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How to unlock Interrail’s extra benefits and save money while you travel Europe by train

Travel Europe for less on our Alternative Rail Tour

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary rail adventure with the Interrail Global Pass? Interrailing is not just about unlimited train rides; savvy travellers can enjoy a treasure trove of extra perks across Europe. 


Roll past jaw-dropping landscapes, dive into culture-rich cities, and explore Europe’s best museums, attractions, and hostels for less. No need to stress about tickets or lines—you can book most attractions in advance and go!


The options are endless, and that’s why we’ve created a rail itinerary of European treasures to unlock the additional benefits of travelling Europe by train with Interrail:


Ellie Kingswell

Writer at Interrail

Stops on our Alternative Rail Tour of Europe


Ghent, Belgium 

Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

Berlin, Germany 

Prague, Czech Republic

Budapest, Hungary 

Belgrade, Serbia 

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Bologna, Italy 

Lyon, France


We recommend the Interrail Global Pass for this itinerary. 


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Ghent, Belgium

We'll let you into a little secret: Ghent is as picturesque as nearby Bruges but with fewer tourists. Check out the St. Bavo Cathedral, take a river cruise, and enjoy medieval Ghent's bars, restaurants, and beer houses in the evenings.


Interrail Pass Benefits: 10% discount on the best tours in Ghent with GetYourGuide. Sign up for a guided walking tour, urban bike ride, or boat trip through the city.


Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Who can resist this bustling hotspot when visiting the Netherlands? Hop on board one of the canal boats to sail past the narrow houses and under Instagrammable bridges to see the "Venice of the North" from a new perspective. 


Interrail Pass BenefitsHard Rock Cafe Amsterdam offers a 20% discount. Flying Pig Hostel offers a 10% discount and 20% off the SANDEMANs NEW Europe tour of the Red Light District. 


How to get to Amsterdam by train: Travel by regional train to Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in just over 3 hours (supplement required from Anvers to Amsterdam).


Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a captivating historical time capsule, playing a major role in the twilight of the German Empire, World War II and the Cold War. Millions visit the city’s famous symbol of a divided world each year — the Berlin Wall. 


Interrail Pass Benefits: 20% discount on SANDEMANs NEW Europe tour of Berlin (it’s the best way to uncover this trove of 20th-century history). 

How to get to Berlin by train: Take several trains from Amsterdam to Berlin (Germany) without a supplement.


Prague, Czech Republic

Prague will dazzle you with its cosmopolitan lifestyle and countless cultural highlights. Stroll across Charles Bridge for a fabulous view and head to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock.


Interrail Pass Benefits: 20% discount on the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague or the SANDEMANN walking tour of the city. 


How to get to Prague by train: Take the direct train from Berlin to Prague (Czech Republic) in 4 hrs and 30 minutes. 



Budapest, Hungary

Visit Buda Castle for a sweeping view of the city and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere in District 7 by hanging out in the many bars housed in formally abandoned buildings. Head to the Széchenyi thermal baths for a day of pure relaxation.


Interrail Pass Benefit: 10% discount at the Maverick Hostel & Ensuites, Budapest. Your clients will feel like royalty in this former royal mansion built by the Habsburg dynasty. 


How to get to Budapest by train: From Prague, the train travels via Austria (stash your luggage in Wien Hbf for a few hours) to Budapest (Hungary) in over 7 hours without a supplement.


Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is full of surprises. Whether you prefer live music or all-night techno, the floating river clubs are the place to go. Visit Kalemegdan Park and watch the Danube and Sava rivers meet from the top of the fortress.


Interrail Pass Benefit: Stay at the ArkaBarka Floating Hostel in Belgrade with a 10% discount. It’s your oasis twenty minutes away on foot from the bustling city. Plus, all the rooms have a view of the Kalemegdan fortress. 


How to get to Belgrade by train: The night train between Budapest and Belgrade (Serbia) is currently suspended due to construction work.


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is known as the Jerusalem of Europe, as it has united East and West for centuries. Be sure to enjoy a cup of Bosnian coffee at the historic Bascarsija bazaar, dating back to the early Ottoman empire.


Interrail Pass Benefit: Download the FindPenguins app and track your rail adventures for free. Get a €12,50 discount on a photo book memento.


How to get to Sarajevo by train: Take a bus from Belgrade to Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in just under 7 hours.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a little harder to reach as it doesn’t have a train station, but this gem is worth a detour. Lose yourself in the maze of cobblestone streets and walk the city walls that surround this captivating city on the Adriatic coast.


Interrail Pass benefit and how to get to Dubrovnik: Take the train to Ploče and hire a car with AVIS’s 15% discount to reach Dubrovnik (trains to Ploče only run in the summer season). 



Bologna, Italy

Bologna is a captivating city with an array of medieval churches, long porticoes, and hidden canals. Climb to the top of Asinelli Tower, the highest tower in Italy, for an Instagrammable view of Bologna.


Interrail Pass Benefit: Secret Food Tours of Bologna offers a 15% discount; a guide will lead you through the city on a foodie tour. 


How to get to Bologna by train: Travel to Zagreb by train to catch the night train to Bologna (Italy) in 10 hours. 



Lyon, France

Lyon is the gastronomical capital of France, where food and wine can be found in abundance. Culture and history are on every corner, from the ancient Roman theatre to the futuristic Musée de Confluence. Go to the top of Fourvière Hill for the city's best view. 


Interrail Pass Benefit:  20% off the Lyon City Card: One card, all of Lyon, with free entrance to 38 popular attractions and a 50% discount on the second card for couples or groups.


How to get to Lyon by train: Travel by train from Bologna to Lyon (France) in under 7 hours.



Get even more bang for your buck on this itinerary

  • Pass holders can stop for a few hours and stash their luggage at any major station with 20% off Stasher Luggage Storage

  • On this itinerary, 1st class Pass holders can use the lounges for free in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the Netherlands. 

  • Call a Bike by DB Connect in 50 cities: Pass holders get a 20% discount on bike rentals in Germany.

Ready to unlock these exclusive perks?


Interrail’s Global Pass is not just a rail Pass. It enhances every journey and unlocks unrivaled discounts across Europe. Shop the perfect travel companion for seamless transportation and discounted access to cultural treasures across Europe.

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