Interrail travellers can only use 2 of their total travel days for travelling in their home country. You can only have one outbound, and one inbound travel. So, if you’re German, for example, you can’t cross Germany throughout your trip except for when you start or finish your trip.
You can use your Interrail Global Pass to depart from, and return to your country of residence during one outbound journey and one inbound journey. These journeys will require a travel day, and your app will ask you to activate an in/outbound trip when scheduling a train within your home country. If you need more than one outbound and inbound journey, you can buy additional point-to-point tickets from your country’s rail carrier.
What is an inbound/outbound journey?
- The outbound journey can be used to travel from any location in your country of residence to the border, or an airport or port.
- The inbound journey can be used to travel from the border, or an airport or port, back to the destination in your country of residence.
You may travel with more than one train, provided the trips are made within the same day (with exception of night trains). You're not required to use your in/outbound journeys, so if you want to start your journey in another country you can simply start there with regular travel days.
What is a Country of Residence?
The country in which you live and/or have citizenship for and/or are a legal resident of is considered your country of residence. This will be displayed in the My Pass section of your app, once your Pass is added. You will have to bring official proof with you on your trip that you are a citizen or resident of that country.
Note: Your country of residency was registered in the Pass during the booking process. If you believe that your Pass has an incorrect country of residence registered, then please contact us as soon as possible.
What can be used as proof of citizenship?
Your citizenship can be proven by using a valid passport or an ID card. Train staff have the right to check your nationality, so make sure you always have your passport or ID card with you. A driving licence is not accepted as proof of citizenship.
Note: If you're travelling to the United Kingdom, or countries outside of the Schengen zone, you may require a passport and/ or a visa in order to gain entry to the country. Make sure you check the entry requirements for these countries well in advance, and prepare accordingly.
What can be used as proof of residence?
Your residence can be proved with official government-issued residency papers. This must be a valid document that clearly shows that you're an official resident of the country you live in (for example, 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.
The Spanish NIE is also accepted as a proof as residency. 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.
Mobile Pass - How do I enter my outbound and inbound dates on an Interrail Pass?
The app will prompt you by asking if you wish to use your outbound or inbound journey. Once added, the journey will show up in your trip with an “Out/In” badge and then you will be allowed to make this journey in your country of residence. Your ticket for this day will also indicate that you’ve used one of these journeys.
Do I need to be online?
You need to be online to add these journeys to your Pass (but once added, you can enjoy the view and travel offline).