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Eurail or interrail?

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1. Posted by Fantomg8 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y


I am both a French and Canadian citizen. I currently live in Canada (I lived there all my life) however I'm planning to go to Europe with a French passport. I'm wondering if I can use Eurail. I do not reside in France and never have. Even in my passport, my address is the Canadian one. So am I eligible to Eurail and if so, what documents do I need?

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Afaik, you need to be resident in one of the participating countries in order to be eligible for Interrail.

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Neither rail passes are that good value really. The best way to travel across Europe by train cheaply, is to get local services within one country and change at the borders. I've done so many local services in the past without an Inter-rail pass on the reccomendation of others who had already tried both. It saves a fortune.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Paddy has a good point, but much depends on your itinerary and the countries where you do most of your travels. Basically, the passes are worth it if you travel a lot (both frequently and in terms of distance) in western Europe. In eastern Europe, you're likely to be off cheaper buying local tickets.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

To elaborate on what bentivogli wrote: travelling frequently means spending on average between 1 and 4 hours on a train per day, depending up on which Eurail pass you bought.

The only Eurail pass I consider decent value is the 3-months continuous pass, at around 10 EUR for a day of travel it is not too bad.

But if you are determined to get the Eurail pass, all you have to do is show your passport. Either the Canadian or the French with the Canadian address will work. You can order the pass online through

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Apr-2009, at 14:43 by t_maia ]