Rail Planner App- does it show me trains I am allowed to take or all trains in general?

Does the Rail Planner App only show me the trains i am allowed to take or all the trains in general? There are some railway companies who don't accept my interrail ticekt so I am wondering if the app does the job for me already and sorts out all the trains i can't take?


Best answer by Al_G 4 July 2022, 20:37

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The rail planner does many things, none of them very brilliantly. It’s indications of validity is far from 100% as are it’s descriptions of the requirement for reservations or indeed the accuracy of the timetables.

It will mostly be correct but I wouldn’t rely on it alone.

The descriptions in the More-Rail Network Guides section of the app should be checked as well as the info on individual trains in the planner.


Some countries are easy with almost universal acceptance, others are quite complex with various apparently arbitrary different rules.

If you have any specific validity questions ask them here.

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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 ticket in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.


Activation of pass

During the activation process, when you choose the start day of the validity of the pass, the first day of the validity period is automatically made a travel day, even if you don't enter a journey, the advice is therefore not to activate the pass before the first travel day as you only can deactivate the pass before 00.00 on the day the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you will loose travel days if you have activated the pass in advance.

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, 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