With the Interrail Ticket you can discover Europe by train.
Interrail: 33 countries, 1 ticket. How it works, the Interrail Global Pass and all tips and tricks.
Travel all over Europe with the Interrail ticket at an all-inclusive price. For over 40 years, the Rail Pass has enabled young people, adults and senior citizens to discover Europe by train in a flexible and inexpensive way.
On the following pages I will explain:
- What is Interrail?
- Which Interrail tickets are available? Information on the Global Pass and One Country Pass.
- What does Interrail cost? The prices for the Global Pass and the One Country Pass.
- Where do I buy Interrail tickets? And when are there discount offers.
- How do Interrail reservations work?
- How do I travel on the night train with Interrail?
- How to do “interrailing”?
- What are the best Interrail routes?
… and of course many more tips and tricks that I have collected on all my tours.
Hello. I’m Peter. For more than 25 years I have been travelling regularly through Europe with Interrail. In the meantime also accompanied by my little son.
Do you have a question: I will gladly help you here or in the forum of rail.cc. 🙂
What is Interrail?
Interrail is a train ticket that allows you to make as many train journeys as you like in 33 countries in a given period. It allows you to travel through Europe by train at an all-inclusive price: simple and inexpensive.
These 33 countries will participate in Interrail in 2020: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Which Interrail tickets are available?
There are two types of ticket. The Global Pass for the great round trip through 33 European countries. And the One Country Pass for travelling in a single country. It is also possible to combine passes, i.e. you buy two or three One Country Passes. In most cases, the Global Pass is already worthwhile.
The Global Pass is the best known. You can buy it for travel periods from 4 days to 3 months. A distinction is made between the flexible (example: 10 travel days in 2 months) and the continuous (example: 1 month in a row). An overview of all variations of the Global Pass can be found here.
Important: the pass is not valid in your country of residence. However, you have the possibility to travel with one outbound and one inbound day from your place of residence to a bordering country or an airport.
One Country Pass
The Interrail One Country Pass is valid for a single country. You can choose between 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 days of travel within one month. There are no continuous tickets like the Global Pass. Popular are the variants for Italy, Switzerland and Benelux (one pass for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). Here I have created an overview for you.
Important: you cannot buy an One Country Pass for your country of residence. Travel from your country of residence to the country for which you have the One Country Pass is not included.
What does the Interrail Ticket cost?
The price of the ticket depends on your age. There is a distinction between young people (up to 27 years), adults (28 to 59 years) and seniors (60 years and older).
Advantage for families: two children (up to and including 11 years of age) per adult can travel free of charge. They receive a free children’s pass.
Not included in the Interrail ticket price:
- Reservations for some trains, such as Thalys (Amsterdam-Paris: 10 EUR), Eurostar (Paris-London: 30 EUR), TGV (France: 10 EUR), AVE (Spain: 10 EUR)
- Reservations for night trains, e.g. Nighjet: Seat 14 EUR, couchette car from 34 EUR and sleeping car from 54 EUR. But there are also cheaper ones.
- Buses: except Kemi-Lulea (connection in the north from Finland to Sweden)
- Ferries: there are discounts, but they are not really absolutely free.
There are often options for avoiding reservations. Usually with a longer journey time, but cheaper. All in all, you can control the costs of your reservation with a good planning, which I can help you with. And a night train costs extra, but at the same time you save on booking a hostel or hotel.
How much does an Interrail journey cost?
Your trip will have six major cost points. You can vary each of them individually and adapt them to your needs in order to travel cheaply or to revel in luxury. 😉
- Interrail Ticket: the basis of your journey. With good planning you can save travel days and choose a cheaper option.
- Reservations for special train types and night trains. Whereby a night train should already be. It is a great experience, at least in my eyes.
- Equipment: do you already have a rucksack or suitcase, hiking boots or not? Be economical: good shoes and not too much clothes and luggage are my recommendation. A rucksack or suitcase under 10 kilos is ideal. In addition a small daypack.
- Accommodation: one of the biggest expenses on your trip. It can be couchsurfing (free of charge), a hostel (cheap in the dormitory), Airbnb or a hotel. If you multiply the daily price by the days you travel, you can see how much this point is.
- Food: Here you can save money by booking accommodation with cooking facilities/kitchen.
- Entertainment: excursions, museums, parties, …
Think about what you will spend in one day in terms of food and accommodation. Add the price of the ticket, planned reservations. You will also use new purchases like rucksack or suitcase in the future. Then divide this by the number of days you travel.
Global Pass Price 2020
YU=youth / AD=adult / SN=senior / 2=2nd class / 1=1st class
|YU 2||YU 1||AD 2||AD 1||SN 2||SN 1|
|4 days in 1 month||185||246||246||328||221||295|
|5 days in 1 month||212||282||282||376||254||338|
|7 days in 1 month||251||335||335||446||302||401|
|10 days in 2 months||301||401||401||534||361||481|
|15 days in 2 months||370||493||493||657||444||591|
|15 days continuous||332||443||443||590||399||531|
|22 days continuous||389||518||518||690||466||621|
|1 month continuous||503||670||670||893||603||804|
|2 months continuous||548||731||731||975||658||878|
|3 months continuous||677||902||902||1202||812||1082|
Note: you see, the longer your trip, the cheaper the cost per day (number of days of travel divided by the purchase price).
Buy: You can buy your pass easy and securely on the Interrail.eu website.
Top Interrail Routes
Routes that I like to travel and can recommend to others. There are many many more!
Zurich – Zermatt – St. Moritz – Tirano – Milan – Venice
Through the Alps to Venice. With Interrail on the route of the Glacier and Bernina Express.
Copenahgen – Stockholm – Östersund – Gällivare – Abisko – Narvik
Crossing the Arctic Circle with Inlandsbanan. A real Interrail secret tip.
London – Fort William – Mallaig – Skye – Inverness – Edinburgh
From London through Scotland and the Highlands with Interrail.
The exact descriptions will follow shortly.
Everywhere on Interrail.net I sprinkle FAQs on Interrail topics. Frequently asked questions with detailed answers.
Here are the most frequently asked questions of the last days.
The Interrail Global Pass is available from 185 EUR (4 days of travel in one month). The ticket for one month costs from 503 EUR. Young people and senior travellers receive a discount.
The prices 2020 in EUR (youth/adults/senior):
4 travel days in one month: 185/246/221
5 travel days in a month: 212/282/254
7 travel days in a month: 251/335/302
10 travel days in two months: 301/401/361
15 travel days in two months: 370/493/444
15 travel days in a row: 332/443/399
22 travel days in a row: 389/518/466
1 month continuous: 503/670/603
2 months continuous: 548/731/658
3 months continuous: 677/902/812
Often there are also promos with a discount of 10% to 15%.
You can go on an Interrail journey at the age of 16. It is important that you have a written confirmation from your parents stating that you are allowed to travel alone through Europe.
Some hostels and hotels only accept travellers aged 18 and over. You have to inform yourself in advance. If one of your group members is already 18, this is no longer a problem. This person is then automatically the “supervisor”.
You can use most trains in Europe. Some high-speed trains require an extra reservation:
Thalys (Amsterdam/Brussels/Cologne/Paris): from 15 EUR
Eurostar (Paris/Brussels/Amsterdam/London): 30 EUR
TGV (France and neighbouring countries): from 10 EUR
AVE (high-speed train in Spain): 10 EUR
Frecciabianca, Frecciargento, Frecciarossa (high-speed trains in Italy): 10 EUR
X2000 (Sweden): 10 EUR
… and some more.
A detailed overview of the trains you can use with Interrail and reservation costs can be found here.
Night trains also require a reservation. However, you save the costs for a hostel or hotel at the same time. The well-known ÖBB nightjet with many connections in Europe costs 14 EUR for the seating car, couchettes from 34 EUR and sleeping car from 54 EUR. But you can also travel much cheaper with other night trains. You can find an overview of all night trains here.
In 2020 the following 33 countries will participate in Interrail: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Yes, the Interrail Global Pass has one outbound and one inbound travel day. This means that with the “outbound” travel day you can travel from your country of residence to a neighbouring country – or to an airport and depart from there. The same applies to the “inbound” day of travel: you travel back from abroad to your country of residence. For “inbound” and “outbound” trips, you must use one of your travel days on your ticket.
Tip: often national railways offer special price tickets from your place of residence to a neighbouring country. Buy such a ticket, stay some days in the neighbouring country and start from there interrailing. It will save you travel days on your pass.