Eurail pass tips, info and personal experiences
Most of these are filled with locals, students, and other backpackers. The stations are sometimes not as conveniently located as the train stations, but I'm pretty sure the buses are cheaper, even though you'd have to pay an extra Euro or two for your pack. If I remember correctly, all you'd need is a confirmation number.
I even blogged about it:
http://blogs.bootsnall.com/lauracat/bus ... urope.html
So happens I prefer train travel if it's not exorbitant. Still, I've never travelled so quickly that a eurailpass ever seemed worth the while.
Oh, and in Eastern Europe, I'm not sure its ever worth the trouble and price.
What's confusing me is that I read in an article that since flights have been shut down, many people have been taking trains out of France/into France. I was under the impression that there would be next to no train service during a strike, but apparently I'm wrong.
I am so confused.
Someone tell me what to do. haha.
It appears to be over. As I understand it some service was running - at least foreign international trains that run on French track - but the French strike added serious complication to the already screwed up travel the past couple of weeks.
If you're worried they might start again (nothing was resolved, and the French do seem to enjoy their strikes), then you can always forego the pass and play it by ear. Italy is known to be one of the countries where you're less likely to get good value on a pass, anyway. I doubt it'll be a problem, though.
If you get a Eurail Flexipass, you write in the days you use the pass on the blanks on the pass. 1 changes very easily to 4 or 7 or 11, if you don't enter another date after using it. This way, you can take a train from, say, Strasbourg to Paris on June 1. A few days later, you can alter the "1/6" entry to "4/6" or "7/6" or "11/6", and get two days' use instead of one.
Several years ago, I got 12 days' use out of a 5-day flexipass this way.
karen121 wrote:I think flying with low cost airlines like ryanair and easyjet is often the cheapest option. Even taking into account airport check in etc its also faster and more comfortable that 15hour eurolines bus journeys and train journeys (high speed express trains in some countries are not included in the eurail pass deal). If you are flexible with your dates and dont have baggage to check in id say the average cost of a flight could work out at €20 - €50
And I also read somewhere that if you opt for odd travel timing in Europe then also you can save much bucks in traveling. It is a nice idea if you are traveling in a group.
Sorry if this topic has been discussed already but I couldn't find it, so..
I'm leaving for a backpacking trip Saturday with a Eurail select pass in Spain, France and Italy. However, I haven't reserved any seats on a train yet. My first stop is Seville, can I reserve seats there through a Eurail aid office? If I go to the rail station on Sunday, do you think I'll be able to book a train to Madrid on Tuesday? Thanks so much for any help, I'm very confused on this topic.
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