Interrail Pass: Top European Train Itineraries, Rules, and Tips

Last Updated on 06/02/2024 by Edy Ragnoli

Europe is rich in history, culture, charming towns, bustling cities, picturesque countryside, and breathtaking natural beauty that promise to give travellers unforgettable experiences. Interrail Pass is an excellent way to traverse the vast European landscapes by train.

The Interrail Pass is a rail pass that grants unlimited train travel over 33 European countries and offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the continent's diverse destinations.

This article will guide you through all aspects of the Europe Interrail Pass: types, rules, advantages, top European Interrail itineraries (with highlights and hidden gems), and the best tips for a memorable, safe, comfortable, and affordable journey.

Types of Interrail Pass

Interrail offers a variety of passes to suit different travel styles and budgets. It is available in the traditional paper format or paper-free digital format through the Rail Planner app and Mobile Pass (read below). 

One Country Pass

This pass allows you to travel unlimited by train within one country (among 29) for a specified period. This is a good option for exploring only one country in depth.

Global Pass

The Global Pass allows you to travel unlimited by train to over 30,000 destinations in up to 33 European countries for a specified period. This is ideal to see multiple countries during your trip.

Child Pass

This pass is available to travellers aged 4 to 11 and is free.

Youth Pass

The Interrail Pass for Youth is available to individuals aged 12 to 27 and offers discounted fares on Interrail passes.

Senior Pass

This pass is available to travellers aged 60 and over and offers discounted fares on Interrail passes.

Each interrail pass can also be Continuous or Flexible. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. So, think carefully and choose the one that best suits your travel style and itinerary.

Continuous Interrail Pass

A continuous Interrail Pass allows you to travel unlimited by train within a specified area of Europe on any day within the pass time validity. The pass is valid for consecutive days, so you can hop on and off trains as often as you like during your trip. This pass type is ideal for visiting multiple countries and cities in a few days.

Advantages

  • Unlimited travel on participating trains within a specified area
  • Flexible travel dates within the validity period
  • Consecutive days of travel allow you to maximise your time.

Disadvantages

  • Less cost-effective for shorter trips or focused travel in a single country
  • It may not be suitable for travellers who want to stay in one place for extended periods.

Examples

  • A 15-day continuous Interrail Global Pass allows you to travel unlimited by train in 33 European countries for 15 consecutive days.
  • A 7-day continuous Interrail One Country Pass allows you to travel unlimited by train in one country for seven consecutive days.

Flexible Interrail Pass

A flexible (aka Flexi) Interrail Pass allows you to travel unlimited by train within a specified area of Europe for specific dates you must write in the app or on your paper pass. It offers more flexibility in choosing when you use your travel days, which you can spread over a long period. Opt for this pass type to explore Europe at your own pace.

Advantages

  • More flexibility in choosing travel dates
  • Suitable for longer trips or focused travel in a single country
  • Allows you to spread out travel days for cost-effective exploration.

Disadvantages

  • Less cost-effective for shorter trips or consecutive travel through multiple countries
  • It may require more planning to maximise travel days within the validity period.

Examples

  • A 10-day Interrail Global Pass in two months allows you to travel unlimited by train in 33 European countries for ten days within two months.
  • A 5-day Interrail One Country Pass in one month allows you to travel unlimited by train in one country for five days within a month.

Choosing the right Interrail Pass depends on your travel style and itinerary. Do you want to explore multiple countries and cities in a few days? A continuous pass is the best option. Do you prefer to take your time exploring Europe on specific dates? A flexible pass is a better choice.

Interrail Pass Type Summary Table

Travel Style

Pass Type

Explore multiple countries in a short period

Continuous Pass

Take your time exploring Europe

Flexible Pass

Consecutive travel through many countries

Continuous Pass

Focused travel in a single country

Flexible Pass

Main Interrail Pass Ticket Rules

The Interrail Pass is subject to specific terms and conditions that govern its use and validity. These rules ensure the smooth operation of the Interrail system and protect passenger and railway companies' reciprocal interests. Therefore, always follow the Eurail and Interrail Passes Conditions of Use

1. Eligibility

Interrail Pass is available to residents of eligible countries, which include most European Union (EU) member states and a few non-EU countries. To get an Interrail pass, you must either hold a passport from an eligible country or be an official resident of an eligible country with a valid residence permit.

2. Validity Period

The Europe Interrail Pass has a fixed validity period, ranging from a few days to several months. During this period, you have unlimited travel on participating trains within the specified area (Global Pass) or country (One Country Pass). The validity period starts at midnight on the first day of travel and ends at midnight on the last day of travel.

3. Travel Days

There are two Interrail Pass types. A continuous pass allows you to travel unlimited on consecutive days within the validity period. A flexible pass lets you spread your travel days out over a long period.

4. Reservations

Reservations are mandatory for some train routes, like high-speed or night trains. You can make the reservations online, through the Interrail app or at railway stations. I recommend booking reservations in advance, especially during peak seasons.

5. Age Restrictions

Interrail Pass is available for different age groups, with Youth Passes for travellers aged 12 to 27 and Senior Passes for individuals aged 60 and over. Children between 4 and 11 can travel for free when accompanied by an adult Interrail pass holder.

6. Interrail Pass Validation

Before starting your first train journey, you must validate your Interrail Pass at a designated railway station or on the Interrail app if you choose the paperless Mobile Pass. This will activate your pass and ensure that it is valid for travel.

7. Interrail Pass Inspection

During your journey., train conductors or ticket inspectors may ask you to present your Interrail pass. Failure to produce a valid pass may result in additional charges or fines.

8. Lost or Stolen Passes

An Interrail Pass is a valuable document. Therefore, you should report its loss or theft immediately. Replacement passes may be issued under certain conditions and after paying a fee.

9. Changes and Cancellations

Interrail Pass and promotional mobile or paper passes are generally non-refundable and non-exchangeable unless differently stated in the promotional offer. However, some exceptions may apply in case of unforeseen circumstances, such as illness or injury. It's essential to contact Interrail customer support for any inquiries related to changes or cancellations.

10. Compliance with Local Laws

Interrail Pass holders must comply with local laws and regulations in each country they visit. This includes respecting train rules, refraining from disruptive behaviour, and adhering to customs and immigration requirements.

European Currencies

Europe has several currencies, reflecting the continent's rich history and cultural tapestry. While the Euro (€) is the official currency of 19 European Union (EU) member states, several countries still maintain their national currencies. Here's a breakdown of the currencies used in Europe.

Euro (€)

The Euro is the official currency of the Eurozone, which comprises 19 EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

EU Members with National Currencies

  • Czech Republic: Czech koruna (CZK)
  • Denmark: Danish krone (DKK)
  • Hungary: Hungarian forint (HUF)
  • Poland: Polish złoty (PLN)
  • Romania: Romanian leu (RON)
  • Sweden: Swedish krona (SEK)

Non-EU Members’ Currencies

  • Iceland: Icelandic króna (ISK)
  • Norway: Norwegian krone (NOK)
  • Switzerland: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • United Kingdom: Pound sterling (GBP)

When planning your Interrail trip, it's crucial to familiarise yourself with the currencies of the countries you'll be visiting. This will help you budget effectively, exchange currencies at favourable rates, and avoid financial surprises.

Top Interrail Pass European Itineraries

Interrail Pass: Top Interrail European Itineraries
Interrail Pass – Train in Switzerland

The diverse tapestry of European landscapes, cultures, and historical landmarks offers infinite trip combinations for Interrail adventures. Here are a few suggestions for memorable itineraries.

Themed Itineraries

Best For Food Lovers: Italy, France, and Spain

What motivates and inspires more than food, authentic dishes and flavours in the places where they were created and became famous? Italy, France, and Spain are three of the most iconic destinations for food. Everything moves around culture and traditional exclusive food.

A foodie route through Italy, France, and Spain offers you the unique pleasure and satisfaction your whole senses can have only in these places: from creative, fresh pasta and perfect patisserie to the tasting tapas. A food itinerary can be the ideal South Europe journey.

You will bring back home memorable experiences to share with your friends, colleagues, and grandchildren. The food you can taste and places you can visit are countless, and we would need hundreds of articles for a fair, complete explanation. So, let’s talk about some examples.

Italy: get your mind lost across Rome, Florence, and Bologna

I don’t know where you come from, but I’m sure you’ve heard of these three cities at least once. Your foodie tour could start in the Eternal City and continue northward.

Prepare to taste the global fame of Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe, Abbacchio, Pinsa Romana (local traditional pizza), the juicy premium Florentine beefsteak (‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina'), and the homemade filled fresh pasta like ‘Tortellini'  in Bologna (aka ‘Turrita') once famous for its prominent 100 towers.

France: get delighted in Marseille, Lyon, and Toulouse

So, what can you expect from these three cities? Coming from the Italian peninsula, you can continue your steps along the Mediterranean coast and stop in Marseille. The city offers a perfect blend of French and North African cuisine, from the traditional Bouillabaisse seafood stew to the French liqueur pastis made with anise.

Lyon is renowned for its famous French chefs. Do you like chicken stew cooked in red wine or traditional dishes like coq au vin? These are two of the numerous dishes you can find on the menu.

You will end your French adventure in Toulouse (the Pink City), which will wait for you with sausages, ducks, foie gras, cheese, and its famous cassoulet (a hearty stew made with white beans).

Spain: keep excited in Donostia-San Sebastian, Barcelona, and Valencia 

From Toulouse, get on your train and reach the North Coast, where you can taste delicious tapas and slow-cooked beef in one of the top world gastronomic destinations, San Sebastian.

From there, give yourself another seaside view of the Mediterranean Sea by spending some days in vibrant Barcelona to eat artichokes with clams, the Escalivada, and roast vegetables.

Moving southward along the Balearic Sea coast, you complete the tour in Valencia. Your trip will stuck in your mind with the exquisite flavour of the Paella Valenciana with chicken or rabbit or Paella de Nibisco with seafood you can enjoy by the beach.

Best Mountains and Lakes: Switzerland Grand Train Tour

Do you love mountains and lakes? Then, you will find heaven in Switzerland. The Switzerland Grand Train Tour is one of the best in the world. Astonishing in every season, it will take you through breathtaking landscapes on board the efficient Swiss trains.

In this itinerary, you will immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Lugano, Lucerne, and St. Gallen.

Interlaken

Interlaken is located in the heart of Switzerland, on an alluvial plain between Lake Thun and Lale Breinz. When you arrive in Interlaken, you are immediately astonished by its untouched natural surroundings, with snow-covered mountain peaks, crystal-clear waters, and the view of its three majestic mountains of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Highlight (Must Do)

Live the Belle Epoque through a romantic cruise from Interlaken to Thun on the historic two-deck saloon Blümlisalp paddle steamer.

Trip Extension (Hidden Gems)

Lauterbrunnen, Iseltwald, and Grindelwald: tiny fairy-tale villages, welcoming and green hollows, and the mind-blowing Staubbachfall waterfall.

Kandersteg: lakes Blausee and Oeschinen.

Montreux

Montreux is a charming lakeside town heightened by the sparkling Lake Geneva. We may call Montreux a resort town with delightful culture, music festivals, vineyards and wineries, a medieval castle, and a lake promenade. You will reach Montreux on day two on the celebrated GoldenPass Line.

Then, you complete your stay by visiting Gstaad (famous for its big ski area and being the destination for celebrities and royalty) and Zweisimmen (ideal for those who love themed walking trails or scooter-based routes).

Zermatt

Welcome to a gorgeous traffic-free village located southwards into the Alps, below the iconic Matterhorn peak. The charming municipality of Zermatt is a mix of past and present. Tourists come here for the old-fashioned brown chalets, winding alleys, hiking, climbing, skiing…and roaming around by walking, driving electric vehicles or riding horse-drawn cabs.

Highlight (Must Do)

Spend a night at the Iglu-Dorf Zermatt at the foot of Matterhorn (2,727 m above sea level). You can find this accommodation type in other locations. But, in my opinion, this one is the best.

St. Moritz

You have probably heard of St. Moritz before. St. Moritz is an elegant resort town (the highest in the country) famous for being the most ancient thermal source. You will reach St. Moritz riding the Glacier Express. This worldwide-known train features large panoramic windows to enjoy lush valleys, mountain passes, and the Swiss Grand Canyon Rhine Gorge as you travel to St. Moritz.

Lugano

Lugano is the largest city in the Italian-speaking Ticino region. As you move from St. Moritz to Lugano on panoramic carriages, you will be enchanted by towering palm trees and waterfalls of the Engadine Valley. Then, riding the Bernina Express, you will pass through Italy to reach Lugano. You can expect to enjoy the city, Brusio circular vaduct, Lago Bianco, Poschiavo, and Alp Grüm.

Lucerne

Lucerne is another popular tourist destination in Switzerland. This well-preserved medieval city lies at the north end of Lake Lucerne. You will take a leap back to the past, surrounded by its elegant historic buildings. But its spectacular Alpine rides will probably catch your mind most, with connection to Jungfraujoch, Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Rigi, and Mt. Titlis.

Highlight (Must Do)

Pass across Alpine meadows and rock formations from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm on the steepest cogwheel railway in the world.

St. Gallen

Born from the hermitage of Saint Gall, this old city lies at the south end of Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Northwestern Switzerland. St. Gallen is notorious for its history, the twin-towered Cathedral, the Textile Museum, and the medieval monastic Abbey Library, one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world which possesses an impressive collection of about 170,000 books, including 400 volumes written over 1,000 years ago.

On your way from Lucerne to St. Gallen, you will enjoy the view of the high moorland (near Rothenthurm), Lake Zurich, Rapperswil, and the pre-Alpine Appenzellerland landscape.

Best for Christmas Markets: Getting Festive Across a Week

Travelling by train gives you freedom and peace of mind, allowing you to focus entirely on your journey. Start your Interrail in winter, possibly with your partners or family. There is nothing better than immersing yourself in the magical atmosphere of the top European Christmas markets.

So, why are these five cities so uniquely charming?

Brussels: Winter Wonders

Brussels Winter Wonders is the largest Christmas market in Belgium. During the Christmas period, Brussels turns into a magical wonderland. Go to Grand Place and surrounding streets to get entranced by over 200 twinkling stalls. Pamper your mouth with freshly baked waffles, Belgian chocolates and liqueurs, and a steaming mug of spiced Glühwein (Mulled Wine).

Remember to get active by skating or playing winter sports at the ice rinks like the Ice Skating Poseidon.

Cologne: Christkindlesmarkt

This is the oldest Christmas market in Germany. After enjoying Brussels, get on the next train and stop in Cologne. Reach the Old Town and walk through the 100 ornate and illuminated traditional wooden stalls full of handmade gifts and local food like the Glühwein, accompanied by roasted chestnuts and sausages.

Nuremberg: Christkindlesmarkt

You can remain in Germany for another day to visit Nuremberg and its 400-year-old Christkindlesmarkt. During festivities, the largest city of Franconia (second-largest in the Bavaria state) gets full of folk music and Christmas Carols live performances.

Before leaving Germany and the city, end your day only after wandering through festive stalls and tasting the Nuremberg Lebkuchen Christmas sweet, gingerbread cookies, and the traditional Bavarian cuisine.

Prague: Skansen's Christmas Market

Moving Eastward, reach Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. The Skansen's Christmas market dates back to 1903 and is located in the medieval Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. With over 100 years of history, this gem will wait for you with 100+ decorated stalls (one per year of age?) with hand-painted ceramics, woodcarvings, puppets, and other handicrafts.

Stay until you try the traditional Trdelnik (aka chimney cake). Filled with sweet or savoury fillings, this warm rolled pastry looks and tastes so good: irresistible (try to believe).

Vienna: Christkindlmarkt

The Vienna Christkindlmarkt is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Christmas markets. It spreads across several locations, with Rathausplatz being the primary market with over 150 decorated stalls. In Vienna, you will be completely mesmerised by its grand architecture, the traditional Austrian handicrafts, ornaments, and delicious treats, such as the renowned Sachertorte, the Viennese hot chocolate, and warming Glühwein.

Geographic Itineraries

Nordic Charm and Natural Splendor

Use your Interrail Pass to discover the enchanting beauty of Scandinavia by travelling through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. You can visit Scandinavia with Interrail in any season. Every time, you will experience the tranquillity of the Nordic wilderness, explore charming towns nestled amidst stunning landscapes, and witness the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

Denmark: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is safe and accessible. In addition to costly activities, you can enjoy free attractions, such as the National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst) and the National Museum. Don’t you like cars and heavy traffic? You can get around on foot or by riding a free city bike.

Sweden: Malmö, Stockholm, and Gothenburg

Departing from Copenhagen, you can reach Malmö through the new five-mile-long Öresund Bridge and spend memorable days in Sweden. The country is rich in natural and human-made attractions, from the astonishing coastline in Gothenburg to the 14 bridge-connected islands that make the foundation of Stockholm (one of the world’s most breathtaking capitals).

A week in Sweden also means having fun at the Gröna Lund amusement park (Stockholm) and Liseberg (Gothenburg), Scandinavia’s largest amusement park. And for culture lovers, you can include in the list Universeum (the science discovery centre) and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm (Stockholms Medeltidsmuseum).

Norway: Bodo, Trondheim, Bergen, and Oslo

Norway is the best Interrail Pass Scandinavia destination for nature lovers. Have you ever cried with happiness? Just thinking of all the beauty Norway offers will make you emotional. Go hiking, cycling, and rock climbing in the mountains near Bodo. Enjoy Aurora Borealis in the Lofoten Islands and the view of killer whales.

Take the Nordland Railway (one of Europe's most beautiful train rides) and witness the midnight sun in summer in the Arctic Circle. After visiting Bergen's buildings, fish market, and the seven surrounding mountains, go from Oslo to Trondheim on the Dorve Railway. You'll travel through wetlands and mountain rangers (do you love muskoxen and trolls?).

Finalnd: from Helsinky to Lapland

Finland offers diverse landscapes with rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality (ideal for those seeking urban excitement, natural splendour or cultural immersion). Helsinki is a Nordic jewel where you can get excited by the architectural wonders of Senate Square, Suomenlinna (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Kiasma Museum of Modern Art, and the enchanting Esplanade Park and Linnanmäki amusement park.

Do you want to immerse yourself in fairy tales and bring back your childhood? You can’t miss Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus. Rovaniemi is Finland’s northernmost region, your gateway to Lapland. Apart from unwrapping gift packages, what attracts me most are the husky sledging adventure, the hypnotic Northern Lights, and the reindeer herding traditions.

Italy: Classic, Romance, Fashion, and Tranquillity

The Italian Interrail route projects you into the centre of history, culture, romance, fashion, and cuisine (read also the food lover itinerary). This itinerary includes eight travel days, for which we recommend the Interrail Italy Pass. In one week, you will start your trip in Rome and then move to Florence, to end in the Cinque Terre (‘Five Lands’), passing through Venice, Verona, and Milan.

Rome

To date, Rome is 2,775 years old. Through 28 centuries, the Italian capital left us countless historic monuments and architecture. Between an Italian espresso and a mouthwatering pizza, don’t leave the city without visiting the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Circus Maximus, Villa Borghese, the Vatican City (the world’s Roman Catholic hub and Pope’s residence) and its Vatican Museums. These are some of the top famous Rome heritage sites you can visit in two days.

Highlight (Must Do)

Immerse yourself in history and nature with an Ancient Appian Way bike tour: underground and the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, aqueducts and ancient waterways, food taste at a local farmers market, and an eco-friendly trip.

Florence

Are you an art and history lover? Florence is your time travel machine to visit the past, where the Renaissance was born. Here are a few things you can do in Florence in a day.

  • You can reach San Miniato al Monte on foot and enjoy the sunset view.
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of Michelangelo’s Statue of David in Galleria dell’Accademia.
  • Nurture your soul by admiring one masterpiece after another, from the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio to the Uffizi Gallery and Boboli Gardens, passing through Palazzo Pitti and Ponte Vecchio.

Venice

Venice (known also as the ‘City of Canals’, ’The Floating City’ or ‘Serenissima’) is built on 126 islands. It’s one of the most unique destinations in the world. Its iconic history and architecture made it so desired that we created several fake Venice worldwide, from Las Vegas to China and South Korea. 

After spending a couple of nights in Venice, you can tell your friends and grandchildren how outstanding it is with its Lagoon, arc bridges like the Rialto Bridge, Venetian gondolas, Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Carnevale di Venezia (the most famous carnivals in the world), Teatro La Fenice, Doge’s Palace and other top museums.

Verona

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Capulet.”

by William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet, spoken by Juliet

Verona has many Roman antiquities, including the Great Roman Arena (Arena di Verona). But the city (Northeast Italy) reached global fame thanks to the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, which takes place in the city. You can visit Juliet’s house (Casa di Giulietta) and its famous balcony, the picturesque Piazza delle Erbe, the 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, the cathedral, and Castelvecchio.

Trip Extension (Hidden Gems)

Lake Garda (the largest in Italy): a fjord-shaped configuration, mild Mediterranean climate, flourishing vegetation, relaxation, sports, and fun.

Sirmione (known as the pearl of Garda): the beautiful Scaliger Castle, the Caves of Catullo (remains of an ancient Roman villa), the villa belonged to Maria Callas (only the outside visible), enjoying the sunset on the lake from the pool of Thermae. For sailing lovers, I suggest an excursion on the lake with the legendary historic Riva Acquarama yachts.

Milan

The city is Italy’s economic centre and the world’s fashion capital. In addition to the high-end fashion district (Quadrilatero della Moda) delimited by the four streets Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga, Via Manzoni, and Corso Venezia, Milan will thrill you with its iconic Gothic Cathedral (Milan’s Duomo), Sforzesco Castle and its Sempione Park, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (the oldest city’s shopping centre), the opera house Teatro alla Scala, Navigli canals, and a vibrant nightlife.

Trip Extension (Hidden Gems)

Bellagio in Lake Como: outdoor sports, nature, and a magical atmosphere that inspired Manzoni in his novel.

Stresa and Borromean Islands in Lake Maggiore: beautiful countryside, mild climate, picturesque settings, stately and sophisticated architecture with luxury villas and ornamental gardens.

Cinque Terre (Five Lands)

There’s no better way to end your Italian trip with tranquillity along the Northwestern Italy coastline (Liguria region). The so-called Five Lands includes five scenic fishing villages (Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Vrnazza, and Corniglia) with colourful houses, ancient coastal paths, harbours, vineyards on steep terraces, fishing boats and delicious seafood in traditional trattorias.

Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Interrail Pass Balkan Itineraries: Mostar Bridge, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Interrail Pass – Mostar Bridge, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Venture into the heart of Eastern Europe, discovering the captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty in the cheapest European cities in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Eastern Europe Interrail Pass itinerary allows you to travel on a budget with a Global Pass in 10 days within two months. However, it offers places rich in medieval towns, architectural masterpieces, and warm hospitality. 

Warsaw, Poland (€47 average daily cost)

You can visit the Warsaw Rising Museum on Sunday for free entry or cross the Vistula River on a free ferry to cool down and have fun on its three beaches.

Kraków, Poland (€37 average daily cost)

Take the occasion to stop by the Plac Nows market square, full of cheap bohemian cafes and bars. If you can travel from May to September, attend the Krakow Nights Festival and its free monthly concerts.

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic  (€44 average daily cost)

Enjoy your dinner with cheap food and drink or complimentary beverage offers from hostels and tours. At no cost, you can also visit the well-preserved mighty castle complex. It was developed between the 14th and 19th centuries and includes 40 buildings and palaces. The complex surrounds five castle courts and a seven-hectare castle park.

Bratislava, Slovakia (€50 average daily cost)

Plan your visit on the 1st Sunday of the month, during summer. You can enjoy free entrance to the Transport Museum and Slovakian National Museum and free film screenings at Bratislava’s beach (buy just the drinks).

Budapest, Hungary (€35 average daily cost)

The Hungarian capital offers fascinating architecture, history and nightlife. Among the best attractions are the Buda Castle, the National Gallery, Széchenyi Baths thermal bath, the Children’s Railway, the Hungarian Parliament, the History Museum, Central Market Hall, and many more.

Zagreb, Croatia (€47 average daily cost)

Among the several Zagreb attractions, I can recommend the following ones for a memorable experience.

  • Zrinjevac Park: a romantic, chilled and relaxing spot.
  • Tkalčićeva Street: a vibrant street with shops, restaurants, cafes, and small boutiques.
  • Museum of Broken Relationships: the city’s main museum offering emotional experiences through its collection of failed relationships (personal objects accompanied by the stories behind them).
  • Dolac market: the local open-air food centre full of farmers, fresh fruits (and stalls’ red umbrellas).
  • Zagreb City Museum: once the Convent of the Poor Clares, it shows Zagreb’s secular history (from prehistory until today).

Belgrade, Serbia (€44 average daily cost)

If you still like freebies, visit the 10th-century fortress. Then, move to Skadarlija Street (in the Bohemian quarter) to get excited by live street music and entertainment.

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (€43 average daily cost)

Sarajevo is full of beautiful churches and mosques with free entry. But plan your visit when it’s not prayer time. You can complete your trip walking around Baščaršija, the old bazaar built in the 15th century, rich in history and culture.

Sofia, Bulgaria (€35 average daily cost)

The Bulgarian capital hosts many churches, museums, and attractions. For free, you can visit Sofia’s Art Gallery, stand in front of the President’s Office watching the changing of the guard, or drink hot mineral water from the Banya Bashi Springs.

Bucharest, Romania (€35 average daily cost)

The most iconic Bucharest landmark is its massive Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului government building), which features 1,100 rooms. The Romanian capital and commercial centre offers many other attractions, such as museums, memorial houses, historical buildings, monuments like the Arch of Triumph, and plenty of choice of restaurants, tea houses, coffee shops, nightclubs, parks, SPAs, and casinos.

From West to East

This is one of the most iconic rail journeys departing from London and reaching Istanbul, the old Constantinople. The Orient Express covered the same route, and Hollywood made it famous. The Orient Express doesn’t exist anymore. But you can replicate it with an Interrail Global Pass. This West-to-East itinerary touches London, Paris, Munich, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sofia, and Istanbul.

London, Great Britain

Take the Eurostar high-speed train for a 2.5-hour trip from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord.   

Paris, France

The French capital needs no introduction. During your stay, touch the Tour Eiffel, contemplate Notre Dame, discover hidden stories behind international art in the Louvre Museum, spend romantic moments along the majestic Seine River and its riverside walk, enjoy the food and many other things. And when you've satisfied your soul, leave for Munich on the TGV service. 

Munich, Germany

Nobody leaves Munich without visiting a Biergarten (bear garden) and tasting beer and food at shared tables under the trees. But Munich offers many other great attractions, including the gothic Cathedral of OurLady, the Munch museums,  the Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square), and Nymphenburg Palace with its extensive park, pavilions, canals, fountains, and flower gardens. 

Istanbul, Turkey

You arrived at your destination. Take your time to visit at least the Hagia Sophia (once a Byzantine cathedral and an Ottoman mosque, now a museum), the Topkapi Palace (former residence of the Ottoman sultans), the legendary Grand Bazaar (a timeless labyrinthine shopping centre at the heart of the city, with over 4,000 shops).

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Tips and Tricks for a Memorable Interrail Europe Journey

Planning an Interrail adventure requires careful consideration to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. Here are some essential tips and advice.

Choose the Right Interrail Pass

Select the Interrail Pass that best suits your travel plans, considering the number of countries you intend to visit and the duration of your trip. The One Country Pass is ideal for in-depth exploration of a single nation, while a Global Pass offers flexibility for multi-country journeys (see details above).

Plan Your Itinerary

Once you've chosen your pass, it's time to start planning your itinerary. This involves deciding which countries to visit, how long you want to spend in each place, what you like to see and do, checking train schedules, and making reservations when necessary. The Interrail Rail Planner App can help you  (see below).

There are a few things to keep in mind when planning your itinerary.

  • The time of year: Some countries are best to visit in the summer, while others are better in the spring or fall.
  • Your interests: Do you prefer history, art, food, nature or both?
  • The distance: Be realistic about how much time you can spend between your chosen destinations.

Pack Smart

Packing light is essential for Interrailing. You'll be doing a lot of walking, so you don't want to be lugging around a heavy suitcase. Here are a few tips for packing smart.

  • Choose versatile clothing
  • Bring comfortable shoes
  • Pack light layers

I wrote more about backpacks, clothes, and packing in the paragraphs below.

Exploit Interrail Pass Flexibility

Things don't always go according to plan when you're travelling. Get ready to adapt your itinerary if necessary. This could mean changing the travel dates, skipping a destination, or taking a different train.

Interrail Pass flexibility allows you to change your plans without incurring additional costs. So don't be afraid to go with the flow and enjoy the unexpected moments that arise.

Learn Basic Phrases

Learning a few basic phrases in the local languages will make your trip smoother. Even if you can only speak a few words, it will show locals your effort to communicate with them. This will enrich your travel experience and enhance your interaction with locals.

Here are a few essential phrases to learn.

  • Hello
  • Goodbye
  • Thank you
  • Please
  • Yes
  • No
  • Excuse me
  • Do you speak English?

What about asking questions on the train? The following four examples might save your day. Remember to translate them into the local language.

  • Where is the platform for [train number]?
  • What time is the next train to [city]?
  • Can you help me find my seat?
  • Can you please speak English?

Stay Safe

Be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to stay safe during the travel. You can read Interrail safety tips on its website and app.  

In the meantime, take note of these basic safety behaviours.

  • Keep your valuables secure, such as your passport and money.
  • Keep your guard up in crowded areas.
  • Don't carry too much cash with you.
  • Use ATMs in secure locations.
  • Be aware of local scams.

You may also be interested in discovering The Best Travel Insurance for Long-Term Travellers and Digital Nomads.

Embrace the Journey

Interrail is not just about reaching destinations but about the journey itself. Take your time to enjoy the scenery, meet new people, and experience the different European cultures. The following four suggestions may sound obvious, but it’s worth repeating them.

  • Slow down and savour the moment.
  • Talk to locals and learn about their culture.
  • Try new foods and drinks.
  • Be open to new experiences.

Remember, the best way to have a memorable Interrail experience is to relax, be flexible, and enjoy the ride.

Book Ahead for Popular Routes and Night Trains

During peak seasons, trains can get crowded. So, book ahead to guarantee a seat, ensure a good night's sleep, and save you the hassle of finding one at the last minute.

Consider Taking Slower Trains

Slower trains often take more scenic routes, so you can enjoy the views as you travel. They also tend to be less crowded than faster trains, so you can relax and enjoy the journey.

Pack Snacks and Drinks

Food and drinks can be expensive on trains, so it's a good idea to pack snacks and beverages. This will save you money and help you avoid getting hungry or thirsty on the go.

Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

There are water fountains at most train stations, so you can save money and reduce plastic waste by bringing a reusable water bottle (avoid plastic and opt for the safer, eco-friendly reusable model).

Take Advantage of Discounts

Several offers and exclusive deals are available for Interrail pass holders, including transportation. Visit the Interrail Pass website to pick yours. 

Ask the Accommodation Staff for Advice

Asking the hostel staff for advice can also help you make your trip more enjoyable. For the main advantages, keep reading until the dedicated paragraph.

Bring a Compass

A compass can be a handy addition to your GPS and smartphone. Continue reading to discover the advantages.

Use the Interrail Pass Rail Planner App

Are you tech-savvy? The Interrail Pass Rail Planner app is a great way to plan your trip and book tickets. You can use the app to search for train schedules and connections, check prices, make reservations, manage your itinerary seamlessly, and avoid paper. 

Let’s have a closer look at the app. 

Interrail Rail Planner App Featured
Interrail Rail Planner App

Interrail Pass Rail Planner App Features

1. Train Search and Timetables

The app allows you to search for train connections within the Interrail network, covering 33 European countries. You can specify travel dates, departure and arrival stations, and preferred train types. The app displays the available train connections, including travel times, train numbers, and critical notes.

2. Ticket Booking

Once you've found the train connection that suits your schedule, you can book your tickets directly through the app. The app supports secure payment methods and allows you to store your travel documents digitally for easy access.

3. Itinerary Management

The app provides a convenient way to manage your Interrail itinerary. You can add train connections to your itinerary, view your travel schedule, and receive reminders for upcoming journeys.

4. Offline Functionality

This feature allows you to access train schedules and itinerary details without an internet connection. This is particularly useful when travelling in remote areas or when data roaming costs are a concern.

5. Interrail Pass Management

You can store and manage your Interrail pass information within the app. This includes viewing pass validity, remaining travel days, and any additional reservations or tickets associated with your pass.

6. Maps and Directions

I love things when they get interactive and immersive. Indeed, the app integrates with mapping services to visualise your train routes and explore destination cities. You can also view station locations, get directions to your accommodation, and discover nearby attractions.

7. Real-time Updates

The app provides real-time information on train schedules and disruptions. You can receive notifications for delays, cancellations, and alternative travel options.

8. Additional Features

The app includes currency converters, phrasebooks, and information about local attractions and activities to enhance your Interrail experience.

Pros and Cons of Taking Night Trains

Are you open to the unique experience of night travel? Taking night trains can be a great way to save time and money while experiencing the beauty of Europe from a different perspective.

Do you prioritise uninterrupted sleep, privacy, and ample social interaction? You may prefer to travel during the day. Let’s dig a bit into the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Save time and money: Night trains allow you to travel while you sleep. So, you can save a day of accommodation and transportation costs.
  • Comfortable travel: Many night trains offer comfortable sleeping accommodations, ranging from couchettes with shared sleeping compartments to private cabins with en suite bathrooms.
  • Scenic views: Night trains often travel through scenic areas, allowing you to wake up to breathtaking views of the countryside or cities.
  • Unique experience: Taking a night train can be a unique and memorable experience, providing a different perspective on travel and a glimpse into the rhythm of the night.

Cons

  • Disrupted sleep: Sleeping on a train can be challenging for some people, as the movement and noise can break up sleep patterns.
  • Limited space: Sleeping compartments can be small and cramped, especially in couchettes.
  • Potential for delays: Night trains can be more susceptible to delays than day trains (due to track maintenance or unexpected events).
  • Social limitations: Night trains are less conducive to socialising with fellow travellers as everyone is typically asleep (but it can be an advantage for introverts).

Additional Factors to Consider

Tolerance: Sleeping on a train can become arduous and annoying if you are sensitive to noise or movement.

Privacy: If you prefer privacy, opt for a private cabin rather than a couchette.

Comfort level: If you are claustrophobic or uncomfortable in small spaces, I suggest you avoid couchettes.

Flexibility: Expect delays or schedule changes when travelling by night train.

The decision of whether or not to take night trains for your Interrail Europe trip is a personal one. Weigh the pros and cons carefully, consider your travel preferences, and choose the option that best suits your needs and desires for your European adventure.

Best Accommodations During an Interrail Europe

10 Tips for Finding the Best Lodging

1. Consider your budget

Accommodation costs can vary greatly depending on the type and location. Hostels are the most affordable option, while hotels can be relatively expensive. Guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and apartments can be a mid-range option.

2. Think about your location

Are you planning to do a lot of sightseeing? Choose centrally-located accommodation. This will save you time and money on transportation. Will you spend more time relaxing? Opt for accommodation located in a more peaceful area.

3. Read reviews

Before you book your accommodation, read opinions from other travellers (but I guess you're doing that already). This can help you get a sense of quality and the overall experience of other guests.

4. Book in advance

Like trains, during peak seasons, accommodation can fill up quickly. It's a good idea to book your accommodation in advance, especially if you're travelling during the summer months or school holidays.

5. Be flexible

If you're flexible with your dates and location, you may be able to find better deals on accommodation. For example, you can find cheaper rates by staying in a hostel or travelling outside the city centre.

6. Consider alternative accommodations

Although there are 100,000+ hotels in Europe, other options can help you save money while letting you meet new people. Let's take, for example, Airbnb, Couchsurfing, and home exchanges. 

7. Use a hostel booking website or app

Booking platforms like Hostelworld and Booking.com can help you compare prices and find the best deals on hostels.

8. Sign up for email alerts from accommodation providers

Many accommodation providers send email alerts that notify you of special offers and discounts.

9. Book directly with the accommodation provider

Sometimes, you can get better rates by booking directly with the accommodation provider instead of going through a booking website or app. My trick is searching for them on a booking platform and later visiting the provider’s website (if any).

10. Follow accommodation providers on social media

Many accommodation providers also use social media to promote special offers and discounts. Remember, some might not have their own website but operate exclusively through Facebook and Instagram.

Popular Accommodation Types

Hostels

Hostels are the most affordable option for Interrail travellers, with dorm beds starting at as little as 10 euros per night. They are a great way to meet other like-minded guests and experience the local culture.

Guesthouses

Guesthouses are a good mid-range option, offering more privacy and comfort than hostels. They typically have shared bathrooms, but some may have private rooms.

Bed & Breakfast

In a B&B, you can have a more personal and cosy experience, with breakfast included in the room price. This is a good option for travellers who want to experience local hospitality (I've booked Bed & Breakfast accommodation since 2008, and they've never disappointed me, unlike hotels).

Apartments

Apartments offer the most privacy and independence, with a full kitchen and living area. They are a good option for families or groups of friends who want to self-cater.

Hotels

Hotels offer the most comfort and luxury, with private bathrooms, room service, and other amenities. They are a good option for indulging in a bit of pampering. But remember to read reviews and look at real photos. High price tags or the noun Hotel doesn't always mean high quality. 

Accommodation Summarising Table

Accommodation Type

Pros

Cons

Hostel

Affordable, social, central location

Shared rooms, no privacy

Guesthouse

Good value, more privacy than hostels

Shared bathrooms

Bed and Breakfast

Personal, cozy, breakfast included

May not be centrally located

Apartment

Private, independent, full kitchen

Can be expensive

Hotel

Comfortable, luxurious, full amenities

Most expensive option

Ultimately, the best way to choose a suitable accommodation for your Interrail trip is to consider your budget, travel style, and preferences. Do some research, read reviews, and compare prices before making a decision.

You may also be interested in learning 14 Tips for Choosing the Right Hostel for Backpackers and Digital Nomads.

Best Travel Companions for an Interrail Europe

Best Travel Companions for Interrail Europe
Travel Companions for Interrail Europe

The Adventurous Companion

Are you seeking adventure and off-the-beaten-path exploration? Look for fellow travellers who share your enthusiasm for exploring hidden gems and embracing the unexpected. Seek out individuals who are open to trying new things, physically active, and comfortable with a bit of spontaneity.

The Culture Enthusiast

Do you prefer to immerse yourself in local cultures, history, and art? Find companions who share your interest in museums, historical landmarks, and cultural events. Look for people eager to learn about different cultures and appreciate the nuances of each destination.

The Foodie Fellow

Does your Interrail journey revolve around culinary experiences? The right fellows for you are those who share your love for trying new foods, savouring local delicacies, and discovering hidden gastronomic gems. Seek out individuals passionate about food, who enjoy trying new cuisines, and who appreciate the diversity of European culinary traditions.

The Social Butterfly

Do you thrive in social settings and enjoy meeting new people? Find outgoing, friendly fellow travellers open to making new friends, engaging in conversations, sharing experiences, and enjoying the camaraderie of group travel.

The Relaxing Companion

Is a more laid-back approach better for you? Approach travellers who enjoy leisurely experiences, scenic walks, and relaxing downtime. They must be patient, easygoing, and appreciate the tranquillity of slower-paced travel.

The Organised Planner

Are you obsessed with structured travel? Your best fellow travellers are detail-oriented and efficient. They enjoy planning itineraries, organising activities, and ensuring a smooth travel experience.

The Budget-Conscious

Are you on a tight budget? Your ideal fellow travellers are mindful of expenses, open to budget-friendly options, and willing to compromise on some luxuries. Seek resourceful and practical individuals who share your financial goals for the trip.

The Independent Spirit

Do you prefer independence and enjoy exploring at your own pace? Find understanding, adaptable companions who respect your need for solitude, appreciate the freedom of individual exploration and are comfortable with some periods of solo travel.

The Flexible Adapter

Do you like surprises? If yes, you're open to unexpected changes and adaptable to different situations. Therefore, make your journey with resourceful, easygoing individuals who are flexible with their plans, open to new experiences, and willing to go with the flow.

The Positive Attitude Companion

Do you believe a positive mindset can enhance the travel experience? Leave with people who share your optimistic outlook. They maintain a cheerful demeanour, can approach challenges with a sense of humour, and contribute to a joyful travel atmosphere.

Remember. The best companions for your Interrail adventure are those who complement your personality, share your travel preferences, and contribute to a positive and enjoyable experience. By finding like-minded individuals, you can create lasting memories and make your Interrail journey even more enriching.

How to Make Friends During Your Interrail Europe

Making friends during Interrail Europe can be a rewarding experience that enhances your travel adventure. Here's how to connect with other travellers and make lasting friendships.

Stay in hostels.

Hostels are a social hub for travellers, providing opportunities to meet people from all over the world. Shared dorms, common areas, and organised activities create a welcoming atmosphere for socialising.

Join group tours and activities.

Participating in group tours, walking tours (read more in the next paragraph), or cooking classes is a great way to meet people with similar interests. These activities provide shared experiences and opportunities for conversation.

Strike up conversations.

Don't be afraid to initiate conversations with other travellers. You can start by asking about their journey or sharing your travel plans.

Be open-minded and approachable.

Approach conversations with an open mind and a genuine interest in getting to know people. Listen attentively to their stories and share your own experiences.

Engage in shared activities.

Find activities that you enjoy and participate in them with other travellers. This could include playing games, watching movies, or exploring the city together.

Be respectful of cultural differences.

Remember that people from different cultures may have different customs and communication styles. Be respectful of these differences and approach interactions with an open mind.

Use social media.

Social media can be a helpful tool for connecting with fellow travellers. Join Interrail-related groups or forums to share experiences and meet new people.

Embrace spontaneity.

Be open to spontaneous encounters and invitations. You might make lifelong friends by accepting an unexpected invitation to join a group activity or visit a local spot.

Exchange contact information.

Before parting ways, exchange contact information with people you connect with. This could be email addresses, social media handles, or phone numbers.

Stay in touch.

Keep in touch with your new friends after your travels. Send postcards, exchange messages, or plan future meetups to maintain the connections you've made.

Remember, making friends is about being genuine, approachable, and open to new experiences. By following these tips and embracing the spirit of adventure, you'll find that Interrail Europe can be an unforgettable journey filled with meaningful connections.

Join European Free Walking Tours

Walking tours provide a great way to explore different cities and learn about their history, culture, and landmarks. Let’s examine some of them.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Free Amsterdam Tours

This company offers a variety of free walking tours of Amsterdam, including a general orientation tour, a Red Light District tour, and an Anne Frank House tour. 

Sandemans New Europe Tours

This is another well-regarded company offering free walking tours in Amsterdam. New Europe Tours also offers specialised tours, such as a Jewish history tour and a Dutch food tour.

Berlin, Germany

FreeTour.com

FreeTour.com is a travel-related service platform where you can book budget and free tours with local guides in over 120 countries. The website gathers several providers and offers 34 tours in Berlin, including the historical centre, old Berlin, and the Oldie Käfer Tour on a Volkswagen Beetle. 

Budapest, Hungary

Original Budapest Tours

The tour offers a 3-5 hour walk in the capital and includes 15 popular sites and famous attractions. The company also proposes a Free Alternative street art Tour and a Free Jewish Quarter Walking Tour. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen Free Walking Tours

This travel company provides a variety of tours, including a classic city tour, a grand tour of Copenhagen, and a Christianshavn tour. 

Nordic Freedom Tours

The company offers walking tours in various Scandinavian cities, including the Free Walking Tour Copenhagen, which covers the major attractions, and the Free Walking Tour Copenhagen Christiania to visit the city’s most unique district. 

You may also be interested in learning How to Choose the Best Group Tour and Travel Guide Company.

Participate in Organised Bar Crawls

Organised bar crawls are a fun and social way to meet new people while exploring a city's nightlife. These events typically involve visiting several bars or pubs in a specific area, often with discounted drinks and drink specials.

Pros

  • Meet new people: Encounter other travellers and locals in casual and social settings.
  • Explore new bars: Discover different bars and pubs you might not have discovered alone.
  • Enjoy discounted drinks: Save money to do more activities.
  • Have fun: Let loose, socialise, and have a memorable night out.

Cons

  • They can be crowded and loud, especially in popular cities.
  • Can be expensive: While bar crawls may offer discounts, the overall cost of drinks and transportation can add up.

Read Hostel Notice Boards

Hostel notice boards inform you about local events, activities, and organised trips. They can also help you make friends by connecting with fellow travellers.

Pros

  • Discover unknown entertainment opportunities
  • Connect with fellow travellers
  • Find travel companions
  • Local recommendations for attractions, restaurants, and bars.

Cons

  • It can be overwhelming with too much information
  • It's not always accurate and up-to-date
  • It can be a source of scams and misleading information: be cautious when it seems too good to be true.

Ask Hostel Staff for Advice (Why?)

Local knowledge

Hostel staff live in the city where the hostel is located. So, they have a wealth of local knowledge they can share with you. They can recommend restaurants, bars, attractions, heritage, and events you couldn't find alone. They can also give you insights into the local culture and help you connect with other travellers.

Personal recommendations

Hostel staff can give you personal recommendations based on your interests and budget. They can tell you which restaurants they think are the best, which bars have the best atmosphere, and which attractions are worth seeing.

Help with planning

Hostel staff can provide maps, transportation information, and recommendations for accommodation and activities. They can also help you book popular attractions, events, and transportation tickets.

Troubleshooting

Hostel staff often knows how to troubleshoot any problems you might have during your trip, such as lost luggage and passport or medical emergencies.

So don't be afraid to ask the hostel staff for advice! They are there to help you make the most of your trip.

Suggested Backpacks for Your Interrail Trips

Whether a front-loading backpack is better for Interrail depends on your needs and preferences. Both front-loading and top-loading backpacks have their pros and cons. So, consider which type is the best fit for you.

Some Factors to Consider

Size/Capacity: large enough to accommodate your needs but not so large that it's bulky and uncomfortable to carry.

Weight: lightweight since you'll be carrying it for long.

Features: padded shoulder straps, a hip belt, laptop compartments, removable camera inserts, and locking zippers.

Durability: made from durable materials that can withstand the rigours of travel.

Reviews: positive feedback from other travellers gives you a sense of the backpack's quality and performance.

Front-loading Backpacks

Front-loading backpacks have a large opening at the front, which is very handy for seeing and accessing all your belongings, especially items buried at the bottom of the bag. Additionally, front-loading backpacks tend to be more comfortable to carry as they distribute the weight more evenly across your back.

Pros

  • Easy to pack and unpack
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Good weight distribution

Cons

  • It may not be as secure as top-loading backpacks

Top-loading Backpacks

Top-loading backpacks have a smaller opening at the top to load and unload your belongings. This type of backpack is more secure than a front-loading backpack, as you can close the opening tightly. Top-loading backpacks are also less likely to tip over when you unpack them.

Pros

  • More secure than front-loading backpacks
  • Less likely to tip over
  • Suitable for carrying bulky items

Cons

  • Difficult to access items at the bottom of the bag
  • It may not be as comfortable to carry as front-loading backpacks.

Interrail Backpacks Summarising Table

Feature

Front-loading backpack

Top-loading backpack

Packing and unpacking

Easy

Difficult

Comfort

Comfortable

Less comfortable

Security

Less secure

More secure

Tipping

More likely to tip over

Less likely to tip over

By the way, the best way to discover which backpack type is right for you is to try on a few different models.

Best Backpack Models for Interrail Europe

When choosing a backpack for your Interrail trip, answer these questions first.

  • How much will you be packing?
  • How long will you be travelling?
  • What features are important to you?

Then, look at the following five backpacks from the top brands and make your choice.

Osprey Porter 46L

This backpack is a great all-around option for Interrail travel. It's comfortable, durable, and has a spacious 46-litre capacity to accommodate all your essentials. 

Tortuga Outbreaker 40L

This waterproof and lockable carry-on backpack is ideal for one-week general travel. It features a padded compartment for your laptop and has plenty of pockets for organisation. Furthermore, you can pack your belongings like a suitcase. 

Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

Made from high-quality materials, the Peak Design Travel Backpack has a sleek, modern design. It's also very comfortable to carry, thanks to its padded shoulder straps and hip belt. It’s perfect to pack your laptop and camera gear.  

Nomatic Travel Backpack 40L

This backpack is an excellent option for travellers who want style and functionality. It has a sleek design, a comfortable carrying system, and plenty of pockets and compartments.

Pacsafe Venturesafe X 40L

The Venturesafe backpack by Pacsafe is designed to be secure, with slash-resistant fabric, locking zippers, and RFID-blocking pockets. It's also comfortable and spacious with its 40-litre capacity.

You may also be interested in knowing The Best Travel Luggage, Bags, and Backpacks for Any Need.

Best Clothes for Your European Interrail

How you dress during your journey on the Old Continent will depend on the time of the year you are travelling, the weather conditions in the countries you plan to visit, and your style. However, I can give you some general tips to help you pack efficiently and stylishly for your Interrail adventure.

1. Choose comfortable clothing and shoes

You will be doing a lot of walking and sightseeing (unless you want to lose all the fun). So, take supportive shoes and versatile clothes that you can easily mix and match.

2. Pack layers

The weather in Europe can be unpredictable. So, bring layers you can add or remove as needed. This will help you stay comfortable in a variety of climates.

3. Bring a mix of casual and dressier clothes

Sightseeing and relaxing require some casual clothes. But don’t forget dressier clothes to go out to dinner or bars (unless you love only nature and camping).

4. Don't overpack

You will be moving from place to place, so it is important to avoid overpacking. Bring only the essentials and do laundry along the way.

What to Pack for Your European Interrail Trip

  • T-shirts: a variety of T-shirts in different colours and styles.
  • Jeans: a pair of comfortable jeans that you can easily dress up or down.
  • Shorts: a pair of shorts for warmer days.
  • Dresses: a few dresses for going out to dinner or bars.
  • Sweatshirts or hoodies: a sweatshirt or hoodie for cooler evenings.
  • Jacket: a lightweight jacket or rain jacket for unpredictable weather.
  • Scarf: a scarf to keep warm on cold days or add a touch of style.
  • Hat: a hat to protect yourself from the sun or rain.
  • Comfortable shoes: a pair of comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Swimsuit: a swimsuit if you plan on swimming in the sea, lakes, rivers, and pools.
  • Small backpack: a small backpack for day trips or sightseeing.

Europe is old, diversified, and extensive. It offers countless attractions, infinite culture, exquisite traditional and modern cuisine, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating languages. Trains are the best way to experience it and completely immerse in the European universe. The Interrail Pass is a one-off ticket to reach 30,000+ destinations in 33 European countries.

Are you young, an adult or an elder? There’s an Interrail Pass for you. Do you prefer to explore one country or take the chance to discover the whole of Europe? There’s an Interrail Pass also for you. And if you travel with children (4-11), they can get on board for free.

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