Interrail: First Class Train Pass for the Price of Second Class!

Interrail is currently selling its first class train passes for the price of a second class railway pass, allowing you to travel through Europe in comfort.

Valentine’s deal

Dubbed by Interrail as a ‘Valentine’s Day Deal’, you can now buy a first class railway pass for the price of a second class pass. Any pass on offer, whether it’s a country-specific railway pass or a global pass for unlimited train travel in all of Europe, will be matched to first class when you buy a second class pass.

The offer is only valid until Valentine’s Day, which means you have to buy a pass before 15th February to profit from this offer. You can buy the passes at the Interrail website.

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Travelling by train through Portugal’s Douro River valley. ©Paliparan

Refundable

As there are so many uncertainties due to the ongoing corona virus pandemic, Interrail has set out some great terms and conditions which allow you to stay flexible.

As local lockdowns, travel restrictions and border closures may impact future travels, Interrail has made its passes 85% refundable.

If you however upgrade your Interrail pass to a ‘plus’ version during checkout, your pass will be fully (100%) refundable.

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A wintery view of the Bucharest to Brașov railway line, which crosses the Carpathian Mountains. ©Paliparan

Flexibility

Another great perk of Interrail passes is that you do not have to set a starting date of your pass just yet.

You can buy the pass now and travel up to 11 months later, only picking the starting date of your pass when you know for sure when you want to commence your trip.

Different passes

The Interrail programme has evolved quite a bit in the last decades, as nowadays there are a huge number of passes available. Interrail has passes which are only valid in one single country, as well as passes which are valid for all of Europe (except your home country).

Of course, the classical Interrail passes giving unlimited train travel during a certain period are still available. You can buy these for 15 days, 22 days, 1 month, 2 months and even 3 months. These are great for those travellers who want full flexibility or those who do not plan to stay long in one place.

Cheaper are however the passes which only gives you unlimited train travel of a certain amount of days per period. For example, there is a train pass giving you 4 days of unlimited travel within a 1 month period. There are similar passes giving you 7 days of train travel within one month, 15 days within two months, and many more options.

There are discounts for children (4-11 years old), youths (12 to 27 years) and seniors (60+).

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A Norwegian Intercity train arriving at Myrdal station. ©Paliparan

Who can buy an Interrail pass?

Only European citizens and non-Europeans who are official residents of the countries participating in the Interrail programme can buy an Interrail pass.

If you do not qualify for an Interrail pass, you can always by a Eurail pass, which also comes in a First and Second class variant.

Although Eurail does not have a “buy second class, travel in first” offer like Interrail has, they do currently have a 20 percent off Valentine’s Day discount action.

Surcharges

However, do note that although Interrail passes give you free, unlimited train travel for the days on which your pass is valid, surcharges could still apply for seat reservations, high speed trains as well as couchettes and sleeper compartments on a night train.

The world’s best railway website – The Man in Seat 61 – has an excellent guide explaining how Interrail passes work.

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A Czech EuroCity (EC) train and a German ICE (InterCity Express) train at Hamburg Hbf. ©Paliparan

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Koen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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