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- What is Interrail and who is eligible?
- Types of Interrail Pass
- Should I get a pass or point to point tickets?
- Do I need seat reservations with my pass?
- Are there any restrictions on Interrail pass?
- How do I use my Interrail pass on Overnight trains?
- What other benefits does Interrail pass provide?
- Terms and conditions applying to Interrail bookings
What is Interrail and who is eligible?
An Interrail pass is a rail pass that lets you explore Europe by train. You can either choose a Global Pass, allowing you to explore up to 30 European countries, or a One Country Pass if you want to travel around one country.
You must be a European or Russian Confederation citizen to travel on an Interrail Pass. Passes are also available for non-European citizens who officially live in one of the European countries and can prove this by residence documents issued by the government. Persons not belonging to any of the groups defined before cannot purchase an Interrail Rail Pass, but must purchase a Eurail Pass on this website.’
Types of Interrail Pass
Choose the Interrail option that suits you: With a Global pass travel in up to 30 countries, with a One Country Pass explore a country of choice.
Global Pass: Find out more about Interrail Global pass
One Country Pass: Find out more about Interrail One country pass
Interrail Pass fares vary depending on your destination, the formula selected and your traveller profile: Child, Young person, Adult or Senior. Special fares are available:
- Children fare: (4-12 years) : Enjoy a rate of 0 € for children traveling with an adult (limited to 2 children per adult, beyond that the child can benefit of a young fare) The Children Pass must be booked at the same time as the adult pass.
- . Youth Fare (12-27 years) : Use your pass to enjoy preferential rates for 1st or 2nd class fares.
- Adult fare: Enjoy a travel flexibly. Travel on first or second class. This rate varies according to the comfort class chosen.
- Senior fare (Over 60 years): Enjoy flexible travel. Travel on first or second class. This rate varies according to the comfort class chosen.
If the criteria of your choice are not available for your age category, book an Adult Pass for access to all travel classes.
The price of the Interrail Pass does not include bookings or compulsory supplements to travel on certain trains.
Should I get a pass or point to point tickets?
If you are intending to travel to several places across Europe or in one country by train, you may want to consider an Interrail pass.
Compulsory reservations: A reservation is a guaranteed seat on a specific train. For some trains in Europe a reservation is mandatory, meaning you need it to board the train. Train reservation fees aren't included in your pass.
You also get free or discounted travel on European buses and ferries with your Interrail pass.
If you want to compare the cost of a pass+reservations against the cost of normal tickets, please either call our advisors on 0844 848 5848*, or visit the InterRail passes page.
*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge
Do I need seat reservations with my pass?
Some trains in Europe require a seat reservation to be booked. If you think of a point to point fare as comprising two parts, the main fare and the reservation supplement, the Interrail pass will cover the fare but not the reservation supplement. Reservations can be booked 3 months in advance. The sooner you book, the more chance you have of getting a seat.
If you take an overnight service, there is usually a variety of overnight sleeping accommodation, and the supplementary cost can be different for the different types.
You are able to book your Interrail pass seat reservations online by using the Rail Passes tab on the booking form and choosing ‘Seat Reservation’ and entering journey details.
Please be aware that this fare is only valid in conjunction with a valid Interrail pass.
Are there any restrictions on Interrail pass?
The pass cannot be used in your country of residence. You must also be a European or Russian Confederation citizen to travel on an Interrail Pass. Passes are also available for non-European citizens who officially live in one of the European countries provided they can prove this by residence documents issued by the government. There are a few carriers who have chosen to opt out of the Interrail scheme. If you wanted to travel on one of these, you would need to purchase a point to point ticket.
These services are:
• Thello - overnight Paris-Italy
• Italo - high speed trains in Italy (TrenItalia's services do have passholder reservations)
In addition, there are some services that offer only a discounted passholder fare, rather than a reservation supplement.
• Eurostar (services between London and Paris, Brussels and Lille)
• Thalys (services between France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany)
• TGV France-Italy
• France Spain High Speed
• TGV/ICE Paris-Germany services
On these trains, it’s worth checking to see whether there are any normal fares available at a lower cost than the passholder fares.
How do I use my Interrail pass on Overnight trains?
When using an overnight train with an Interrail pass, it depends on the departure time as to how many days of the pass you need to use.
- If the service departs before 7pm, then you need to enter both the date of departure and the date of arrival on the pass, using two days’ of travel.
- If the service leaves after 7pm, and arrives at your destination after 4am, then you just enter the date of arrival, using only one travel day.
This rule does not apply for a departure after 7pm on the day before the start of your pass validity. For example, if your service departs at 18:15 on 21st January, then you would need to enter 21/01 and 22/01 on you pass. However, if the service departs at 19:15 on 21st January, then you would only enter 22/01 on your pass.
Please note that this rule does not apply on the last date of validity, when all travel must be completed by midnight.
What other benefits does Interrail pass provide?
In some countries, you’ll find your pass giving you additional benefits.
These can include:
- Discounted ferry travel
- Bus journeys
- Discounts on accommodation
- Free or discounted entry to certain museums
You’ll receive a guide with your pass to detail these additional benefits.