Recently, some colleagues and I decided to travel to a conference in Sweden by train, rather than to fly, in order to cut down our CO2 emissions. This is inline with the current university approach to travel [5].

This was surprisingly straightforward after a bit of research. The aim of this page is to provide useful information on how to do this as simply and cheaply as possible, which we would have appreciated when planning our trip. The main point is that train travel can be significantly cheaper if you use an interrail pass, and so the main point is explaining how interrail passes work.


[1] Man in Seat 61

[2] Interrail

[3] Rail Europe

[4] Trains vs Planes

[5] University Travel Policy

[6] b-Europe


How Interrail Works: 

This is listed in good detail here, but here is a guide to work out the price of a trip using an interrail pass:

N.B. Eurostar reservations for interrail often sell out. Unfortunately, on the interrail webstite [2] one needs to have first bought an interrail pass before one can check if there are any eurostar reservations remaining. In order to get around this and check the availability of eurostar reservations for interrail, use [6] instead.