Step by step guide for first-time InterRailers. Information about how InterRail works, the different kinds of Interrail tickets, how to plan your trip, how to calculate your travel budget, train reservations, night trains and ferries.

Why travel with an InterRail Pass ?

- see neighbouring countries and learn more about cultures

- meet other travelers from all over the world

- use an ecological way of traveling

- see landscapes and nature out of the train window

- feel the real distances between places

- profit from a cheap and simple way of getting from one European city centre to another without lengthy transfers

- discover a comfortable way of traveling: stop wherever you want, use frequent train services within Europe and enjoy spacious seats. There is no limitation on luggage, no check in like at airports,

- reach almost all places in Europe very easily, not only some locations offered by low-cost-airlines with limited luggage and small seats

- gain experience of life and feel real freedom
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The InterRail pass is only valid for Europeans. Non-Europeans who live in Europe (see list below) have to prove their residency by official documents (residency permit). All others have to travel by Eurail Pass.
first time InterRail
InterRail is a rail pass that allows you to travel around Europe according to the folliwing principles:
One rail pass for using (almost) all trains in Europe.
Simple and easy: get into a train anywhere in Europe and just start travelling wherever you want.

Due to the newer and faster connections by high-speed trains, some routes will require extra reservation fees for specific types of trains. However, they can almost always be avoided (see the railccs' train connections list)

Night trains usually require a reservation as well, depending on the sleeper category you want to travel in. But at the same time you can save on costs for a hostel.

The railccs do research about irail nformation and ticket prices, in order that you can best prepare your tour , knowing exactly what costs you will have to expect in total:

- which connections are available
- where you will have to pay extra reservation fees, how much they cost and how you can avoid them, if you want
- what kind of night trains are available in Europe

For all details please check the conditions of use.
The first step for planning an InterRail trip is to determine the regions and countries you want to visit. The next step is to select possible stops in a logical order. can be very helpful for your planning:

Have a look at the sample travel routes we have created for you. You don't have to stick to the exact route shown, but use them to get inspired.

Further details can be found in the country information:

Based on your travel itinerary you can choose the InterRail pass that meets exactly your needs. OR you first select the InterRail Pass according to your budget and then determine your travel route.

Travelers under the age of 26 years (YOUTH), as well as seniors and children, will get a discount on the InterRail standard price.

Flexi InterRail Global Pass:
Global means that the InterRail passes are valid in 30 European countries. It allows you to visit several countries on one travel day and to be totally flexible regarding your route design.
Flexi means: 5 travel days within a time frame of 10 days (InterRail Global Flexi Pass - 5 in 10) and 10 travel days within 22 days (InterRail Global Flexi Pass - 10 in 22). These two InterRail Passes are perfect if you don't want to spend time on trains every day, but if you want to make stops at placed where you will stay for two or three days.
The travel days can be filled in manually on your InterRail pass - whenever you need them. So you are completely flexible.

Continuous InterRail Global Pass:
The Continuous InterRail Global Passes are valid for 30 European countries.
You can travel every day within the time frame your InterRail Pass is valid for (15 days 22 days or 1 month). It is the perfect option if you want to visit a lot of places and be able to decide spontaneously where to go next.

If you visit only one country, there is as a third option, the InterRail One Country pass. When traveling three or more countries, it is usually pays off to purchase an InterRail Global Pass (see above):

The disadvantage of the InterRail Pass is that it is not valid in your own country of residence, but you usually get discount on regular price tickets until the border. Here you can find more information:

Use the railcc cost calculator for calculating the total costs of your InterRail trip :

Here you can find helpful information concerning accommodation and useful equipment (sleeping bag, backpack, ...) you need during your trip :

Please have a look at the FAQs and use our forum if you have any further questions.

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