My InterRail Rankings: Hostels and Trains

Hostels:

I’m not sure whether I can be arsed to rank all of the hostels we visited so I’ll do a top five! They will be ranked on Value for Money, Security, Location, Staff, Atmosphere, Cleanliness and Facilities, each one out of five (this is similar to the system used by hostel world).

5. Hostel of the Sun, Naples (29)

Value for Money: 4
Security: 4
Location: 3
Staff: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Cleanliness: 5
Facilities: 4

This hostel had a free breakfast and very helpful staff. The room was nice, spacious and clean. The atmosphere was nice and it felt quite secure. Sadly the location wasn’t perfect, although it was near the sea, it was in a rather scruffy side street.

4. Meininger Hostel, Amsterdam (29)

Value for Money: 3
Security: 5
Location: 3
Staff: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Cleanliness: 5
Facilities: 5

This hostel was very nice, very clean and had great facilities. They also organised tours and things from the hostel too. It was a little bit far from the centre though.

3. Annecy Hostel, Annecy (30)

Value for Money: 5
Security: 5
Location: 4
Staff: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Cleanliness: 5
Facilities: 4

This was a lovely hostel, fairly well placed, a nice atmosphere and very good value. It had a really nice garden with a bar, which had a great evening atmosphere.

2. Deco Hostel, Krakow (31)

Value for Money: 5
Security: 5
Location: 3
Staff: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Cleanliness: 5
Facilities: 5

Deco Hostel was great value for money as it was super cheap. The location was quite far from the centre of Krakow, but not so far it wasn’t walkable. It was a beautiful hostel and had good facilities like a breakfast, a functional kitchen and a bar.

1. Wombats Hostel, Munich, Budapest and Vienna (34, 33, 32)

The first three hostels came out as the three Wombats Hostels, so I’ve just lumped them together into one!

Value for Money: 5
Security: 5
Location: 5
Staff: 3, 4, 5 (the Viennese staff were the best, very welcoming).
Atmosphere: 4, 5, 3 (I found the atmosphere in Budapest the best, but this may be because we went on the pub crawl there).
Cleanliness: 5
Facilities: 5

All the Wombats hostels were very well set up, with great facilities, bars, breakfast provided for a small cost, great locations, very clean and organised. They also organised tours and social events which were great to meet people and get to know the place. They do a reward system, whereby if you visit more than a one of their hostels you can gain rewards like a free breakfast.

Trains:

I don’t remember every train we took in Europe, so I’ll just talk about the best and worst trains.

The best train: Czech Train from Prague to Ostrava

czech-train

This train had very wide seats, so there were two seats, then the aisle and one seat. There was good air con, big luggage racks and plugs. We were also given free water and offered free papers.

The worst train: German train from Berlin to Munich

german-train

This train was incredibly hot and the air con kept turning itself off. That was basically all that made it bad, as it was fast and reasonably spacious. But six hours on a ridiculously hot train became rather unpleasant.

BONUS: The quirkiest train: Polish train from Katowice to Krakow

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This train was a cute, slow old train with red bench seats and wooden walls and metal windows. It took us across the Polish countryside stopping at lots of tiny stations. It even had toilets with a pedal flush!

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