To travel around Europe by train has been one of many travel goals I have on my travel bucket list.
I wanted to explore continental Europe via train, as I find it convenient.
Enriched travel experience to watch the beautiful landscape on a first class coach on a bullet train, while sipping the lovely Italian coffee or wine. Don’t you think so?
Still wondering what is the best way to travel around Europe?
The best way to travel around Europe is by train. Using the rail network within mainland Europe is a great way to see the beautiful landscapes and off-the-beaten paths within the continent. You can also save time and money on your travels especially on scenic trains, high-speed trains or expensive European country or region. I will discuss in this article on how we planned to travel Europe by train using Interrail and Eurail passes.
Best Way to Travel Europe by Train Using Interrail Pass and Eurail Pass Contents
- Still wondering what is the best way to travel around Europe?
- Do I need a passport to travel by train in Europe?
- How much is the cost to travel Europe by train?
- Is it cheaper to travel Europe by car or train?
- Is it safe to travel by train in Europe?
- How does Interrail and Eurail works?
- Which type of pass do I need?
- Choosing the right pass Duration for rail journey: Flexi or Continuous Pass
- Which train class category?
- Here is my personal experience when we travelled Europe by train using our Interrail Pass
- You can reserve your seat up to 3 months in advance and book the seat reservations using different options:
- Accommodation tips:
Do I need a passport to travel by train in Europe?
Depending on the route you are taking, but typically if you are catching the cross-country trains around Europe you have to have your passport or any European Identity cards. Most especially if you are using the Interrail or Eurail Pass, as part of the terms and conditions of the ticket a passport or other EU Identity card is required during the inspection of the train manager.
How much is the cost to travel Europe by train?
Train fares cost vary from country to country around Europe. West Europe and Scandinavia Regions are typically more expensive for train fares around Europe. The Interrail and Eurail pass offers different types of train fares arrangement depending on your circumstances and itinerary when you travel around Europe. The regional train is cheaper than the cross country trains and the high-speed trains.
Is it cheaper to travel Europe by car or train?
Driving around Europe is considered to be cheaper than trains. However, there are a few things that you have to remember when you’ve decided to do a road trip in Europe. Make sure that you have the correct driving license, global driving insurance and familiar with the driving rules of various countries.
Train travel can be more convenient and more popular with some travellers due to the different kind of adventure during your train travels.
Is it safe to travel by train in Europe?
Yes, it is fairly safe to travel around Europe via trains. However, as a rule of thumb, you still have to be street smart and always mind your belongings.
How does Interrail and Eurail works?
To travel Europe by train using Interrail or Eurail is easy to do once you understand and know what you want to do for this journey.
Eurail Pass is for non- European citizen and/or non-EU residents.
Interrail Pass is for European citizen and/or EU residents with Non- EU passports (Proof of residency required).
In choosing the right pass for your European train adventure, you have to consider four major key points:
Countries – Make sure that the pass that you will get is valid in the country or countries that you wish to visit.
Validity Period – Pick the most convenient Interrail or Eurail pass for the number of days that you want to travel. This will also determine how many “travel days” you have on your itinerary.
Traveller type – You can choose from a variety of options from Youth, Adults, Groups (Saver Pass) and Family pass.
Class Type – Choose whether you would like to travel on 1st class or 2nd class. 1st class train reservations normally incur additional charges but more convenient and comfortable than 2nd class.
Which type of pass do I need?
After choosing the right type of train pass based on your nationality and country of residence, you can now move on to selecting the suitable pass that will fit your travel needs.
Both Interrail and Eurail have the same types of passes to choose from.
The Global Pass will let you travel around the 30 countries (for Interrail) and 28 countries (Eurail).
One Country Pass
As it says on the tin, if you are planning to visit a particular country in Europe, might as well use this pass as it will also save you some pennies.
Select Pass (Only applicable to Eurail)
The Select Pass will give you the flexibility to choose 2 to 4 bordering countries (within the allowed 28 countries of Eurail Pass).
Mix and match different countries that you would love to visit per European regions.
Premium Pass (Only applicable to Interrail)
The Premium Pass is only available for Interrail if you wish to travel in Spain and Italy. This will let you waive the first class seat reservations fees during your trip.
There are popular EU destinations that offer premium service or extra travel perks or route to your pass. You can check the details of the perks on this link.
Choosing the right pass Duration for rail journey: Flexi or Continuous Pass
The flexible and the continuous passes are the validity of the tickets based on your travel style and schedule on how you want to use your Interrail / Eurail pass.
This pass will let you have a set amount of travel dates within the number of months from the first time you will use your Interrail / Eurail Pass.
E.G. 10 travel dates within 1 month or 5 days within 15 days
This pass will let you travel every day within the set number of months. However, this is more pricey than the flexible pass.
E.G. 22 continuous days or 3 months continuous
Which train class category?
First and second classes are available on the trains and ferries.
You can pick what class category will suit your budget, of course, second class is cheaper. First class seats can incur an additional train reservation fee especially if you are using the high-speed trains, panoramic trains & overnight trains and ferries.
Youth (12-25 years old) — first and second class options are available
Adult – first and second class options are available for Interrail pass holders. However, the Eurail pass holder can only have the first class option.
Kids 11 years old and below can travel for free.