Interrail Pass/Reservation Query

  • 21 July 2023
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My friend purchased both mine and his interrail passes. I have logged in to mine on the app. I have created a trip and activated my pass. He has booked a few train reservations for both of us. He has since shared his trip which has the travel reservations on. I have also since found out that once I've activated my pass I can't change what trip it applies to so I can't change my pass to be on the shared trip. Will this be ok? He has screenshots of the tickets that he can print out and give to me. I wanted to check so I don't arrive and get turned away!

Any help would me much appreciated.

Many thanks


Best answer by rvdborgt 21 July 2023, 23:50

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A pass can only be connected to one trip only. But you can change the contents of that trip as you please.

It is not recommended at all to activate your pass or a travel day in advance. There's no advantage in doing that. Reservations can be booked without activating (and often without having a pass yet). You can only cancel activation until 23:59 CET before validity starts. If something happens after that, e.g. you wake up ill, then it will too late to cancel and you'll loose travel days.

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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.