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What does count as an outbound journey?

  • 14 January 2024
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I am a resident of the Netherlands. I am planning to get an Interrail pass for 2 months this spring. But that pass comes with just 2 outbound/inbound journeys. However, I want to make multiple trips.

The question is: does a journey starting on a border station (the last station before the border) count as an inbound/outbound journey? For example: does taking the train from Breda to Brussels or from Arnhem to Frankfurt count as an outbound journey?

 

According to this example posted on the Interrail website, a journey from Brussels to London St.Pancras does not count as inbound, but the journey from London St.Pancras to Brighton does count. So consistently, a journey from Frankfurt to Arnhem (the first stop in the Netherlands of the ICE) should not count as inbound right?

 

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Best answer by Hektor 14 January 2024, 14:28

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When you are starting a trip in your country, it does count as a journey in your country, even if it’s a very short journey. So it does use an inbound / outbound day leaving from the last station before the border or going to this station from an other country.

The picture is just missing a yellow line on the previous trip (but it’s on the same day so it doesn’t matter). Bruxelles to London does count as an inbound journey for UK residents.

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The border point is what matters mostly. Arnhem - Frankfurt would count as an outbound day but you could get a ticket until the first stop after the border (Oberhausen most likely) or until the border point proper. The latter is not available online, only at counters and often more expensive as it's a flexible fare.

The page you linked is wrong/incomplete... like many on Interrail website. Brussels - London St. Pancras uses an inbound/outbound journey in the UK.

Fortunately there is currently a trial going on and Dutch residents (between others) get 3 inbound/outbound days.

Maybe someone else will add more info too :)

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The border point is what matters mostly. Arnhem - Frankfurt would count as an outbound day but you could get a ticket until the first stop after the border (Oberhausen most likely) or until the border point proper. The latter is not available online, only at counters and often more expensive as it's a flexible fare.

NS does sell such tickets online. You can book on www.nsinternational.com and choose "BahnCard 100” for journeys to Germany or "Free travel on the route in Belgium”. For the Netherlands there are certainly many cases where this is cheaper than buying until the first station abroad.

If you have a subscription for the Dutch part of the journey, then you don't need to book anything (except for Eurostar or night trains, where NS subscriptions aren't valid).

The page you linked is wrong/incomplete... like many on Interrail website. Brussels - London St. Pancras uses an inbound/outbound journey in the UK.

@Mukhammad @Camilo. The example on the page mentioned (picture at the bottom) should also indicate Brussels-London as a part on the inbound journey. The current example is misleading.

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@Mukhammad @Camilo. The example on the page mentioned (picture at the bottom) should also indicate Brussels-London as a part on the inbound journey. The current example is misleading.

Hi @rvdborgt, I understand that it should indicate the journey from Brussels to London. Thank you for letting us know!

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Hi @rvdborgt & everyone, the image indication has already been revised. Have a nice day!

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