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What countries can I go InterRailing in?

Make the most of your InterRailing experience

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An InterRail Pass is a type of train ticket that can be used to travel throughout Europe for relatively low cost. The InterRail Global Pass is valid in 30 countries and can be used to travel from country to country. You can get a Flexi pass which allows you to travel on a certain number of days or a continuous pass which allows you to travel on any day you choose. The InterRail One Country Pass can be used for travel within one country only.

Where can you go InterRailing?

InterRail passes are valid in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

Who can use InterRail passes?

  • All European residents can get an InterRail Passes
  • Tickets are more expensive for those over the age of 27 
  • Most InterRail tickets are only valid on national railways and not on the train systems of private companies
  • You cannot use an InterRail Pass in the country you live in. This is done to prevent commuters from using InterRail Passes to get to work, college, or school.

How much do the Passes cost?

  • Travel on 5 days within a period of 15 days: €177
  • Travel on 7 days within a period of 1 month: €217 
  • Travel on 10 days within a period of 1 month: €259
  • Travel on 15 days within a period of 1 month: €320
  • Travel on every day within a period of 15 days: €286
  • Travel on every day within a period of 22 days: €335
  • Travel on every day within a period of 1 month: €434

How to keep the cost of InterRailing down

Not all train journeys are fully covered by the InterRailing Pass. Some charge a supplement fee for InterRailers. This means you may have to pay extra for your tickets. So, if you are trying to budget, do some research beforehand and find out which trains require the extra supplement. Bear in mind that high speed trains (such as the very popular Eurostar) are more likely to charge a supplement.

Some countries and cities are more likely to have supplements than others. Many trains in Italy charge supplements, as do trains in France. Trains in France also have limited amounts of InterRail seats for pass holders. Booking ahead is also strongly advised in Italy. Always pay supplements before boarding the train. Otherwise, you could be fined, and fines tend to cost more than supplements.

If you have a Flexi Pass, try to use your travel days for longer journeys or for more than one journey. If you are only going a short distance, it may make more financial sense to spend a few quid on a train ticket rather than using up your Flexi Pass allowance.

Travelling at night can work out cheaper. If you board an overnight train after 8pm, only the following day is counted as a travel day. You can also save monay by not buying food on trains. It is much, much cheaper to buy your food and drinks in a supermarket before you get on the train.

Visit Interail for all the latest offers on travel passes and check out our Travel section to help you make the most of your trip. 

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Published July 12th2013
Last updated March 22nd2018
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