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Interrail & Eurail Pass

Travelling Europe by train is one of the most scenic ways to explore the countries and their countryside. Luckily, there are multiple options available to make train travel as easy and accessible as possible. There are different train passes that offer various benefits and make the trip more simple. One of the most popular passes to discover Europe by train is the Interrail pass and its equivalent Eurail pass

The following guide will provide you with all the necessary information about Interrail and Eurail passes and how to use them when travelling in Croatia by train.

What is Interrail Pass?

Interrail pass is an all-in-one rail pass for European citizens that allows unlimited train travel in and between 33 European countries for a certain period of time. It is a train ticket that gives you access to almost all trains in Europe, as well as several ferries.  

With Interrail pass, you can combine an endless amount of journeys within the participating countries and set out on a journey with all the trains reserved in advance. 

Who can use Interrail pass?

You can buy an Interrail pass if you are a resident of any of the following participating countries: Countries members of EU, Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City.

Interrail pass is divided into age categories, so you can apply for a Child Pass (up to 12 years), Youth Pass (up to 28 years), Adult Pass, and a Senior Pass (above 60 years). 

Passports, IDs, and government-issued residency documents can be used as proof of citizenship. 

Types of Interrail Pass

Depending on where you want to travel to, there are several Interrail Pass types for different travelling needs. 

Interrail One Country Pass allows you to travel within a single country. You can choose between 30 countries to explore for the period of three, four, five, six, or eight travel days within one month. This means you are allowed to travel by train as much as you want within the borders of a country and the given timeframe. 

Interrail Global Pass allows you to travel by train to two or more countries where the Interrail Pass applies, with several ferry crossings included. This means you can combine multiple train journeys within participating countries, within the given timeframe. You can choose between several validity types:

  • 4, 5 or 7 days within a month
  • 10 or 15 days within two months
  • 15 or 20 continuous days
  • 1, 2 or 3 continuous months

However, if you would like to have more than a train reservation in advance, there are different Interrail Pass packages for travellers that can help you get the ultimate carefree travel experience. These are pre-designed travel itineraries that include all train seat reservations, accommodation, discounts for sightseeing, and much more. 

People at the train station

What is Eurail Pass?

Eurail is an all-in-one pass similar to Interrail pass, but it applies to non-European citizens who want to explore Europe by train. The pass allows unlimited train travel within 33 European countries for a certain period of time. This type of train ticket also gives you access to almost all trains in Europe, as well as several ferries. 

With Eurail pass, you can combine an endless amount of journeys within the participating countries and set out on a journey with all the trains reserved in advance.

Who can use Eurail pass?

Unlike Interrail which applies to European residents, the Eurail pass is a sort of its equivalent for non-European citizens, i.e. for passengers who are not residents of the countries listed above in “Who can use Interrail pass?” section. 

Eurail pass is divided into four age categories, you can apply for a Child Pass (up to 12 years), Youth Pass (up to 28 years), Adult Pass, and a Senior Pass (above 60 years).

Passports, IDs, and government-issued residency documents can be used as proof of citizenship.

Types of Eurail Pass

There are different types of Eurail passes, depending on your traveling needs. These are the equivalent of Interrail pass types.

Eurail One Country Pass allows you to explore one European country of your choice. This means you can travel as much as you want within a country where the pass applies, in the given timeframe. The passes are available for three, four, five, six or eight travel days in a one-month period.

Countries in which the pass doesn’t apply are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Montenegro, and Switzerland. 

Eurail Global Pass allows you to travel by train to two or more countries where the Eurail Pass applies, with several ferry crossings included. You can combine multiple train journeys within participating countries, within the given timeframe. The passes are available for different periods of time:

  • 4, 5 or 7 days within a month
  • 10 or 15 days within two months
  • 15 or 20 continuous days
  • 1, 2 or 3 continuous months

If you want to, you can buy one of the pre-designed Eurail Pass packages that make sure your journey is as easy and carefree as possible. These packages are travel itineraries that include all train seat reservations, accommodation, discounts on attractions etc. 

How to buy a pass

The easiest way to buy your Interrail or Eurail Pass is by ordering one via the official website. There are also other websites and authorized vendors that sell it as well. The latter can differ from the official website in service and insurance prices, but the overall price is usually similar. 

You can choose between paper passes and mobile passes. Paper pass is delivered to you, there is a difference in price depending on the delivery costs. Once your paper pass arrives, you have to activate it at the ticket office of most large train stations for free.

The mobile pass arrives on Rail Planner App, so there are no additional delivery costs. Download the app to add the pass, connect the trips and activate your pass.

It is also possible to buy a pass at some train stations in Europe, but this service will cost you more. 

Planning a trip with Interrail & Eurail Passes

So, how do you plan your journey with Interrail or Eurail pass? Here are a few initial steps to make your Interrail/Eurail planning easier:

Step 1 – Choose the destination

The first and most important step is to pick the destination. Think of the entire journey and all the places you would like to visit. Pick the timeframe for your journey. If you’re not going to choose one of the pre-designed packages, make sure you book your accommodation in advance. 

Step 2 – Choose the Pass

Pick the best type of pass for you. This will depend on the previous step, as well as your citizenship and age. 

Step 3 – Make a reservation

The next step is to make train reservations. Most trains covered by Interrail and Eurail pass won’t require a seat reservation, so you can avoid an extra fee. However, seat reservations are not included in the Interrail/Eurail pass, you need to book them separately. The average prices range from €10 to €20. The seat reservation price within Croatia is usually about €4. 

You can make reservations online, via the app, or at the train station. You can book reservations from 3 months to 1 hour in advance (if booking online), but it is always good to book earlier so as not to run out of seats. 

Step 4 – Use the App for help

Once you embark on your journey, the Rail Planner App can be a helpful tool. You can plan the entire journey, access timetables offline, book reservations, and look for additional discounts. Moreover, you can access city guides, suggested routes, and other helpful content. 

Family at the train station

Interrail & Eurail prices

Prices of Interrail and Eurail vary depending on the type of pass you buy. It also varies whether you buy an Adult Pass, Youth Pass, or Senior Pass. In all cases, Child Pass is free, two children per adult can travel for free

Generally, One Country passes differ from country to country. We will present prices of adult and youth One Country Pass for Croatia. Also, we will present prices for an Adult and Youth Interrail and Eurail Global Pass valid for 2021.

Please note that prices could change in the meantime, we will update them accordingly, but you can also check the official website for more information.

Interrail Croatia Pass

Interrail Croatia Pass1st class2nd class
AdultYouthAdultYouth
3 days in 1 month€78€62€59€51
4 days in 1 month€99€79€74€64
5 days in 1 month€119€95€89€77
6 days in 1 month€139€111€104€90
8 days in 1 month€176€141€132€114

Interrail Global Pass

Interrail Global Pass1st class2nd class
AdultYouthAdultYouth
4 days in 1 month€328€246€246€185
5 days in 1 month€376€282€282€212
7 days in 1 month€446€335€335€251
10 days in 2 months€434€401€401€301
15 days in 2 months€657€493€493€370
15 continuous days€590€443€443€332
22 continuous days€690€518€518€389
1 month€893€670€670€503
2 months€975€731€731€548
3 months€1202€902€902€677

Eurail Croatia Pass

Eurail Croatia Pass1st class2nd class
AdultYouthAdultYouth
3 days in 1 month$94$74$71$61
4 days in 1 month$119$95$89$77
5 days in 1 month$143$114$107$92
6 days in 1 month$167$133$125$108
8 days in 1 month$211$169$158$137

Eurail Global Pass

Eurail Global Pass1st class2nd class
AdultYouthAdultYouth
4 days in 1 month$394$295$295$222
5 days in 1 month$451$338$338$254
7 days in 1 month$535$402$402$301
10 days in 2 months$641$481$481$361
15 days in 2 months$788$592$592$444
15 continuous days$708$532$532$398
22 continuous days$828$622$622$467
1 month$1072$804$804$604
2 months$1170$877$877$658
3 months$1442$1082$1082$812

Discounts & special offers

Besides the already mentioned discounts for children, youth and seniors, Interrail and Eurail passes provide some additional discounts and benefits to the passengers. These benefits depend on the type of pass you have, as well as the country you decide to visit. 

Multiple European countries offer benefits such as discounts on bike rentals, accommodation, guided tours, drinks & food, luggage storage, and roaming SIM card. Moreover, each country has its own benefits that it offers to travelers.

Possession of the pass provides discounts for City Cards which include discounted attractions and other benefits while visiting a city. 

Also, subscribing to an Interrail newsletter can give you the most up-to-date information and extra special offers. 

young couple at the train station

Interrail & Eurail in Croatia

If you choose to visit Croatia by train, now you know you can do it with Interrail and Eurail passes. Although trains can’t take you all over the country and to the popular cities such as Dubrovnik, it certainly provides you with the unique opportunity to discover the beauties of the Croatian countryside. Below is the list of the most popular train routes in Croatia you can travel with Interrail and Eurail passes.

Zagreb – Split

Split – Zagreb

Zagreb – Osijek

Zagreb – Rijeka

Rijeka – Split

Split – Sibenik

Interrail & Eurail Pass FAQs

Is there an age limit for Interrail/Eurail pass?

No, there is no limit to buying an Interrail or Eurail pass. However, children up to 12 years of age can travel for free if accompanied by an adult. Also, different age groups can buy different pass types, check them in the text above.

Is there a difference between Interrail and Eurail?

The main difference between Interrail and Eurail passes is citizenship. Interrail is for European citizens and Eurail is for non-European citizens. Other than this, there are no big differences between the passes. 

Can I use Interrail in the UK?

Yes, you can still use the Interrail pass in the UK, despite Brexit.

Is Eurostar included in Interrail?

Yes, Interrail and Eurail Global Passes include travelling with Eurostar. Seat reservations for this train are mandatory and need to be done 6 months in advance. 

What countries are included in Interrail/Eurail pass?

As already mentioned in the text, countries that are covered by the passes are: Countries members of EU, Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City.

There are some differences depending on the type of pass, so we suggest you check when choosing the pass.

Does Interrail/Eurail pass include ferries and buses?

Yes, Interrail and Eurail Global Passes include several ferry connections. Also, some One Country Passes include buses or discounts for buses.

Can you use an Interrail pass in your own country?

You can use the Interrail Global Pass in your country for one outbound journey and one inbound journey anytime during your travel days. If you want to travel more than one journey, you need to buy point-to-point tickets from your country’s train company.

What is a ‘travel day’ with Interrail/Eurail?

A travel day is counted from 00:00 to 23:59 of the same day. 

How much is an Interrail/Eurail pass?

The price of the passes depends on the age group and pass type, check out the table of prices in the text above.

Is it cheaper to buy Interrail/Eurail passes at the train stations or online?

Usually, buying the pass online is cheaper than buying it at the train stations.