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Get 50% off European train adventures with the big Interrail sale

Grab a half-price ticket to ride Europe’s rail network from today – but you’ll need to hurry

James Manning
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James Manning
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European rail travel is booming – what with new sleeper trains to Prague and Stockholm, fresh Eurostar links from the UK to the continent and a swishy new rail start-up promising ‘hotels on wheels’. So now’s the time to hop on a train or two and explore the parks, hotels and palaces (plus bistros, dive bars and massive nightclubs) of Europe’s great cities. And if you’re quick, you can currently buy a pass that’ll let you spend a month or more roaming around, at the price of a couple of coffees per day.

Interrail, Europe’s integrated rail pass, is 50 years old – and to mark the big occasion, it’s knocking 50 percent off its prices for the next few days.

You can snap up a half-price Continuous Pass for one month for €252, two months for €274 or three months for €339, letting you travel on any day throughout 33 countries. And you don’t have to set out right away: you’ve got 11 months from purchase to activate your pass so that's plenty of time to plan your adventures.

(Oh, and if ‘Interrailing’ is something that brings up hazy memories of bar crawls in Budapest and hostels in Hamburg, know that you can opt for a first-class ticket at half price too, for a somewhat less declassé Grand Tour.)

The Interrail 50 percent sale is only on until Tuesday May 10, so if you’d like to take to the rails for a whole lot less, full steam ahead.

Update, May 10: the British website My Interrail has now extended the sale until 11.59pm BST on Wednesday May 11. Go, go, go!

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