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Train Travel Throughout Europe

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Train Travel Throughout Europe

I am planning a big trip with some friends and am wondering what the best method of transportation would be. Here is our route:

London

Paris

Brussels

Amsterdam

Prague

Munich

Interlaken

Florence

Rome

Barcelona

Would a Global Eurorail pass be the best thing to get?? We are looking for the most inexpensive and convenient way to get from place to place. I have heard that you can only use a Eurorail pass at specific times and there are limited seats, so I am curious to know. Thank you!

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1. Re: Train Travel Throughout Europe

Rail passes are next to never the best thing. Point-to-point tickets directly from the rail operators are the way to go for the most inexpensive tickets. Most rail companies release their discount tickets at 90 or 120 days in advance.

Check this site for loads of information: http://seat61.com/Europe-train-travel.htm

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2. Re: Train Travel Throughout Europe

Eurail passes are generally a particularly poor deal for travel in France, Italy and Spain. As WT has said, buy point to poiint tickets in advance for the cheapest prices, though usually these sorts of tickets ar eonly valid on the booked services.

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3. Re: Train Travel Throughout Europe

London to Paris from £39, www.eurostar.com

Paris to Brussels by Thalys high-speed train from €35, www.thalys.com

Brussels-Amsterdam by high-speed Thalys train for €25-€79 OR by slower but fixed-price €40 regular train www.b-Europe.com

Amsterdam to Prague by excellent direct City Night Line sleeper train, book online at www.bahn.de/en , looking for the CNL train with 0 changes, from €59 with couchette or from €104 with bed in 2-bed sleeper. Usually leaves Amsterdam Centraal 19:01 and arrives Prague Hlavni 09:26 next morning.

Prague to Munich by direct Alex train, 4 departures a day at 05:15, 09:15, 13:15, 17:15, from just €19 at www.cd.cz/eshop

Munich to Interlaken from €39 at the German Railways site www.bahn.de/en

Interlaken to Milan book at the Swiss Railways site www.sbb.ch then Milan to Florence from €19 at the Italian Railways site www.trenitalia.com

Florence to Rome from €19 www.trenitala.com

All these are print-at-home tickets, bookings usually open 90 or sometimes 60 days before departure, book early for the cheap rates.

Edited: 16 September 2013, 23:20
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You said on your other post your trip is this fall so as you were advised you had better buy online soon from the sites given by man in seat 61 for the lowest prices. For the highest prices and difficulty in getting the mandatory seat reservations required on some trains buy a Eurail Pass or from Rail Europe. I checked some dates on www.sbb.ch and on www.trenitalia and the 38 CHF "special offer" fares from Interlaken to Milano Centrale and the 19 euro "super economy" or "economy" fares from Milano Centrale to Firenze SM Novella have already sold out for some trains this fall. Because Barcelona is so far from everywhere else you want to go, why not take it out and put in Venice, going Milano Centrale to Venezia S Lucia to Firenze SM Novella to Roma Termini.

Edited: 18 September 2013, 00:23
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5. Re: Train Travel Throughout Europe

I can only comment on Germany but 6 weeks worth of travel using point-to-point tickets (bought 92 days in advance) for 2 people cost considerably less than the Eurail pass for one of us for the same amount of travel. Second class carriages in Germany are excellent. If you are travelling at a busy time of year (public holidays/high season) it will pay you to also book a seat reservation - it is no fun dragging your bags carriage to carriage looking for a spare seat - and more so if you all want to sit together.

I also hope you have a month or more or you will be spending lots of time looking at scenery out a train window and not enough exploring the fantastic cities on your list.

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