Interrail Journey Planner

Europe is massive! So how on earth do you decide on what route to do? We’ve all travelled Europe extensively, so to help you out we’ve pooled our interrailing experiences to show you how we would go about choosing. Check out the advice below on and then use our interrail journey planner to see the routes – remember to look at a good old fashioned map to see if the distance you want to cover is doable in the time you’ve got!


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If you start in Paris or Brussels we can add Eurostar or bus from London. If not, it’s best just to fly with a budget airline to Europe. This can be very cheap if booking in advance. Although we don’t sell flights we can certainly suggest which ones to take, just ask.

Where to go? Most people travel Europe’s biggest cities – they’re the ones with the most sites, best nightlife and coolest hostels. Trains are also most likely to be direct. The best way to decide which you want to see is think about your priorities – do you want sun, culture, food, festivals, clubbing, chilling or a mix? If you’re limited on time, stick to destinations in one area of the continent so you’re not spending all your time travelling. Browse our city guides or ask us where’s best for what!

How long should I go for? The most popular length of time for interrailing is 4 weeks, so use that as a baseline either adding or taking one or two weeks off either side. Travelling long distances can be tiring, so don’t try doing too many ridiculously long journeys or you will spend more time on a train than the destination.

How long in each place? This is crucial. We recommend at least 2 nights but preferably 3 in big cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin, etc. It’s easy to get carried away and want to see a new city every day but this is not practical and will be more expensive.

Also always remember to factor in the journey time. It’s super easy to forget how big Europe really is, and some trains can be long, so it’s quite common to travel up to 10 hours in a day. If you get into a city at 7pm and you have to leave again at 7am the next day, you’re not going to see much! So bear that in mind when you’re picking your route. We’re always happy to advise on this, but we can’t do the impossible – so check the map before attempting to travel from Lisbon to Prague in one day!

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Money – it’s quite an important factor to keep at the back of your mind. But with Euroventure it’s made a lot easier, as you don’t have to worry aboutthe cost of accommodation and train travel; just budget for your flights to and from the trip, food, entertainment and public transport. Try out the budget calculator on the left for a general idea of a daily budget suited to you.

You can use our trip search as an interrail journey planner by picking a country you’re interested in, with the duration you want, and we’ll show you a load of routes that go to or through that country. The routes we create are tried and tested, some are even created by yourselves and we are always updating and tweaking them.


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