Hello all, I am currently on a three-months Interrail pass, which I am using for several return trips outside of my home country (Italy). I am not staying on the road for the whole three months, so I will need more than the one inbound and one outbound trip that are included with the pass.
Basically for every trip I buy regular tickets from home to the border and back, and once I am outside of Italy I use the Interrail pass. It is a very flexible way of travelling that suits me.
But there’s one thing that is really unclear. Actually I am quite a veteran of Interrail passes, and in all these years of asking hundreds of train conductors I was never able to get a definitive answer.
I need to know if, for trips out of Italy (my country of residence) into Austria, I need to buy a ticket to Brenner (and from there onwards use the interrail pass) or to Innsbruck (or it could be the first town in Austria, but for these trips I’m using EC trains that call at Brenner and Innsbruck).
I guess that technically the Brenner train station is in Italy, but it really sits on the border with Austria. You sit on the train, and two meters later you have crossed the border.
The same applies to Tarvisio/Villach: is a ticket to Tarvisio sufficient, and from there on I can use the Interrail pass, or do I need to buy a ticket to Villach?
Same goes for Ventimiglia/Menton.
In other words, nobody seems to know how the definition of “border” is applied to the Interrail pass and this is something that should be addressed and made very clear.
Obviously buying a ticket to Brenner vs one to Innsbruck results in quite a different pricing, since Brenner is a domestic train ride whereas Innsbruck becomes an international train ticket.
If anyone has an answer to this, please advise. I think this should also be a topic that needs to be covered in detail on the Interrail/Eurail website.
Thank you and happy travels!
Best answer by rvdborgtView original