Inbound/outbound journey - necessary to travel directly from home town to border?

  • 1 April 2022
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we are from Germany, have got two Interrail global passes and want to travel through Europe. On our way out, we plan to visit town A in Germany. Town A is not located on the way directly from our home town to the border, but it would absolutely be possible to travel from our home town to town A and then to the border on one day, our outbound journey day. Is this possible or is it not allowed to take other ways in one’s home country from the home town to the border and v. v. than the direct one?

Thanks for your answers :-)



Best answer by rvdborgt 1 April 2022, 00:25

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From the conditions of use, paragraph 5.2:

An Interrail Global Pass may only be used for two specific trips in the country of residence of the traveller (provided this country is an Interrail participating country). These two trips are referred to as the outbound and inbound journey.

  • The outbound journey can be used to travel from any location in the country of residence to the border or an airport or port.
  • The inbound journey can be used to travel from the border or an airport or port back to any location in the country of residence.

During these trips, the traveller may travel with more than one train, provided the trips are within the same day. Please note that the special rule for travel with an overnight train also applies.

So they don't specify you need to take the shortest or the fastest way to a border, airport or port.

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On the mobile pass you get just 2 days of being able to use in own country, DE (can be many others as just DB, but not FLIX).

On the paper pass (can be bought on the spot at DB reisezenter too-discount is still there till 10/4) you have to write down the routing/trains used-and there have been some reports that your friendly DB-Zugbegeliter have sniffed at roundabout routings (like f.e.: you live in H, want to go to Swiss, but visit a friend in HH first=quite the other direction). And if you happen to hit a travelling special ticket-inspection team then you will have trouble in this case.