Interrail Itinerary

The ULTIMATE 3 Week INTERRAIL ROUTE for Travelling Europe by Train

Ahhhh Europe! I do love the diversity. Sipping cocktails by the Seine River in Paris or Trekking up the Julian Alps in Slovenia. No matter where you go there is always a new and exciting adventure just waiting to happen.

I’ll never forget the day my ‘European Dreams’ became a reality. Travelling through Europe by train gave me my first ‘true’ taste for the travel lifestyle. I became obsessed and never looked back. Which ultimately lead to me setting up my very own travel blog 😉

At the age of 19 over a few cocktails, a group of friends and I decided to sit down at my kitchen table and plan our first ever backpacking trip through Europe. We made a detailed list of the places we would like to see and the time frame we would like to see them in. We were determined to tick off some of Europe’s top bucket list destinations, while also experiencing some of the more off the beaten path locations. And that is when we came up with our 3 week Interrail itinerary through Europe. And Today, I would like to share it with you guys.

So, if you are looking for an unforgettable summer, filled with endless memories and exciting experiences. Look no further, because this 3 week interrail route is just what you are looking for.

Interrail Itinerary stop 1 Budapest
Danube River, Budapest

First Stop: Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is nick named the ‘Paris to the East’ and I can certainly see why. The Hungarian capital has it all, from a rich culture, amazing architecture and delicious food. From the moment I stepped foot in the charming city I did not want to leave.

There are a numerous reasons why Budapest features on most interrail routes. For starters, it is super cheap to get around, eating doesn’t coast an arm and a leg and well… it’s a nice place to have a glass of bubbly or two.

I’m not afraid to admit that Budapest is by far my favourite city in Europe and I can not wait to go back!

Things to do in Budapest:

There are so many things to see and do in Budapest it’s hard to do it all in just one trip. To make things easier I have put together a list of my top favourite.

  1. Go for a soak in the Szechenyi baths
  2. Take a stroll up Castle Hill for a panoramic view of the Danube River
  3. Get up close and personal with the World most magnificent parliament
  4. Stroll along the Danube promenade.
  5. Go on a caving adventure beneath the city.

No matter what you choose to do, you are sure to have an amazing time. So get excited and start planning today!

Currency: They use the Hungarian Forint (HUF) in Budapest.

Estimated Budget: I’d recommend for those on a Backpacker’s budget to aim for €30 a day. For those of you who are like me and are on a Backpackers budget with a little pinch of adventure(aka the caving tour), then aim for €40 a day. This includes accommodation and food.

Accommodation: As far as accommodation goes, I don’t have anywhere to recommend just yet as my trip was before my blogging days. I do, however, recommend booking with booking.com for peace of mind, reviews you can trust and FREE cancelation.

Related Post: Caving Beneath Budapest

Budapest -> Split interrail routes

3 week interrail route

(via the interrail Website)

Travelling from Budapest to Split takes a total of 13 hours and 27 minutes. Thankfully this is a night train. Be sure to reserve your sleeper ticket in advance, you can do this at the train station. The screenshot above is from the official Interrail website. This site will become your best friend over the course of your holiday.

Next Stop: Split, Croatia 3 week interrail route

The second stop on our interrail itinerary is Split, an amazing coastal city with so much to offer. Breathtaking sunsets, sandy beaches and beautiful ancient architecture. It is impossible to run out of things to do in Split.

It is extremely easy to lose yourself while exploring this wonderful city. I would suggest putting a day aside to visit the nearby Islands with crystal clear water surrounding them. You will be blown away by the beauty each Island holds. 3 week interrail route

Split, Croatia -> Bled, Sloveniainterrail routes

Getting from Split to Bled is probably the most difficult transfer on this interrail route but I ensure you Bled is most definitely worth the visit. To start off your Journey you should hop on a night train (reservation needed) from Split to Croatia’s capital Zagreb. From here you will have a stopover for approximately 1 hour. This is the perfect excuse to go stretch your legs and buy some breakfast. 3 week interrail route

3 week interrail route

(via the interrail Website)

Then catch the 6.55 train from Zagreb to Bled Jezero (with one change over). Once you reach Bled Jezero you will have to get a local bus to the lake. The bus stop is located straight across from the train station and is relatively cheap. 3 week interrail route

Next Stop: Lake Bled, Slovenia interrail routes

Lake Bled is by far the best location on this 3 week 3 week interrail itinerary. Slovenia is a magical country, it’s like something out of a fairy tale. There are so many things to see and do in Slovenia. It is a country full of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and adventure.

Bled, Slovenia -> Munich, Germanyinterrail routes

3 week interrail route

(Via the Interrail Website)

Next Stop: Munich, Germany s

My time in Munich was short. However, it is a city I really hope to visit again in the future. Munich was not originally part of my plan while interrailing but I am so glad I got the opportunity to stop over in this beautiful city. 3 week interrail route  

Munich, Germany -> Prague, Czech Republic 

(Via the Interrail Website)

Next Stop: Prague, Czech Republic interrail routes

Prague is an amazing city. It has a great nightlife scene and so many interesting places to explore. And for an extra bonus, it is super duper cheap. What I liked about Prague is it wasn’t expensive. You can walk around the city, experience the culture and make new friends all while spending barely any money.

If you are looking to do anymore extra activities while in Prague be sure to check out robe-trotting.com for some of the best tours in Prague and an honest review.

Prague, Czech Republic -> Berlin, Germany  interrail routes

(Via the Interrail Website)

Next Stop: Berlin, Germany

There is so much to see in this historic city. Berlin is big, very big. Unlike the other cities listed above. I recommend booking a hop on hop off bus tour. This will prevent you from missing out on all the top tourist attractions. It’s a great way to see the city without getting lost. I also recommend putting 3 or 4 days aside to explore Germanys Capital city.  3 week interrail route

Berlin, Germany -> Amsterdam, the Netherlands interrail routes

3 week interrail route

(Via the Interrail Website)

Trains times are subject to change on certain dates, be sure to check the times for your desired travel date.

Next Stop: Amsterdam, the Netherlands interrail routes

Amsterdam is a fantastic city, with so much to offer. Its colourful buildings, hundreds of bikes and endless amounts of canals make it quite a unique place to visit. There is so much to do, from going on a boat cruise, exploring the red light district or visiting Anne Franks house. It is a city you can visit time and time again and never get bored and should 100% be part of your interrail adventure.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands -> Paris, France  interrail routes

(via the interrail Website)

The last stop on our interrail route is none other than the city of love, Paris. A reservation for this direct train is needed. I recommend booking 2 to 3 days in advance as it is quite a popular route. I learned the hard way and end up getting 5 local trains from Amsterdam to Paris. It took 6 hours instead of 3.

Last Stop: Paris, France interrail routes

It wouldn’t be a European adventure without stopping off in the city of love. Paris is a wonderful city, although it can be very expensive, it is definitely worth it. Much like Berlin, Paris is a big city, however, I recommend walking as much as you possibly can. This way you can experience the culture, city life and all that Paris has to offer. The picture above was taking from Galleries Lafayette. 

Paris is full of endless picture opportunities, ones that would be a perfect addition to your instagram feed.

Interrail Itinerary

What is Interrailing?

Interrailing is an amazing experience, one that can’t be missed. It is a hassle-free way of visiting several European countries without the dreaded airport liness, long stopovers and waiting at the baggage claim.

Interrailing is possibly one of the most popular travel experience for those on a gap year, young college students or adventurous backpackers. It is a ‘unlimited rail pass’ so to speak. A pass that grants ticket holders access to over 30 countries in Europe, with free use of their well connected train routes. All without the need to purchase a ticket, at least most of the time. <- A little more that later.

Who can avail of the Interrail Pass?

The interrail pass is available to anyone who has citizenship in Europe. For those of you living outside of Europe, don’t worry, there is an alternative pass called ‘Eurrail’. It can be slightly more expensive, but still 10 times cheaper than booking individual train tickets. Unless you are a really good planner and book WELL in advance.

however, there is one catch, do you remember that old saying ‘Age is but a number’ well that doesn’t apply in interrail territory. When it comes the prices, interrail is most definitely in favour of those on the more youthful side of life.

Interrail offers a hefty discount to those between the ages of 12 to 27. So, if your are starting to enter your mid 20’s like myself. I suggest you get in there quickly and book your interrail pass today.

It is however, not the end of the world, for those of you a little bit older. Interrail still over rail passes, just not at a discounted price.

*Find a list of the countries that qualify for an interrail pass click here*

Is there just one type of Interrail pass?

There are three types of Interrail passes, the Global Pass, the One Country Pass and the Premium Pass. The Global pass allows passengers to travel through the majority of European countries using the one train ticket. The One Country pass allows passengers to travel freely through one country. The Premium Pass allows passengers to travel through Italy or Spain with pre-booked seats and unlimited journeys a day. 

If you are planning on using my interrail Itinerary, you will need to book the Global Pass.

Can you explain how the Global Pass Works?

Certainly, The Global pass is designed to allow passengers to travel to over 40,000 European destinations by train, including 31 countries in total. There are two types of Interrail Global Passes. The non consecutive pass and the continuous pass.

The non consecutive pass gives ticket holders the option to travel Europe by train over a certain period of time using a certain amount of days. Generally speaking, this pass is for those who plan on spending two, three or more days at each destination.

An example of the non consecutive pass is the 10 days within two months pass. That pass allows passengers to use their interrail pass 10 times over the space of 2 months. The pass can be used every few days or one day after the other. Get you non consecutive interrail pass here.

The continuous pass allows passengers to use their pass whenever they like during a set period of time, without having to worry about having a limited number of days. This pass is usually purchased by people who are planning on spending 1 day in each destination and then moving on to the next.

An example of the continuous interrail pass is the 22 days pass. The pass allows interrail passengers to travel freely through Europe as they please. Get your Continuous interrail pass here.

Are there any additional costs with the Interrail pass?

Yes, if you want to take any trains that need reservations, they come at an additional cost. I will let you know the trains that need reservation for my interrail itinerary in the train schedule section of this post. 

It also cost extra to purchase a bed on the night trains. Just think of it as paying for a nights stay in a hostel, but instead of waking up in the same room, you will wake in a new exciting destination. Like, how cool is that?

Ok, so that you understand the basics of the interrail system. Let’s get on with the itinerary…

I hope you found this post helpful. I would also recommend downloading the Official Interrail app (IOS or Android) for on the go trains times and information. For booking accommodation search websites such as bookings.com rel=”nofollow”, Airbnb.com  rel=”nofollow”and ebookers.com.

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