For the savvy rail traveller, travelling around Europe by rail on an Interrail pass is surprisingly affordable and flexible allowing passengers to custom create their own itineraries no matter how much holiday they have, from five days up to one month. Even better, children under 12 travel free and passes can be purchased up to 11 months prior to travel!
Covering 29 European countries* (full list below), the Global Pass option offers travellers the freedom to explore more of Europe, from the Spanish costas to the Scandinavian fjords, the cultural cities of Italy to the spectacular Swiss mountains. 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. Sample prices start at £213 per adult for standard class and £334 for first class – for five 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 £334 per adult for standard class and £525 for first class for 15 days continuous travel.
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For those wishing to explore 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. Adult prices start at £164 for standard class (1st Class £256), offering 3 days travel within a month to £253 (1st class £397) 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 £140 for 2nd class (1st class £220) for 3 days travel within a month to £240 (1st class £375) 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 £164 for standard class (1st Class £256), offering 3 days travel within a month to £253 (1st class £397) 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 £79 for 2nd class (1st class £98) for 3 days travel within a month to £150 (1st class £187) 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 – new for 2016, 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+
About SNCF: Present in 120 countries, SNCF is a world leader in mobility and logistics. Its total workforce of 250,000 generated revenue of €31.4 billion in 2015, 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 organizing authorities. www.sncf.com