InterRailing In Italy and Greece
InterRail IntroductionEvery year thousands of people go interrailing in Europe. This site tells the story of one of those interrail journeys and gives advice as to how to make the best of your own interrailing holiday.
The ideaSometime during 2005 my girlfriend suggested that we go interrailing in Europe. I had never heard of it but I soon learnt that it is travelling by train in Europe using a special rail ticket - an InterRail ticket.
The interrail ticket we got in 2005 allowed free travel on the standard railways and heavily discounted travel on the faster railways. At the time we went InterRailing the most common ticket was a single Zone pass lasting for 16 day. Europe was split into lots of zones each consisting of 3-4 adjacent countries. Since we went on our InterRail holiday the tickets have changed to be more simple - the zones have gone, and you now just buy an all-zone ticket - it allows travel on the faster trains too. Check the official InterRail site for up to date details.
We really wanted to do some traveling in Italy so we decided to go for the Zone G interrail ticket. This allowed travel in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Slovenia.
Over the course of two weeks we would travel to all the places you see below. Follow the links to follow our journey.
How much does an interrailing holiday cost?
For the two of us we spent roughly €1600-1800 in total. This includes the accommodation, food, train upgrades / booking and attractions (but not the InterRail tickets which were an extra £145 each).
You can see the breakdown of all the hostel / hotel costs in the table on the planning page. The total for the accommodation was €827. In each place we had a double / twin room. In some places we went en-suite and in others we had a shared bathroom.
The next major expense was food. We ate out at restaurants for lunch and dinner. This worked out at €15 to €35 for both of us for each meal.
Not much was spent on any attractions. Most of the sites we saw were free. The major expense here was the gondola in Venice at €60.
However we certainly didn't have the cheapest InterRail holiday possible. If you want to cut down on the price you could stay in dorms, and cook your own food in the hostels with cooking facilities.
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