Going interrailing around Europe is a really popular activity and its a lot more fun than flying into a destination, you will see a lot more places and experience the real culture and tradition of the continent.
What is Interrailing
If you are new to InterRailing, it is an open train ticket which lets you travel extensively around Europe visiting as many countries as you like. Interrail Tickets are flexible so you can plan a trip and visit Europe in your own time. Booking an interrail ticket in advance will also save you a lot of money - perfect if you are planning on a budget!
An InterRail pass is your gateway to explore Europe allowing you to hop on and hop off trains in Europe. Interrail passes are a great way to explore Europe and travel to new places. They are also hassle free and mean you don't need to keep buying tickets in the country you are visiting, this can be especially difficult if you are not fluent in the language.
A lot of people start their trip in London and travel through France, Netherlands, Germany and then onto places like Rome in Italy and then to Eastern Europe.
Types of Passes
There are different types of InterRail passes you can buy, these include an unlimited pass where you can travel to see as many countries as possible (there are currently 30 countries involved) whilst there is also a single country pass where you can travel extensively in one country.
Countries You Can Visit
UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.
Best Places to Visit
Where you go really comes down to personal choice. There are so many incredible cities you should consider adding to your itinerary including Paris, Nice, Verona, Venice, Florence, Prague and Rome.
What to Consider Before Departing
- What are you interested in seeing?
- What is your budget?
- How much time do you have?
- Would it be benefial to buy a phrase or guidebook?
- Do you want combine experiences and book a language course e.g. Spanish in Spain
- Would you prefer to go solo or with friends?
How Much Money Will You Need
As a general rule you will need around 20 Euros per day which will cover accommodation, sightseeing and food. Some days you will spend more than others for example when paying to see famous sights and landmarks. We highly recommend you do as much as possible even if this eats into your budget as you don't want to return home with any regrets.
There are lots of ways to save money including:
- camping instead of paying for hostels/hotels
- shopping at local supermarkets rather than eating out everyday
- visiting cheaper destinations for example Hungary and Bulgaria rather than the UK or France
What to Pack
- Diary to keep track of your trip
- A good camera
- Clothing according to the season
- Laptop, tablet, phone + chargers
InterRail Reviews & Experiences
"I went interrailing after college and it was an incredible experience." - Matt, UK
"I would highly recommend buying the interrail pass if you are planning on backpacking around Europe" - Gini, UK
"InterRailing provides you with a pass to see what you never thought you could and to jump from one place to the next instead of remaining in one destination, for those of us with a bit of wanderlust. Be ready for the opposite of a beach holiday as my experience was jam packed but something I wouldn’t change.
With a close group of friends we decided to visit France and Italy and stop off at all the major cities that we could along the way; Paris, Nice, Milan, Monte-Carlo, Verona, Venice, Florence and Rome. It was an experience that I will never forget and a chance to see an unbelievable amount of amazing sites within only two weeks. I got the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower, experience a gondola ride in Venice along with the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum in Rome all within a short period of time.
Although a trip that required a lot of organisation such as planning a route, booking hotels along with train tickets with making sure you can fit all your belongings in one backpack. It is something that I far from regret doing and was more than worth the planning that went into it. I recommend InterRailing to anyone with a passion for traveling and would say to grasp the chance with both hands. Just make sure you have a camera on hand to capture every amazing moment, you may not get the chance to go back." - By Emma Hagar