Interrail - Anyone dunnit in europe?

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by sim667, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I've been trying to plan an easter holiday, basically I had my heart set on Vietnam, but its just too expensive.

    So im thinking maybe I should do a couple of week tour of europe, some cities I havent been to before, and was contemplating booking a hotel in 3 or 4 cities, and using interrail to get between them (I haven't decided which ones yet). I quite fancy granada, but beyond that im not too sure.

    Is interrail the best way of using multi country trains in europe, or are there better alterinatives? I've never travelled long distances by train abroad, apart from a bit in china.
  2. King Biscuit Time

    King Biscuit Time Well-Known Member

    I took the overnight Paris-Madrid and the High Speed Madrid-Cordoba trains this summer and can wholeheartedly recommend both. Not sure about the cheapest way to do it though as we just bought as we went.
  3. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

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  4. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    No idea what it costs these days - but in the 80s it was a nice cheap way of seeing Europe. We used to take night trains to save on accommodation - German trains pretty comfy while French trains were the worst.
    I'm too old & my back's too fucked to rough it like that now but enjoyed it at the time. :)
  5. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I've been looking at a 10 day ticket...... 5 trains over ten days, means I could do 3-4 cities quite easily..... thats £221
  6. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone post tenebras lux

    Yep, went interrailing in 88 with two mates down through France, Italy, Yugoslavia (of the famous Yugoslavian bouncing cheese) then across Greece and down to Istanbul. Then back up into Germany, Denmark to meet up with a Danish gymnast friend of mine and finally down to Paris and back up to London. Fantastic way to spend a month.
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  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    Russian trains worse than french ime, memories of horrible overnight journey from moscow to vilnius
  8. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Im thinking of budapest - vienna - Venice - Milan - Bern

    i've only got ten days y'see.
  9. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone post tenebras lux

    Have you been to Rome and Florence before then?
  10. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    No neither.
  11. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone post tenebras lux

    Florence is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. Definitely worth a visit if you're passing through Italy. Mind you, after Venice it might just be overload.
  12. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I could make a change, I have been to Venice :)
  13. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

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  14. editor

    editor hiraethified

  15. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

    Yep. I did that in the 80’s. Great time. Another affordable experience cut off by the Tories. They really don’t like education, health or travel for the oiks.
  16. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

  17. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

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  18. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    The interrail or uk equivalent costs about £600 for a month's travel, could someone use this for their monthly commute in the uk? It wouldn't save me any money but someone who pays a few grand a month might be tempted, what is to stop them doing this?
  19. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    I think you have to be under 25.
  20. MsHopper

    MsHopper New Member

  21. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    I thought people of all ages could do inter rail? No doubt there’s restrictions like off peak travel though.
  22. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    IIRC you can only use Interrail in the UK if you’re from outside the UK.

    Here you go:

    Travel in your own country
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  23. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    So a French person working in the UK could use it to get to work in the uk ?
  24. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Dunno - just residual memory from interrailing (29 years ago :eek:)
  25. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    I think if it's only 2 weeks probably a couple of cheap flights and buses are more practical. Perhaps add a few train journeys as well.

    Europe is an infinitely dense cultural place so be wary of taking on too much.
  26. iamwithnail

    iamwithnail Well-Known Member

    Generally, unless you're quite assiduous about using it, it's cheaper to just buy train tickets than use interrail; trade off is for convenience and not having to buy tickets, although often have to do reservations for the intercities.

    As an example, when we take my mum to Budapest and Vienna later in the year, (2.5 hours between em on the jet rail, 3 hours and a bit on 'regular' trains ), tickets for four of us to go first class (mum's in her 70s so figured comfort was good) were 114euros. Was something like 70e for regular tickets on railjet, and about 40 on the slower train. It's reasonably hard to make the costs stack up to just buying the tickets.
  27. Gaia

    Gaia Urban's Village Idiot

    No, because they would be deemed to be a UK resident and, therefore like UK natives, would be limited to just 2 journeys, basically it's a tourist pass and that would mean an outward and a return trip. Less confusing info here: InterRail pass guide 2019 | How InterRail passes work, reservations & supplements (worth bookmarking Mark's site if you use trains frequently).

    ETA: InterRail will end in the UK after Brexit. :mad::snarl::(
  28. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    No it won’t, as already made clear in this very thread. And it was never anything to do with Brexit or the EU.
  29. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    Just did an Interrail trip around various bits of the south of France using a five-day one country pass. Having to reserve Intercites as well as TGV is a bit of a swizz given how old some of them trains look, but it was very convienient just to get on random TER services and the views out of the window were stunning (especially the bit of the line between Narbonne and Collioure).

    Does anyone know how the compensation works when using an Interrail pass though? The TGV I came home on was 80 minutes late getting into Paris as it broke down between Valence and Lyon; I know the regular ticket holders would get a voucher but does that apply if you have only paid the ten euro reservation fee as well?
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