Interrailing is just one of those things you have to do at least once in your life. It’s a unique experience, and you get to explore Europe the best way possible: by train. With just one pass, you can enjoy unlimited train rides to amazing little towns, modern cities, beaches, and the mountains. Eager to try it out but want to know more? Here’s the beginner’s guide to Interrail/Eurail!
What’s the difference between Interrail & Eurail?
This is always the first question people have. To keep it simple, the Interrail Pass is for EU-citizens and the Eurail Pass is for non-EU citizens. If you’re not sure which Pass you should get, check this article.
Do I really get unlimited train rides?
The passes gets you one rail pass which allows you to jump on/off as many train rides as you’d like. You can choose a specific pass for a region and time period. From there you can make use of as many trains as you’d like!
Does the Interrail/Eurail pass just apply to trains?
In most cases, yes. But your rail pass also allows you to get some free ferry rides. For example, between Italy and Greece, and even to the Greek islands. This is an amazing way to see more countries and explore the islands, too. If you travel between Germany and Denmark, you’re in for a treat! There’s a train that actually goes on the ferry! We think that’s a pretty unique train experience!
Is it one pass fits all?
Hardly! Interrail/Eurail offers various passes to choose from. They have single country passes, with 30 participating countries. The most famous is the Interrail Global Pass which allows you to travel all of Europe. You can actually visit over 40.000 destinations with this pass. You might need more time off than you originally thought!
Are there any extra benefits to the pass?
Apart from train rides, you can enjoy lots of additional benefits with your Interrail/Eurail Pass! Here’s a few places where you can get a discount:
- 10% discount at all Europe’s Famous Hostel locations
- Free travel on International IC bus connections through Germany
- 20% discount on bike rentals with Donkey Republic
- 20% discount at SANDEMAN’S NEW Europe Walking-Touren
- 15% discount at City Sightseeing Tours
- 10% discount at GetYourGuide Tours, which includes museums, tours, city passes, and theme parks.
Does Interrail/Eurail have an app?
Interrail has designed an amazing app where you can find all your train times, destinations, and more relevant information. This way, you can plan your trip in advance to see how much you need to get from place to place.
Do I have to make train reservations?
More often than not, you don’t have to make a reservation. But that’s not always the case, especially with the busier train lines. These are typically the high speed trains such as Eurostar that connects Brussels, Paris, and London. You can use the app to see if your desired train line requires a reservation or not.
If you want to avoid reservations, the app also gives you the option to view reservation free routes.
Can I use the pass in my home country?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. The pass is designed specifically for travellers to explore new places. The only way this is allowed is upon departure of your home country, and arrival back into your home country.
Do I have to keep track of my train rides?
While there is an app, there’s also a paper portion to the rail pass. It’s actually a really good way to keep track of the rides you’ve taken. You have to write down the trains you’ll take before boarding. You get a timetable sheet with your rail pass. If you don’t do this, you can be fined. All you have to write down the place of departure, departure time, and your destination!
One of the most important parts of any trip is to enjoy every minute, meet new people, and simply let it all happen. Things will always go wrong, but learn to flow with it. It’ll make or a great story when you return home!