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Venice to Berlin then Frankfurt back to Istanbul

Darwin, Australia
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Venice to Berlin then Frankfurt back to Istanbul

What is the best way to travel from Venice to Berlin stay a few days then move on to Frankfurt. After a short stay in Frankfurt we travel back to Istanbul. for 3 people.

Quainton, United...
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1. Re: Venice to Berlin then Frankfurt back to Istanbul

LOts of ways to do this.

You can go to the German railways website www.bahn.de/en and book Venice to Berlin all in one go with desired departure time set to (say) 20:00,

You should then see an evening departure with 1 change marked CNL, ICE. This is the Venice to Munich City Night Line sleeper train, then an onward high-speed ICE train next day.

In principle, fares start at 59 euros with a couchette or around 90 euros with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper, but fares vary depending on date and how far ahead you book. Booking usually opens 90 days ahead.

Book Berlin to Frankfurt also at www.bahn.de/en from 29 euros.

For Istanbul, book Frankfurt to Vienna on the late night sleeper from 39 euros with couchette or 79 euros with bed in 2-bed sleeper. Then book Vienna to Budapest from 19 euros also at www.oebb.at. Then book the sleeper from Budapest to Bucharest at www.mav-start.hu from around 49 euros with bed in a sleeper.

Finally, buy a Bucharest to Istanbul ticket on the daily 'Bosfor' train at the station when you get to Bucharest, fare around 40 euros plus 9 euros for a couchette or 20-odd euros for a bed in a 3-bed sleeper.

Darwin, Australia
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2. Re: Venice to Berlin then Frankfurt back to Istanbul

I am a bit scared to do so many changes for train travel from frankfurt to istanbul. Is it a long trip?

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3. Re: Venice to Berlin then Frankfurt back to Istanbul

Yes, it is a very long trip. Expect it to take over three days that way, and you will need to be a real train fan. The changes of train are not a problem and will in fact be a relief, if anything.

Flying is quicker and not much more expensive, if at all. But the scenery isn't as good of course.

There is another option - Man in Seat61 won't like it, but it is an option all the same :) - there is a direct bus from Frankfurt to Istanbul. It is a big modern bus with all mod cons such as individual TVs, etc, and runs once a week on Saturdays - cost about €145 http://secure.varan.com.tr/yurtdisi/ - it still takes the best part of two days as it is over 2000 km.

Darwin, Australia
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4. Re: Venice to Berlin then Frankfurt back to Istanbul

Thanks for that information, so very helpful and simply put. As time is a factor, we will fly. Again thankyou its helped me make a final decision.

5. Re: Venice to Berlin then Frankfurt back to Istanbul

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