How does the 7 p.m. rule work?
It’s very useful to know about the 7 p.m. rule if you have a flexi pass (e.g. Global Pass - 10 days within 1 month) as it can save you precious travel days. The rule means that you only need to use 1 travel day when travelling on a direct night train that departs after 7 p.m. (19:00) and arrives at its final stop after 4 a.m. (04:00).
Travel with an Interrail pass can only begin from 00:01 on the first day that your pass is valid. For instance, if your Interrail pass is valid from 6 August, you cannot use the 7 p.m. rule on the evening of 5 August.
If you board a direct night train that departs after 7 p.m. (19:00) and arrives at its final stop after 4 a.m. (04:00), then only the day of arrival needs to be entered into the travel calendar, even if you leave the train before 4 a.m.
The 7 p.m. rule applies to all free night ferry crossings, regardless of the departure and arrival times. You choose whether you fill in the departure date or the arrival date in the travel calendar. You do not need to use any travel days for discounted ferry trips, just show your pass to get the discount.