Balkan Flexipass

Explore the Balkan Sates by train with one great rail pass

  • Travel on the national rail networks of Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Romania (only trains operated by REGIOTRANS), Serbia, The Serbian Entity of Bosnia Herzegovina, and Turkey
  • Freedom to take multiple train journeys per travel day
  • Issued as a paper document
  • Your choice of a 1st or 2nd class rail pass
  • Discounted Youth (under 28), and Senior (60+) passes
  • Flexible : choose where you want to go, and when
  • Travel across borders quickly and easily

WHO

WHAT


Overview

Experience the thrill of extensive train travel on the national rail networks of the Balkan countries with this convenient rail pass.

The Balkan Flexipass delivers one exciting rail ride through the cities, villages, and stunning landscapes that defined the start of European civilization : Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania (only trains operated by REGIOTRANS), Serbia, and Turkey. And the pass lets you decide where and when you want to travel—in either consecutive or non-consecutive days.

You’ll be amazed by the rugged mountain views of Bulgaria’s Balkan Peninsula and humbled by its famous monasteries. Visit Romania’s romantic medieval region of Transylvania (“The Land Beyond the Forest”), after you’ve basked in a nearby therapeutic lake or spa. Or, just mingle with the locals in Macedonia’s Old Skopje Bazaar, a bustling, cobbled-street marketplace selling Turkish teas and fine linens. Each and every location is a touchstone of archaeological, architectural, and cultural magnificence. And you can experience one or all when you get on track with the Balkan Flexipass.


Bulgarian train at station.

How does it work?

Rail Passes in 3 steps

1. Pick the right rail pass

Pick the right rail pass

Rail passes can be booked for travel in one specific country or you can choose one of a few pre-selected country/region combinations. Extensive travel plans? Try the Eurail Global Pass offering train travel in 31 different countries - including Great Britain.
Once you've selected your pass, its price will depend on the class of service selected, passenger type, and the number of rail travel days.

Use our Pass Finder

2. Reserve your seats

Reserve your seats

Traveling on local and regional trains provides you with an opportunity to freely explore. It’s easy to get on a train with your rail pass and find an open seat to enjoy the journey in. Seat reservations are required on many high speed, overnight, scenic, and international trains. It’s always a good idea to research the journey you are interested in and check for any specific seat reservation requirements.

Book Seat Reservations

3. Activate and travel

Activate and travel

Your rail pass requires that you activate it by getting it stamped at the ticket window at the departure station on the day of your first train journey. Once activated, you are all set and ready to explore.

Common Questions

Rail pass benefits

More than just trains

  •  Main discounts and bonuses in Balkan Flexipass

Ferries

  • Free sea crossings on ferries from Patras to Ancona and Bari (Italy) operated by ATTICA GROUP Superfast Ferries/ Blue Star Ferries/ANEK. Port taxes and high season supplements apply and are paid locally.
  • 30% discount on the official economy class prices from Piraus(Athens) to Heraklion, Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Syros, Tilos, Myconos, Kos, Chios, Mytilene, lipsi, Leros ,Simi, Kalymnos, Koufonissi, Donoussa, Astpalea, Ios, and Rhodes operated by ATTICA GROUP Superfast Ferries/ Blue Star Ferries.

Travel forum

From our travel community

Does a rail pass cover subways and buses in european cities? public transportation questions Does the Eurail Global pass cover public transportation in cities? Like the local subways, trains or buses.

Krista | 2012/03/15 complete | 122 Comments
How would i travel from istanbul to croatia? what city would be the easiest to get to in croatia? I would like to travel from Istanbul to Croatia by train; which city is the easiest to get to via train? Which pass would I need? How long is the ride on such route?

Angela | 2012/04/16 complete | 4 Comments
Balkan flexipass Buenas, escribo con 2 dudas importantes. soy español y me interesa el Balkan Flexipass, puedo utilizarlo o es solo para personas no-europeas? y mi otra pregunta, las reservas de asiendo son para los trenes internacionales? tendré que pagar una (...)

Dani GF | 2015/05/16 complete | 1 Comments
Greece to croatia? Hello! My 25 year old son and his girlfriend are taking a tour that starts in Budapest. However they are planning a week prior on their own. They want to see Greece and Croatia. I can not find current info if trains are operating in Greece and (...)

L | 2014/03/11 complete | 1 Comments
Istanbul to montenegro I am looking to go from Istanbul to Montenegro and then to Milan. I was suggested the Balkan flexipass. How do you book your tickets? Like from Istanbul to Montenegro? Then Montenegro to (...)

Christine Seth | 2013/05/08 complete | 1 Comments

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  • Q. I just landed in Europe. How do I get to the train station from the airport ?

  • Q. Do I need to show my passport to board the train ?

  • Q. I’ve already booked my rail pass, but think I’d like a different one. Can I exchange it ? It’s totally unused.

  • Q. Where can I store my luggage on an overnight train ?

  • Q. What happens if my train crosses an international border during the night ?

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