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1. Posted by gap512 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I am having difficulty getting an answer to this question, or a consistent answer anyway. I am getting conflicting answers from the various websites that sell Eurail and Interail. I am wondering if someone has actually had experience with this situation.

I want to purchase 2 rail passes, a Eurail for myself (I am traveling from the US). My friend has been in Spain for 8 months with a student visa. I would like to buy a Eurail pass for him also. However, I have been told that he must buy an interail pass because he has been in Spain for longer than 6 months. Others have told me that he would be able to use a Eurail pass as long as he has a non-European passport.

I know that he is "eligible" for an interail pass. My question is whether he is required to use interail instead of Eurail or can he use either one? If he presents his Eurail pass and passport from a non-European country, will that be sufficient or will they pay attention to how long he has been in the country and not allow him to travel with the Eurail pass?

Again, I know what the policy says about eligibility to purchase the interail pass. But, I want to know if it is a requirement to only use interail pass in this situation and, if so, whether it is actually enforced for someone in this situation with a student visa.

I appreciate any feedback you can provide, especially if you have had experience with this or know someone who has.


2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

If he's elligible for the InterRail pass, get that for him! InterRail is the cheaper version of Eurail. He will have to show that he's been staying in a member country in the past 6 months from the first day of travel. A passport will do that. It is not a must that European residents travel only on InterRail pass, but why get the Eurail when you can travel cheaper? :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 25, 2008, at 6:34 PM by Hien ]

3. Posted by gap512 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks :)

I may be wrong, but from what I can tell, Eurail would be cheaper overall because he will not be able to use Interrail in the country where he is living. By the time he buys indvidual tickets for within country travel (high speed train from Madrid to Barcelona and back) in addition to the Global Interrail pass, it will end up costing more than a 4 country Eurail pass. Let me know if I am missing something.

4. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

You are right about the part where he's not eligible for travel in the country of residence. However, he can purchase tickets at discounted rate (35% for Spain).