Did you experience a train delay of 60 minutes or more during your Eurail or Interrail trip? If so, you may be eligible for monetary compensation for the inconvenience caused. In this section, you can read more about our policy and how to apply for compensation.
Delay Compensation Policy
Rail carriers do their best to be always on time, but unfortunately, some trains still experience delays. We regret the inconvenience caused to you by the delays or cancellations of trains sustained during your journey with one of our rail passes. We apologise for this and would like to offer you compensation.
1. What is covered by Eurail Group G.I.E.’s delay compensation policy?
The objective of the Eurail Group G.I.E.’s delay compensation policy is to compensate you for the inconvenience caused as a result of disruptions during your trip.
The delay compensation policy applies to delays sustained while travelling with a railway company participating in the Eurail or Interrail Pass Products. The compensation policy applies to all types of Rail Passes, managed by Eurail Group G.I.E., except for Complimentary Passes.
The right to compensation does not apply if the train cancellation or delay or the missed connection is attributable to:
- circumstances beyond the scope of railway operations which the transport company could not have avoided despite exercising all due care required, according to the situation and the consequences of which it could not have averted,
- if the passenger is at fault or,
- the conduct of a third party which the transport company could not have avoided despite exercising all due care required, according to the situation and the consequences of which it could not have averted,
- limitations of the transport services as a result of strikes of which the passengers were appropriately informed.
Compensation for supplements (e.g. reservations) and reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of the sustained delay (e.g. for alternative means of transportation, accommodation, etc.) fall within carriers’ individual conditions of carriage. If received, such claims will be forwarded to the reservation agent or the provider of carriage concerned for further processing.
Compensations for delays whilst travelling with benefit partners or some of the non-railway companies participating in the portfolio are also not covered by this policy. Yet, you may qualify for compensation according to the individual terms and conditions of those carriers. Therefore, we encourage you to check the details with the provider of the service concerned.
2. When am I entitled to a delay compensation?
A delay is a difference between the time you were scheduled to arrive in accordance with the published timetable and the time of your actual or expected arrival.
If you have experienced a delay of at least 60 minutes during your trip, you qualify for compensation.
Please note that you have to address your request for compensation within three months of the end of the last day of validity of your Pass.
3. How much compensation am I entitled to?
The amount of the compensation depends on the length of each individual delay, price, and validity of your Pass. You can find the compensation table here.
Please note that the minimal compensation level is €4,00. Any compensation lower than €4,00 will not be paid by Eurail Group G.I.E. Compensations shall be paid in the form of money – in euros, through bank transfer. The maximum compensation amount is limited to 25% of the pass price.
4. How do I submit a compensation request?
Submitting a request for compensation is easy! You need to fill in an online form, which you can find at the bottom of this page, attached copies of your Pass, Travel Diary, and any other supporting documentation and submit the whole case to us.
We shall try to get back to you at our first possibility, usually within 10 working days from the date we receive your claim.
5. Further reading
Our delay compensation policy is based on Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 of the European Parliament and the Council of 23rd October 2007 on rail passengers’ rights and obligations (PRR), the General Conditions of Carriage for Rail Passengers (GCC-CIV/PRR).
6. Further assistance
If you have experienced problems whilst travelling with a Eurail or Interrail Pass and you would like to raise your issue with the Eurail Group G.I.E., you can contact our customer service department: firstname.lastname@example.org.