Interrailing is one of the best ways to explore Europe – there’s no doubt about that!
In this series, we’ll be talking about our interrail highlights alongside some tips to make your trip the best it can be!
What is interrailing?
Ok so technically, interrailing isn’t a word. BUT it’s much easier than saying “I travelled around loads of amazing European countries by train, but it was cheaper because of this pass you can get” – the choice is yours.
Interrailing is using an Interrail Pass to travel around Europe by train – you can buy one pass that is essentially your basic train fare. It usually works out a lot cheaper than flying between European cities, and means you get to see a lot more of a country than just the airport!
Where is an interrail pass valid?
Wanting to explore France? You’ll want the single country pass. 10 countries in 20 days (which we do not recommend FYI!)? Global pass is where it’s at. Prices start at just £48 for a one country pass and £194 for a global country pass. Make sure you check the list of valid countries to ensure your bucket list country is included!
Why should I interrail instead of flying between countries?
As well as being much more environmentally friendly than flying, interrailing is an experience in itself. From the high-speed, modern TGVs of France to the questionable sleeper trains of Croatia, you never quite know what you’re going to be boarding – which is half of the fun!
The views from trains can also be totally amazing. Think cute cottage in the middle of the French countryside, or sweeping mountain ranges in Austria – it’s very easy to lose track of time when you’re staring out of the window!
How do the passes work?
All passes have a certain amount of ‘travel days’ which are days that you can actually travel on. Some passes allow travel on certain days, whereas continuous passes allow you to travel freely on any day for the duration of your ticket.
Other tickets specify when you can travel e.g. ‘7 days within 1 month’ – designed for longer stays within countries, where you stay in destinations more often than you travel.
For some trains (like the high-speed train between Paris & Amsterdam, or sleeper trains) you are often required to book a reservation, which come with fees. For example, a 2nd class Paris > Amsterdam reservation is €25 – however these trains are above average standard and come with free wifi, so they’re at the higher end of reservation pricing!
How do I find out more?
Keep an eye on our interrail series, where we’ll be showing the highlights of our trip, the best (and worst!) hostels, and not to be missed destinations!