For all Passes within Europe
- Passes do not guarantee a seat or sleeper onboard the trains. To avoid disappointment in not being able to board the desired train, it is highly recommended that seat or sleeper reservations are booked prior to departing South Africa.
- Securing your seat or sleeper reservations will ensure that you have a specific seat or sleeper onboard a specific train departure and date.
- Seats or sleeper reservations are compulsory on all high speed trains, overnight trains and scenic trains
- During the European holidays, weekends and peak hours, most trains are extremely busy and therefore seat or sleeper reservations are highly recommended.
- Seat or sleeper reservations are not included in the pass price and will be charged at an additional cost.
- A separate ticket will be issued detailing the route, date and time booked that must be used in conjunction with a pass.
- Seat or sleeper reservations cannot be refunded or exchanged.
For all BritRail Passes
- Seat reservations must be booked locally at any station
- Seat reservations are not compulsory and are not offered on all trains, except night trains
- People with permanent residence outside of the United Kingdom and Europe, for more than six months, are eligible to purchase or use any BritRail Pass.
- BritRail Passes do not cover the London Underground
- Passes must be validated within six months from date of issue by a railway official who also fills in the passport number
- Passes must be validated prior to boarding the first train or using a bus
- Passes are actual travel documents
- When you have purchased a Flexi Pass, you must correctly fill in the date of travel in the corresponding calendar box before boarding the first train of each day.
- Refunds: The pass must be presented unused and “not validated” for refund. A cancellation fees will apply to totally unused passes returned within one year of the issuing date. All rail passes are non-refundable and cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or partially used.
- A Saver Pass is valid for all persons listed on the control voucher. All parties must be present when validating a Saver Pass. After validation it is not obligatory for all persons listed on the control voucher to travel together, persons travelling separately from the group are required to purchase a full fare ticket.
- People with permanent residence outside of Europe, the Russian Federation or Turkey, for more than six months are eligible to purchase or use any rail pass within Europe.
- 7 pm rule: If a direct overnight train starts after 7pm and arrives after 4am on a validated pass, the pass holder must enter the next day’s date on the pass, provided it falls within the validity of the pass. If an overnight train starts before 7pm on a validated pass, the pass holder has to fill in two days on the pass – the starting and the arrival date.