What type of interrail pass do I need?

  • 15 September 2023
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Good afternoon, 

I am hoping to book an Interrail trip next year, and wanted to clarify a few things. My rough itinerary is as follows: 

Day 1: York-London St Pancras 

London St Pancras-Vienna (depart early morning from London, arrive late evening Vienna)

Days 2 and 3 spend in Vienna, depart late evening Day 3 (catch the sleeper train to Berlin)

Day 4 and 5: Berlin

Day 6: Berlin-London St Pancras-York 


I first of all wanted to enquire to the type of pass I might need, as although I will be travelling for 6 days total, I will not actually be on board trains for all of those days?

I will also be on board a sleeper train for one of those days, will this mean using two days of travel, or just the one day from when I board the train?

Does the Interrail pass cover journeys within my host country (ie York to London), or will I have to purchase a return journey for this in conjunction with my Interrail pass? And if the Interrail pass does cover host country use, will I only need to use a single day for my journeys from York-Vienna, and Berlin to York (ie two days use)? 

Many thanks in advance for all your help! 


Best answer by Al_G 15 September 2023, 15:44

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The shortest available Global pass is 4 days in 1 month.

From that itinerary you will only use 3 days. Interral is not of much use in cities as it doesn’t cover metro/tram/bus.

2 of the days of any pass can be used in your home country, this includes all domestic travel and trains to/from UK.

York to Vienna in 1 day is a very long trip, you would need to be on the first train that leaves York at 04.40, arr 07.00 to catch the 08.16 Eurostar to Brussels.

Eurostar requires reservation and can book out well ahead of time, check here for availability


Night trains are popular and book out well in advance, for booking use Nightjet website add interrail as discount and search.

Night trains only count as 1 day as long as you depart before midnight, any further changes after that will need the next day’s use.


Timetables across Europe change on 10 Dec, schedules after that may not appear for some time yet, it depends on the operator how early they release for booking.

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If you aim for the night train to Vienna from Brussels, you won’t have to rise on a very uncivilised time. It makes the long trip more digestable.

Next year you’ll have also 6 nighttrains a week to Berlin, from Brussels as well.

Berlin is a slightly less long journey, so you might want to start there if you want to stick to day trains.

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