The Interrail pass is a single train ticket that you can use for as many days as you paid for. The price depends on your age, how many days you want to travel, from 4 days to 3 months, and if you want to travel first or second class. There are a several Interrail passes available but in general there are two types:
- The One Country pass (travel for a certain amount of days in one country. The Italian Country pass is very popular)
- The Interrail Global pass (travel for a certain amount of days in all 33 available countries). With this pass you pick the countries you want to see, or you go crazy and do all 33.
An example: you buy an Interrail pass that allows 7 days of travel in one month. This means that on 7 days in this one month you can take as many trains in one day as possible. No need to buy individual train tickets, you take all these trains just by showing your Interrail pass. Missed a train? No worry, there is always a next one.
An Interrail pass is always valid for 11 months so you don't have to travel straight away after buying the pass. When you buy a pass, you have two options:
- Flexi pass: You can travel on each day during the overall validity of your pass. So if you're travelling with a Global Pass 5 days within 15 days you have 5 travel days which you can use within a 15-day period.
- Continuous pass: The continuous pass is only available with the Global pass. With this pass you can travel you can travel on every single day within the validity of your pass. So if you buy a 15 day continuous pass you can take trains on every single of these 15 days.
With the free Interrail mobile app, which also works offline, you easily check train schedules and plan your whole trip. With this app you can also book a seat on trains that travel faster, offer extra comfort and other services. For these trains you need to make a reservation or pay an extra fee as the seats are limited. France, Italy and Spain have many train routes that require reservation but don't worry, there is always a free alternative available that you don't need a reservation for.