Summer is finally here and one of the best things to do during these few (hopefully sunny) months is travel. And myself, plus many many others, will highly recommend Interrailing! An easy way to travel round Europe as well as being one of the best, most fun and simple ways to meet people whilst travelling.
So 2 years ago myself and my travel buddy/best friend/cousin Amy (A.K.A. Bunk Beds for Cats) decided to take the plunge and just go. Three weeks later we were off for a full July of exploring, and we haven’t looked back since! I will be doing retrospective blog posts on each place we visited but for now, here is our route and the travel between:
Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels (Bruxelles-Midi)
Bruxelles-Midi to Amsterdam Central
An overnight CNL train from Amsterdam Central to Berlin HBF (TIEF)
Overnight train from Berlin HBF changing in the middle of the night at Warsaw (bbaaaddddd idea! More information later) then onto Krakow (Glowny).
Overnight train from Krakow to Praha Hlavni Nadrazi (Prague)
Morning train from Praha to Wien Meidling (Vienna)
Over night leaving Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna) to Zurich, also leaving on a short overnight train to Milano Centrale (Milan). This was because accommodation was expensive however you can stay in Switzerland for a good price-D stayed in Interlaken. More information coming soon!
Leave Milano Centrale and travelled to Verona which took around 2 hours. Stayed for lunch then travelled onto Venice which was another hour or so (depending on where you accommodation is).
Hour train from Venice to Florence
Hour and half train from Florence to Pisa
Leave Pisa Centrale to travel about 3 hours to Rome
We spent the day travelling to visit my family in the south of France. We travelled from Roma Tiburtina to Milano Centrale then to Ventimiglia and finally Nice Ville.
Another travel day, leaving Nice to Marseille St Charles to Perpignan and finally Barcelona Sants. From there we travelled into Sitges using the RENFE trains to stay with family friends.
Travelling home we caught a high speed train from Barcelona Sants to Paris then finally a Eurostar back to London.
Some people do prefer to just go with the flow and not plan the entire trip. Its up to you: what suits you, your budget and time limit but none of these will stop you going. I realise this is a very speedy travel plan and we did miss out some major cities however thats just an excuse to go back right? Also check out Amy’s blog post on 18 things you learn whilst Interrailing!
Hopefully I’ve given you some inspiration or even persuaded you to buy your own ticket! Trust me, it will be one of the best things you’ll ever do!
Where would you go if you went Interrailing? I’ve got loads of tips and am very happy to help so just message me!
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P.S. UK readers, better do this sooner rather than later! Who knows how long we will stay in the EU for!? Perfect (yet unnerving) motivation!