True Rail Pass Itinerary: The Best Of Northern Europe

Rail Pass Itinerary: The Best Of Northern Europe

WHY CHOOSE THIS TRIP OF A LIFETIME:

This suggested routing enables you to visit the most spectacular cities of northern Europe, by taking as few trains as possible.


Taking the minimum number of trains means that additional reservation fees can’t be avoided, but this is still an itinerary on which you will be guaranteed to save money by using a Eurail or InterRail Global Pass.
 

The itinerary is also a continuous loop, so you can follow this itinerary if you want the start and finish point of your entire trip, to be in any of the cities where each day concludes.

The required rail pass:

If you use a 10 days of travel within one month InterRail Global Pass OR a 10 days within 2 months Eurail  Global Pass you can take breaks between your days of train travel.

You can then spend some time in some fabulous destinations including Hamburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague and Vienna.

From and to Amsterdam:

This rail pass itinerary starts and finishes in Amsterdam, which has three ticks in the box:

(1) Amsterdam is served by ICE trains from Germany, on which no rail pass reservations are required, and trains from Belgium and Paris

So an easy option is to use purchase a rail pass valid for 15 days of travel, so that you can use these additional five days of travel to travel to and from Amsterdam by train.

(2) It’s also a budget airline destination - after all you don't have to take a train from/to Amsterdam

(3) Amsterdam has direct flights from destinations outside Europe - so ideal if you'll be flying into the continent, to use a Eurail Pass.
 

Schiphol Airport has easy train connections to Amsterdam city centre, but don't use your rail pass for these trains.

Managing Luggage:
 

The suggested routing also loops back through Hamburg on Day 6, so an option is to deposit some of your bags there and travel lighter through Scandinavia – and then pick them up on the way to Berlin.

DAY ONE:
How To Explore Nothern Europe With Eurail or InterRail

Depart: Amsterdam Centraal at 11:00 - direction Berlin Ostbahnhof
Arrive: Osnabruck at 14:06


Depart: Osnabruck at 14:23
Arrive: Hamburg Hbf at 16:14 direction Kiel


An option is to take the same combination of trains, but to depart Amsterdam at 09:00 and arrive in Hamburg around two hours earlier.
 

Don’t be too concerned about making the connection in Osnabruck, there will another train on to Hamburg an hour later.
 

DAY TWO:

Depart: Hamburg at 09:28
Arrive: Kobenhaven H at 14:26

 

Between 12 June and 4 September you must reserve on these trains: 1st class = €5.90; 2nd class = €4.50

Although we recommend reserving at any time of the year, these can be busy trains, so having a seat for the entire journey is not guaranteed.

These seat reservations can  be BOOKED on the DB (German Railways) website.

Depart: Kobenhaven at 15:27
Arrive: Goteborg Central at 19:05.

Explore Scandinavia and the best of northern Europe on this rail pass itinerary


Sit on the left for the best of the views.
 

DAY THREE:

Depart: Goteborg Central at 13:01
Arrive: Oslo S at 16:50 
Travelling by Regiontog train

DAY FOUR:
This 10 day rail pass itinerary includes Norway, Sweden and Denmark

MONDAY-FRIDAY:
Depart: Oslo S at 13:56
Arrive: Stockholm Central at 19:08
 

SATURDAY:
Depart: Olso S at 11:16
Arrive: Stockholm Central at 17:01
 

SUNDAY:
Depart: Oslo S at 12:56
Arrive: Stockholm Central at 18:14
 

Reservations = 1st class = €16; 2nd class = €7 (equivalent prices will be charged in Swedish krona)

Book these reservations on the SJ (Swedish Railways) website – booking at last a week ahead is highly recommended.
 

DAY FIVE:
This rail pass itinerary includes Berlin, Copenhagen, Prague, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm and Warsaw

Depart: Stockholm Central at 10:20
Arrive: Kobenhaven H at 15:20

 

Reservations = 1st class = €16; 2nd class = €7 (equivalent prices will be charged in Swedish krona)

Book on the SJ (Swedish Railways) website – booking at last a week ahead is highly recommended, so you may as well book the journeys to and from Stockholm together.
 

DAY SIX:
This suggested Eurail and InterRail itinerary enables you to see the best of northern Europe by train

Depart: Kobenhaven H at 11:35
Arrive: Hamburg Hbf 1t 16:16

 

Between 12 June and 4 September you must reserve on these trains: 1st class = €5.90; 2nd class = €4.50.

Although we recommend reserving at any time of the year, these can be busy trains, so having a seat for the entire journey is not guaranteed.

These seat reservations can  be BOOKED on the DB (German Railways) website.
 

Depart: Hamburg Hbf at 16:36 direction Munchen
Arrive: Berlin Hbf at 18:19

OR

Depart: Hamburg Hbf at 16:51
Arrive: Berlin Hbf at 18:55

 

DAY SEVEN:
Take the stress away of planning your Eurail and InterRail itineraries by following our easy as can be suggestions

Depart: Berlin Hbf at 09:37
Arrive: Warsawa Centralna at 16:00

 

Reservations = 1st class and 2nd class = €4

These reservations can be booked on the DB (German Railways) website or at the Reisezentrum desk at Hamburg HBf, when you arrive there on Day One.

An option is to use this travel desk at Hamburg Hbf to book all your reservations - EXCEPT for the Snabbtag trains to and from Stockholm. We recommend booking those at least a week ahead.

DAY EIGHT:

Depart: Warsawa Centralna at 13:50
Arrive: Praha hl.n. at 21:36

 

Reservations = 1st class and 2nd class = €4 (the equivalent price in Polish zloty)

Either book these reservations at the Reisezentrum desk at Hamburg Hbf, when you arrive there on Day One, or book them when you arrive at Warszawa Centralna station on the train from Berlin.
 

DAY NINE:

Depart: Praha Hln at 08:51 or 10:51
Arrive: Wien Hbf at 12:49 or 14:49

 

DAY TEN:
Our suggested Eurail and InterRail itineraries save the stress of planning your trip

Depart: Wien Hbf at 09:15
Arrive: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 15:36

 

Reservations are optional, but highly recommended for this journey, particularly if you want to remain in the same seat all the way to Frankfurt.
 

If you do want to reserve then they can be booked online on the DB (German Railways) website, or if you’ll be booking other reservations at the Reisezentrum desk at Hamburg Hbf, you may as well as book them there.
 

Depart: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 16:27
Arrive: Amsterdam Central at 20:26


This Eurail and InterRail Pass itinerary starts and finishes in Amsterdam

Reservations are recommended on this train on Mon-Friday and Sunday.
 

On some dates the train will arrive in Amsterdam around 30 – 60 mins later

APPROXIMATE TOTAL TRAIN TRAVEL COST: 

InterRail 1st Class Adult = €561

InterRail 2nd Class Adult = €413

Eurail 1st Class Adult = €754

Eurail 2nd Class Adult = €595


THE ALTERNATIVE ITINERARIES: 

POPULAR CITIES

SCENIC JOURNEYS

NO ADDITIONAL FEES

DIRECT TRAINS ONLY



Tips to ensure your trip will be stress-free: 

These EXTRA TIPS can help you:

(i) Save money when booking overnight accommodation.

(ii) Avoid being told off by a train conductor.

(iii) Have more comfortable journeys.

(iv) Avoid last minute panics at the station etc etc.