Though it has become far more accessible to visit farther afield with the availability of cheaper flights to destinations outside of the continent, millions of people from the UK still flock to Europe every year to experience all that the continent has to offer! Given the complexity of Europe's train network, buying an interrail pass can often seem like the easiest way to travel around the continent. But how can you be sure that you're actually getting the best deal? Which pass makes the most sense for your specific trip? When are individual train tickets actually cheaper than buying a rail pass? There are no definitive answers to any of these questions but we're here to help you through the decision-making process with our comprehensive guide to buying European rail passes and help you begin your Interrail Europe trip.
Choose between the 2 Interrail Pass types
Discover up to 30 European countries with the simplicity of the global pass.Interrail Global Pass
Passes with Extras
Pass plus or premium passes available for traveling in italy, spain and Greece.
Passes with Extras
Here are a few things you'll want to consider before buying:
Your age: Interrail passes makes the most sense for travellers under 25 years old who are planning a longer trip involving many towns and cities in multiple countries
Your booking period: As a general rule, the longer you plan to travel, the more likely it is that you’ll save with some kind of Interrail pass especially if you’re last-minute planner (train tickets in Europe can get pretty expensive when you book last-minute)
Your travel plan: You’ll also find that Interrailing tickets can be very convenient for exploring off-the-beaten path destinations as you won’t need to reserve seats on regional trains
Your seat reservations: When you’re travelling between major cities or on high-speed trains, you’ll usually need to pay additional seat reservation fees on top of the cost of the Interrail Pass
No matter your travel plans, you’ll definitely want to use GoEuro to double check prices for your specific trip to see if you can string together a cheaper itinerary yourself. You can check prices for most train companies 2-4 months in advance of your intended travel date.
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How to choose which Interrail Pass is right for your trip
Where can you travel while Interrailing Europe?
Global Pass: Experience everything Europe has to offer as you travel in and between 30 countries with the Interrail Global Pass
The Interrail Global Pass is the most flexible travel option which gives you access to the rail networks of over 30 countries while Interrailing Europe. This rail pass is ideal for travellers who don't have a planned itinerary or even or even a definite idea of what countries they want to visit.
Passes with Extras: Experience more of Greece, Italy and Spain with a Premium Pass. Passes with Extras
With the Interrail Passes with Extra you can get extra comfort and other benefits that include free ferries to Greek Islands from and to Greece from Italy.
One Country Pass: Travel around one country in Europe with the Interrail One Country Pass
The Interrail One Country Pass is the ideal choice for travellers who want to explore one country by train. This rail pass allows you to travel between cities by either high-speed or regional trains.
How far and how often can you travel?
Each Interrail pass has a different validity period. For the Interrail Global Pass validity ranges from 5 days to 3 months. For the One Country Pass it will be valid for a months worth of travel.
Continuous validity: An Interrail pass with continuous validity makes the most sense if you are planning on travelling by train almost every day. For example: with a Interrail Global 22 day continuous pass you can travel by train on 22 consecutive days. More Information →
Flexible validity: An Interrail pass with flexible validity makes the most sense if you are planning on travelling by train once every few days. For example: with the Interrail Global 15 day flexible pass, you are free to choose 15 specific "travel days" on which you want to take the train, during a 2 month period. More Information →
Do you qualify for any discounts?
Youth Pass: If you are still under 26 on the first day your Interrail pass is valid, you qualify for a 35% discounted Youth Pass.
Senior discounts: Travellers who are ages 60 and over qualify for Senior discounts and are granted a 10% discount on an Adult Pass.
Family Discounts: Children under 12 travel for free with Interrailing tickets. Those aged 4 and under do not require an Interrail ticket and those aged 4-11, although still allowed to travel free of charge, will have to travel with a child's pass which can be collected with an adult pass.More Information →
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2 routes where buying an Interrail Pass will save you money
South to North: Interrail Global Pass
Visit 7 European cities in 6 countries with the Interrail Global Pass starting from £330. Doing this itinerary with an Interrail Global Pass is 9% cheaper than purchasing equivalent point-to-point tickets.
South to North Europe Trip
Travel between 30 European countries with the simplicity of the Interrail Global Pass.
2 Weeks in Spain: Interrail One-Country Pass
Visit 5 cities in Spain with the Interrail One Country Pass starting from £122. If you're booking point-to-point tickets for this route at the last minute, you should consider purchasing a Spanish Interrail pass.2 Weeks in Spain
Explore one of Interrail's many partner countries with the one-country pass. More Information →
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a "Travel Day"?
A travel day is a 24 hour period within which you can travel on train networks where your Interrail pass is valid. A travel day lasts from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the same calendar day. Direct night train routes that depart after 7 p.m. and arrive after 4 a.m. only require one travel day. More Information →
How can you use an Interrail Pass?
An Interrail pass must be activated before you can start using it. It must be activated within 11 months of when it is issued by Interrail. You can either activate your pass at a European train station or have Interrail pre-activate your pass by selecting the "activate my pass" option at checkout. More Information →
In order to use your Interrail pass, you simply need to fill in the travel diary section with your train route details prior to boarding the train. Once you're on the train, you just need to show your Interrail Pass, plus your passport or identity document, to any staff member who asks to see it.
How do you receive your Interrail Pass?
Interrail offers 3 methods of signed delivery, including free economy shipping to most countries. Check the expected delivery date and costs for your pass with Interails's shipping calculator. If you don't have the time to receive your pass at your home address, Interrail can also ship it to your hotel or hostel in Europe.
Interrail Europe Trip Information
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