If you’re planning on exploring the continent over the coming years, then you might well be concerned about the amount of emissions you’ll be producing in the process. Air travel is a notorious polluter, and it’s frequent flyers that account for a disproportionate amount of per-traveller emissions. Fortunately, there’s already a ready-made alternative to air travel, and that’s got more than a century of pedigree behind it: the rail system! Interrail provides an economical way of using Europe’s trains to see all that the continent has to offer. Let’s take a look and see where we might go and what we might see with its help.

What is Interrail?

An Interrail Pass is an all-you-can-ride ticket that will allow you to travel from place to place in Europe for a single fixed fee. 

What are the Benefits of Interrailing and Itineraries?

The key advantage of this method of paying for rail travel in this way is the flexibility it offers. You could be staying in on city on one day, and then, on a whim, decide to relocate to another. There are no departure dates and times to abide by – if there’s an eligible train departing, then you could be on it. Moreover, it’s not just train tickets that are covered by the Interrail pass: you could equally claim a spot on a ferry or bus service instead.

You might think that you don’t want to have to pay for the privilege of travelling across an entire continent if you’re not going to be using it. Fortunately, there are many different types of interrail pass available, each of which caters to a different sort of passenger. If you’re younger than 28, and only want to travel for a few days in second class, and you’re going to be staying in the same country, then you could easily find yourself spending very little. If you’re going to be taking a long trip over a few months, then you might spend hundreds – but you’d still be better off than if you’d bought train tickets as you went along.

Which UK Destinations should you include in your itinerary?

The UK offers several destinations which you might visit with the help of the right Interrail ticket. Moreover, you might benefit from additional offers provided that you book in advance.

Stratford-upon-Avon

The home of Shakespeare offers a wealth of bard-related distractions, including museums, Anne Hathaway’s house, and, of course, the theatres. But there’s also the butterfly farm and the river itself.

Canterbury

Just a short ride from London, Canterbury boasts a glorious stretch of countryside, a museum dedicated to the Romans, and a sprawling cathedral that’ll be of interest to religious and secular people alike.

Penzance

This little town in West Cornwall is an object of fascination around the world, thanks to the opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. While you won’t find many pirates here today, you will find an amazing coast, along with all the charming pubs and boat trips you could wish for.

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