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17th July 2023
A phenomenon that was once huge in the 1970s and 80s, amongst students seeking low-cost across Europe, is back in style. It is now not only students who are taking advantage of the accessible rail connections across Europe, but adults, families and pensioners are jumping on the bandwagon - or rather, the train carriage and experiencing Europe via its train lines. Did you know that many EU countries have high-speed rail services, making it the perfect way to explore Europe!
With the possibility to buy a first or second-class interrailing ticket enabling travel to a specific European country or to over 40,000 destinations in 33 European cities, what's the wait?
Although you book your Interrail pass online before your journey, changing destinations as you travel is possible, giving you the ultimate freedom to roam. We’ve listed a few recommended destinations in this guide if you're considering interrailing this summer. We’ve also included our top tips for planning your journey, and helpful advice to keep in mind throughout your interrailing experience.
You can go interrailing across Europe via cities, towns or villages, provided you have rail access. As you’d imagine, the best access is in the cities and larger towns. Take a look at some of the top destinations you need to visit whilst interrailing:
This port city has a maritime past that’s worth exploring. It can be seen in the city’s 17th-century canals and its Maritiman museum.
As well as being a historical city, Gothenburg is a modern and exciting city to explore, with the neighbourhood Haga being one of the hippest parts of town! Being a port city, Gothenburg is a great place for ferry-hopping, allowing you to explore at ease the Southern and Northern archipelagos. If you don’t fancy ferry-hoping, don’t worry Gothenburg is only a few hours away from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo! Making it an ideal place to visit whilst interrailing.
Berlin is one of the hippest cities in Europe, and no trip to Eastern Europe is complete without visiting the German capital. A friendly city with so much to see and a fascinating history; enjoy wandering around its many museums, people-watching over a coffee, or staying out until the early hours exploring Berlin's famous techno raves.
This beautiful Andalusian city hosts one of the wonders of the world - the mediaeval Alhambra Palace. Spend a day appreciating this Moorish architectural beauty as you are transported back to Spain's Moorish past. Try the tapas and catch a flamenco show while you’re there. Granada is four and a half hours from Madrid. And talking of historically splendid cities…
A city of colour and excitement, the Greek capital is the perfect mix of ancient and modern. The Acropolis sits high above the city, reminding visitors of its revered and philosophical past. But modern Athens is all about dancing, music, street performers and street cafes offering kebabs, spanakopita and other tasty morsels.
More expensive than many other European cities, Amsterdam is nevertheless definitely worth a visit. Another party destination, this city comes alive at night (although it’s pretty full-on during the day too). Cycle alongside the canals, admire the tall townhouses or visit the popular Van Gogh Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a beer in one of the many bars in the city centre.
This was such a big – and important – topic we felt it merited a section all to itself. So, when in Europe interrailing:
Living here in the UK, we imagine the first step of your holiday interrailing across Europe will be via the Stansted Express. And that makes perfect sense. Why not begin your trip the way you mean to go on – in perfect comfort! Stansted Express ensures hassle free transfers to Stansted Airport with tickets starting from just £9.90. What’s the wait? Book your tickets and explore the wonders of interrailing today!