Your Options for Interrailing Passes
When it comes to booking InterRail passes you’ve basically got two choices. You can either book the Global Pass or the One Country Pass, to be honest the names are pretty self explanatory, but here’s some further clarification, if you need...
The Global Pass gives you access to train travel in 30 different European countries:
Austria (including Liechtenstein), Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France (including Monaco), Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Northern and the Republic of Ireland), Italy, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
You can choose between a 1st or 2nd class pass depending on how rich / fancy you are.
You also have a choice between booking a continuous InterRail pass or a flexi one – it depends on how much travel you want to do and how quickly you want to do it. If you’re a young one – under 26 – you can get a big discount on your ticket too.
One Country Pass
If all you want to do is explore a country good and proper you can book one of our One Country Passes with the Gapyear.com Travel team. You can choose from 27 of the One Country Passes.
Just to note, if you’re travelling in two countries it makes sense to get two One Country Passes, but if you’re visiting three or more, go for the Global Pass.
Why You Should Book an InterRail Pass
InterRailing is a fantastic way to go backpacking around Europe. It's cheap, efficient, practical and fun. The easiest way to go InterRailing is with one of two special passes. These are the top five reasons why they make so much sense.
You'll be able to budget better
Buying an InterRail pass works out massively cheaper than buying individual train tickets. Furthermore, if you’re 26 or under you can get InterRail passes at heavily discounted prices. And it goes without saying, train travel is considerably cheaper than flying!
You'll get free ferry crossings
One of the great things about InterRail passes is that they don't just apply to train travel, but also ferry crossings where necessary. This is another way to save money by killing two birds with one stone when travelling in Europe.
You'll get loads of other discounts
There are over 150 discounts available throughout Europe if you're in possession of an InterRail pass. These apply to a range of things, including accommodation, tours, entries to attractions, boutiques, museums and toilets.
You'll cover lots of ground in a short time
Apart from flying - which is expensive and boring - trains are the best forms of transport with which to cover long distances in relatively short time periods. In addition you'll be deposited into the central heart of Europe's greatest cities, rather than in random airports 25 miles from the city centres.
You'll see amazing scenery
Train travel is the undispute best form of transport for enjoying scenery when on the move. And since Europe has some of the most gorgeous sights on our humble little planet, it stands to reason you should see them from the smooth comfort of a train.
If you need help planning your adventure check out our 8 Step Guide to Planning an InterRailing Trip.
Is InterRailing the Best Option for Me?
Very few people who go InterRailing regret it. Having said that, travelling by train isn’t the only way to see Europe and you should be aware there are plenty of other options.
We have sent thousands of people on InterRailing journeys over the years and have found that the majority of our customers travel either as a group or a couple.
One of the common misconceptions of InterRailing is that there are special InterRail trains, and from this misconception some travellers assume it will be easy to meet others doing the same trip as them, much like you’d expect on a bus tour. This, however, isn’t the case: an InterRail pass simply allows you to travel on the national rail network of whatever country you’re in, so you’ll be just as likely to be sat next to a local family than a fellow backpacker.
If you are planning to travel solo hoping to meet others, the best option for you is actually a bus tour, of which we have a couple of brilliant ones to choose from.
Booking InterRail tickets is always a good idea, made even better by letting StudentUniverse book them for you. Tell your expert your InterRailing plans and they can advise what’s best for you using their years of backpacking knowledge.
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InterRailing is available in 30 countries – let our experts help you plan your route.
You’ll be assigned someone who’s been there and done that.
If a regional pass will be best, they’ll tell you.
You can actually talk to someone about your plans.
You can book your accommodation and insurance with them too, and your flights. All in one phone call!