Country Guides

Are you looking for some Interrail inspiration? With an Interrail Global Pass you can travel to 33 countries – a huge range of options in anyone’s book. So, it can be really difficult to decide what route to take around Europe and which cities and countries to check out on your Interrail trip. We’ve created these helpful country guides to help you figure out where to go!

Featured countries

Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Mamma Mia! Discover Italy's charms, from the rolling Tuscan hills to the bustling metropolises of Rome and Milan there's something for everyone. Get ready for a carb load!

France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Romantic cities, cafe culture, the food, the wine... ooh la la! The most popular tourist destination in the world, its diverse landscape offers everything you could want.

Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Sun-soaked Spain is the land of the siesta and moves at a slow pace. Head to the vibrant Madrid and Barcelona for some fun, Seville for culture, San Sebastian for food, and the Costa del Sol to chill.

Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Bratwurst and beer await in Germany's uber cool capital city. With such liveable cities, Germany might just be the most underrated holiday destination.

Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

The perfect place to relax on the coast, taking in the delights of the Adriatic Sea. Head to Dubrovnik for its imposing architecture, or to Split for easy access to islands like Hvar.

Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

The Netherlands is a small country, but there's far more beyond the cafes and red lights of Amsterdam. Visit the plush countryside and check out its sophisticated cities, like Rotterdam and Utrecht.

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Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Striking landscapes and spectacular scenery await. One day you can go hiking in the Alps, the next you can be swanning around Vienna admiring the monumental Habsburg architecture. There's no country quite like it.

Bosnia and Herzegovina ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ

A fascinating country and a case of East-meets-West with a fusion of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture and influences. It's distinctly Slavic with scars of the civil war visible, but its landscapes are truly stunning.

Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

The perfect place to relax on the coast, taking in the delights of the Adriatic Sea. Head to Dubrovnik for its imposing architecture, or to Split for easy access to islands like Hvar.

Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Notoriously one of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark is the kind of place you can see yourself living. Copenhagen is effortlessly cool, and set up for cyclists and pedestrians. Look out for smรธrrebrรธd, which are delicious!

Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

A breathtaking country with unspoilt forests that go on for miles. Discover waterfalls, fjords, epic mountains, and - if you're there at the right time - see the Northern Lights!

Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Bratwurst and beer await in Germany's uber cool capital city. With such liveable cities, Germany might just be the most underrated holiday destination.

Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท

Discover the vibrant capital city and learn all about Ancient Greece. Then head out to one of the many beautiful sun-drenched islands to enjoy amazing Greek food and ouzo!

Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Breathtaking landscapes and rugged coastlines await you, as does friendly Irish hospitality, and a cold Guinness in one of Dublin's institutions.

Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป

Perhaps the most popular country in the Baltics, Latvia is home to dramatic landscapes, rich heritage, and a lively capital city.

Luxembourg ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ

The wealthiest nation in Europe, but also tiny, it punches well above its weight in terms of culture. Expect impressive medieval castles set amongst rolling hills, delicious wine, and mountain peaks ideal for hiking.

Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

The Netherlands is a small country, but there's far more beyond the cafes and red lights of Amsterdam. Visit the plush countryside and check out its sophisticated cities, like Rotterdam and Utrecht.

Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Fjords, mountains, glaciers, and gorges... Norway has it all and its natural beauty is impossible to overstate. Bergen is the gateway to the fjords and you can get a cross-country train from here to Oslo, one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Make sure to stop off along the way!

Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Portugal's west coast is a surfer's paradise with big waves crashing not far from the vibrant capital of Lisbon. Head there and soak in true Portuguese culture, or to its vibrant northern neighbour Porto. Make sure to enjoy a custard tart or two!

Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ

Belgrade is rough and ready, and is now regarded as one of the coolest capitals in Europe, renowned for its nightlife and amazing restaurant culture. Explore beyond the capital city and you'll discover Serbia's stunning nature in its 5 national parks.

Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

A charming country with architecturally-grand and cultured cities like Ljubljana, as well as lush pine-forested countryside perfect for hiking and biking. And, of course, wonderful lakes...

Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

From dense forests and craggy mountains in the north to rolling hills and untouched beaches in the south, Sweden has swathes of countryside for everyone to enjoy. Mix this with beautiful, vibrant cities with great food scenes, and you've got one of the most liveable countries in the whole of Europe.

Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท

A real melting pot of cultures as Europe meets Asia. Mosques co-exist with churches, and some have even switched between the two. It's a richly historic country with diverse lands that go well beyond the big cities. Expect great cuisine and even better hospitality.

Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช

Boring Belgium? We don't think so! Enjoy the beer, chocolate, and moules-frites in some of the most impressive medieval cities in Europe, like Antwerp and Ghent. A compact country makes it a very Interrail-friendly country.

Bulgaria ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

An unexpected gem. Visit the vibrant cities of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna that have shaken off their Communist image. Head to the amazing mountains to go hiking, then on to the coast to relax on one of Bulgaria's golden beaches and enjoy the friendly Bulgarian hospitality.

Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Sitting right in the heart of Europe, Czechia connects Western Europe to Eastern Europe. Go beyond visiting just Prague discover medieval towns, enchanted castles, and ancient ruins.

Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช

A real up-and-coming country and an established tech hub, Estonia is the smallest of the three Baltic states. Tallinn has a beautifully preserved medieval old town, while 50% of the country is woodland so some hiking could be on the cards!

France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Romantic cities, cafe culture, the food, the wine... ooh la la! The most popular tourist destination in the world, its diverse landscape offers everything you could want.

Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Jam-packed with culture, scenery, and history. You'll have your work cut out choosing where to go, from bustling London to the Scottish Highlands, there's a little bit of everyone.

Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

Budapest has fast become one of the most popular Interrail destinations. Admire flamboyant 19th century architecture by day, and enjoy the ruin bars by night!

Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Mamma Mia! Discover Italy's charms, from the rolling Tuscan hills to the bustling metropolises of Rome and Milan there's something for everyone.

Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น

Discover an enchanting landscape of forests, lakes and castles, as well as an idyllic, unspoilt coastline lined with sand dunes.

Montenegro ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช

Situated on one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe, Montenegro remains a hidden gem. Discover Venetian port towns Kotor and Budva with great seafood, or head inland to explore the pine-scented mountains and rolling landscapes.

North Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Discover the untouched beauty of North Macedonia. A compact country, so you can be in the mountains by day and surrounded by Byzantine architecture by sunset.

Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Definitely an underrated destination, Poland offers a wonderful selection of beautiful cities, with stunning old towns in Krakow, Gdansk and Wroclaw. Explore the amazing countryside, be welcomed by friendly locals, and enjoy the hearty Polish cuisine.

Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด

Bucharest was famously known as 'Little Paris' for its grand architecture and sophisticated charm. With great restaurants and culture, it's well worth exploring before heading to the beautiful Black Sea coast, or inland to the Carpathian Mountains.

Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

A popular spot for interrailers, Bratislava is a haven for beer drinkers who fancy a tankard of beer in the beautiful setting of Bratislava's old town. Head outside the city and you'll discover a land full of castles and mountains, with some impressive hiking trails!

Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Sun-soaked Spain is the land of the siesta and moves at a slow pace. Head to the vibrant Madrid and Barcelona for some fun, Seville for culture, San Sebastian for food, and the Costa del Sol to chill.

Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

A true picture postcard, Switzerland's Alpine villages are effortlessly stunning. The mountainous landscapes are a haven for skiers, hikers, and mountain bikers alike. The major cities are vibrant and cosmopolitan. It is expensive, but also one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Striking landscapes and spectacular scenery await. One day you can go hiking in the Alps, the next you can be swanning around Vienna admiring the monumental Habsburg architecture. There's no country quite like it.

Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช

Boring Belgium? We don't think so! Enjoy the beer, chocolate, and moules-frites in some of the most impressive medieval cities in Europe, like Antwerp and Ghent. A compact country makes it a very Interrail-friendly country.

Bosnia and Herzegovina ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ

A fascinating country and a case of East-meets-West with a fusion of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture and influences. It's distinctly Slavic with scars of the civil war visible, but its landscapes are truly stunning.

Bulgaria ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

An unexpected gem. Visit the vibrant cities of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna that have shaken off their Communist image. Head to the amazing mountains to go hiking, then on to the coast to relax on one of Bulgaria's golden beaches and enjoy the friendly Bulgarian hospitality.

Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

The perfect place to relax on the coast, taking in the delights of the Adriatic Sea. Head to Dubrovnik for its imposing architecture, or to Split for easy access to islands like Hvar.

Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Sitting right in the heart of Europe, Czechia connects Western Europe to Eastern Europe. Go beyond visiting just Prague discover medieval towns, enchanted castles, and ancient ruins.

Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Notoriously one of the happiest countries in the world, Denmark is the kind of place you can see yourself living. Copenhagen is effortlessly cool, and set up for cyclists and pedestrians. Look out for smรธrrebrรธd, which are delicious!

Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช

A real up-and-coming country and an established tech hub, Estonia is the smallest of the three Baltic states. Tallinn has a beautifully preserved medieval old town, while 50% of the country is woodland so some hiking could be on the cards!

Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

A breathtaking country with unspoilt forests that go on for miles. Discover waterfalls, fjords, epic mountains, and - if you're there at the right time - see the Northern Lights!

France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Romantic cities, cafe culture, the food, the wine... ooh la la! The most popular tourist destination in the world, its diverse landscape offers everything you could want.

Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Bratwurst and beer await in Germany's uber cool capital city. With such liveable cities, Germany might just be the most underrated holiday destination.

Great Britain ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Jam-packed with culture, scenery, and history. You'll have your work cut out choosing where to go, from bustling London to the Scottish Highlands, there's a little bit of everyone.

Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท

Discover the vibrant capital city and learn all about Ancient Greece. Then head out to one of the many beautiful sun-drenched islands to enjoy amazing Greek food and ouzo!

Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

Budapest has fast become one of the most popular Interrail destinations. Admire flamboyant 19th century architecture by day, and enjoy the ruin bars by night!

Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Breathtaking landscapes and rugged coastlines await you, as does friendly Irish hospitality, and a cold Guinness in one of Dublin's institutions.

Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Mamma Mia! Discover Italy's charms, from the rolling Tuscan hills to the bustling metropolises of Rome and Milan there's something for everyone.

Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป

Perhaps the most popular country in the Baltics, Latvia is home to dramatic landscapes, rich heritage, and a lively capital city.

Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น

Discover an enchanting landscape of forests, lakes and castles, as well as an idyllic, unspoilt coastline lined with sand dunes.

Luxembourg ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ

The wealthiest nation in Europe, but also tiny, it punches well above its weight in terms of culture. Expect impressive medieval castles set amongst rolling hills, delicious wine, and mountain peaks ideal for hiking.

Montenegro ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช

Situated on one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe, Montenegro remains a hidden gem. Discover Venetian port towns Kotor and Budva with great seafood, or head inland to explore the pine-scented mountains and rolling landscapes.

Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

The Netherlands is a small country, but there's far more beyond the cafes and red lights of Amsterdam. Visit the plush countryside and check out its sophisticated cities, like Rotterdam and Utrecht.

North Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Discover the untouched beauty of North Macedonia. A compact country, so you can be in the mountains by day and surrounded by Byzantine architecture by sunset.

Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Fjords, mountains, glaciers, and gorges... Norway has it all and its natural beauty is impossible to overstate. Bergen is the gateway to the fjords and you can get a cross-country train from here to Oslo, one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Make sure to stop off along the way!

Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Definitely an underrated destination, Poland offers a wonderful selection of beautiful cities, with stunning old towns in Krakow, Gdansk and Wroclaw. Explore the amazing countryside, be welcomed by friendly locals, and enjoy the hearty Polish cuisine.

Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Portugal's west coast is a surfer's paradise with big waves crashing not far from the vibrant capital of Lisbon. Head there and soak in true Portuguese culture, or to its vibrant northern neighbour Porto. Make sure to enjoy a custard tart or two!

Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด

Bucharest was famously known as 'Little Paris' for its grand architecture and sophisticated charm. With great restaurants and culture, it's well worth exploring before heading to the beautiful Black Sea coast, or inland to the Carpathian Mountains.

Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ

Belgrade is rough and ready, and is now regarded as one of the coolest capitals in Europe, renowned for its nightlife and amazing restaurant culture. Explore beyond the capital city and you'll discover Serbia's stunning nature in its 5 national parks.

Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

A popular spot for interrailers, Bratislava is a haven for beer drinkers who fancy a tankard of beer in the beautiful setting of Bratislava's old town. Head outside the city and you'll discover a land full of castles and mountains, with some impressive hiking trails!

Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

A charming country with architecturally-grand and cultured cities like Ljubljana, as well as lush pine-forested countryside perfect for hiking and biking. And, of course, wonderful lakes...

Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Sun-soaked Spain is the land of the siesta and moves at a slow pace. Head to the vibrant Madrid and Barcelona for some fun, Seville for culture, San Sebastian for food, and the Costa del Sol to chill.

Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

From dense forests and craggy mountains in the north to rolling hills and untouched beaches in the south, Sweden has swathes of countryside for everyone to enjoy. Mix this with beautiful, vibrant cities with great food scenes, and you've got one of the most liveable countries in the whole of Europe.

Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

A true picture postcard, Switzerland's Alpine villages are effortlessly stunning. The mountainous landscapes are a haven for skiers, hikers, and mountain bikers alike. The major cities are vibrant and cosmopolitan. It is expensive, but also one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Turkey ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท

A real melting pot of cultures as Europe meets Asia. Mosques co-exist with churches, and some have even switched between the two. It's a richly historic country with diverse lands that go well beyond the big cities. Expect great cuisine and even better hospitality.