Eurail pass tips, info and personal experiences
Secondly, do better homework than I did. I'm not sure I really believe the raileurope.com schedules anymore. Find out the best way to check the schedules.
And lastly, this might also seem painfully obvious, but be sure you get on the right train! i caused a mini-debacle 2 days ago when I was at the correct track, but got on 20 minutes early and so got on the wrong train. No staff in sight, but I wish I had atleast asked the people getting on, even in my halting french. Note to self... trains prolly do not run early. Stupid, stupid, stupid!
So I ended up changing trains, going somewhere else, taking a minibus w/ some strangers to another station in spain, and finally taking another train into Barcelona... 2 hours later and at the other station than where/when I was expected... and with no real way to contact the people picking me up. Well I did reach their voicemails, which caused them to roam around barcelona sants for an hour at midnight. but b/c the train station closes at midnight i got kicked out onto the street. got a room somewhere and eventually got to where i belonged yesterday so its all good now.
ps- be careful of using your credit card to place phone calls in the Barcelona Sants train station. It is the hugest ripoff I've ever seen for phones. No rates were posted, but hang ups and 30 second messages are now showing as $10 charges on my card! for a total of $60!! turn on your mobile, or get a phone card.. b/c it has got to be cheaper than that.
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quote:Originally posted by MHGatorman:Why am I still paying per ticket when I already bought a 2 month eurail pass for over one thousand dollars??
Speed trains (like the Sevilla to Madrid run) require extra fees. If you take a zig-zag route from Sevilla to Madrid (with quite a few stops), you won't have to pay any extra fees. The same issue will come up in other European countries (Rome to Venice speedtrain, etc).
Anything marked "ES" for Eurostar, requiring a seat reservation, will likely cost you a few bucks extra every time. First class pass or no.
So I was in Berlin the following day after the world cup final and I was going back to Frankfurt. I hadn't had any problems other than this, but the controller lady came up to me and asked me for my pass and so I showed her. She then asked me for my passport which I didn't have on me because I had left it back in my apartment in Frankfurt.
Long story short, she was like "Ok that'll be 170 Euros"....I was like "Are u kidding me?" Why would I pay if I still have some space left on my Eurail.
She was like I need to see a passport, I said I dont have it give me a break but I'll show u some other ids that I have.
Then she kicked me and buddy off the train and we ha dto wait for like 3hrs. The next time the controller came up to me, I had no problem.
I think she was just a bitch, excuse m language.
I speak German so I told her off too.
I was actually surprised because she was the only person in Germany that really gave me a hard time. Other then that, everything went fantastic.
First, as a general rule Eurail is only good value if you spend a long time in Western Europe. For Eastern Europe pay-as-you-go is usually cheaper.
Secondly Eurail is more expensive for those over 26.
Thirdly, the longer you travel the more chance it will save you money. If you travel for just 1 month it is less clear cut whether you need a Eurail or not. It depends how far you are travelling.
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It says very specifically on the Eurail conditions of use that "This Pass is strictly personal, non-transferable, and only valid upon presentation of a passport or a valid travel document replacing the passport... If the traveler cannot present a valid passport with his/her Pass, the control staff is authorized to demand payment of a full fare ticket and a fine."
Depending on the type of trip (between countries, very long) or type of train, the ticket attendant may or may not ask to see a passport. However, it is better to be prepared, rather than to be unlucky and land in this unpleasant situation.
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May 3 - Arrive London (from Toronto)
May 5 - to Rotterdam (not sure how yet - ferry, train?)
May 5-7 - stay in rotterdam, day trips to amsterdam (any idea how much train trips between the two cities cost?)
May 7 - to Paris (use individual ticket + pass)
May 9 or 10 - to Barcelona (use pass + individual ticket)
May 12 - to Marseille or Nice (ticket + pass)
May 14 - to Le Spezia/Cinque Terre (pass)
May 17 - to Florence (ticket)
May 18 - to Rome (pass)
May 20 - to Venice (pass)
May 21 - to Lyon (pass)
May 23- to Paris (pass)
May 24 - to london
May 25 - fly home
Anyway, some of this will change I'm sure, maybe cut out barcelona, some other places, spend more time in some places. Just trying to come up with something tentative to decide on a rail pass.
I just really am getting SO confused about what is actually the best option. I tried looking up individual trips today and it seems like a pass is definitely better overall, it's just a matter of which one to get. If we do a bunch of trips between rotterdam/amsterdam, then maybe we should get a 3 country instead of france/italy!
Is it really unnecessary to have a pass in Italy? Should I maybe get a pass for fewer days and get some more city to city tickets in italy?
I've been living in France this whole year and have gotten a TON of use out of my "France" youth pass. Would be dead without it.
I am planning on doing some traveling with my brother and two best friends in June (about a month). Our proposed itinerary includes:
Berlin- Prague- Vienna- Budapest- Croatia- Serb/Montenegro-Greece
I thought it would be worth it to do the 10 days in 2 months kind of thing. Thoughts on this? Or is it so much cheaper in the Baltics that I might as well "pay as I go."
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