Do I need a Eurail or an Interrail pass?

A Eurail pass can only be used by non-European citizens or residents. European citizens can use an Interrail pass instead, available from Interrail.eu. If you are not a European citizen but you can prove that you reside in Europe, you can also choose to use an Interrail pass.

Complete list of nationalities eligible for a Eurail pass.

What can be used as proof of citizenship?
Your citizenship can be proved using a valid passport or an ID card. An ID card in this case is classed as an ID document that allows you to travel across borders. Train staff have the right to check your nationality, so make sure you always have your passport or ID card with you.

A driving license is not accepted as proof of citizenship.

What can be used as proof of residence?
If you're living in Europe and want to travel with an Interrail pass instead, you need to prove your residence with official government-issued residency papers. This must be a document that clearly shows that you are a resident of the country you live in (e.g. a residence card).

Your proof of residence will be accepted if:

  • It is issued by the government.

  • It is valid for the entire duration of your Interrail trip.

  • It has an official mark or stamp from the issuing body.

  • It clearly states the issuing country.

  • It clearly states your name.

Documents such as bills, rental contracts or bank statements cannot be used. Travel visas and the residency field of a passport are also not accepted as proof of residency.

Eurail and Interrail pass holders can travel together, but keep in mind that the Interrail Global Pass is valid in more countries than the Eurail Global Pass.

Eurail or Interrail? Check out if any of these situations apply to you:

 

 You can use a Eurail pass. You won't be able to use an Interrail pass. You must bring proof of citizenship.

You can use either an Interrail or a Eurail pass. However, if you choose an Interrail pass, it won't be valid in your own country of residence.

Example: You are a citizen of the U.S.A., but you live in Italy. If you choose to travel with a Eurail pass, it'll be valid in all included countries. You must bring proof of U.S. citizenship. If you choose to travel with an Interrail pass, it won't be valid in Italy. You'll have to bring official proof that you live in Italy.

You can use an Interrail pass. This pass won't be valid in your own country.

Example: You're a citizen of Italy and you live in Italy. That means you can't use your Interrail pass in Italy. On your trip, you'll have to bring proof of Italian citizenship or residency.

You can use either an Interrail or a Eurail pass. However, if you choose an Interrail pass, it won't be valid in your own country.

Example: You're a citizen of France, but you live in Australia. If you choose to travel with a Eurail pass, it'll be valid in all included countries. You must bring official proof that you live in Australia. If you choose to travel with an Interrail pass, it won't be valid in France. You'll have to bring proof of French citizenship.


Please note that an Interrail pass can only be delivered to a European address.

You may use a Eurail pass if you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below:

A
Afghanistan
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Azerbaijan

 

B
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Burkina Faso
Burundi

 

C
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde Islands
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Christmas Islands
Cocos Islands
Colombia
Comoros Island
Congo
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Cuba

D
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Rep.

 

E
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia

 

F
Falkland Islands
Fiji
French Guyana
French Polynesia

 

G
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Georgia
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana

 

H
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong

 

I
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel

 

J
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan

 

K
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea (People’s Dem.Rep.)
Korea (Republic)
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

 

L
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya

 

M
Macao
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Mongolia
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar

 

N
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Mariana Islands


 

O
Oman

P
Pakistan
Palau Islands
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Puerto Rico

 

Q
Qatar

 

R
Réunion (La)
Rwanda

 

S
Samoa
São Tomé and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa (Republic)
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Syria
St. Helena
St. Kitts - Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Pierre et Miquelon
St. Vincent

 

T
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu

 

U
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan

 

V
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands (USA)

 

Y
Yemen

 

Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe
 

 

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