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Interrailing is great fun – and buying a Europe rail pass is one of the most exciting and cheapest ways for anyone of any age to see the wonderful sights and attractions. If you dream of a holiday filled with lots of different countries, cities, experiences and time zones – then rail travel may be exactly what you’re after.
InterRail offer a Europe rail pass that allows the holder access to all trains across Europe, meaning you can explore many different cities quickly and easily without the associated hassle (or cost) of flying. This is somewhat similar to VIA Rail’s Canrailpass, but can include cross-border, cross-continent travel. Depending on which tariff and which package you opt for, the price will increase or decrease – and this all depends on how many cities you want to visit and how many days you want to travel for. Typically passes will allow you a number of unlimited days of travel to be taken within a 30-day period, though unlimited passes are also sold:
A one-country, 3-day pass starts at 56 Euro (72 CAD), while a ‘Global’ 30-country pass starts at 267 Euros (342 CAD) for 5 days unlimited travel within a 10-day period. A one-month unlimited pass starts at 638 Euro (818 CAD).
InterRail passes are discounted 35% for under 25s, which explains why they have such a large following among students and some backpackers. Children between 4 and 11 receive further discounts. When compared to flights, trains are typically cheaper (with more transparent costs) and more flexible. The other significant benefit is that trains will typically take you to the center of each city or town you wish to visit, rather than a hub airport on the outskirts. Factor this in when considering whether to fly.
Now we’ve established why you might want use a Europe rail pass – you’ll probably be wondering about the logistics of InterRailing. It’s great avoiding the hassle of flights and airports – but actually travelling everywhere by rail can be tedious (though in most cases, you would have to take a train anyway). It requires a lot of planning and forward thinking too. These tips will save you some headaches:
Plan ahead as much as possible. While a Europe rail pass certainly encourages and allows for spontaneity – by planning ahead you are able to ensure you see all the sights and attractions you wanted to without missing any (or missing the last train back to wherever you are staying). Using the journeys themselves as time to plan is encouraged.
InterRail can be amazing if you need to visit family or friends abroad – just don’t be afraid to spend time to get some sightseeing done.
George Mason is a writer at www.sixt.co.uk. An avid cyclist, he’s currently planning to get him and his bike from London to Slovakia in one piece next spring. Any ideas?