Interrailing through Europe!
Travelling through Europe by train – the opportunities for discovery are ENDLESS!! Remember a bit of forward planning and a budget will help you through the towns, cities, villages, mountains, and seascapes of Europe!
DiscoverEU free interrail pass.
DiscoverEU free interrail travel pass is an initiative of the European Union, giving 18-year-olds the opportunity to travel around Europe by rail. You can go solo or add up to 4 friends in your group provided they meet the eligibility conditions above. You apply during the two application rounds taking place each year. Successful applicants will receive a free interrail travel pass(!) allowing them to go interrailing across Europe for one month during the permitted travel window.
The next application round for applications from young people born in 2005, will open between 4 October and 18 October 2023!
Some Useful tips!
- A sturdy rucksack with padded shoulder pads ……….shoulder blisters are not a good luck for anyone ; )
- Make sure you are insured: Travel & Health
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) EU medical cover (it’s free! )
- Money: Work a daily budget and try to stick to it as much as possible. It might be hard to do at first but you will really appreciate having stuck to the budget towards the end of your travel!!
- Do some research to find out how much it would cost to eat and sleep in each country before you go.
- First Aid: Include band aids, stomach tablets, sun block etc.
Before you go!
- When packing remember that you will have to carry everything on your back. Be sensible
- Good walking boots, dark comfortable clothes (less washing), rain gear.
- Keep passport, insurance information, ID, and inter-rail ticket with you at all times.
- Handy tip— Keep these in a money belt which can be strapped to your body underneath your clothes.
- Contact home often and give someone a general idea of your travel plans.
- Travelling by train by night cuts your accommodation expenses and allows you to spend your days exploring the city.
- Be sure you have paid any necessary train supplement or you may be fined.
- Bring your own food and drink on the train— It’s much cheaper!
If you do find yourself in a spot of bother and need help, there are Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad.