I’m a UK resident and citizen and I’m looking at buying an Interrail Global pass with 4 uses in one month. I have some questions about what the allowed order of trips is, particularly concerning inbound and outbound journeys.
My intended journeys are, in chronological order:
- Southampton to Manchester Airport
- Manchester Airport to Southampton
- London St Pancras to Lille (Eurostar)
- Lille to London St Pancras (Eurostar)
Southampton to Manchester and Manchester to Southampton would be on 2 separate days. The Lille trip would be a day trip all on the same day. I may be taking a train in my destination country after flying there from Manchester but not sure yet.
Am I allowed to do this?
Would I also be allowed to take the train from Southampton to London and back to get to St Pancras using the pass, or would my inbound and outbound already have been used up going to and from Manchester? If I don’t take a train during my trip abroad from Manchester does this make my train trips to Manchester unacceptable in Interrail’s eyes?
How are trips actually moderated/validated? Do I show the barcode on the app to the train conductor and if the train trip is allowed it will flag up as accepted (or no) to them or do they just look at the ticket, see it’s Interrail and take it as valid? Will the app reject certain rail trips? I’m concerned members of staff who aren’t aware of the pass or how it works won’t accept it.
Will I be able to the Interrail pass with UK train station ticket gates or will I need a staff member to open them each time for me?
If I buy the pass using the National Rail portal, it adds an obligatory postage fee but also mentions elsewhere on the website that it is now available in app form. If my paper ticket doesn’t come in time, can I just use the app?
Best answer by SamCritchView original