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Receiving Interrail/Eurail Passes remotely

Travel Forums General Talk Receiving Interrail/Eurail Passes remotely

1. Posted by fen_hen (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Does anyone know whether you can get a interrail pass sent to an address that's not your home address? i think I'm going to need two passes for my trip, so I'd need a new one in Helsinki.
Has anyone done a multi-pass trip?

I have thought of a solution but suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks
Hellie

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

i think I'm going to need two passes for my trip, so I'd need a new one in Helsinki.

Urm... Just buy it in Helsinki!!

Most (but not all) countries allow non residents to buy a pass there - i`ve bought over 20 in Denmark, plus some in Lux, Ger, Slov, Nor and Pol as well as countries i`ve been living in. Providing that you have your passport, they should just fill it out with your passport number and country on it. I even have had several which they have filled in my British passport number, but put country of residence as Sweden (which it was) or Denmark, meaning i`ve had free UK travel.

If you don`t want to risk it (only certain places in Sweden for instance will sell you one without a Swedish residencey permit), have it sent to your home address - they all have to be sent to UK addresses if bought in the UK, or else they think you are fiddling the system - and get it forwarded to Helsinki. If you know you will be at a specific Hostel/friends and have booked it, confirm with them that you can send it there and pick it up when you get there.

Has anyone done a multi-pass trip?

Essentially, i had a never ending pass for about 10 years!

3. Posted by fen_hen (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Thanks!! It's amazing what the Interrail site doesn't tell you.

I did think of the latter solution. I was looking up whether hotels will accept post and deliver it to you and then I thought hang on, I'm planning on couchsurfing ya silly moo so there'll be a residential address to forward it to. Just have to get my timing right.

You seem to be interrail expert. How much do you usually have to spend on supplements? I think I'm going to be PMing you cos I've just seen where you live at the mo and that you are a couchsurfer.

Ta Gelli!!

Hellie

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Thanks!! It's amazing what the Interrail site doesn't tell you.

I`ve actually no idea what the official regulations are, but its not specifically excluded, and i`ve never come across anything which should preclude you doing so, and have rarely had a problem myself. Some places won`t sell them, but thats as much as they don`t understand the rules themselves. Sometimes you can talk them around, sometimes not.

I'm planning on couchsurfing ya silly moo so there'll be a residential address to forward it to.

Doh...

And actually, even timing is no great problem - if you do it early and just have it waiting there, you will be fine. Just start talking to somebody there a few months in advance and get to know them a bit, and they will normally be hgappy to hold it for you. I had my credit cards sent to a CSer i`d never met (but knew online) when I had my wallet stolen and needed replacements sent somewhere on my route.

You seem to be interrail expert. How much do you usually have to spend on supplements?

That comes down to how long is a piece of string... Some are cheap, some are free, some cost a shed load. Some aren`t needed in the slightest! Working out the later (and the shed load ones) helps enormously... Average at maybe 5euros ago, some are only 2-3 euros, others (such as hotel trains to spain) can be 40euros and upwards. I can probably help more on that one knowing where you are travelling or thinking about at a later stage.

Btw, also, on the 2 pass front, if a large chunk of your time will be in Eastern Europe, or one specific westen country, 2 passes may not be cheapest at all, and you may well be better of with other alternate options.