In the UK, if you’re in full-time education you can qualify for a student railcard to get discounts on train travel. There’s no similar scheme for European train travel. But you can still travel on a budget…
On some trains under 26s can buy a youth ticket at a substantial discount on the adult fare. Under 26? An SNCF 12-25 card gets you discounted fares in France and journeys between France and 25 European countries.
Depending on which country or countries you want to explore and on how much train travel you want to do, an InterRail pass could save you money.
Those aged between 12 and 25 can buy a discounted pass – but there’s no age limit on who can go InterRailing. So it’s also a great way for mature students to travel for less.
You can either get a single country a multi-country pass that’s valid in up to 30 European countries. As well as free or near-free train travel, your pass also gives you useful discounts on certain ferries, private railways and museum entry.
If 2 or more of you are travelling around Switzerland, you can get a 15% group discount on the price of a Swiss Pass. As well as domestic trains, the Swiss Pass covers travel on many private railways, classic scenic routes and public transport in several cities. You also get free entry to over 400 museums.
- Regular travellers to France may be able to save money with one of a range of SNCF cards, which offer discounts on the French rail network.
- Visit our Money Savers page to learn more about various discounts and offers.
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