If you want to travel more than just one European country, the Global Pass is for you. With this pass, you cannot travel within your country of residence – included in the ticket is only one inbound and one outbound journey to and from your country.
When selecting the Global Pass, you will have to choose how long you want to travel for. The longer you want to travel, the higher the cost. But keep in mind that if for example you only travel for 15 days you won’t be able to see as much but the ticket will almost be as expensive as the one covering 1 month of travel.
With Interrail, the tickets are organized by travel days. Every day on which you take the train with your ticket counts as one travel day.
There is an exception: If you board a train after 7pm on the first day and get off the train after 4am the next day, only the second day counts as a travel day.
There is a variety of options (these are all 2nd class prices):
- travel on 5 days within a period of 15 days (206 €)
- travel on 7 days within a period of 1 month (253 €)
- travel on 10 days within a period of 1 month (301 €)
- travel on 15 days within a period of 1 month (472 €)
- travel on every day within a period of 15 days (348 €)
- travel on every day within a period of 22 days (385 €)
- travel on every day within a period of 1 month (493 €)
First, think about how long you want to travel for. I would advise you to choose at least 22 days or 1 month, because that way you are able to visit more countries and see more.
Also, even though being able to travel on every day seems like a great choice, I would not advise you to purchase these kinds of tickets. Often times, traveling by train within a city or from the city to a national park, etc. is very cheap and therefore you would be cheaper off buying a different ticket and paying for these short trips separately.
Personally, I chose the “10 days within 1 month” ticket and it was perfect for me. I visited 4 countries and 6 cities (two of them twice) and spent an average of 4 days at each spot. This was ideal for me because I saw many different countries, and I had enough time in each city to visit the main attractions, to take a trip outside the city, and to have a day to relax.
Of course, if you want to spend less time in each city, the “15 days within 1 month” might be perfect for you, and if you want to spend more time in each city, go for the “10 days within 1 month” ticket.
I would advise you to first look at a map of Europe and roughly decide which countries you want to visit and which cities you want to see. After you have done that, decide how much time you have available and how many days you want to spend in each city on average. Based on that, select your ticket.