So you’ve decided to go interrailing? That’s awesome! I’m so excited for you! But interrailing is a complex endeavour that needs a fair bit of planning along the way, so I thought I’d share my interrailing adventure with you guys to help you out! Here are five things you need to consider when you first start thinking about going interrailing.
- Decide who’s coming. You can interrail on your own, with just one other friend or in a group. It all depends on what your fancy! Obviously there’s pros and cons to each option but the first decision you need to make if you’re going it alone or going with friends.
- Decide when you want to go. The most traditional time to go interrailing is during the summer, as that’s when most people have their holidays but clearly that’s when everywhere is at its busiest. I’m going early September so it won’t be peak tourist season but it’s still nice and warm.
- Decide what route you want to take. Within Europe there are obviously are a plethora of options of places you can visit during your trip. There are things to consider when picking a route – what temperatures you work best in, how much you want to spend and whether you prefer capital cities or small towns. I’m going around Eastern Europe – more specifically Warsaw – Bratislava – Budapest – Zagreb – Ljubljana – Vienna – Prague.
- Decide how long you want to spend in each place – some places might need no longer than a few hours whereas others you might wish you had a week to spend in. We’re aiming to spend a couple of days in each of the locations I mentioned above, except for Zagreb which we’re just passing through and spending less than 24 hours there.
- Decide on a budget. Obviously the other 4 points will all affect your budget, hence why this one’s coming last. I don’t want to beat around the bush – interrailing is expensive! But there’s still a massive range in the amounts people spend. If you’re only going for a couple of weeks and you’re willing to slum it, you might be able to interrail for as little as £500-600 but most interrailing trips cost somewhere from £700 all the way up to a couple of thousand pounds. We’re looking at our trip costing somewhere between £800 and £900 but we haven’t had our final planning meetings yet.
I hope these steps are helpful for you! Figuring these things out really helped us to make our interrailing dream into a reality and actually start planning our trip!
Let me know if you have any other tips to help prospective interrailers out or if you have any questions from what I’ve said!