INTERRAIL WINTER ITINERARIES
An Interrail Pass is valid all year round, not just for the summer. Travelling in the winter means fewer crowds in cities and a different type of travel experience. Visit museums outside of the peak season. You could even use an Interrail Pass to build a ski trip around some of Europe’s top resorts. NOTE: the booking form is being updated, and passes will be available for sale in early Jan 2015.
InterRail all the way TO SCANDINAVIA
Getting to Scandinavia by train is surprisingly easy. An overnight train from Cologne will see you arriving into Copenhagen, the home of Hans Christian Andersen early the next morning. With the day ahead of you, you’ll have plenty of time to explore and pay a visit to one of the city’s most iconic sights, the statue of the Little Mermaid.
Continue on from Copenhagen, across the impressive Øresund Bridge – the longest car and train carrying bridge in Europe – to, Malmö, capital of Sweden’s Skane region. With over 800 shops, numerous museums and art galleries and more restaurants per head than any other Swedish city, there’s plenty to fill a few days stay.
From Malmö, it’s just a short journey on to Gothenburg – Sweden’s second city, currently in transition from an industrial port to a cultural hub. Then it’s on to Oslo, capital of Norway, before heading for Bergen, the gateway to the Norwegian fjords. A must do trip from Bergen is the Flåm railway with its beautiful scenery and Interrail passholders can benefit from a 30% discount on the route from Myrdal to Flåm.
If you wanted to continue your Scandinavian adventure, you could continue north to Trondheim where you could be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. So wrap up warm and head for Scandinavia by train this winter.
Copenhagen – Malmö – Gothenburg – Oslo – Bergen
Head to the sun THIS WINTER WITH INTERRAIL
With the overcast, rainy days of a UK winter, it’s easy to see why you might feel in need of some sunshine. A winter InterRail trip to the sun could be just the answer to bring some warm Mediterranean sun into an otherwise grey British winter.
Start in Rome, and make the most of the museums and monuments out of season when they will be at their quietest. Throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain and wonder at the beauty of the Sistine Chapel without the crowds that throng there during the summer months.
From Rome, take a stunning scenic train trip along the Italian coast, via Genoa to Nice. En-route, you’ll pass the 5 colourful cliff top villages known as Cinque Terre.
Winter temperatures in Nice average between 13 and 15°c, so perfect weather for a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, before taking the train on to Perpignan. Depending on the type of InterRail Pass you choose and the time you have, you could stop off in Marseille, Avignon or Narbonne on the way. You could also take a detour to St Raphael, the station closest to the resort of St Tropez, for some celebrity-spotting while you top up your tan.
After soaking up the Catalan atmosphere in Perpignan, cross the border into Spain and head for Barcelona. Capital of the Basque region, Barcelona is home to the spectacular but unfinished Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, as well as many other outrageous architectural works by Gaudi.
As you head further south by train to Valencia you may even see orange blossom on the trees. Visit in March and experience Las Fallas, a festival where enormous papier mache figures parade through the city streets, with spectacular firework displays and bonfires.
If you can’t bear the thought of heading home, why not extend your trip with a visit to the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca? Interrail passholders can benefit from a 20% discount on the ferry from Valencia to Palma de Mallorca.
Rome – Genoa – Nice – Perpignan – Barcelona – Valencia
Ski safari BY TRAIN
Traditionally, ski holidays have been based in one resort. With InterRail that doesn’t need to be the case – take the train between resorts and you could visit, 3, 4 or even more.
Start your ski safari in Garmisch Partenkirchen, just 90 minutes by train from Munich and home to one of the Skiing World Cup events. Don’t worry, there’s much more to this German resort than adrenalin fuelled black runs.
Take the train on into Austria and you can be in Kitzbühel in just over 3 hours. Kitzbühel Alps is Austria’s biggest interconnected ski area and home to the legendary Hahnenkamm, widely considered to be the highlight of the Ski World Cup season.
Your next stop could be Klosters in Switzerland, playground of the rich and famous.
Take a day off skiing and take in some amazing scenery on the train journey across Switzerland to Zermatt. Although not covered by an InterRail Pass, the Glacier Express journey from Chur to Zermatt is well worth the extra ticket, crossing 291 bridges and passing through stunning Alpine scenery. Alternatively, if you’re keen to get back on the slopes, you could travel via Zurich in about half the time.
For your last resort, why not head into France and take in Les Arcs? The route from Switzerland into France runs along the banks of Lake Geneva, offering more amazing views that you simply don’t get when you fly.
Garmisch Partenkirchen – Kitzbühel – Klosters – Zermatt – Les Arcs