For the savvy young rail traveller, travelling around Europe by rail on an Interrail pass is surprisingly affordable and flexible allowing student explorers to custom create their own itineraries no matter how much time they have, from five days up to one month. While still enjoying all the benefits of rail travel from no baggage costs and allowances, to idyllic scenery as you travel from destination to destination and of course all the comfort and ease expected from travel by rail.
Covering 29 European countries* (full list below), the Global Pass option offers travellers the freedom to create their own itinerary on the move so they can explore more of Europe, from the Spanish costas to the Scandinavian fjords, the cultural cities of Italy to the spectacular Swiss mountains. The more free-spirited traveller can hop from major cities and must see sites, to off the beaten track (no pun intended) smaller towns and villages – jump off the train if somewhere looks good or catch up on some sleep while travelling between party cities.
For those who want to stop off and enjoy a destination for a few days, the Flexi pass is ideal as it allows for travel a certain number of days within a fixed time schedule, and with seven options it is more flexible than ever. Sample prices start at £183 for a standard class youth ticket – for 5 days of travel within a 15 day period.
For those who like a little spontaneity when they travel there is the continuous pass which allows for everyday travel. This pass starts at £308 per youth standard class ticket for 15 days continuous travel.
– See below for full durations and passes.
For those wishing to study the rich history and culture of a particular country, the One Country Pass is the best option.
Take France by rail for example. Blessed with an excellent rail network, there is an abundance of destinations to explore from Burgundy and the Dordogne, to following the Atlantic coastline, to hitting the slopes of the Alps. Youth prices start at £141 for standard class, offering 3 days travel within a month to £212 for 8 days travel in a month – travel can either be on consecutive days or spread out over the month.
If its sun, sand and sangria that’s calling, then head to Spain and enjoy travelling around coastal towns and historic cities. Explore the fascinating Parc Guell in Barcelona, before tapas in Madrid and sunbathing in Valencia. Prices start at £120 for 2nd class for 3 days travel within a month to £200 for 8 days travel within the month.
If Northern Europe is more your style, why not visit Germany and hop between the cities. From the capital Berlin in the east, to Cologne in the west. If you like beer, then a visit to Munich in September is a must. Prices start at £141 for standard class, offering 3 days travel within a month to £212 for 8 days travel per month.
How about a tour of historic Poland, before heading off the beaten track into the unspoiled woodlands and beaches of the north. For sandy beaches head to the Baltic Coast. Prices start at £53 for standard class for 3 days travel within a month to £98 for 8 days travel within the month.
Interrail passes and their accompanying seat reservations can be booked at
Global Pass Duration: 5 days in 15, 7 days in 1 month, 10 days in 1 month, 15 days in 1 month, 15 days continuous, 22 days continuous, 1 month continuous.
Pass Age Category: Adults – 26-59, Child – up to 11**, Youth – 12-25 and Senior 60+
** Children travel free
About SNCF: About SNCF: Present in 120 countries, SNCF is a world leader in mobility and logistics. Its total workforce of 250,000 generated revenue of €32.3 billion in 2016, with 33% of revenue from markets outside France. A public sector group dedicated to public service, SNCF builds on its foundations in rail to offer a broad range of services, delivering seamless door-to-door mobility for transport and logistics operators, passengers and the regional and local governments that are its organising authorities. www.sncf.com.