Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Our First Interrail Train Journey Experience | Berlin Day 1

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As our time in Amsterdam draws to a close, all that there's left to do is get on the train to our next destination, Berlin. 

As we took a plane to Amsterdam, this would be our first European train journey with Interrail. Therefore we thought we'd share the experience with you, and answer the questions we had in our own heads before today's trip. 

We made sure to get a good nights sleep before the train which we planned to get at 7am from Amsterdam Centraal. But guess what... we woke up at 7.30! We're not quite sure how we both managed to sleep through our alarms, but there was no need to worry! Here's why...

When you buy an Interrail pass, you can get on any train in all but a couple of European countries. However, on top of this you can buy reservations which will guarantee you a seat for the whole of your journey. As a lot of the trains can become very busy, especially in the summer seasons, this is definitely advisable on some routes. 


A couple of days ago, we did buy a reservation for our train to Berlin, but as it only cost us about £20 for both of us, we weren't too upset about it. But we got ready and headed to the train station as soon as possible and get a spot on the platform for the next train at 9am.

It was half an hour until the train was due to leave and the platform was already packed, probably full of people who like us, now didn't have a reservation. We waited for the train to arrive, and everyone scrambled to find a seat which wasn't reserved. Oddly enough they didn't assign all the reserved and unreserved seats separately, so it was just a case of checking the electronic board above each seat to see if it was taken. 

9am came and no one had taken these two seats, and with the alley ways of the train still packed with people and with nowhere else to go, we took a gamble and sat down. All was well until half an hour later someone finally made it to their seat. It was pretty annoying but also inevitable. 

The hunt began for new seats and pretty luckily we did find some. We do now think of a plan going forward if we continue to go without reservations, or pay extra and avoid the drama. Plenty of people were sat on the floors in between carriages and we do not fancy that one bit! 


Anyway, the journey was 6 and a half hours long, and in the end it was very comfortable. Even Jessica who normally finds long journeys tough did very well, and wasn't too annoying!  

With the journey behind us and now in Berlin, our first job was to collect our Berlin Welcome Cards* from the tourism office at the station. This will give us free access to the public transport and discount to a number of attractions. We've already planned to visit a few in the next couple of days whilst we're here, so keep checking back on the blog to see exactly what the card can offer. 

With most of the day spent on the train, we spent the evening relaxing at a superb Asian restaurant, which you can read about on our food blog. 

The real Berlin adventures begin tomorrow!


Disclaimer: we were given complimentary Berlin Welcome Card's (*) in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.


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18 comments

  1. You must have been so excited for your first interrail journey, can't believe you both slept through though haha!

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    1. Haha it was exiting but I naturally fall asleep on public transport like a baby!

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  2. You two must have been so sleepy! My uncle and auntie live in Berlin and have done for over ten years, they love it and wouldn't dream of moving back. I've never been there but I've seen so many amazing and beautiful pictures from them, I hope you both have a wonderful time. πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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    1. Very sleepy! Oh that's nice, it's defo a reason to go visit and see for yourself!

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  3. One thing I'm not sure about with Interrailing is the trains, but this doesn't sound too bad. It's kind of given me a bit of confidence that I won't die, hahaha! And 6.5 hours isn't bad either - I had to do 4.5 hours of trains just to get from my home town to uni!

    Hope you have the best time in Berlin!

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    1. Hahaha I'm so bad on trains but this experience has shown me it's possible and it's not so bad at all!

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  4. I'm so excited to hear about the rest of your time in Berlin! So good that it didn't matter about sleeping through your first train! I've always fancied interrailing so I'm looking forward to following this trip!
    Hels xx
    Www.thehelsproject.com

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    1. You should totally do it! It's not as bad as I personally thought it would be, would recommend it to be fair!

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  5. I do like the fact that these trains are so flexible, allowing you just to get a later train if you miss your first one! The crush to find a seat doesn't sound like much fun though, I would probably also opt for pre-booking haha! Looking forward to seeing where your adventures in Berlin take you! Hope you're having the best time!

    Abbey πŸ‘‘ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Yeah exactly but it does suck for the ones you do have to book for but luckily although we did this wasn't one we HAD to buy a seat for! In the end we felt it was much better saving the money and not booking!

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  6. I'm dying to go inter railing! I'm with you guys though, I definitely would pre-book, I love a good sit down me πŸ˜‚. Looking forward to the next instalment.

    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. Interrailing is so much fun but even the experience of not pre booking, it was al a part of the adventure!

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  7. Hope you have a great time!

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    1. The best time, thank you!

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  8. I would absolutely love to visit Berlin some day. I loved all of your pictures from instagram! It looked like such an amazing experience!

    Charlene McElhinney
    www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

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    1. You'd love it; there's so much to see!

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  9. I didn't realise it would take 6.5 hours to get to Berlin from Amsterdam well done for keeping sane on your long travels!! and hahaha to 'Jessica wasn't too annoying' XD

    Thank god you found seats and didn't have to end up on the floor!!

    Francesca | mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

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    1. Yeah! It's crazy but at the same time not that bad xoncisdering you're moving to a whole different country!

      We were sitting on the floor before we found those seats! Crazy stuff!

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