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There are two travel apps that are absolutely a necessity for your Interrail travel. Namely the Interrail app (Rail Planner) and the Deutsche Bahn App (DB Navigator). The Interrail app is able to show all Interrail schedules within Europe, offline. While the Deutsche Bahn App is able to show all trains within Europe mostly in real-time.

Be aware that both planners are often incomplete. Many times you will encounter that no route is possible, especially when traveling towards East Europe. But remember: every single country in Europe is accessible by train! In case you get lost during planning, feel free to get in touch.

Interrail schedules - Use your mobile phone - Photo by Guillermo Casales on Unsplash
Interrail schedules – Use your mobile phone – Photo by Guillermo Casales on Unsplash

Rail Planner – Overview

The Rail Planner app is a must for all Interrail travelers! When launching the app, you need to select your type of travel: Eurail or Interrail. You can then enter your desired departure and arrival train station and the Rail Planner app will then show you all Interrail schedules for your selected date and time.

If you are not satisfied with the results, or if you want to play around you can have a look at the extra options that can be seen before you click ‘SEARCH’.  When you click on the gear icon you can indicate with which ways of transportation you would like to travel. Do you want to prevent making mandatory reservations for luxurious trains? Then simply disable that option.

Rail Planner – Details

A better approach would be to leave all options on and plan your itinerary in parts, from 1 big city to the other. That way you have more control of when you want to take more luxurious trains and when you’re fine with simple slow trains. Have a look here to see all reservation information for all trains per country.

If you’re in need of inspiration, you can have a look at the Interrail schedules for a particular train station. Just type in any city and you can see all the trains that depart or arrive at that station on the selected date and time.

By the way, all red colored trains mean fast trains, light-green colored trains mean regional trains and dark-green colored are suburban trains.

You can read more about train types here.

PS: The Rail Planner app was recently improved and therefore the above text and images do not reflect the current app. However, the concepts remain the same.


DB Navigator – Overview

The DB Navigator App is a must for all Interrail travelers! When launching the app, you can enter your desired departure and arrival train station and the DB Navigator will then show you all connections for your selected date and time.

If you are not satisfied with the results, or if you want to play around you can have a look at the extra options that can be seen before you hit ‘Search’. When you click on the ‘All means of transport’ text you can indicate with which ways of transportation you would like to travel. In case you don’t want to use luxurious trains, which often require mandatory reservations then simply disable that option. 

DB Navigator – Details

The best way to plan your journey is to plan in parts, from 1 big city to the other. Then you can decide when to travel on luxurious trains or when simple slow trains do just fine. If you’re in need of inspiration, you can have a look at the schedules for a particular train station. Just type in any city and you can see all the trains that depart or arrive at that station on the selected date and time.

A very useful function of the DB Navigator is the ‘Saver Fares‘. Sometimes you should not use an Interrail travel day (if you have a non-continueous pass). Tickets may be really cheap if you search for it in advance! The ‘Saver Fares’ functionality will find the cheapest train connections on the selected date. Note that this functionality only works for trains from or to Germany.

You can read more about train types here.

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