Updated January 2019
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?
As of 2019, the Eurail pass now lets you travel in up to 31 European countries. The United Kingdom, Macedonia and Lithuania have been added. More information on that here.
This now matches the offering of the Interrail pass. And like Interrail, you can get a discount on the Eurostar – read more about this in our FAQs.
Notable exclusions from both Interrail and Eurail are: Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, 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. 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.
From 2019, the Eurail Select pass has been discontinued and the Global pass offering has been improved, with a lower price point too!
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. There’s also a 10% discount for over 60s for both Interrail and Eurail passes.
So, there we have it! The key differences between Interrail and Eurail passes.