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1. Posted by xxpacerxx (Full Member 76 posts) 9y

Hi Everyone.

Just a quick question that i havent been able to find out. What are the differences between these two carriers? is one better than the other one?

cheers Andy

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

Interrail can only be bought by residents of Europe but the other one is for people living out of Europe, although residents of Europe can buy the Euro rail pass aswell. I think that's the main difference.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

What are the differences between these two carriers?

Just to add to Angela's comment - It's just the type of ticket. The physical trains are the same, and run by third parties anyway. Basically, Interrail is for European residents and Eurrail is for non residents.

4. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

..and both are the best thing you can buy if you wish to get to know the European Continent, but have no intention of spending one year doing so!

5. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

I keep hearing that one must be European in order to purchase the Interrail. However, I (an American) have bought it 3x in the past (90s). First time I was in Switzerland through an student summer exchange program and had a temporary work visa. Second time I was in Germany attending the Goethe Institute for 2 months. I had neither a work visa nor long-term stay visa, just my U.S. passport and ISIC Card and was able to purchase the Interrail. The third time was in Munich again with my Passport and ISIC Card. No train conductor ever questioned why I didn't have a European passport when showing my Interrail tickets. Can anyone explain this?

To the OP, the Interrail was the less expensive option (then) for me. There were occasional surcharges but they were small... ie for using the German ICE or French TGV.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 8:54 AM by Dezafinado ]

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I keep hearing that one must be European in order to purchase the Interrail.

You don't need to be a European passport holder to get an Interrail. Passport has no bearing on it whatsoever. You DO however need to be a European Resident for the last 6months in order to qualify. Meaning that an American who has been in Europe for 6months should Only be able to get an Interrrail, and not a Eurrail. Similarly, a European who has been out of Europe for 6months should not be able to use an Interrail, and instead should have a Eurrail.

Actually, it doesn't work quite like that.

Europeans can't buy Eurails within Europe (very few places sell them anyway), and can get trouble when trying to buy them abroad (mostly because of people not knowing the rules). I got an Interrail the day i got back to Europe having been away for a year - I bought over the phone anyway - but as i have a European passport that was all that mattered. It's relatively easy to fudge anyway, in most cases - I buy ones including either the British or Scandinavnain zones, depending which will be most beneficial in the following month.

Officially, i should NOT be able to get one which covers Scandinavia as i'm a sweden resident, but if i buy in the UK or over the phone with a British passport, it's easy.

In practice, it's easy enough to buy Interrails in most major cities in Europe in person, just by turning up. With an American passport, they would just assume you are resident there [I've been with friends who have done this]. I've also bought them in any number of countries, and on more than one occassion have ended up with ones which say i'm resident in a country which i have no link to (except i'm physically buying there) entirely by accident. Sometimes this has worked out well, sometimes really badly in terms of available usage and my trips that month!

No train conductor ever questioned why I didn't have a European passport when showing my Interrail tickets.

Very few conductors these days check your passport anyway. I have maybe 10IRs a year (sometimes a few more), and am constantly moving about, yet only generally get checked 3 or 4 times a year by conductors. If you have a valid Interrail (zones and dates), a fileld log and the required supplement/reservation, very few actually check that it is your details listed. I haven't been checked since October and thats the only time since i got back to Europe last June. Which is one check in my last 8tickets

7. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Gelli, that's an excellent reply. Everything is clear now.

danke mucho!

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

No problems - Glad i could help

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