GLOBAL Inter-Rail – Cost 1000 euros – 1 month
Possible one-month itinerary – option 1
Rome – Ventimiglia (train)
Ventimiglia – Port Bou – Barcelona (night train)
Barcelona – Madrid (night train)
Madrid – Sevilla (train)
Sevilla – Faro (bus)
Faro – Ferragudo – Portimao – Faro (train)
Faro – Lagos (train )
Lagos – Sagres – Cabo Sao Vincente – Lagos (car)
Lagos – Lisbon (train)
Lisbon – Sintra – Lisbon (train)
Lisbon – Port (train)
Port – Pinhao – Port (train)
Port – Coimbra (train)
Coimbra – Hendaye (night train)
Hendaye – Paris (train)
Paris – Berlin (night train)
Berlin – Dresden – Prague (train)
Prague – Linz- Salzburg – Zagreb (night train)
Zagarbria – Belgrade (train)
Belgrade – Sofia (night train)
Sofia – Plovdiv – Sofia (bus)
Sofia – Thassaloniki (night train)
Thessaloniki – Skopje (train)
Skopje – Beograd (train)
Sarajevo – Mostar (bus)
Mostar – Split ( bus)
Split – Zagreb (night train)
Zagreb – Maribor – Wien (train)
Wien – Rome (night train)
Something less demanding
There are several types of tickets you can get – depending on what kind of travel you are looking for. They are all listed here on the official website – ” 10 days within 22 days” , which means 10 days of train travel within that time. This gives you enough time to spend a few days in each city, but at the same time it probably fits most of the places you want to visit, but if you want to do it at a more relaxed pace, limit the amount of train journeys you can travel , you can – and this is what you chose in this 1 month itinerary.
Once you have booked your ticket, they will send you a package with everything you need: the maps of Europe to plan your route, your travel planner to record your travels and much more information! It’s up to you to decide how much you want to plan before going and how much you want to leave open to give you some flexibility while you’re away. We planned almost everything in advance, just because with our type of ticket and a certain amount of days and trips, it was worthwhile to come up with a good route to see everything!
Copenhagen to Hamburg – Hamburg to Berlin – Berlin to Prague – Prague to Bratislava – Bratislava to Vienna – Vienna to Budapest – Budapest to Istanbul – Istanbul to Greece
InterRailing in Central Europe
If you want InterRail in Central Europe, the best solution is to start in Croatia in Split or Zagreb. You can fly to one of these low cost cities with low cost airlines. The historic medieval towns of this region make it an ideal place for history buffs. Backpacking in Croatia has diverse experience to explore, with quaint streets in Dubrovnik, boat trips to sail on the island of Hvar and the amazing Cascades National Park Plitvice Lakes. Also recommended is the capital of Slovenia , Ljubljana, with its beautiful Triple Bridge and the capital of Hungary, Budapest , with its natural spa and incredible ruin bars.
From Split, we recommend this circular route:
Split (Croatia) > Zagreb (Croatia) > Ljubljana (Slovenia) > Budapest (Hungary) > Belgrade (Serbia) > Zagreb> Split
InterRailing in Eastern Europe
If you want InterRail in Eastern Europe, we recommend starting in Budapest , Hungary or Prague , in the Czech Republic. This part of Europe is the traveler’s backpacker’s dream, with everything that costs a lot less than the rest of the continent. Wander around the Wawel Castle in Poland’s oldest city, Krakow, wander the beautiful Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, and take a look at the heaviest building in the world in Bucharest, Romania, the gigantic Palace of the Parliament.
From Budapest, we recommend this circular route:
Budapest (Hungary) > Bucharest (Romania) > Constanţa (Romania) > Sofia (Bulgaria) > Belgrade (Serbia) > Budapest
From Prague, we recommend this circular route:
Prague (Czech Republic) > Warsaw (Poland) > Bratislava (Slovakia) > Ljubljana (Slovenia) > Vienna (Austria) > Prague
InterRailing in Scandinavia
If you want InterRail in Scandinavia, the best solution is to start and finish in Copenhagen , which is usually quite cheap to fly. Of all the regions of Europe , Scandinavia is by far the most expensive, yet it has the most dramatically beautiful landscapes. And Stockholm , the capital of Sweden , could be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it’s also one of the most fun! One of the major highlights of this region is hiking or cruising around the Norwegian fjords: get ready for a truly stunning scenery.
From Copenhagen , we recommend this circular route:
Copenhagen (Denmark) > Gothenburg (Sweden) > Oslo (Norway) > Stockholm (Sweden) > Helsinki (Finland) > Stockholm> Copenhagen
InterRailing in southern Europe
If you want InterRail around Southern Europe, you can expect a warm climate and Mediterranean cuisine. Head to Barcelona in Spain for a mix of great beaches, extraordinary architecture and some of Europe’s best hiking trails around Mount Tibidabo. Inland, Madrid (capital of Spain ) is famous for its tapas restaurants, and a visit to Plaza Mayor Square is a must. And then there is Italy , where you can take a gondola through the canals of Venice or contemplate the famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City.
Here are a couple of options for InterRail routes in Southern Europe:
Rome (Italy)> Naples (Italy)>Bari (Italy)> Patras (Greece)> Athens (Greece)> Thessaloniki (Greece)> Istanbul (Turkey)
Alternatively, you could start in Portugal and take this route:
Lisbon (Portugal) > Porto (Portugal) > Santiago de Compostela (Spain) > Madrid (Spain) > Seville (Spain) > Granada ( Spain) > Madrid (Spain) > Barcelona (Spain)
InterRailing in the Balkans
If you want InterRail around the Balkans, our recommendation is to start in Croatia, perhaps in Zagreb. The Balkans offer some of the greatest monuments and things to do throughout Europe. Cities and cities are full of history: some of the best include Prizren in Kosovo, Kotor in Montenegro and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina . And while you’re in Bosnia and Herzegovina, do not miss the beautiful city of Mostar , with its stone bridge that the daredevers launch into the pristine river below.
From Zagreb, try this route:
Zagreb (Croatia) > Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) > Podgorica (Montenegro) > Belgrade (Serbia) > Skopje (Macedonia) > Athens (Greece)
InterRailing in Western Europe
The most popular InterRail routes pass through Western Europe, and there are so many options to get around it may seem a bit difficult to know where to start! Our advice to start in Paris or Berlin , both of which are easily accessible by cheap flights. With more attractions than you can shake a baguette, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Sacred Heart, Paris never fails to amaze. Amsterdam is another unmissable European city. It could have a reputation for vice, in the form of light drugs and prostitution (both completely legal), but there is much more to Amsterdam than in its cafes and the red light district.
From Paris, you could follow this path:
Paris (France) > Brussels (Belgium) > Amsterdam (Netherlands) > Cologne (Germany) > Berlin (Germany) > Munich (Germany) > Zurich (Switzerland) > Milan (Italy) > Marseille (France) > Paris
The map of the railways
As you can see from the InterRail map below, there are railways everywhere in Europe!
But realistically you will only be interested in the main lines – or in other words, high-speed trains with the least possible number of stops. Check the map below for a map of these lines.
So, the total budget for a person aged 27 or younger who wants the most popular InterRail pass and who will be away for 30 days in Eastern Europe would be:
Global Pass = £ 250
Accommodation = £ 10 to £ 15 per night, X 30 = £ 300 to £ 450
Food and drink = £ 10 to £ 15 per day, X 30 = £ 300 to £ 450
Attractions = £ 5 per day, X 30 = £ 150
Overall total = around £ 1,000 – £ 1,300