Hi, me and a group of friends (10 of us in total) are planning to travel Europe this summer to celebrate finishing school. Nothing is set in stone yet but we want to go to Prague, Amsterdam, Germany and do some skiing on the alps.
We have been researching travel options and found interrail
The 22 days continuous travel ticket looks appealing but none of us have attempted anything like this before.
Has anyone used interrail before? Dose it work? (we are very worried about getting thrown of a train as none of us are fluent in anything except english)
Can anyone suggest any alternative travel options?
Any help, advice or criticism is welcome.
Interrail has been around for over 30 years now and yes, it does work. You will not get kicked off the train as long as you a) fill in the right forms and b) don't accidentally end up on a train that has mandatory reservation.
Interrail can be good value, but it really depends upon the route and how comfortable you want it.
For a route that includes "Prague, Amsterdam, Germany and some skiing on the alps" you could plan your trip around German Ländertickets, using local trains to get from A to B. This could be a lot cheaper than Interrail if you travel in a group and plan it right.
Another alternative can be the Eurolines pass or the busabout service.
However with a group of ten travelling mostly in Germany I would go for a mix of Ländertickets and special discounted group travel tickets purchased in advance from Deutsche Bahn.
We did some travelling around Europe last summer.. We didn't bother with the Inter-railing passes for a few reasons:
1. You are limited to travelling on trains only unless you want to pay more money for other forms of transport
2. Often buses are sometimes faster
3. Depending on the countries you are visiting it might be cheaper to buy single way tickets as you go along
If you decide not to buy the Inter-rail pass just ask at your hostel/accommodation for the best way to get to your next destination..
Good luck and enjoy!!
for rail advice you can't go past the seat61 website. Happy planning.