS
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|Montafonerbahn AG Bludenz-Schruns
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|No
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|-
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|ME
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|metronom Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|MG
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|Ferrovia Monte Generoso
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|No
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|-
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|MGB
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|Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn
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|Youth Pass: Discount<br>other passes: No
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|-
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|MIB/KWO
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|Meiringen-Innertkirchen-Bahn/Kraftwerk Oberhasli
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|No
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|-
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|MjbaD
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|Midtjyske Jernbaner
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|No
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|-
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|MOB
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|Chemins de fer Montreux-Oberland Bernois
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|Yes
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|-
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|MRB
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|Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn GmbH (Veolia Verkehr)
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|Yes
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|-
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|MVR
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|Transport Montreux-Vevey-Riviera
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|Discount
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|-
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|NB
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|NordseeBahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|NBE
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|Nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH
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|No
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|-
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|NEB
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|Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|NIR
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|Northern Ireland Railways
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|Yes
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|-
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|NJ
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|Nordjyske Jernbaner
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|Discount
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|-
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|NMBS
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|Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen
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|Yes
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|-
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|NOB
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|Nord-Ostsee-Bahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|NÖSBB
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|Niederösterreichische Schneebergbahn GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|NÖVOG
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|Niederösterreichische Verkehrsorganisationsgesellschaft m.b.H.
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|No
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|-
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|NStCM
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|Chemin de fer Nyon-St.-Cergue-Morez
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|Discount
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|-
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|NWB
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|NordWestBahn
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|Lower Saxony: Yes<br>North Rhine-Westphalia: Yes<br>Bremen: Only interstate trains
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|-
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|ÖBB
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|Österreichische Bundesbahnen
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|Rail (including S-Bahn Vienna): Yes<br>Intercitybus: Discount<br>Postbus: No
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|-
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|OBS
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|DBAG Oberweißbacher Berg- und Schwarzatalbahn
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|Rottenbach - Obstfelderschmiede - Katzhütte: Yes<br>Obstfelderschmiede - Cursdorf: No
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|-
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|ODEG
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|Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH
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|Berlin: Yes<br>Görlitz - Arnsdorf: Yes<br>Brandenburg: Except trains to/from Saxony<br>Görlitz - Cottbus: No<br>Görlitz - Hoyerswerda: No<br>Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: No<br>Zittau - Görlitz: No
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|-
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|OeBB
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|Oensingen-Balsthal-Bahn
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|No
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|-
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|OLA
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|Ostseeland Verkehr GmbH
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|Bützow - Güstrow - Neubrandenburg: Yes<br>Märkische Regiobahn: Yes<br>Neubrandenburg - Neustrelitz: Yes<br>Neubrandenburg - Pasewalk: Yes<br>Pasewalk - Grambow: Yes<br>Pasewalk - Ueckermünde: Yes<br>Stralsund - Neubrandenburg: Yes<br>Rostock - Güstrow: Only short-distance trains<br>Güstrow - Neustrelitz - Leipzig: No<br>Parchim - Rehna: No<br>Poland: No<br>Warnemünde - Rostock: No
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|-
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|OPB
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|Oberpfalzbahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|OSB
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|Ortenau-S-Bahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|OSE
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|Organismos Sidirodromon Ellados
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|Yes
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|-
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|PB
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|Pilatusbahn
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|Discount
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|-
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|PEG
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|Prignitzer Eisenbahn Arriva AG
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|Berlin: Yes<br>Netherlands: Yes<br>West Germany: Yes<br>Brandenburg: Only interstate trains
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|-
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|PRESS
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|Eisenbahnbau- und Betriebsgesellschaft Preßnitztalbahn mbH
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|Bergen - Putbus - Lauterbach: Yes<br>Steinbach - Jöhstadt: No
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|-
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|RA
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|RegionAlps Martigny - Orsières / Le Chàble
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|Discount
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|-
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|RATP
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|Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens
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|CDG Airport - Paris Nord: This direction only, not from/to intermediate stations<br>other lines: No
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|-
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|RB
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|Rigi-Bahnen
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|Discount
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|-
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|RBG
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|Regental Bahnbetriebe mbH ("Länderbahn")
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|No
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|-
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|RBK
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|Regionalbahn Kassel GmbH
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|Only on tracks not shared with KVG trams
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|-
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|RBS
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|Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn
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|Discount
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|-
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|RENFE
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|Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles
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|Yes
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|-
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|RhB
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|Rhätische Bahn/Ferrovia Retica/Viafier Retica
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|Bernina Express: Discount<br>other trains: Yes<br>Bus Tirano - Lugano: Discount
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|-
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|RJ
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|RegioJet a.s. (Student Agency)
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|No
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|-
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|RNV
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|Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH
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|No
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|-
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|ROeEE
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|Raab-Oedenburg-Ebenfurter-Eisenbahn AG
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|Yes
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|-
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|RT
+
|RailTransport, s.r.o.
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|No
+
|-
+
|RT
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|Regionstog A/S
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|No
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|-
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|RTB
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|Rurtalbahn GmbH & Co. KG
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|Yes
+
|-
+
|RüBB
+
|Rügensche BäderBahn
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|No
+
|-
+
|RV
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|Rhenus Veniro GmbH & Co. KG
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|No
+
|-
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|SBB
+
|Schweizerische Bundesbahnen
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|Yes
+
|-
+
|SBB
+
|Schweizerische Bundesbahn GmbH
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|Yes
+
|-
+
|SCR
+
|South Caucasus Railways (Yuzhno-Kavkazskaya Zheleznaya Doroga)
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|No
+
|-
+
|SDG
+
|Sächsische Dampfeisenbahn Gesellschaft mbH (former BVO Bahn)
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|No
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|-
+
|SFM
+
|Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca
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|No
+
|-
+
|SGV
+
|Schifffahrtgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees
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|Discount
+
|-
+
|SHB
+
|Schleswig-Holstein-Bahn GmbH
+
|No
+
|-
+
|SHG
+
|S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|SLB
+
|Salzburger Lokalbahn
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|No
+
|-
+
|SMF-lsm
+
|Stöckalp - Melchsee - Frutt
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|Discount
+
|-
+
|SMtS
+
|St-Imier - Mont-Soleil
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|Discount
+
|-
+
|SNCB
+
|Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|SNCF
+
|Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|SOB
+
|DBAG SüdOstBayernBahn
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|SOB
+
|Schweizerische Südostbahn AG
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|SOEG
+
|Sächsisch-Oberlausitzer Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH
+
|No
+
|-
+
|SR
+
|Sakartuelos Rkinigsa (Georgian Railway)
+
|No
+
|-
+
|SRB
+
|Südburgenländische Regionalbahn
+
|No
+
|-
+
|SSG
+
|Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|STB
+
|Süd-Thüringen Bahn
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|STE
+
|Strausberger Eisenbahn GmbH
+
|No
+
|-
+
|StH
+
|Verkehrsbetriebe Stern & Hafferl
+
|No
+
|-
+
|SthB
+
|Stanserhornbahn
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|StLB
+
|Steiermärkische Landesbahnen
+
|No
+
|-
+
|SVG
+
|Stauden-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
+
|No
+
|-
+
|SWEG
+
|Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs AG
+
|Achern - Appenweier: Yes<br>Achern - Ottenhöfen: No<br>Appenweier - Bad Griesbach: No<br>Appenweier - Biberach: No<br>Appenweier - Strasbourg: No<br>Bad Krozingen - Münstertal: No<br>Biberach - Freudenstadt: No<br>Biberach - Oberharmersbach: No<br>Gottenheim - Riegel - Breisach: No
+
|-
+
|SZU
+
|Sihltal-Zürich-Uetliberg-Bahn
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|TDR
+
|trans regio Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|THURBO
+
|THURBO AG
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|TL
+
|Transport de la région Lausannoise
+
|No
+
|-
+
|TMR
+
|Transports de Martigny et Régions SA
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|TN
+
|Transports publics du littoral Neuchâtelois
+
|No
+
|-
+
|TPC
+
|Transports Publics du Chablais
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|TPF
+
|Transports Publics Fribourgeois
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|TRAVYS
+
|Transports Vallée de Joux, Yverdon-les-Bains, Ste. Croix
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|TRN
+
|Transports Régionaux Neuchâteloises SA
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|UBB
+
|Usedomer Bäder-Bahn
+
|Barth - Züssow: Yes<br>Peenemünde - Zinnowitz: No<br>Zinnowitz - Swinoujscie: No<br>Züssow - Zinnowitz: No
+
|-
+
|URh
+
|Schifffahrt Untersee und Rhein
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|VBG
+
|Vogtlandbahn GmbH
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|VBK
+
|Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH (city tram)
+
|No
+
|-
+
|vectus
+
|Vectus Verkehrsgesellschaft
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|VIAS
+
|VIAS GmbH (Odenwaldbahn)
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|VNJ
+
|Vestbanen (Varde-Nørre Nebel Jernbane)
+
|No
+
|-
+
|VR
+
|VR Yhtymä Oy
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|WAB
+
|Wengernalpbahn
+
|No
+
|-
+
|WB
+
|Waldenburgerbahn
+
|Discount
+
|-
+
|WB
+
|WestfalenBahn
+
|Yes
+
|-
+
|WEBA
+
|Westerwaldbahn GmbH
+
|No
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|WEG
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|Württembergische Eisenbahngesellschaft
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|No
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|WFB
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|DBAG WestFrankenBahn
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|Yes
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|WLB
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|Wiener Lokalbahnen
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|No
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|WSB
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|Wynental- und Suhrentalbahn
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|Discount
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|ZB
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|Die Zentralbahn
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|Yes
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|-
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|ZB
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|Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe AG
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|No
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|-
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|ZD
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|Zeleznice Desna (Connex Morava)
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|No
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|-
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|ZFBH
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|Zeljeznice Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine
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|Yes
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|-
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|ZRS
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|Zeljeznice Republice Srpske
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|Yes
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|-
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|ZSG
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|Zürichsee Schifffahrtsgesellschaft
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|Discount
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|-
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|
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|ÁEV narrow gauge lines
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|No
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|-
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|
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|Agilis (BeNEX GmbH)
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|Yes
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|-
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|
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|AS GoRail
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|No
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|-
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|
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|Balearia
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|Barcelona - Balearic Islands: Discount<br>Between Balearic Islands: Discount<br>Denia - Formentera: Discount<br>Denia - Ibiza: Discount<br>Mallorca - Valencia: Discount
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|-
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|
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|BDWM Transport AG
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|No
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|-
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|
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|Blue Star Ferries
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|Discount (Adriatic crossing with Superfast Ferries required)
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|-
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|
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|Chic Outlet Shopping Express Bus
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|Yes
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|
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|Chiemseebahn
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|No
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|-
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|
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|Color Line
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|Denmark: Discount<br>Norway: Discount
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|-
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|
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|Donauschiffahrt Wurm & Köck
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|Linz - Passau: Discount
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|-
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|
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|Edelaraudtee
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|No
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|-
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|
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|Elektriraudtee
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|No
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|
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|EuskoTren (former FV/ET)
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|No
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|-
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|
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|Finnlines
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|Germany: Discount<br>Poland: Discount<br>Finland: Discount only to/from Germany or Poland<br>Sweden: Discount only to/from Germany
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|-
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|
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|Grimaldi Lines
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|Barcelona - Civitavecchia: Discount<br>Barcelona - Livorno: Discount<br>Morocco: Discount<br>Spain: Discount
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|
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|Höhenbahn Schoberboden - Reißeck-Seenplateau
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|No
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|-
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|
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|Irish Ferries
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|Discount
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|-
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|
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|Le Petit Train de la Rhune
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|No
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|Ligne de Cerdagne
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|Yes
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|-
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|Ligne de Savoie
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|Yes
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|MÁV narrow gauge lines
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|Yes
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|Minoan Lines
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|International: Yes<br>Domestic: Discount (Adriatic crossing with same company required)
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|Regio-Bahn GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|Saarbahn GmbH
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|Saarbrücken Hbf - Sarreguemines: Yes<br>Walpershofen - Saarbrücken Hbf: No
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|-
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|S-Bahn Berlin GmbH
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|Yes
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|-
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|Scandlines
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|Denmark: Yes<br>Sweden: Yes<br>West Germany: Yes
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|-
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|
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|Stena Line
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|Great Britain: Discount<br>Ireland: Discount
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|-
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|
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|Superfast Ferries
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|Yes
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|-
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|
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|Tallink Silja Oy
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|Finland: Discount<br>Germany: Discount<br>Sweden: Discount only on domestic routes or to/from Finland<br>Estonia: Discount only to/from Finland
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|-
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|
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|Veljekset Salmela
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|Kemi/Tornio - Haparanda: Yes
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|-
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|Viamont
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|No
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|-
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|Viking Line
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|Helsinki - Mariehamn: Discount<br>Mariehamn - Stockholm: Discount<br>Turku - Langnäs - Stockholm: Discount<br>Turku - Mariehamn: Discount
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|Wendelsteinbahn GmbH
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|No
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|}
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===Reservations===  
 
===Reservations===  
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The complete list of trains with compulsory reservation you can find at InterRail website [http://www.interrailnet.com/planning/train-seat-reservations].
 
The complete list of trains with compulsory reservation you can find at InterRail website [http://www.interrailnet.com/planning/train-seat-reservations].
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Detailed city to city connections are listed on the Raildude [http://www.raildude.com/en/eurail-train-connections] website. Showing the exact reservation fees and always options to avoid them by using other connections with reservation free train types.
  
 
===Ferries===
 
===Ferries===
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==InterRail==
 
==InterRail==
  
The '''InterRail''' [http://www.interrailnet.com/] pass allows any person who has been a legal resident in Europe or any of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia for at least six consecutive months ('''not travelling on a visa, or military personnel living on a base'''), to travel throughout Europe by train.  
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The '''InterRail''' [http://www.interrailnet.com/] pass allows any person who has been a legal resident in Europe (so not ''just'' the EU!) or any of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia for at least six consecutive months ('''not travelling on a visa, or military personnel living on a base'''), to travel throughout Europe by train.  
  
 
===Types and prices===
 
===Types and prices===
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The actual pass is a booklet the size of an airline ticket, each page filled with rows and columns.  The front page will state the validity of the ticket (zones and time) and your personal details, which must match the ID you are using (usually a passport).  Using it is very easy: whenever you board a train, write down date and time, where you're going from, where you're going to, seat or couchette, and the train number.  When the conductors come to check tickets, show them the pass and they'll (usually) stamp that row.  That's it!  If you manage to run out of pages &mdash; a sign that you're travelling way too much &mdash; you can get extra ones added on at any larger train station.  Your InterRail pass cannot be refunded if lost or stolen, so guard it carefully!
 
The actual pass is a booklet the size of an airline ticket, each page filled with rows and columns.  The front page will state the validity of the ticket (zones and time) and your personal details, which must match the ID you are using (usually a passport).  Using it is very easy: whenever you board a train, write down date and time, where you're going from, where you're going to, seat or couchette, and the train number.  When the conductors come to check tickets, show them the pass and they'll (usually) stamp that row.  That's it!  If you manage to run out of pages &mdash; a sign that you're travelling way too much &mdash; you can get extra ones added on at any larger train station.  Your InterRail pass cannot be refunded if lost or stolen, so guard it carefully!
  
Also note the one big exception of InterRail: '''travel in your home country is not included'''.  Most countries do, however, grant a 50% discount for the trip to the nearest border.  The same discount also applies if traveling from zone to zone through a country outside the pass.
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Also note the one big exception of InterRail: '''travel in your home country is not included''' [http://www.raildude.com/en/interrail-country-of-residence].  Most countries do, however, grant a 50% discount for the trip to the nearest border.  The same discount also applies if traveling from zone to zone through a country outside the pass.
 
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==Eurail==
 
==Eurail==
'''Eurail''' [http://www.eurail.com] is a variety of rail passes which cover travel in a total of 22 countries in Europe: Austria (including Liechtenstein), Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France (including Monaco), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
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'''Eurail''' [http://www.eurail.com] is a variety of rail passes which cover travel in a total of 23 countries in Europe: Austria (including Liechtenstein), Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France (including Monaco), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
  
 
Intended for foreign visitors to Europe, the pass is similar in scope to Inter Rail, which is exclusively for European residents.  Eurail Passes and Eurail tickets may not be sold to residents of European countries, Turkey, Russia, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
 
Intended for foreign visitors to Europe, the pass is similar in scope to Inter Rail, which is exclusively for European residents.  Eurail Passes and Eurail tickets may not be sold to residents of European countries, Turkey, Russia, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
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==See also==
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* [http://wwvr.org/rail Rail Europe]
  
 
===Eurail Global Pass===
 
===Eurail Global Pass===
The '''Global Pass''' covers unlimited travel in all 22 countries. They are available in fixed-length versions of 15 or 21 days, and 1, 2, or 3 months of consecutive-day travel, or Flexipass, that allows the passenger to choose 10 or 15 non-consecutive days of travel within a period of 2 months.  
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The '''Global Pass''' covers unlimited travel in all 23 countries. They are available in fixed-length versions of 15 or 21 days, and 1, 2, or 3 months of consecutive-day travel, or Flexipass, that allows the passenger to choose 10 or 15 non-consecutive days of travel within a period of 2 months.  
  
 
* '''Global Pass Adult''', for first class travel
 
* '''Global Pass Adult''', for first class travel
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For 3-10 days of travel in a 2 month period between two bordering countries connected by train or ship.
 
For 3-10 days of travel in a 2 month period between two bordering countries connected by train or ship.
  
Available combinations are: Austria-Croatia/Slovenia, Austria-Czechia, Austria-Germany, Austria-Hungary, Austria-Switzerland, Benelux-France, Benelux-Germany, Croatia/Slovenia-Hungary, Denmark-Germany, France-Germany, France-Italy, France-Spain, France-Switzerland, Germany-Switzerland, Greece-Italy, Hungary-Romania, Italy-Spain, Portugal-Spain.
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Available combinations are: Austria-Croatia/Slovenia, Austria-Czech Republic, Austria-Germany, Austria-Hungary, Austria-Switzerland, Benelux-France, Benelux-Germany, Croatia/Slovenia-Hungary, Denmark-Germany, France-Germany, France-Italy, France-Spain, France-Switzerland, Germany-Switzerland, Greece-Italy, Hungary-Romania, Italy-Spain, Portugal-Spain.
  
 
===Eurail National Pass===
 
===Eurail National Pass===
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===Costs===
 
===Costs===
  
Pricing naturally depends on the exact variation: a flexible 5-day 3-country Youth Select Pass starts at $265, a consecutive 15-day Global Youth pass can be yours for $415, while a "travel as much as you can" consecutive three-month 1st-class pass would set you back a whopping $1789.
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Pricing naturally depends on the exact variation: a flexible 5-day 3-country Youth Select Pass starts at $265, a consecutive 15-day Global Youth pass can be yours for $415, while a "travel as much as you can" consecutive three-month 1st-class pass would set you back a whopping $1789.
  
 
There are no Senior rates for Global or Select passes, but '''Senior rail passes''' are sold for specific countries or regions -- France, the Balkans and Scandinavia. These passes are available in 1st-class only, and cost little more than 2nd-class passes.
 
There are no Senior rates for Global or Select passes, but '''Senior rail passes''' are sold for specific countries or regions -- France, the Balkans and Scandinavia. These passes are available in 1st-class only, and cost little more than 2nd-class passes.
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Unlike Inter Rail, there are no limitations regarding the starting country, and there are no discounts for travel outside the selected zones.
 
Unlike Inter Rail, there are no limitations regarding the starting country, and there are no discounts for travel outside the selected zones.
 
  
 
==Balkan Flexipass ==
 
==Balkan Flexipass ==
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==National passes==
 
==National passes==
  
Some countries, for example Britain, Czechia, Germany and Switzerland, offer they own one-country pass. See train travel section of the concrete country for more information.
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Some countries, for example, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland offer their own one-country pass. See train travel section of the specific country for more information.
  
 
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One page of an Inter Rail ticket

To save money on a multiple destination trip you may want to look into purchasing InterRail, Eurail or some of regional passes. "Interrailing" is less popular in these days of discount airlines and various affordable air passes, but it remains a uniquely flexible way to travel — you can literally arrive at a city, decide you don't like the look of it, and zoom off on the next train out. This makes it a great way to get a feel for a large region, especially when heading out into the countryside. Do not, however, fall into the trap of traveling so continuously that all you see is a blur of railway stations.

Rail passes work just like tickets. After validating the pass, the pass holder is free to board any train that does not require reservations and is within the area/countries specified on the pass.

Contents

General info

Validity

In general, passes are valid only on trains operated by national rail companies. In some countries (Italy, Spain and Switzerland in particular) you'll find regional or private companies that don't accept InterRail or Eurail passes, although many of them offer up to 50% discount for passholders. See Interrail and Eurail websites for complete list of train operators accepting passes.

Reservations

Extra fees can apply for making reservations, fast trains, couchettes and sleepers. The exact rules vary by country and can be very complex, so ask in advance, but a rule of thumb is that anything which requires a reservation in advance (shown with a black [R] in a box in schedules) will require a surcharge. In peak season on popular routes seat reservations are definitely worthwhile.

If travelling overnight, the token fees for couchettes (usually less than €20) are well worth the price.

High-speed trains such as TGV, Thalys, ICE (only lines to France), Eurostar Italia, Cisalpino, X2000, AVE and Talgo 200, may require pass holders to pay supplements. Passes are not valid on Eurostar [1] crossings between UK and France or Belgium, but a discounted Passholder Fare applies to those with valid railpasses for travel in France or Belgium (departure or arrival country).

The complete list of trains with compulsory reservation you can find at InterRail website [2]. Detailed city to city connections are listed on the Raildude [3] website. Showing the exact reservation fees and always options to avoid them by using other connections with reservation free train types.

Ferries

On both InterRail and Eurail, ferries between Ireland and France, Italy and Greece as well as many ferries in the Baltic sea between Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Finland, are either free or steeply discounted. Many boat rides on Switzerland's lakes are free as well.

The exact conditions vary according to the ferry operator.

Always check the daily schedules during the specific week of travel. Some ferries cease operation in the off-season altogether, while others reduce service to one roundtrip daily, from several trips a day during peak season.

Travel days

Travel days are generally counted from midnight to midnight. There is one useful exception: If you board a direct overnight train or ferry after 7PM, your travel day will last until midnight the next day.

Quirks and caveats

Unless otherwise noted, these all apply to both Eurail and InterRail passes.

Eurail Passes cover border city stations outside their countries as well. For example, Salzburg in Austria is considered a border station of Germany and therefore is covered by German railpasses.

A vacant seat is not guaranteed unless you make a reservation.

One-month passes last longer when validated (on any day) within a 31-day month.

Passengers with 1st class passes may travel in second-class compartments at any time. Those with 2nd class passes can pay the difference (generally 50%) between 1st and 2nd point-to-point fares to upgrade to 1st.

Check the actual prices of normal point-to-point tickets, in some case your journey can be cheaper with them than with a pass. Especially in eastern European countries a pass tends to be bad value for money as the local cost of point-to-point tickets is very low.

InterRail

The InterRail [4] pass allows any person who has been a legal resident in Europe (so not just the EU!) or any of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia for at least six consecutive months (not travelling on a visa, or military personnel living on a base), to travel throughout Europe by train.

Types and prices

The previous convoluted zone system has been abolished, and there are now only two basic types:

  • The Global Pass is valid in 30 European countries, or basically all except Albania, Belarus, Estonia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. You can choose between a "continuous" pass allowing unlimited travel during 15 consecutive days, 22 consecutive days or one month, or passes allowing either 5 days of travel in 10 days or 10 days of travel in 22 days.
  • The One Country Pass (formerly EuroDomino) is limited to one country only. It allow you to travel in 3, 4, 6 or 8 travel days within one month.

Every type has a variant for travelling in 1st and 2nd class. There are discounted passes:

  • Child Pass (50% discount) - for children from 4 to 11 years
  • Youth Pass (30-40% discount) - for youths from 12 to 25 years. Available only in 2nd class variant.
  • Senior Pass (10% discount) - for seniors over 60 years. Available only for Global pass.

Children under 4 years can travel free.

The price for Global range from €169 for 5-in-10 2nd class Youth pass to €929 for 1 month 1st class adult pass. The one country pass prices vary more from country to country.

Rules of use

The actual pass is a booklet the size of an airline ticket, each page filled with rows and columns. The front page will state the validity of the ticket (zones and time) and your personal details, which must match the ID you are using (usually a passport). Using it is very easy: whenever you board a train, write down date and time, where you're going from, where you're going to, seat or couchette, and the train number. When the conductors come to check tickets, show them the pass and they'll (usually) stamp that row. That's it! If you manage to run out of pages — a sign that you're travelling way too much — you can get extra ones added on at any larger train station. Your InterRail pass cannot be refunded if lost or stolen, so guard it carefully!

Also note the one big exception of InterRail: travel in your home country is not included [5]. Most countries do, however, grant a 50% discount for the trip to the nearest border. The same discount also applies if traveling from zone to zone through a country outside the pass.

Eurail

Eurail [6] is a variety of rail passes which cover travel in a total of 23 countries in Europe: Austria (including Liechtenstein), Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France (including Monaco), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Intended for foreign visitors to Europe, the pass is similar in scope to Inter Rail, which is exclusively for European residents. Eurail Passes and Eurail tickets may not be sold to residents of European countries, Turkey, Russia, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

See also

Eurail Global Pass

The Global Pass covers unlimited travel in all 23 countries. They are available in fixed-length versions of 15 or 21 days, and 1, 2, or 3 months of consecutive-day travel, or Flexipass, that allows the passenger to choose 10 or 15 non-consecutive days of travel within a period of 2 months.

  • Global Pass Adult, for first class travel
  • Global Pass Child, for first class travel to children between age 4 and 11, cost half of adult pass
  • Global Pass Saver, for two or more people traveling together in first class (15% discount of adult pass)
  • Global Pass Youth, for second class travel to young people between age 12 and 25 (must be under 26 on the first day of use)

Eurail Select pass

The Select pass allows you unlimited travel in 3, 4 or 5 adjoining countries for 5, 6, 8, 10, or 15 travel days in a 2-month period (the 15-days version is only available for 5 countries).

Eurail Regional Pass

For 3-10 days of travel in a 2 month period between two bordering countries connected by train or ship.

Available combinations are: Austria-Croatia/Slovenia, Austria-Czech Republic, Austria-Germany, Austria-Hungary, Austria-Switzerland, Benelux-France, Benelux-Germany, Croatia/Slovenia-Hungary, Denmark-Germany, France-Germany, France-Italy, France-Spain, France-Switzerland, Germany-Switzerland, Greece-Italy, Hungary-Romania, Italy-Spain, Portugal-Spain.

Eurail National Pass

National passes are valid in one of the following countries: Benelux, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden.

The following are counted as one country for the Select Passes and National Passes:

  • Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg
  • Slovenia and Croatia
  • Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro
  • France and Monaco
  • Austria and Liechtenstein

Costs

Pricing naturally depends on the exact variation: a flexible 5-day 3-country Youth Select Pass starts at $265, a consecutive 15-day Global Youth pass can be yours for $415, while a "travel as much as you can" consecutive three-month 1st-class pass would set you back a whopping $1789.

There are no Senior rates for Global or Select passes, but Senior rail passes are sold for specific countries or regions -- France, the Balkans and Scandinavia. These passes are available in 1st-class only, and cost little more than 2nd-class passes.

Prices usually rise every new year to reflect the changes in exchange rate and point-to-point fares, but as passes are generally valid for six months from date of issue to first day of travel, if you got your travel plans fixed it would make sense to buy passes in December, yet travel as late as June of the following year.

Passes are 85% refundable if cancelled before being validated, but after validation no refund is available for unused days of travel. Customers are offered an optional pass protection, which allows refund of point-to-point tickets bought within the scope of the pass in case the pass is lost or stolen.

Children under 4 travel free, except if a reservation for a separate seat is requested. Children 4-11 receive 50% off any Adult pass when accompanied by an adult with the same pass.


Rules of use

Passes must be validated by a railway agent prior to first day of use. Holders of non-consecutive days passes should mark the date in the appropriate box before boarding a train or ship for the first time each day.

Unlike Inter Rail, there are no limitations regarding the starting country, and there are no discounts for travel outside the selected zones.

Balkan Flexipass

Although the slow and infrequent trains are by no means the most efficient way of traveling in the Balkans (this is by any standard of the bus), it is one of the more comfortable and scenic.

The Balkan Flexipass allows unlimited rail travel for 5, 10, 15 days of rail travel in a 1 month period in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey (including the Asian part). You can buy the Balkan Flexipass at train stations in the countries mentioned [7] or, much more expensive, on the web.

Caveat is that trains in the Balkans are already really cheap and that it only pays off for longer distances.


National passes

Some countries, for example, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland offer their own one-country pass. See train travel section of the specific country for more information.

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