Part 2 of my Interrailing guide will discuss which ticket options are available to purchase and an example of the ‘typical’ route that many young travellers seem to follow.
Tickets and Trains:
For my trip I purchased an Interrail ticket that any European resident is eligible to buy for their trip. If you are not a European resident, you can purchase a Eurail pass. Both Interrail and Eurail are under the same umbrella company called European railways and both companies offer a ‘Global pass’ and a ‘One country pass’. The global pass will allow you to travel throughout 30 different countries whereas the one country pass restricts you to using the ticket for travelling within one single country.
One key point to note is your age will affect the price you pay for your Interrail ticket. If you are under the age of 26, you qualify for the youth tickets that have a starting price of €200. Qualifying for the adult age bracket (Over 26) means that the Interrail tickets will start from €264. A full table of Interrail passes is available here.
As your trip continues, you are required to fill out the date of each train journey you embark on so that ticket inspectors can see you are abiding by the rules of the ticket. You can see the ticket I filled out in the image below.
With my ticket, I was able to visit 10 different cities and from the route shown in my previous blog, you were able to see that the route my group took was spread out across the entire continent. I believe that the 10 journeys within a month Interail pass will be more than sufficient for any person looking to get the best value and experience from their interrailing trip.
Choosing your route:
The first crucial part of planning your route is to pick the city from which your journey shall commence. Our starting point was the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and our route continued from there.
Below I have constructed a map of a ‘typical route’ that people would take just to give you an idea of how far you can get around Europe using your Interrail pass.
This route only includes 8 stops so a few more could potentially be added if you wish to make the most out of your 10-journey rail ticket. I produced the image to give you an idea of the direction that some people decide to take their trip. Of course you could decide to take your journey north to Scandinavia or further west toward Spain and France, the Interrail global pass allows you complete flexibility.
The next blog in this series will discuss budgeting tips and accommodation advice in preparation for your big trip across Europe. Be sure to follow my Instagram account @conalphoto so that you don’t miss any blog posts.
If you missed the first blog post in this series you can find it here.