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Europe - Travel by Train

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Europe - Travel by Train

I, with my husband, will be in Europe this May and need some direction to find the most cost efficient and convenient way to travel to our points of interest. We will begin in Stockholm and end in Zurich for a total of 18 days, spending 2-3 days at each location (6 countries). It looks like point-to-point tickets are rather high for the Scandinavian portion of the trip, which convinced me to look into the Eurail Global Pass. Is this the best option?

Stockholm - Copenhagen

Copenhagen - Berlin

Berlin - Prague

Prague - Salzburg

Salzburg - Munich

Munich – Zurich

Thanks for your help.

Charlotte, NC
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1. Re: Europe - Travel by Train

Are you sure the Eurail Global Pass is cheaper? Did you check each country's railways?

Check:Westbus. and Westbahn.at (Prague to Salzburg - 19 Euros), Berlin to Prague - 29 Euros, I think.

I very much doubt that the pass would be cheaper. You probably looked at point-to-point on RailEurope, Interrail, EuroRail & other resellers. They will come up first on google - and who pays for that? Travellers who do not check the national railways websites.....

http://www.dsb.dk/om-dsb/in-english/

www.sj.se/start/startpage/index.form?l=en

http://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtml

http://www.oebb.at/

http://www.sbb.ch/

https://www.cd.cz/eshop/default.aspx

https:/…salzburg-prague-ticket

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2. Re: Europe - Travel by Train

Eurail Global Pass? For your proposed itinerary, you would probably need at least 10 days within 2 months pass, which will cost you US$ 1566 for a couple, translating to US 78.30 per person per day.

www.eurail.com/eurail-passes/global-pass

As a comparison, Stockholm to Copenhagen (booking well in advance, say 90 days ahead) , about 300 SEK (US$ 46)

Copenhagen to Berlin (again, advance purchase 90 days), about € 49 on the ICE high speed train (US$ 64)

Salzburg to Munich, you could use the 'Laender ticket' for € 26 (return per couple)

These days, a pass is just a gold plated travel option, which is not a good value at all

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3. Re: Europe - Travel by Train

Stockholm-Copenhagen actually start from 195 SEK (~US$31). This line has opened for booking until 3rd May

If one checks tickets prices too far into the future prices will be high as only fully flexible and fully refundable tickets are available. Prices will be even high if one only checks prices with Eurail, as their point-to-point prices are even high than the train operators full-price fares.

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4. Re: Europe - Travel by Train

Quite a few Nat. Railways offer discounted tickets 90 days or less prior to date of departure.

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