Don’t know how to prepare?

After you have purchased your Interrail Pass it is delivered right to your doorstep by registered mail. You'll receive an Interrail package, including your pass, a railway map, wristband and an Interrail Pass Guide with information on how to use your Interrail Pass.

Once your Interrail Pass arrives, double check all the details to make sure they're correct. If there are any mistakes in the details printed on it, your Interrail Pass won't be valid for travel. In that case, you can send it back to us.

After you've received your Interrail Pass, it's time to book your flights, pack your bag and prepare yourself for the journey! Your pass lets you travel on all national railways and ferry lines participating in the Interrail product. View our sample routes to plan your journey or check out the list of participating train companies below.

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Country Train companies Ferry companies Public transport companies
Austria ÖBB, plus the private train companies ROeEE / GYSEV and Westbahn - S-Bahn: Vienna and Innsbruck
Belgium NMBS / SNCB - -
Bosnia Herzegovina ZFBH - -
Bulgaria BDZ - -
Croatia HZ - -
Czech Republic ČD - -
Denmark DSB, and private train companies: Arriva, DSB S-Tog and DSB-Øresund Fjord Line -
Finland VR and private bus companies: Veljekset Salmela and Net-matkat Finnlines, Tallink Silja Oy, Viking Line -
France SNCF Irish Ferries -
Germany Deutsche Bahn (DB) and various private companies (see pdf-document for complete list) Finnlines S-bahn
Great Britain National Rail Irish Ferries, Stena Line -
Greece TRAINOSE Superfast Ferries, Minoan Lines, Grimaldi Lines, Blue Star Ferries  -
Hungary MÁV-START and private railway company: GySEV/Raaberbahn - -
Ireland Irish RailNI Railways Irish Ferries, Stena Line -
Italy Trenitalia and Trenord, Leonardo Express (Roma Termini to Fiumicino Airport) and Micotra Grimaldi Lines, Superfast Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Minoan Lines -
Luxembourg CFL - -
FYR Macedonia MZ - -
Montenegro ŽCG - -
The Netherlands NS and private railway companies: Arriva, Connexxion, Keolis, Syntus, Veolia and DB Regio Stena Line -
Norway NSB Fjord Line -
Poland PKP and local-government run companies: KM Koleje Mazowieckie, Koleje Dolnoslaskie and Przewozy Regionalne Finnlines -
Portugal CP - -
Romania CFR - -
Serbia SV (Serbian Railways) - -
Slovakia ZSSK - -
Slovenia SZ - -
Spain RENFE Balearia, Grimaldi Lines -
Sweden SJ and private railway companies: Arlanda Express, Arriva, Inlandsbanan, JLT, Norrtåg, Skånetrafiken, Tågkompaniet, Värmlandstrafik and Västtrafik. Finnlines, Tallink Silja Oy, Viking Line, Destination Gotland Ländstrafiken in Norbotten, Veljekset Salmela, Net-matkat
Switzerland

SBB/CFF/FFS and various private railway companies:

Included railway companies

Discounted railway companies

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Turkey TCDD - -

What to bring

What to bring

Packing your entire life into one bag to live out of it for a month? When it comes to Interrailing, the age-old saying ‘less is more’ definitely rings true. However, there are some things that you absolutely need to pack and the size of your backpack is a crucial consideration. Think carefully about how long your trip is, and that will help dictate the size of the backpack you may need. Also keep in mind whether or not you are willing to check in your backpack or bags at the airport. Whatever you pack, make sure it's not too big or too small, because you're going to be spending a lot of time lugging this bag around Europe. Still not sure what you should pack and what might be exra? Check out our essential packing list below to make sure you pack all of the important items you need for your trip.

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  • Passport & InterRail pass
  • Photocopies of your documents
  • Suncream
  • Padlock
  • Earphones/earplugs
  • Shower shoes
  • Plug adaptors/convertors…
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella/rain jacket
  • Travel towel
  • Everyday bag
  • Medications
  • Phrase app
  • Playing cards
  • Wet wipes
  • Backpack rain cover

Types of Carriages

Types of Carriages

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? There are several different types of train carriages you can ride throughout your journey, but these options depend on when and where you are travelling. If you board a train during the day, you have the option to choose a Coach Setting Car or a Compartment Car. Coach Setting Cars have an open center aisle with two seats on each side. The Coach Setting Car offers first and second class opitions. On the other hand, Compartment Cars are separated into cabins that open to the train's corridor. Compartment Cars also offer first and second class options- first class cars have room for six people, while second class fit eight people. However if you plan to do most of your travelling on night trains you can choose to reserve a sleeper, couchette or reclining seat. Sleepers typically have 1, 2, or 3 beds, and are ususally the most comfortable way to travel. Couchettes are similar to sleepers but usually have 4 or 6 beds. On some night trains, reclining seats are available for travellers trying to get the best value for their money.

How do I book my reservations?

You can make seat reservations for European trains at the ticket office of most European stations. Different rules to making reservations apply depending on which country you’re in. Please keep in mind that for some trains you have no other option than to make your reservation at the train station. This is often the case with French, Spanish and Portuguese trains. In Italy, you can avoid queues by making reservations using the ‘Self-service’ machines, where these are provided. On these machines you must select the train you want to travel on and then click on the ‘Global Pass’ button.

In the United Kingdom it is not possible to make reservations for trains outside of the country and in Spain and Belgium you can only make reservations for trains departing and arriving in those countries. In some countries a limited number of reservations can be made at a time, including in the Netherlands where a maximum of two is permitted.

Online

For some countries, you can also reserve your seats through the websites of the national railway companies. Below are the instructions for countries where you can make online reservations.

  • Austria (ÖBB)

    Book reservations for Austrian domestic and international trains at the ÖBB website.

    1. Click on the button 'Book ticket now'.
    2. Enter your arrival and departure city.
    3. Select the journey you want to make reservations for.
    4. Click on the ticket price and select 'Ticket already exists'. This changes the price to € 0,-.
    5. Now click on 'Extras' below, and select 'Reservation' to add the Reservation Fee.
    6. Fill in your details and complete your train reservation.
  • Germany (DB)

    Book reservations for German domestic trains at the Deutsche Bahn website.

    1. Enter train details.
    2. Tick the 'Reservation for seat only (no ticket)' box
    3. Click on ‘Reservation’ for the train of your choice.
    4. Continue through the booking process and pay by debit or credit card.
    5. You can choose online tickets, which you can print. (It is possible to have tickets posted but there is an additional charge.)

    Book reservations for German night trains at the Deutsche Bahn website. (Only for City Night Line and some EuroNight trains departing from or arriving in Germany)

    1. Enter train details.
    2. Click on ‘Purchase’ or ‘Check availability’ (ignore the prices) for the train of your choice.
    3. At the bottom of the page click on ‘Book supplement only’.
    4. On the next page select ‘Pass offer (Interrail)’.
    5. You can then choose the type of seat or sleeping accommodation you would like. Prices are shown for the different options.
    6. You can choose online tickets, which you can print. (It is possible to have tickets posted but there is an additional charge).
  • Italy (Trenitalia)

    Trains in Italy can be booked in advance at the Trenitalia website.

    1. Enter your departure city and city of arrival. Do not tick the box that says 'Find best price'.
    2. Choose your preferred train connection and click on the price.
    3. Check the 'view other offers' button that's right below your selected train connection. Click Continue.
    4. Select your preferred class (Business (1st) or Standard (2nd)) in the Service menu. Now select 'Global Pass' in the Offer menu. Also select this if you have a Italy One Country Pass.
    5. The price of your ticket(s) now only shows the reservation cost. Fill in the order number of your Interrail Pass in the 'ticket number support' box. Click Continue. Your order number is the number on your Interrail Pass that starts with IN. It consists of 8 numbers if you purchased your Interrail Pass from Interrail.eu. You can also find your order number in your confirmation email. When you try to make reservations for international day trains you may need your Interrail Pass number (you can find this 7 digit number at the back of your Interrail Pass.)
    6. Check the date and departure time of your selected train and choose your payment method (credit card or Paypal).
    7. Click Continue to complete the payment or click add travel solution to make another reservation.
    Good to know!

    For journeys by high-speed train within Italy you can choose to receive an e-ticket. Reservations for international journeys and night trains have to be picked up at an Italian train station. They can also be delivered to an Italian address.

    Thello night train

    The Thello night train between France and Italy is not included in the Interrail Pass but Interrailers do benefit from a 25% discount on the normal ticket price. This can be booked through the Trenitalia website. We've created a special guide detailing how you can make your reservation for the Thello.

  • Sweden (SJ)

    Book reservations for Swedish trains at the SJ website.

    1. Enter train details.
    2. Then in the ‘Traveller Information’ section go to the ‘Customer Card’ drop down box.
    3. Choose 'Interrail Pass' or 'Eurail Pass'.

By Phone

You can make your reservations for most European trains through railway call centres. Reservations can be made even before you've received your Interrail Pass. Make sure you mention that you have an Interrail Pass and that you only want to make a reservation.

We recommend using one of the following call centres which have English speaking staff. Please note that lines can be busy during evenings and at weekends and you may have to wait.

  • Austria: ÖBB booking center

    Phone number: +43 5 1717 (open 24/7)

    When calling, you'll hear a menu in German. Select extension "1" for train information and bookings. The booking centre can deliver your reservations to any country you prefer, without charging you booking costs. The delivery cost is €5.

    You can also pick up your reservations at large Austrian train stations. Just take your order number to a ticket office in the station.

    This call centre can make reservations for the majority of European high-speed and night trains.

  • Finland: VR call center

    Phone number: +35 89 2319 2902 (open daily 7.00 - 22.00 local time)

    VR is the national railway company of Finland and has English speaking staff. You can pay for your reservations over the phone (by credit card) and collect them at ticket machines at Finnish railway stations. You will receive a booking code by email. Reservations cannot be delivered to your address.

    The VR call center can also be reached with Skype.

    This call centre can make reservations for Finnish high-speed and night trains.

  • Germany: DB booking center

    Phone number: +49 1806 996 633 (open 24/7)

    When you call, you'll hear a German menu. Select extension "9" for an English menu, then "1" for train information and bookings. This call centre does not charge a booking fee. Delivery costs are €3.50 to every country.

    You can also pick up your reservations at larger German train stations. Just take the order number you received on the phone, to a ticket window or a 'self-service' machine in the station.

    This call centre can make reservations for the majority of European high-speed and night trains.

    Please note that the DB Booking Centre can't book any Thalys and TGV trains.

  • Luxembourg: CFL booking center

    Phone number: +352 2489 2489 (open Monday-Friday from 7.00 to 19.00. Except on national holidays)

    When calling you'll hear a menu in German, French and English. Select extension "2" for bookings and train information. Your reservations can be delivered to any European country. If you pick up your reservations at Luxembourg's main train station, the booking cost is €5. If your reservations are delivered to your home address (or any other address of your preference), you'll have to pay a delivery cost of €7. In the last case you don't have to pay the booking fee.

    This call centre can make reservations for the majority of European high-speed and night trains.

  • The Netherlands: NS call center

    Phone number: +31 030 2300023 (open Monday-Friday 8.00-21.00 and Saturday 10.00 - 18.00 local time)

    When calling, you’ll hear a menu in Dutch. Select extension ‘1’ for services in English and then ‘1’ to book the Thalys or ‘2’ to book other trains. NS International can book trains in various European countries (€12.50 booking fee; 2 reservations per call allowed). You have to pay for reservations made over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard credit card. Through the call centre, reservations can only be delivered to addresses in the Netherlands. There are no delivery costs. You can also pick up your reservations at a NS International ticket desk or at a self-service machine. Just go to a Dutch train station with a NS International desk with your booking code.

  • Norway: NSB call center

    Phone number: +47 815 00 888 (open Monday - Friday 07:00 - 23:00, Saturday 08:00 - 21:00 and Sunday 08:00 - 23:00 (local time))

    When calling the NSB call centre press ‘9’ for services in English. You can pay your reservations over the phone by credit card and collect them at a ticket machine at a railway station in Norway. If you do not have a credit card, you can pay cash when collecting the reservation. In this case you have to collect the reservation at least 7 days before departure of the train!

    The NSB call centre can book trains in several other countries, but it charges a 50,- NOK (approx. €6.50) booking fee for this. You can pick up reservations at a train station in Norway. Payed reservations can be picked up until departure. Unpayed reservations will have to be collected/payed no later than 7 days after booking or no later than one day prior to departure.

    Reservations can only be delivered to Norwegian addresses.

  • Spain: RENFE call center

    Phone number: +34 902 320 320 (open 24/7)

    You will get a direct connection with Spanish speaking staff when calling this booking centre. You can ask to be put through with an English speaking agent. You'll have to pick up your reservations at a Spanish high-speed train station within 72 hours from your call. Just take your order number and pay for your reservations when you collect them.

    RENFE does not deliver reservations to your address.

    This call centre can make reservations for Spanish high-speed and night trains.

  • Switzerland: SBB booking center

    Phone number: +41 900 300 300 (open 24/7)

    You will get a direct connection when calling this booking centre. The Swiss SBB booking centre can deliver your reservations to all European countries. Delivery costs are CHF8 (approx. €6.50). This call centre may charge a booking fee. You can also pick up your reservations at main Swiss train stations. Just go to the ticket office with your order number.

    This call centre can make reservations for the majority of European high-speed and night trains.