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1. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 10y

Here is my predicament - If I want to buy a eurail pass while traveling, I would need to get it shipped to me in a foreign country. What is the best way to receive mail while you are abroad? Can you get it sent to a certain post office and held for you there until you arrive? I don't know if I would trust my mail getting sent to a hostel and picking it up there. Or what if I need to buy a plane ticket (that won't allow for an eticket) and need a shipping address for it?

So, where do you get mail while traveling?


2. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

send your mail to the embassy or consolet

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y


Ive been receiving mail in various countries for the last 9 months now using Poste Restante. It's set up in most major post offices and they will usually hold mail up to 3 months. (it depends on the Post OFfice though, so check it).

Your mail should be addressed like this:

LAST NAME, First name
Post Office Name,
Street Address,

Depending on the country, there may be a small charge for holding the mai. FOr example, in Chile I was charged 400 pesos for any once piece of mail for any length of time, whereas here in NZ they will hold the mail for free for the first 2 weeks and it's $2.50 a week thereafter....

Anyway, its a very effective system and Ive found it invaluable on my travels! :)

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello lost again

Before email, i used to get my mail sent to post resitantes.
I think all post offices,in Europe might have them, but i am not certain, about this.
U give the person sending your mail, the address of a post resitante, and then u can pick up the mail, by presenting your id. Passport will do.


5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y


The other posters have good tips, but you better check the conditions for EUrail; if, as I suspect, they are any bit like those of Interrail, you will have to present yourself at the desk to sign it, so purchasing it while travelling will not work.


6. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 10y

All of these replies have been very helpful. Thank you!


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

If I want to buy a eurail pass while traveling, I would need to get it shipped to me in a foreign country

Bear in mind that if you are buying it online/over the phone with card, legally most places can only send stuff to teh address that the card is registered at. Sometime syou can fudge it, but "Poste Restante" is a bit of a giveaway. So you may need to send it "home" first, and get it redirected from there.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

It depends upon where you buy your Eurail pass. Are you sure that you need to have it mailed to you? Have you tried phoning the agency yet?

According to the Eurail site, they will ship to any adress worldwide if you buy online. This could be a hotel adress too.

Here is also a list of places where you might be able to buy a Eurail pass with creditcard in advance and maybe pick it up on the first day of travel: