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11. Posted by TimOrum (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

I have been to STA travel (common in london) and they sell the passes, although they are 20% more expensive(£400-£500). EURAIL will post them to me , as shipping to UK is an option when going through their web page, its around $15us - which is cheaper than the extra £100 i will pay for my ticket here. Though walking into a shop and buying a ticket seems like a better option for that amount of money........

Thanks for all you help

Tim

P.S Would also reccommend STA travel to anyone, they are real helpfull and not to expensive

P.P.S Why dont they have a proper spell checker in this web site??

12. Posted by gap512 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hi, I am wondering how this turned out for you. I posted the same question on another thread. I don't know if you are still receiving these messages but I'm hoping that you might get this and share your experience with using the Eurail pass. Did you have any problems using it with your residency status?

13. Posted by tommyh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hi,
I'm in the same position--American on a working visa in France. I'd love to take advantage of the eurail system, but I'm a little concerned about getting busted because of the residency issue.
Does anyone have any success or failure stories about using eurail with a non-EU passport that contains work visas for Europe? And/or a passport that shows that you've been in Europe for months/year(s)?
All best,
Tom

14. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 6y

Quoting tommyh

I'm in the same position--American on a working visa in France. I'd love to take advantage of the eurail system, but I'm a little concerned about getting busted because of the residency issue.
Does anyone have any success or failure stories about using eurail with a non-EU passport that contains work visas for Europe? And/or a passport that shows that you've been in Europe for months/year(s)?

You can use the InterRail pass if you have been a resident in a participating European country for at least 6 months.

Read more on the official InterRail website FAQ:

15. Posted by phildo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Sorry for the necro, hope this hasn't been addressed elsewhere.

My wife and I bought a couple of Eurail global passes planning to go on a trip in September. But it turns out she won't have the time off until November. That's where the problem comes in. I moved to Germany in the Spring and now have a residency permit. I've been living here since April 1st, but didn't get residency until June. I know that Eurail/InterRail has a 6 month residency period but it's really ambiguous as to whether it's from your date of entry or your date of residency:

Quoting "Eurail"

You are considered to be a resident of a country if you have been living
in this country for longer than 6 months on the first day on which you use
the Eurail Pass.

So this would mean I'm out of luck and should have bought an InterRail pass.

But

Quoting "InterRail"

This means that you have been a resident for at least 6 months in one of
the InterRail community members or one of the other European countries
listed in the FAQ

This seems to indicate that the time of residency is what matters and so I'm OK with Eurail until some time in December.

I've emailed Eurail and they said I would need an InterRail pass, which is unfortunate since I already have the Eurail pass.

I was posting here to get some advice. Does anyone know how strict they are with the rules here? And how familiar with the rules are they (assuming what Eurail told me is correct)? Also if I can't use the pass, has anyone ever changed out a Eurail pass for an InterRail pass since they are owned by the same company? Because the InterRail allows 2nd class purchase, we would make up for the loss of the saver discount from our Eurail purchase.

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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