Grab your rucksack and discover Spain with the Interrail experience
Are you a young person? And would you like to explore Spain in a flexible and affordable way? If the answer's yes, well, we've got news for you. You're sure to have heard of the Interrail experience. Here we give you some tips and practical information before you pack your rucksack (but not too full), and set out to tour Spain by train.
If you're a European citizen or an official resident, now's your chance to explore Spain from top to bottom with Interrail. We have an extensive network of trains with which to get to almost any point in the country. Make a note of the most important steps. Step 1: Choose the best Interrail pass for you This depends on the countries you'd like to visit. If you want to see Spain in addition to other European countries on your travels, we recommend the Interrail Global Pass, which is valid for travel in 30 European countries. If you only want to visit Spain (and we'd venture to recommend this option), you can buy an Interrail One Country Pass valid only for Spain. The prices may vary depending on the country, the class you're travelling, and the duration of your trip. Step 2: Plan your route Now you can start looking forward to your trip as you begin to plan your route. It's important you do this in your country of origin so you can book your tickets on any high-speed and night trains you want to use (in some cases they require reservations). Use the map on the official Interrail page that shows the main train and ferry routes covered by the pass. There's also information showing the approximate duration of travel between popular cities so you can get an idea of how much time you'll need. Along with your pass, you'll also receive a printed version of the map. Something you may not already know but that's well worth bearing in mind is that users of the Interrail One Country Pass are entitled to a range of discounts on the train trips they take from their origin city. Step 3: Check the train timetables and make your bookings Remember there are a limited number of seats available for pass holders on the following trains: TGV, Intercité de Nuit, Thalys and ICE (only Paris-Frankfort) and AVE. That's why we recommend that you book as early as possible. Are there any extra fees to pay? Yes. Booking fees are not included in your pass, although they can be avoided by choosing a slower alternative route. Step 4: Book your accommodation Now you have to decide where and how you want to sleep. You have a wide range of options. For example, Spain has numerous campsites equipped with all the necessary facilities to guarantee an excellent standard of comfort (check out this report for more information). And there are many other solutions, from attractive hotels to all types of top-quality and extremely comfortable accommodation options. Take a look at our section on accommodation for more information. Now you have the passes you need, the only thing left to do is to get going.
Things to remember
Remember you have the option of travelling by night to save on accommodation costs and make your trip more economical. You should also take note of the important fact that travelling with Interrail entitles you to reduced rates on European ferry routes, in addition to a wide variety of travel and leisure benefits. Find out more on the official website: http://es.interrail.eu/.
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