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Eurail Pass or Interail Pass?
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Hi Everyone!
I just logged into eurotrip.com and I found it very interested! 
I am planning a 2 months trip thought Europe in March 2012.

I lived in Argentina and I have Italian passport.
I was wondering which railway pass should I buy? Eurail Pass or Interrail?
I read Interrail web page and it says that in order to get the interrail pass you should be an European resident/citizenship. I have the citizenship but I am actually living in Argentina.

In that case, should I buy the Eurail pass?

Hopefully anyone can help me!
Thanks in advance!
Best Regards!!!!

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I have more questions than answers….

I think you should be able to buy and use either. Interrail may be less of a hassle, since rail officials sometimes ask to see your passport with your pass. You might have some level of discussion about why you have a Eurail pass and an Italian passport. Is there the equivalent of a US “green card” that would easily show you are a legal resident of Argentina?

As for better, I think the initial Interrail pass will be cheaper (be sure you check prices with Italy as your home country). However, I think there may be more situations where you must pay a supplement (in addition to the reservation cost) to ride a specific “name train” with an interrail pass.

What’s the cost difference between the passes? Do you qualify for a youth pass (age 25 or less on the first day of travel)? Is the interrail pass good in Italy, your home country? Are there differences in available options (flexi-pass, 2 consecutive month pass, countries covered) that make a difference with your trip?

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Hi! Thank you very much for your answer! I will try to answer all your questions!

My home country is Argentina. I am actually living there. I have Argentinean Passport and ID (like the green card where I can prove that I live in Argentina) but I also have Italian citizenship.

I will travel to Europe with my Italian Passport, as there I am a legal citizen of EU and I can do borders without problems.

I will flight from Argentina to London, and from there I will cross to France where I will start using my railway pass.

As I will travel with my Italian passport, and I am trying to avoid discussions with the train controllers, I need to know which train pass I should buy…

I am 28 years (I will have 29 when I will in Europe) and I am traveling with my brother, who also lives in Argentina and has the Italian passport as well as I do.

Unfortunately I can’t qualify for the youth pass, but my brother can because he will be 23 while we are traveling. (I think I will go to second class, even if my pass is also for first, so we can travel together and don’t have to pay another adult pass for him)

That’s my current situation.

I am thinking of getting a Global Pass for 1 month. I checked the pages of both passes.
Based on the web: – The Adult Eurail pass cost Euros 841.- – The Adult Interrail pass cost Euros 619.-

There is a difference on the rates!

I also checked the terms, and I won’t be able to use the interrail in Italy as they consider it as my home country.

Nevertheless, the interrail is cheaper and in Italy I will by the train tickets with www.trenitalia.it

I am afraid that if I buy the interrail pass I might have problems with the train controller because I dont have a permanent residence in Europe even if am I am European citizenship… On the other hand, I am afraid of buying an Eurail Pass and have a problem with the train controller because I am travelling with my Italian Passport…

I am very sorry for the extension, but it is my first time in Europe and I wanted to clarify my situation and answer all your questions!

I really appreciate all you help!!!

Regards!!

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Glad to see the additional explanation. I still can’t provide much real help, but here’s some additional information.

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I will travel to Europe with my Italian Passport, as there I am a legal citizen of EU and I can do borders without problems.
You can do borders with no problem, anyway. Most European countries are members of the Schengen Agreement which means the borders are pretty much invisible. You’ll only have passport checks when you enter and leave the Schengen zone — probably everywhere you’ll visit except UK, Ireland and Switzerland will have no border checks other than your arrival in and departure from Europe. I can’t imagine the border issues will be very different with an EU passport than with an Argentinian passport — assuming you don’t look like you’re trying to stay longer than 90 days (roundtrip ticket will prove that) or are trying to work in Europe. However, I don’t know the visa issues for Argentina.
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Even if the interrail is cheaper and in Italy I will by the train tickets with www.trenitalia.it
You probably can not purchase tickets on-line from trenitalia unless your credit card was issued in Italy. However they’re easy to purchase from the automated kiosks in the train station and those probably will accept your credit card. Since many Italian trains require reservations (not covered by any railpass) it’s often easier not to use a pass in Italy. It’s fast and easy to buy tickets, which will include the reservation, but you often have to wait in line to buy “just a reservation” to use with a railpass.

If you and your brother are planning to travel together and decide on Eurail, look into 2 adult saver passes as opposed to an adult pass and a youth pass. The cost difference is only about 45 euros and you could both travel 1st class. I don’t normally think 1st class is worth the extra cost, but it depends on where you’re traveling and in your case, the extra cost doesn’t matter much on the total bill for 2 passes.

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Thank you very much! Your explanation has been very helpfull!
I will keep planning my trip and I am sure I will come back with new questions!!!

Thank you very very much!!!!

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I will see if I can find anything about the differences between Eurail and Interrail in terms of:
which trains are covered
supplements required