How To Use Your Interrail Pass

Rules for Interrail

Instead of fretting over which pass you need, just sit back and relax! We’ll take care of choosing the right pass for you, whether that’s choosing between:

  • Interrail passes (for European citizens and official residents) and Eurail passes (for non-European citizens):
  • A 5 in 15 pass (travelling on any 5 days within a 15-day period), a 7 in 1-month pass (travelling on any 7 days within a 1 month period) or a 10 in 1 month pass. You can also get passes for consecutive days, but unless you want to travel relentlessly every single day they’re usually not worth the extra!
  • A Youth pass (18-25 year olds) and an Adult pass (26+). If you are under 18 you can still use a Youth pass (from the age of 12) but because of rules about minimum ages in hostels, we need to speak to you first if you’re under 18 and want to book.

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Correct Passenger Details

We purchase your pass so you don’t have to, so please make sure that you provide us with correct personal details, as these will be printed on the pass! This includes your first and surname, date of birth and passport or ID card number, and you’ll need to use the same details that appear on your passport.

Once you’ve received your pass, it might also be a good idea to double-check these details in good time, so that we can enter the correct details before you head off.

The 7pm Rule

If your first trip of the day is a direct night train or ferry leaving after 7pm and arriving after 4am, you could save yourself a whole travel day! The 7pm rule means that you can choose whether you enter your departure date or your arrival date.

So, for example, if you were travelling from Vienna to Venice, this could involve a night train leaving Vienna at 21:45 and arriving in Venice at 08:12 the next day. If you then wanted to travel to Rome on the same day, you could save a travel day by entering your Vienna-Venice journey into your pass calendar on the same day as your journey to Rome!

Learn more about the details of travelling Europe by rail here.

Reservations & Ticket checks

Some European train journeys require a reservation, i.e. a guaranteed seat for one specific train. We will arrange all of this for you, and will include your travel time, coach and seat number in your travel timetable.

For train journeys that don’t require a reservation, such as Amsterdam-Berlin, we will also provide you with a list of times so you can choose to travel whenever you like!

Remember to bring your passport or ID card with you on all journeys. You’ll need to present this to the inspector alongside your pass. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have these to hand as well, or at least know exactly where you’ve put them. That’s because you’ll often find yourself travelling across borders, and the new country’s ticket inspector may check again.

For more information on seat reservations, check out our ultimate guide to Interrail reservations!

Using your pass in your home country

Until recently, Interrail passes were not valid for use in your own country – at all. However, with the new rules there is a concession which is great to know about. You are allowed one outbound and one inbound journey in your own country at the start and end of your trip, using a travel day as normal. You can travel to any airport or seaport, which means you could actually use it to travel within your own country to whichever airport you find with the cheapest flights!

Which Countries Can I Use My Pass In?

Most people choose a ‘Global Pass’ which allows you to travel to any country in Europe that Interrail operates in (this is most but not all countries in Europe) namely: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Alternatively, you can choose a one-country pass for most of the countries above. For more information on the different types of passes and tickets available, head to our ultimate guide to travelling Europe by rail.

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Filling in Your Pass

Along with your personalised travel pack with accommodation and train timetables, we’ll send you your pass, as well as an interrail map and guide. If in doubt as to how to use your pass, this guide should answer any questions you might have, but if not, we are always on hand to help!

Your pass will show the first and last date that you can use it on, but we will also include a more detailed Interrail Pass page in your travel pack. This will tell you exactly which dates and journeys to write in the travel report attached to your pass – please take care in entering these, as you may be fined for any errors. If you do happen to make a mistake on your pass and want to correct it, you will have to enter the correct details into the next travel day box. This also means that you’ll lose a travel day!

You will need to fill each journey in on your pass calendar before you board for your pass to be valid. The beauty of interrailing is that you have complete flexibility, so just in case you decide to change your plans for journeys without reservations, try to only  fill your journeys in individually, just before making them – your Euroventure pen will come in handy for this!

In the same way, for journeys without reservations, you may want to wait until you are about to travel before filling in the time of the train that you want to catch, just in case you change your mind or miss a train.

 

So what will I use on my Euroventure trip?

Luckily when you travel with us, you don’t ever need to worry about which pass to use. Our specialist software does all the work for you, by checking which is the cheapest possible way for you to travel Europe. We compare all the different passes against full fare tickets and various combinations of the two, and find the most economical option for you. This is then incorporated into our pricing, so that you only pay for the tickets you’re going to use – saving you money and time!

When you receive your pack you will also receive all the tickets and passes that you require. A detailed guide will be included, to explain which tickets you need to use when. We’ll also include a pass guide which gives you detailed instructions on how to use your Interrail Pass if you’ve got one.

Generally, your pack will include several different kinds of tickets. We double check all the packs so it’s very unlikely that you’re missing anything. To check you’ve got everything, go through this handy checklist to match up the tickets against your train times page (you’ll find this in the back of your travel booklet, with details of which type of ticket to use for each journey).

  1. 1. Interrail Pass: This will be a 5 in 15, 7 in 30 or 10 in 30 pass. It will be in a pocket complete with interrail guide.
  2. 2. Seat reservations for use with pass: For SOME journeys, you will require a reservations. Any reservations required will be included along with your pass. These will be either in A4 printed PDF format, or printed on a pink/orange DB ticket slip.
  3. 3. Full Fare tickets: You’ll need to use these for journeys not covered by your Interrail Pass. These will be either in printed PDF format, or printed on a pink/orange DB ticket slip.
  4. 4. Coach/Ferry tickets: Any ferries or coaches you’re taking will also be included in your pack – these are generally in A4 printed PDF ticket format.

 

Interested in travelling with us? Find out about our service here. If you want to travel Europe but don’t know where to start, why not check out our Ultimate guide to travelling Europe to get you started – or find out where in Europe you should travel with our destination guide.

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