Posted 5 months ago
I have a Eurail-based hiking trip coming up and I'm trying to figure out whether a paper or mobile pass will be better for me. I'll definitely be using the pass in Norway, Switzerland (and other parts of the Alps), the High Tatras (Slovakia/Poland), the Pyrenees (France/Spain), Romania, Bulgaria, and Montenegro. I've done this sort of thing in the past with a three-month continuous paper pass, and it's gone pretty well. However, the pass was held together with tape by the end and had several pages of additional trip lines attached. Also, it can be nerve-wracking when the conductors and I don't speak a common language and they walk away with the pass and don't come back for 30 minutes, which happened a lot in some countries..
So I was thinking that a mobile pass might be less stress. However, I've read about conductors in some countries not having the equipment to read the qr codes on the phones. In that case I'd have to pay the fare and try to get a refund later, which would be much more stressful.
Does anyone have experience traveling on a mobile pass in countries like Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, etc.? Not just international routes but local trains as well.