What is the difference between a Eurail and Interrail rail pass?

Eurail and InterRail are both rail passes, and while they are similar there is one critical difference - who can buy them. Eurail Passes are only for non-European citizens or residents. InterRail Passes are only for European citizens or residents.

Eurail Pass features include:

  • Unlimited rail travel in one or more specific countries
  • 3, 4, 5, 8 or 10 days within a 1- or 2-month period
  • Children ages 11 and under travel for FREE (one child travels free with each paying adult)
  • Saver Pass offers discounts for groups of 2-5 people traveling together on the same itinerary
  • Some trains in France and Italy require advance reservations that are not included on a rail pass
  • Youth Pass offers discounts on second class travel for passengers under 26 years of age
  • Bonuses such as free or reduced transportation on private railroads, national or international ferry crossings and buses, as well as discounts on hotel, automobile rentals, museums and other attractions

InterRail Pass features include:

  • Available in 1st and 2nd class
  • Pass prices for Adults & Children ages (4-11) and Youth travelers ages (12-21)
  • Your pass is not valid in your country of residence. When traveling on a InterRail Pass you will need to acquire train tickets separately for your own country.
  • Most high speed and night trains in Italy will require advance seat reservations, this is an additional cost to your ticket.
  • Not valid for Italian residents