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arghhh! I think i'm in trouble, with home country travel rules

  • 13 January 2022
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I live in Germany, not so far from the Dutch border. I want to travel to Italy and France this summer, but start from Amsterdam as the nightjet starts from there. I rashly booked an expensive holiday house last night, after working out that me and the family could have some fun with an Interrail ticket and visit a few places on the way. I went to book the Interrail ticket and saw the home country travel rule. Oh! Now I think it might not be possible to holiday as i’d planned so I really need your help.
 

The plan is to leave on a Wednesday, from where I live in Germany (near the Dutch border) to Amsterdam to catch the nightjet NJ40295 that evening. This goes direct to Munich overnight, arrives Thursday morning. I need to be in Munich for the connection to Milan on Thursday evening, also a nightjet, so arriving on Friday morning. Have I already reached my home country travel limit?  I mean, i’m just leaving the country, but it takes a long long time in that direction!

And I still need to get home of course, but I can do that in 1 travel day as i’ll be going home via Paris. So if you can help figure out how the outward journey can count as 1 “in home country” journey, (1) you’re amazing, and (2) I can go on holiday without having to book a flight.

If it’s not possible then i’m in trouble! I’ll have to re-write the holiday plans.

thanks for any help and advice you can give, and please don’t make me take a plane!

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Best answer by bluemanontelly 13 January 2022, 15:38

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Awesome! Thanks again for all your help @Angelo  @rvdborgt , I was pretty much resigned to finding an alternative, now I’m looking forward to visiting Vienna for the first time! 

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You can use your pass in your country of residence on 2 travel days. You don't need a new travel day when you don’t change after midnight but of course will need a new travel day when you use the night train from Munich to Milan. So then you will have used your second inbound/outbound journey.

Not sure where you live but you don't have to start in Amsterdam. You can also board the night train in Düsseldorf, the first stop in Germany of the night train Amsterdam - Munich. Although you would still use both your inbound/outbound journeys.

For your return you would need a third day in your country of residence. A possible solution is to work out which travel day in Germany would be the cheapest and buy a separate ticket for that (from/to the border).

By the way, if you return from Milan via Paris using TGV/Thalys: these reservation fees are high (thanks to French railways) and have limited availability.

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Münster-Düsseldorf

In Düsseldorf the Nightjet from Amsterdam arrives at 21:41 and starts to Innsbruck via Munich and to Vienna at 21:44. If you want to spend the day in the mountains go to Innsbruck, if you like a big city take Vienna. From Vienna the Nightjet to Milano Porta Garibaldi starts at 19:23 from Wien Hauptbahnhof. From Innsbruck you have to take first a Railjet to Salzburg (there is a train every hour) and then take the Nightjet from Munich to Milano Porta Garibaldi at Salzburg Hauptbahnhof at 22:02. 

Arrival at Milano PG at 8:10 of both Nightjets from Munich or Vienna. 

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Thanks for the ideas, I'll continue trying to find a way to make it work!  You've maybe hit ion a need us i didn't see before

 

The problem i see with interrail passes is that, for those like me who don't live near a main connecting station, they need to get a train within their country to connect to the train out of their country. So 2 trips within their country is an unreasonable limit.  It's fine if you live in Berlin or Düsseldorf, but for the rest of us it means paying for extra tickets. Which defeats the object of an all in love inclusive pass.

The connecting train is included in the interrail pass. not only a trip. You can take all the trains you need to get to the border or the airport to leave Germany. 

Within Germany you can use your Interrail Pass only 1 day to leave and 1 day to get back. This days are not extra, but for example with an 7 travel days in 1 month interrail pass you can use only 7 days in one month to travel with the train, two of theme you can use to leave and to get back home. 

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That should work.

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Thanks for confirming that, appreciated. This just won't work, as i mentioned the nearest German connection on the Amsterdam-Munich night train is too far away and is very late at night. I'm traveling with the family. It's such a shame this rule exists, i will have to find another way to travel.

 

Als i'm not coming home from Milan, I'm coming home from Cannes.

 

Sorry if i sound annoyed, it's not with you, it's just the disappointment that what could have been a lovely adventure had been scuppered by this restriction

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Thanks for the ideas, I'll continue trying to find a way to make it work!  You've maybe hit ion a need us i didn't see before

 

The problem i see with interrail passes is that, for those like me who don't live near a main connecting station, they need to get a train within their country to connect to the train out of their country. So 2 trips within their country is an unreasonable limit.  It's fine if you live in Berlin or Düsseldorf, but for the rest of us it means paying for extra tickets. Which defeats the object of an all in love inclusive pass.

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But the way, do we know when the July 22 timetables are published? Right now I'm checking times and routes for May, as that's when it goes up to. Maybe there will be additional routes in July?

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Ah, so did i misunderstand? If i get the train to Düsseldorf on a Wednesday, and then connect to the nightjet to Wien hbf, can i count that as one journey in my home country? That would be awesome, as the train to Düsseldorf is quite expensive for 3 people. I do it quite often to get to the airport, sometimes, for shorter trips, it's actually cheaper to drive and pay for parking there. So ..

 

1. Münster to Düsseldorf +Düsseldorf to Wien nightjet and stay a night or two.

2. Wien to Milano nightjet plus onwards to Genova (i want to stay there a night or two)

3. Genova to Cannes, stay for a week

4. End of beach holiday, direct train to Paris (daytime) and directly connecting to Münster (all in one day)

= Total 4 travel days and 2 home country travel trips. Have i got that right? If so, you've just saved my holiday!

 

 

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