People love Eurail passes for their convenience. But they are often not the best deal. You can book tickets directly from European railway websites and print tickets before leaving home.
Austria (ÖBB): www.oebb.at
Czech Republic (CD): www.cd.cz
Dutch Railways: www.ns.nl
Finland (VR): www.vr.fi
France (SNCF) www.voyages-sncf.com
Germany (Die Bahn): www.bahn.de
Great Britain (all rail operators): www.nationalrail.co.uk
Hungary (MAV): www.mav.hu
Italy (Trenitalia): www.trenitalia.com
Ireland (Iarnród Éireann): www.irishrail.ie
Poland (PKP): www.pkp.pl
Spain (Renfe): www.renfe.com
It also pays to book early for major discounts. Long distance trips often require early reservations. To compete with discount airlines, railways now offer specials that sell out quickly.