Deactivating/Activating pass for making reservations

  • 1 February 2023
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Hi all, I’ve activated my pass for my upcoming trip at 10th and the website don’t allow me to visit any dates before 10th feb. However, going to Paris from London is already out of stocks so i’ll want to check the timing on 9th. Will it be possible if i deactivate the pass and activate on 9th? But, will i be able to keep the QR code for the rest of my travel trip after activating at 9th to belgium and amsterdam as i’ve paid for reservations 


Best answer by Al_G 1 February 2023, 07:07

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You don’t need to “keep the barcode”.

In fact there is no need to pre-activate the pass at all.

In case of a late change of plans it is better not to have the pass active in advance as it cannot be cancelled on the day once active.

The pass is not linked to reservations, as long as you have the required pass active when you travel that is all that is needed. Reservations will still be valid no matter when you activate the pass.

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You are advised not to activate the pass until just before boarding the first train of your travel. Please read more about that below. 


Here is some useful information from the experienced travellers in the Community regarding both planning, reservations and activation of pass and travel days. 


The rail planner is normally not up to date, as it only is updated once a month, so to be sure of the time table you better check the timetable and availability on the websites of the national railways. The bigger national railways, like DB (Germany) SBB (Switzerland) and ÖBB (Austria) cover several countries. 


The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is to use other ways to make reservations than the Interrail/Eurail website.  You can look at the guide in the link:

If you, after having looked at the guide, have questions about how to make specific reservation, please give your travel details (departure date, time and route) preferably in a new topic, and you will get advice.

Please note that Interrail/Eurail charges an extra fee of 2 EUR per person and train in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.

 Activation of pass

During the activation process you choose the start day of the validity of the pass. Once the validity has started it can't be changed even if you haven't travelled. The advice is therefore to wait with activating the pass and starting the validity until the first day of your travel as you only can deactivate the pass no later than 23.59 CET on the day before the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you can't deactivate the pass and change the validity. 

It can be wise to make a test and activate the pass with a start date well in the future and then deactivate the pass immediately, just to see that everything works.

 Activation of travel day

The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is also never to activate a travel day, that is connect a journey to your pass and create the ticket (QR code), until just before boarding the train, otherwise you might loose a travel day if your travel plans change in a late stage  You can't delete a travel day in the past. A travel day can only be deleted until 23.59 CET the day before the travel day.

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It may help if you have a simplified guide to how your mobile pass works.

The first thing to repeat is that reservations and your pass are totally independent. If a train does not require a compulsory reservation all you need to travel is your validated pass ( explained next). If your train does need a compulsory pass or supplement (rare but does happen) then to travel you need both evidence of reservation and your validated pass.

Reservations are covered in previous posts,
Your pass is added to the rail planner app, which has 4 tabs, 3 of which you use for actual travelling (The reservation app is not used for travelling with a pass - it simply links you to reservation tools/sites)

Tab 1 is the planner and is simply used, in conjunction with any other planning tool, to identify trains you might want to take and whether or not reservations are needed. It also allows you to transfer planned trains into your trip. Note the planner is an off-line tool and not fully reliable. That is why the advice is to use several tools for research - ask if unsure.

Tab 2 is your Trip. Each pass requires you set up a single trip for the whole use of that pass.
This Trip is simply your diary of trains you intend travelling on. These can be added from the planner or manually and all trains you eventually travel on must be listed in your trip. These can be added to and removed at any time and, like paper diary entries, are simply a wish or action list. They are not bookings or train tickets at this stage,
So to the key part - Your pass. Once activated, ideally just before you board your first train - see earlier posts - you can transfer the train details for your first train from your pass by moving the slider. This creates a travel day in your pass, a QR code is generated and the train details shown under the QR code. Thls is now a valid ticket for that train. If you board any more trains that day you follow the same process of transferring the new train to your pass so it adds to the list displayed below the QR code.

On subsequent days transferring your first train will again create a travel day and a new QR code and listing.

I believe you need access to the internet to create the travel day (others may correct that) but once the travel day is created everything else can be done off-line. The app does need access to the internet every 2 days to update, but it is not needed during actual travel.

I hope that helps.