Interrail Part 1: Time Scale and Route Planning

Welcome to the first part of my interail blog series!

If you’ve read my introduction to this series then I must be doing something right, as you’re back again for part one. If you’ve not read it, then feel free to head on over and take a look to see what this series will be all about.

Okay, so you’ve decided that you want to go interrailing, but what on earth (pardon the pun) do you do next? The first thing that we did after this was to decide how long we want to go for and when we wanted to go. We had originally decided to go for 6 weeks but as we will be moving house in August, we decided to cut it a little shorter and go for 4 weeks to give us time to organise things when we come back. We’ve planned to go earlier in the summer as it will be slightly cheaper being outside of peak times but will still be great weather across Europe (at least that’s what we’re hoping!). If you’re looking to make your trip slightly cheaper and are able to travel earlier in the summer then I would advise this, but going on an interrail trip at any point is never going to be extremely cheap! (Keep an eye out for my upcoming post regarding budgeting if this is something you want some help with).

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Once you have decided on the above, the next thing to decide is probably the most obvious… Where are you going to go?! We have chosen to visit 10 different countries within the 4 weeks, staying in each place for 2 and half days, and using the remaining half a day in between to travel to our next location. This part of the planning is really unique to where you want to go and what you want to do on your trip, however I would definitely advise looking at an interrail planning website, such as Interrail Planner. This site makes it incredibly easy to plan a route as you can add and remove as many locations as you want, add the amount of nights you’re staying, see the travel time between locations etc etc. Without using a route planner you may end up following a less practical or logical route which will in turn, end up mean you spend more time travelling and less time exploring your locations. Once you’ve added all of your locations, the route will look something like this!

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As you can see, our route is London > Paris, France > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Berlin, Germany > Prague, Czechia > Krakow, Poland > Vienna, Austria > Budapest, Hungary > Zagreb, Croatia > Bled, Slovenia > Venice, Italy > London! We’ve selected these locations not only because they flow well together in terms of a route, but because they’re places that we both want to experience as each place has different cultures, scenery, attractions and our favourite bit, food! You may think that visiting 10 countries in 4 weeks doesn’t allow for much time in each place but after researching what we’d like to do, this plan suits us the best so as I’ve said, it is completely unique to what you’re hoping to get from your trip as to how long you’d like to stay in each place.

If you’re not decided on any locations in particular, it’s a good idea to look up popular Interrail routes, read blogs (like this one) and watch vlogs on YouTube as it will give you a whole range of locations to research further and see what they have to offer you. Checking out the Interrail website will also help you in selecting locations because, as you can see from the map below, there are hundreds of different places to visit and tonnes of connecting trains between them – you can literally go anywhere.

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Now that you’ve selected how long you want to travel for, when you want to go and where, you’ve completed the first step of your interrail plan! The next thing we looked into was our Interrail ticket because although it’s great to have a schedule and a route planned, the travel doesn’t come free (sad, I know).

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The next post in this series will be all about the Interrail ticket, the different types of passes, choosing one that suits you, travel days, night trains etc. Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment!

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