So you know you want to travel to Europe, you’ve got a bit of an idea of where you want to go but need to work out the logistics of how to get from place to place. There are an array of options from the hiring a car, plane, coach or the most popular train. If trains are the way for you then it’s worth looking into an interrail ticket, they are an expensive investment, so I guess what you want to know is an interrailing ticket value for money vs doing it yourself?
It will massively depend on how long you are planning to go for, how many countries you want to visit and of course how many trains this would involve. If you start by answering some of the questions above, this should help calculate it’s value and the type of pass you would require.
What are the different types of passes, and what’s included in an interrail pass?
I used the travel 5 days within 10 days, which basically mean you can travel on most trains for 24 hours and get as many trains as required within that time on 5 separate days. On the first train, you get on the 10 days is activated.
This pass has now been extended to 15 days so even better value!
There are so many tickets to choose from the three that I think are the best value for money and that I would choose between if I were to go again are;
The three that I think are value for money and would use if I went again are;
Travel on 5 days within a period of 15
Total price: £ 194
Travel on 7 days within 1 month
Total price: £ 238
Travel on every day within 22 days
Total price: £ 362
The ones I would avoid;
Travel every day within 15 days – I would avoid this it’s expensive and who wants to get on a train every single day? Total price £328
Travel on every day within 1 month -I would also avoid this as it seems like a lot more money for only a little longer. Total price £ 464
So now you know the type of tickets available it all depends on what works best for you. I know people who have travelled without interrailing passes only visited three cities and it been far better value to book separate trains.
I think one of the main benefits of an interrail ticket is the flexibility and freedom it offers. If you are going on an extended trip longer than two weeks and wanting to visit lots of different countries/cities with freedom, then I would get a pass. It’s good value for money, and well worth it as one of these trains alone could cost between 30-50 euros.
There are some hidden costs with the interrailing ticket that could be avoided by booking yourself directly. Certain trains require seat bookings to board, with the pass these have to be booked and paid for separately but if you were only paying for that train would be included.
The value of an interrail ticket is what you make of it. If you have time to plan meticulously as we did, then you really can go on a very cheap budget and make the most out of the ticket likewise if you are on the other side of the spectrum and need flexibility its fantastic. The possibilities are endless; just check out their website for detailed maps of all the places you can go to.
I would recommend the trip we did. I think the only thing I would change would be spending less time in Vienna and perhaps going on to Croatia, but we were restricted by time and money.
Berlin was fantastic for history and feels like somewhere I would explore and live but not necessarily go on holiday day to. Prague was beautiful and very cheap place but felt very much like a couples holiday destination. I would love to go back in autumn or Christmas time and wandering around with a partner. Vienna was impressive but the most expensive and I think somewhere I would have enjoyed more later in life, but worth stopping in for a few days. Bratislava was such an odd and captivating city. I think I could have spent longer than a day there exploring. Budapest was, by far, my favourite place. I could go on and on about how much I loved it. I could have easily lived there, it’s insanely cheap and has so much to offer. I already can’t wait to go back.
Have fun planning your adventures, and I hope this helped!