Exploring the European continent by rail provides two options: buying a railpass or purchasing tickets at train stations as you travel. Railpasses are more economical. Years ago there was only one–today there are a variety (literally hundreds) from which to choose. The 2002 Guide to European Railpasses by Rick Steves is a free 64-page guide to help you decide how to best plan your trip. Write to Rick Steves, Europe Through the Back Door, P.O. Box 2009, 130-4th Avenue North, Edmonds, Washington 98020, or visit www.rick steves.com/rail.