InterRailing is a fantastic way to see Europe and it can be very affordable.
For under 26 year olds you can get Global Passes from €184 right up to €442. Over 26s can get passes from €221 to €668 depending on the length of time. You can also buy passes for just one country. And if you wanted to visit maybe two or three then you could buy two or three “One Country” passes. Make sure to compare prices with the Global Passes first though.
The InterRail passes cover vast networks in 30 countries and travel includes high speed trains, regional trains, night trains, scenic trains as well as ferries.
The countries included in the InterRail scheme are:
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
An InterRail pass can only be used by European residents. Non European residents can use a EuRail pass. (eurail.com).
Below is some handy information to help you on our trip:
- Remember that the cost does not include port charges, high speed train supplements, seat reservations, couchette, or sleeper charges.
- Don't try to do too many countries in too little time as you won't get the chance to really discover each country.
- To save on hostels, get late night trains and sleep on them. You can book cabins, although it’s cheaper to just sleep on the normal seats. If sleeping in cabins you can get the attendants to wake you at your stop.
- Try not to have too much pre-booked, such as accommodation, as its more fun to do it yourself. It adds to the whole adventure of travelling if you just make it on your own. There will always be ways of getting to where you want to go and places to stay when you get there so don't worry. It's better to be flexible like this as your plans tend to change as you go along.
- When looking for accommodation, leave bags in the station lockers or with one of the group and head off. It's easier without bags and you won't get hassled by touts.
- When arriving in a new town or city, leave the bags with one person, who waits in a cafe for example. The other person or persons heads out looking for accommodation. This will help you avoid touts.
- There are camp sites all over Europe, but usually they are at least a mile outside the cities. By the time you get to one and set up the tent you may decide to stay put rather than returning to the city. This may not be suitable if you are in a rush, however, the low price can make this worthwhile.
- Even if you are intending on staying in hostels, it's good to bring along a tent anyways. If, for example, everywhere is booked out (which can happen in peak times) you always have a roof over your head. Also it can be more spontaneous when you have a tent. If you are relying on hostels you may have to book ahead, but you never have to worry about that when camping. Also if a train strike was to occur, leaving your plans in ruins, you would have nowhere to go.