Travelling Europe: to Inter Rail or not to Inter Rail?

The Inter Rail pass is a popular choice for people travelling in Europe. Here we take a closer look at the pass and consider whether it is the right option for everyone.

What is the Inter Rail pass?

The Inter Rail pass is a type of rail pass. The Global pass covers 30 European countries. Single country passes are also available.

Is the Inter Rail pass available to everyone?

The Inter Rail pass is available to European residents. Non European residents can purchase the EuRail for travelling Europe. The Inter Rail pass is not available in your own country.

What countries does the Inter Rail global pass cover?

The Inter Rail Global pass covers the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Single country passes are also available.

How does the pass work?

Depending on the pass that you use, you will normally have a set number of travel days within a specified period - for example, 10 days within 22 days, or everyday within 1 month. A travel day runs from midnight to midnight, and unlimited travel is allowed on that day.

Are there any extra charges?

Yes - charges may apply for high speed trains, scenic journeys and overnight trains, and reservation fees may apply for certain other routes.

Is there an age limit?

No - European residents of any age can buy an Inter Rail pass. Different price categories apply for different age groups.

Is the Inter Rail pass for you?

When it comes to choosing your Inter Rail pass for travelling Europe, it's important to consider your plans and your travel itinerary. An Inter Rail can be excellent value for money as long as you use it enough. It's worth pricing individual sectors before splashing out for a pass.

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