Top 5 Rail trips for Europe summer

Published September 11th, 2015

Got a ticket to ride for Europe summer 2016? If you want to visit multiple countries with minimal fuss and maximum fun, then a Europe Rail Pass (now at Early Bird prices) is just your ticket.

Think cheap, easy and flexible travel where you can plan your own itinerary, meet like-minded travellers and take advantage of easy-to-use booking apps and local discounts.

To celebrate the start of Student Flights’ Europe Early Bird 2016 sale, including discounts on Eurail’s range of passes, here’s our top 5 Europe Rail trips for summer 2016...

1. The whistle-stop

Perfect for those with little time and a lot of energy. Visit Europe’s most famous cities like Paris, Rome and Berlin. Plan it right and with a Eurail select pass you can visit up to four bordering countries at a discounted rate. Save extra going 2nd class. Just don’t lose track of the time if you’re clubbing in Paris or partying at Lollapalooza!

2. Best of the fests

Most of Europe’s best-loved festivals take place in summer. Think of how many you could visit with Eurail’s global pass that lets you explore up to 28 countries! Have a beer at Oktoberfest, join the food fight at La Tomatina, dance in an 18th century fortress at Exit Festival or flex your gay pride in Amsterdam. Then rinse and repeat until the end of the line!

3. Love the nightlife

From tapas on a plate in Tuscany to shots off a backpacker in Budapest, there’s plenty of nightlife fun to be found on your Europe rail adventure. Afford extra drinks with Eurail’s under 25 discount. Tie in your trip with a home football game (don’t forget to wear home colours!), explore Europe’s most famous cities at night, or take a well-earned side trip to party in the Greek Islands or Ibiza.

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4. Action!

Scenery along routes through places like Austria, Switzerland and Germany are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Still nothing compares to getting up close and personal with nature. Get a Eurail regional pass or one country pass and you can climb every mountain in the area and enjoy discounts on local transport. Hike, ski, abseil or even build an igloo in the mountains regions (including the Pyrenees and Lapland) which still experience a little snow cover even in the summer.

5. Spread those pennies East

Europe is huge, even if you’ve got time to spare. Head East for friendlier prices in places like the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. Again, this is where Eurail’s global pass comes in handy. Not only do they offer suggested trips routes for easy planning, but you can also choose how long you want to go for (between 5 days and 3 months). Save extra pennies by taking overnight journeys (i.e. accommodation sorted!). Find your fairy tale in Prague and Vienna’s ancient castles or sail your way to the region’s best party hotspots along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.

Jolee Wakefield

A seasoned backpacker and travel writer, Jolee has spent the past decade wandering the globe in pursuit of good vibes, unusual conversations and unforgettable adventures like cave diving in Mexico, mountain climbing in Borneo and learning (failing at) local dances in the Pacific nation of Kiribati.