Eurail Planner / March 05, 2018

Interrail vs Eurail passes: the key differences between Interrail and Eurail

Travelling around Europe by rail is very popular. However, there are two categories of rail passes you can use to do this: Eurail passes and Interrail passes. In this blog post we explain the key differences between these two European rail passes.

Interrail vs Eurail passes: Who can use which pass?

Interrail passes can be used by citizens and residents of Europe - Eurail passes are for everyone else! You can see more about whether you should get an Interrail or Eurail pass here.  

Interrail vs Eurail passes: Where are the different places you can travel using your pass?

A Eurail pass lets you travel in up to 28 European countries. This is 2 fewer than Interrail's 30 countries. The difference is that Eurail doesn't cover Great Britain or Macedonia, whereas Interrail does. That said, you can actually get to London using your Eurail pass, as you can use it to get a discount on the Eurostar - read more about this in our FAQs.

Notable exclusions from both Interrail and Eurail are: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Albania, Moldova, and Russia. Other than that and what's mentioned above, pretty much every major European country is covered by both rail passes.

Interrail vs Eurail passes: What different types of pass are available?

For Interrail and Eurail, you can get ‘One Country and ‘Global passes. However, with Eurail you can also get a ‘Select pass. As you’d expect, a One Country pass lets you travel in a single country of your choosing. A Global Pass, on the other hand, lets you travel in any and all of the countries available on the Interrail or Eurail pass. As explained above, these differ very slightly. A Select pass is an in-between, which lets you travel in 2, 3, or 4 bordering countries of your choosing.

Eurail and Interrail passes also differ in how long they are valid for. Eurail passes can be bought for 1-month or 2-month periods, whereas the validity periods for Interrail passes range from 15 days to 1 month.

For all pass types, there is a discounted ‘Youth’ option (which is for anyone aged 27 or under), and you can choose between 1st and 2nd class train travel.

So, there we have it! The key differences between Interrail and Eurail passes.

Know which one you need? Then buy your Eurail or Interrail pass, and start using Eurail Planner or Interrail Planner to plan your trip now!