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Differences between 1st and 2nd class

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First class rail travel is irresistible. There is nothing like watching the beautiful and ever-changing European scenery pass by from a quiet and comfortable train compartment, with the comforting sound of the rail carriages gliding smoothly along the tracks in the background.


Perhaps less difficult to visualise are the amenities and services on board. While these vary per country and train, when travelling first class in European trains you can expect more facilities to make your travel experience evenmore pleasant.

Common features of 1st vs 2nd class

1st class

  • Individually adjustable seats

  • More room between the seats sideways

  • More legroom

  • Extra wide tables

  • Electric outlet per seat

  • Cabin service: menus are served at your seat

  • Wifi

2nd class

  • Modern seats in open cars

  • Compartments (6 seats)

  • Generous luggage racks / luggage compartments

  • Multifunctional tables

  • One electric outlet per double seat

  • Restaurant and bistro car

  • Wi-Fi (Some cars)


Differences between 1st & 2nd class | The mood comparison

Choosing between first and second class not only depends on your budget, but also on the travel experience you're looking for. In general, first class offers serenity and quietness, whereas second class offers more of a community travel experience.

The perks

Differences between 1st & 2nd class | Lounge

Depending on the railway company and the countries you are travelling in, travelling first class usually means: spacious, comfortable seats, amenities such as USB-ports, free Wi-Fi, or even complimentary drinks and meals. Sometimes the perks of travelling first class even start before boarding the train, with access to lounges and priority check-in.

It depends

Differences between 1st & 2nd class | People getting onboard

Whatever you decide to choose, it’s good to know that both options are available when ordering an Interrail Pass, whether you’re a backpacker or a 5-star luxury seeker!

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