InterRail around Europe? Yes Please

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InterRail around Europe? Yes Please

Unless you fancy spending your whole European adventure battling with airport baggage rules standing in security queues and getting up close and personal with the cold hard floor in airports from Paris to Prague then you may want to think about an alternative choice of getting around. This is where the inter rail ticket comes in like a shining beacon, lighting the way for possibility, adventure and utter flexibility.

Cue rapturous applause.

Yes the humble little bit of paper with the golden words InterRail is your passport to the whole of Europe and allows you travel in pretty much the whole of Europe for anything from 5 days to a month depending on how much cash you have to splash. You can cruise through the whole of the west and even into the foothills of the east, stopping off to discover all the sights and sounds before jumping back on for your next big adventure.  Yes InterRail tickets may cost a pretty penny with month long prices close to the five hundred mark but in terms of value for money they really do take the biscuit. Even if you were to fly budget you would still rack up higher costs taking to the air then you would enjoying the comfort and simplicity the European railway can bring to the table.

 

Fabulously Flexible

One of the best things about the InterRail pass is the fact that you truly can be flexible. At the last minute you can change your mind about heading to Copenhagen and instead opt for a train to Spain, try doing that with budget airlines and suffer the wrath of extortionate fees, plenty of huffing and puffing and a deadly stare from the sales rep that will make you wish you were walking to Barcelona instead.

 

Perfect the Skill of Sleeping in Seats

Another mega bonus that comes with the InterRail pass can be understood by two simple words – night trains. Those budget conscious travellers looking to live solely on bread and cheese, sip cheap wine by the Seine and always carry a tent can reap the benefits of the InterRail pass as it can even double for a moving hostel. Sure you will have to learn how to successfully catch a few winks in a seat, you will walk around cities bleary eyed and zombiefied, you won’t get a room with a view (other than pitch black windows) and you will get rudely awoken by border control at 2am, but you will save money.

 

Make Sure you Have a Map

Something you need to do once you have got your mitts on your InterRail ticket is to make sure you look at a map. A little geographical knowledge can go a hell of a long way when planning your journey across the continent. You want to get the most bang for your buck and spending days on trains going from Venice to Stockholm and then to Barcelona isn’t the smartest way around the route. Try to minimise train times by taking the shortest distance you can find when it comes to city hopping.

 

Bag a Window Seat

Be prepared for some long journeys and always try to bag yourself a window seat. With a window set you really can say that you have seen the fjords of Norway or the tip of Mount Vesuvius but if you were craning to get a glimpse of a view or just fast asleep slobbering in your seat then it is questionable as to whether you can check these sights off your bucket list.

 

Backpacks Not Necessary

Remember just because you aren’t a chipper twenty something with a backpack and a lack of a haircut doesn’t mean that you can’t InterRail your way across the continent. You can be a business entrepreneur on an extended holiday, a pensioner with a suitcase hoping to see Poland or just about anyone who fancies a trip and wants something flexible that leaves your feet on the ground.

 

Avoid an Unplanned Final Destination

Finally the most important tip you can get when it comes to the InterRail experience across Europe is not to lose your ticket, as in any of your ticket. Make sure you read the terms and conditions of the InterRail experience carefully so that you understand how to be a valid passenger on-board your train track adventures across the different countries. Losing your ticket or failing to meet the conditions could mean that you will find yourself heaved off the train in the middle of Bulgaria and you have a long journey hitch hiking home to look forward to.

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