Travel Apps – Overview

There are two Travel Apps that are absolutely a necessity for your Interrail travel. The Interrail App (Rail Planner) and the Deutsche Bahn App (DB Navigator). The Interrail App is able to show all trains within Europe offline. While the Deutsche Bahn App is able to show all trains within Europe mostly in real-time. The Interrail App is especially useful when you don’t have roaming available in Europe. 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 any case you are lost, get in touch.

Interrail App – Rail Planner

The Rail Planner App can be downloaded from the App Store and 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 connections for your selected date and time. You can click on any of them to show more details.

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’.  If you click on the gear icon you can indicate with which ways of transportation you would like to travel. Do you want to circumvent making mandatory reservations for luxurious trains? Then simply disable that option. This will greatly reduce the amount of results. A better approach would be to leave all options on and plan your itinerary in parts, from 1 big city to the next big city. 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 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. When you’re looking at schedules, or have planned a trip, you can also click on a train to see extra information about intermediate stations and additional information such as mandatory reservations, seat types and through coaches. 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.

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Deutsche Bahn App – DB Navigator

The DB Navigator App can be downloaded from the App Store and 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 App will then show you all connections for your selected date and time. You can click on any of them to show more details.

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’.  If you click on the ‘All means of transport’ text you can indicate with which ways of transportation you would like to travel. Do you want to circumvent mandatory reservations for luxurious trains? Then simply disable that option. This will greatly reduce the amount of results. A better approach would be to leave all options on and plan your itinerary in parts, from 1 big city to the next big city. 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 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. When you’re looking at schedules, or have planned a trip, you can also click on a train to see extra information about intermediate stations and additional information such as mandatory reservations, seat types and through coaches. A very useful function of the DB Navigator App 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! The ‘Saver Fares’ functionality will search for the cheapest train connections on the selected date. This functionality only works for trains from or to Germany.

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Train schedules - Interrail
Train schedules – Interrail