Going interrailing can be the trip of a lifetime. However, there is a large amount of planning and organisation that precedes any trip around Europe.

What does interrailing mean?

Interrailing is when you use a single rail pass to access rail journeys across different countries. You must be a European citizen or an official resident of a European country. The current interrail pass goes to 30 countries and there a number of different passes that you can buy, from a single country to global ones, which allow you to access the full range of countries in Europe.

How do you organise interrailing?

Once you've decided which passes are right for you, then you should decide which countries you wish to visit, the cities that you want to explore within these, and the length of time that you'll spend in each one. This can be done through interrail applications for your mobile and laptop, which help you to fill in the details of your accommodation, costs and you can even use an itinerary to help you plan what you'd like to visit in each destination and the times of your travel.

You should also ensure that you've booked the appropriate interrail travel insurance to protect you in the event of unforeseen circumstances. However, interrail seats must be booked in advance of your trip and you can do this through the interrail train app, which allows you to find train times as well as local trains.

Useful interrail information:

Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is sold and administered by Holiday Extras Cover Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 828848.

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Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is provided by Taurus Insurance Services, an insurance intermediary licenced and authorised in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission under Permission Number 5566 and authorised to passport general insurance intermediary services into the UK and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK under registration number 444830.

The insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE. Great Lakes Insurance SE is a German insurance company with its headquarters at Königinstrasse 107, 80802 Munich. UK Branch office: 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, EC3M 5BN, company number SE000083. Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch, is authorised and regulated by Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht. Deemed authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number: 769884. Subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details of the Temporary Permissions Regime, which allows EEA-based firms to operate in the UK for a limited period while seeking full authorisation, are available on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website.