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Half-price Europe train tickets on offer in Interrail flash sale

If you fancy a trip through France, Spain, Italy, Germany or any of 33 European countries over the next year, Interrail is offering half price travel passes to celebrate 50 years of the special tickets.

Half-price Europe train tickets on offer in Interrail flash sale
Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

Interrail passes offer unlimited travel around Europe for one, two or three months and have traditionally been popular with young people setting off for a European adventure.

To celebrate 50 years since the pass was introduced, Interrail is now holding a flash sale, offering half-price tickets.

The sale is on now and continues until 11.59pm on Tuesday, May 10th.

Tickets bought during the flash sale can be used any time in the next 11 months, giving travellers the option of a summer or winter break.

Although often thought-of as a ‘young person’ thing, there is in fact no age restrictions on Interrail tickets which give you access to 33 countries, including the UK.

The sale prices are;

1 month pass – €252

2 month pass – €274

3 month pass – €339

To find the offer, click here.

You can use an Interrail pass in; Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Member comments

  1. Great deal, though it should be noted you have to be an EU citizen to get the pass and can only use it in your country of residence if you are leaving to another country or returning. Though obviously the latter part is easier to get around by reserving a seat on a leg for a different country and hopping off.

    1. This is not true. You can get an Interrail pass without being an EU citizen. I just used one two weeks ago without having to prove EU citizenship. I just live here on a residence permit.

      The only requirement is that you have your travel documents in order depending on your status in Europe.

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10 francs: Everything you need to know about Flixtrain’s Basel to Berlin line

In early May, German transport provider Flixtrain announced it would begin running services from Basel to Berlin (and back) from June. Here’s what you need to know.

10 francs: Everything you need to know about Flixtrain's Basel to Berlin line

German transport provider Flixtrain has announced it will launch in Switzerland from June 23rd. The low-cost provider is offering 10 franc (10 euro) tickets from Basel to Berlin, among other cheap fares.

The low-cost company, which has been establishing itself Deutsche Bahn’s major competitor Germany over the past few years, runs long distance bus and train services. 

When will the services run?

The lines to and from Basel run from Thursday to Monday, with one connection per day in either direction. 

It will take 8 hours and 45 minutes from Basel Badischer Bahnhof to Berlin Hauptbahnhof. 

A trip with the German ICE will instead take just over 7 hours. 

The new line is part of an expansion of services which is set to include around 70 destinations in Germany. 

OK but will it really cost CHF10?

The price of the ticket grabbed headlines, with Flixtrain saying in its press conference that the almost-nine-hour trip would only cost CHF10 (10 euro). 

Flixtrain spokesperson Sebastian Meyer told Swiss news outlet Watson that tickets would start at CHF10, but more expensive tickets would be available when the CHF10 offerings were sold out. 

“If the cheapest ticket contingent is sold out, the next higher one takes effect. In this way, we can always offer our passengers cheap tickets. Affordable prices are still possible due to the corresponding utilisation of the individual trips.”

In order to get the cheapest possible fare, travellers are advised to book early. 

REVEALED: How to find cheap train tickets in Switzerland

Tickets between Basel and Berlin can cost as high as CHF150 or 160 euros from Switzerland’s SBB or Germany’s Deutsche Bahn respectively, although booking in advance can bring the price down to as low as CHF30. 

Where will the train to (and from) Berlin stop?

In either direction, the train will stop at: Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden, Offenburg, Freiburg, Wiesloch, Bad Hersfeld and Weil am Rhein. 

What else is different about Flixtrain?

Other than being bright lime green, Flixtrains allow you to take your bicycle with you, which is not allowed on most ICE long-distance trains in Germany. 

Are there any other destinations within Switzerland? 

As yet, Basel will be the only Swiss destination. The other two new routes are Stuttgart to Hamburg and Berlin to Weisbaden. 

In addition to the 10 franc (10 euro) ticket from Basel to Berlin, other journeys within Germany will start at 5 francs (5 euros). 

More information is available from Flixtrain at the following link. 

The expanded routes can be seen in the following image. 

A look at Flixtrain’s route network in 2022. Map: Flixtrain

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