What is an Interrail Pass?

An Interrail Pass offers unlimited train travel across Europe – 33 countries, and over 40,000 destinations to be precise! Choose between a Global Pass for cross-border travel and a One Country Pass for unlimited travel in a nominated country.

Interrail Passes can only be used by European citizens and permanent residents of Europe. You’ll find the full list of participating countries below, plus loads of other useful information.

If you’re a UK resident, Brexit doesn't affect the Interrail Pass. You can still purchase and use one as normal.

What types of Interrail Pass can I buy?

Global Pass

Think of this as your European Rail Pass. Global Pass options range from 3 days of travel in a month to 3 months of unlimited travel. The pass is valid in 33 countries for travel to over 40,000 destinations.

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One Country Pass

This pass offers unlimited rail travel in one country. Available as a 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8-day pass, the One Country Pass can be used in 33 countries, including Italy, France and Switzerland. Prices vary between countries.

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How does an Interrail Pass work?

Receiving your pass

Interrail Passes are paper passes; they’ll be sent to you via registered mail. You’ll also receive a guide on how to use your pass and a railway map.

Using your pass

Your pass allows you one outbound (and one inbound journey) in your country of origin, so you can begin travelling as soon as it arrives in the post! Say you’re travelling from London – you could use your pass for a train to Gatwick Airport, or a Eurostar journey to France from St Pancras. Your pass’ validity period begins as soon as you take that first journey.

Your Interrail Pass will have two sections that need filling out as you travel:

  • The Travel Calendar simply records when you use travel days. If you’re using a 7-day pass, for instance, you’ll record the date of each of those 7 days on which you’re entitled to unlimited train travel.
  • The Travel Diary records the specifics of each train journey. If you take 3 separate journeys on one travel day, you must record the departure station, arrival station, and scheduled departure time in the Travel Diary.

Doing the above validates your Interrail Pass and means you won’t get in trouble with the ticket inspector!

 

Use a non-erasable pen to mark your travel days in the Travel Calendar. Take extra care to write the correct date; any attempt to correct a mistake could be considered attempted fraud!

 

Some trains require seat reservations

High-speed trains, overnight trains, and panoramic trains (like the famous Bernina Express) usually require a seat reservation, which will come at an additional cost. This can be as little as €3, but can reach up to €25 for a seat reservation on pricey trains. The following countries aren’t as Interrail friendly as they almost always require a seat reservation in advance:

  • France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden

How do I check whether my train requires a seat reservation?

The Interrail Planner app will tell you whether your train needs a seat reservation. However, you won’t always be able to pay for your seat reservation through the app. Some train operators don’t integrate with the Interrail app, so your best bet is to book your seat reservation in person at the station.

You can also use Interrail's online portal for seat reservations in certain countries.

Global Pass

There are two types of Global Pass: Flexi and Continuous.

Flexi

From £161*

Flexi passes offer a set number of travel days in a given time period (1 or 2 months). On your travel days, you can take as many trains as you like. You mark down the dates of each of your travel days on the Travel Calendar in your pass, and the details of each individual journey in your Travel Diary.

Here are the latest prices (Standard Class) for Interrail Flexi passes:

Pass typeYouth (12-27)Adult (28-59)Senior (60+)
4 days in 1 month£161£214£192
5 days in 1 month£184£245£221
7 days in 1 month£218£291£263
10 days in 2 months£262£349£314
15 days in 2 months£322£429£386

 

Continuous

From 332*

Continuous passes offer unlimited travel within a period of validity, which ranges from 15 days to 3 months. You don’t have travel days to ‘spend’; a Continuous pass acts as an unlimited European train pass.

Here are the latest prices (Standard Class) for Continuous passes:

Pass typeYouth (12-27)Adult (28-59)Senior (60+)
15 days£289£385£347
22 days£338£451£405
1 month£438£583£525
2 months£477£636£572
3 months£589£785£709

*Prices correct November 2022

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One Country Pass

One Country Passes are available for 33 countries.

The One Country Pass offers unlimited train travel in one country for a certain number of days in a month. Just like the Flexi passes, you’ll have a set number of travel days to use within a month. Choose between 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 days of unlimited train travel.

Travelling around Italy?

Italy Interrail Passes are now available on mobile. Totally paper-free, you won’t have to worry about damaging or losing your pass – provided you keep hold of your phone! You won’t have to manually note down each trip, simply add your journey straight from the Interrail Rail Planner app to make the ticket inspector’s job that much easier.

 

Buy a One Country Pass

Youth, Family and Senior Discounts

Get up to 25% off a full-price Global Pass if you’re under 27, and 10% off if you’re over 60. Plus, kids under 11 travel free with parents.

Youth discount

Get 25% off the price of an adult Global Pass if you’re under 27 years old. Available for First and Second Class passes.

Senior discount

Get 10% off the price of an adult Global Pass if you’re over 60 years old. Available for First and Second Class passes.

Kids travel free

Kids aged 11 and under can travel for free when accompanied by an adult (travelling with an Adult Pass or Senior Pass).

Get inspired

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Frequently asked questions

Interrail Global Pass Review

Louisa Johns | Travel writer


5 stars - "3 weeks in Europe with Interrail"

I bought an InterRail pass to spend three weeks travelling to/from and around Italy with my cousin. There are a few different passes that you can buy that last different lengths of time and allow you to travel for different numbers of days – we went for a pass that let us travel for up to 10 days over three weeks.

You weren't able to use an InterRail pass in your own country at the time of writing (you can now), so to start the journey we first had to buy Eurostar tickets to get us to Paris. If you book ahead, you can usually find cheap Eurostar tickets. To get down into Italy, we got a sleeper train from Paris to Nice at no extra cost, before getting a local scenic train along the coast and through to Ventimiglia in Italy, where we changed on to a faster train to Milan. The sleeper was great fun, saving us a night’s accommodation cost as well as meaning we had more time during the day to actually explore where we were going. Different sleeper trains offer a variety of carriages to choose between but for the cheaper berths be prepared to share with others if there are fewer than four of you travelling together.

We used a wide variety of trains to city-hop around Italy, from high-speed trains to Rome (which go up to 300kph) to local lines for day trips between Florence and Pisa. Unsurprisingly the longer, faster trains were a lot comfier and it’s definitely worth booking seat reservations in advance to make sure you’re not going to be standing. As we knew where we were going we could do this from the UK but ticket offices in Europe will also allow you to make reservations. On the way back due to a delayed train, we missed our connection, but the ticket office was really helpful in swapping our reservation to a later train.

The European rail network is really easy to navigate, and we really enjoyed taking our time travelling around getting to see some of the countryside instead of simply flying over it. City-hopping was really easy and the pass can be used for many different types of trips - if you want to change your journey as you go, or stay a few extra days anywhere it’s not a problem, but equally, it works for those who like planning their journeys in advance.