An adventure like no other, Interrailing is more than just a train pass – it’s your gateway to Europe, one of the world’s most diverse, historic and beautiful continents.
Yes, that’s right – an entire continent (home to some 743 million people and bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and Asia to the east) can become your playground.
But what exactly do you get for your hard earned bucks? And is it really better to use a company such as Interrailing Packages Ltd to sort your trip or go it alone, and find your own way?
Basically, an Interrail pass is a train ticket allowing you to travel on almost all trains in Europe – in fact you get access to 37 railway and ferry companies in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France,Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Sounds pretty good eh? Well, to give you a flavour of the adventure that awaits you, in a three week trip you could cover the following famous cities (the Interrailing Packages ‘El Classico Hostel Package’):
- Rome – 3 Nights (Days 1-4)
- Venice – 2 Nights (Days 4-6)
- Ljubljana – 2 Nights (Days 6-8)
- Budapest -3 Nights (Days 8-11)
- Prague – 2 Nights (Days 11-13)
- Berlin – 3 Nights (Days 13-16)
- Amsterdam -3 Nights (Days 16-19)
- Paris – 3 Nights (Days 19-22).
As well as set packages, Interrailing Packages Ltd are also happy to work with you to arrange a custom package, one which aims to let your European dream become a reality, whether it be for five days or 65 nights.
As if Europe itself wasn’t enough, if your pass is valid in the country in question, you can also avail of a range of discounts and offers. For example you can use your pass on the German suburban metro network, the S-Bahn, which operates in major German cities, including Berlin. If your Interrail pass is valid in the Czech Republic, you can get a discount on the bus service between Prague and Germany and, if it’s valid in Greece, you can get free and discounted ferry crossings.
Sounds simple right? And, for the most part it is, but like everything, it isn’t quite black and white. While most trains can be boarded by simply showing staff your Interrail pass, some train companies require you to purchase an additional seat reservation (we will be blogging on reservations soon – in the meantime, you can find a quick rundown here). Reservations are a big part of Interrailing and, believe me (I’ve been there), it’s better to have them all sorted and paid in advance rather than getting a surprise bill that will eat into your travel budget.
See, once you start planning you will soon realise that bagging an Interrail pass is more than just grabbing a rucksack and hitting the trail – what about your accommodation (and most importantly getting the best deal you can afford)? Currency? Travel insurance? Where to go and what to do? Train times? Public transport when you arrive at your destination? Keeping safe? What to do in the event of an emergency? The list goes on and on.
And, that’s where using a company like Interrailing Packages Ltd can help.
Working in conjunction with top rated hotels, hostels and attractions across Europe, Interrailing Packages Ltd offer high quality deals, discounts and monthly special offers. Their complete Interrailing travel packages include the right Interrail pass for you, all train tickets between destinations (including those pesky reservations) and quality accommodation (hotel of hostel), travel insurance deals, a 24 hour emergency contact, discounted city sightseeing tours and city travel guides, to name but a few.
Every client also gets access to the Interrailing Packages app, offering online and offline access to all your travel documents – an invaluable support when on the road, and much safer (and lighter) than carrying hard copies with you.
Factor in their years of experience, on the ground knowledge and the accommodation discounts and offers that Interrailing Packages Ltd can provide through their network of partnerships across Europe, going for a package deal can even work out cheaper than putting the time and effort into organising your own trip from scratch.
Not to mention that their packages are tried and tested, which really is a big plus. I have done it myself folks – and found myself in a “hotel” room with a leaking bulb (yip, it was raining in the room but strangely not outside) and no lock on the door – being in the know before you go can really help.
But don’t take my word for it, do your own research and feel free to browse the range of Interrailing hotel and hostel packages on offer on www.interrailingpackages.com or contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01928508865.
And whatever you do, travel easy folks!
Shirley Kernan, Interrailing Packages Ltd
*Picture by Natalia Gonsior