Posted 9 months ago
Do you know how partnerships work ?
I am planning a trip from Paris to Rovaniemi (Finland) and saw that some tickets can be booked with Eurail while others can be booked with the website's partners (such as Viking line ferries or Omio for example).
I wanted to know if those partnerships mean I can use my eurail ticket to use these transports or if they need another booking not covered by the eurail pass ?
Thank you very much for reading me and I wish you all a lovely day :)
I take it you mean seat reservations can be booked, not tickets. I've never seen a link to Omio on the Eurail website because they are not a transport company, they are a travel agent that sells tickets for some transport companies. If a ferry company accepts Eurail (or more likely, gives a discount) it will be listed on the Eurail website. https://www.eurail.com/en/get-inspired/trains-europe/ferries Omio may sell ferry tickets but to get the Eurail discount you normally have to book direct with the ferry company.
If you are resident in Europe you cannot buy a Eurail pass, you need Interrail which is slightly different and affects travel in country of residence
Thank you for your reply :)
I meant is it possible to take ferries or other transports that are partners of Eurail/Interrail but not them ? Like if I have my pass, can I use it to use a Viking line ferry for example ? Or do I need to book another ticket and pay more ? Sorry I know it's confusing ! I made a screenshot of the journeys from Paris to Hambourg (where Eurail is presented) and from Hamburg to Stockholm where the only things shown are partners of eurail.
THank you :)
That page is from rail.cc which is not eurail/interrail. It just offers suggestions of where you can buy travel tickets and the fact that they are on the same page does not mean that they are partners of each other.
Trainlne and Omio are just travel agents that directly compete with each other.
DB is German Railways and are the actual operator for much of the journey from Paris to Hamburg (SNCF may offer similar fares but their weiste ois not so good, which is possibly why it isn't listed). SJ is Swedish state railways who operate the new night train from Hamburg to Stockholm and sell tickets for all companies in Sweden, and to Denmark. DB may also sell tickets on the SJ night train and on all day trains via Copenhagen to Stockholm.. Snälltåget is a private Swedish company that also operates a night train to Stockholm but less often. The train operators will all want you to travel via Denmark and Malmö.
Trainline and Omio might put together a package using the ferry but only if you ask for it in stages to force the route.
For train reservations for a journey with this many sections use the reservation service on the real eurail/interrail webistes and for the ferry do whatever it says on their ferry page.
Interrail/Eurail is suggested because for some journeys, especially long distance round trips, an international pass may be cheaper. If you already have a pass you shouldn't be using the rail.cc ticket booking information page at all if travelling on a valid train because at most you only need reservations. If you have a pass you should follow th elink I gave to check how to get discount on the ferry.
Interrail/Eurail is not a transport operator, it is a special company set up to market international train passes that cover more than 30 countries. They sell the passes and split the money between the operators who accept the passes.
rail.cc is out of date-it was never updated since covid outbreak-it was set up in a try to get commissions that at THAT time were still given out for train tickets to resellers-this has also ceased. Go to community.eurail.com for best advice for current situation. Always-this should be evident with using brains-it is best to first try the site of the railway concerned-and as this is divided Europe, they all set their own rules. THere are no ferries at all that accept passes for full-but many give discounts-which they often also do to any ju- or senior anyway.