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Help Deciding Europe Train Pass
I need help buying a train pass but I am not sure if it will be worth buying the Global Pass or buying the individual tickets for each destination. I am landing in London Heathrow Airport on April 28th from USA. I am planning to buy the Europe Global Pass to get from the airport to London’s City Center. Would the pass work for this and do we have to book in advance or is 1 day before fine? Would this pass work for travel within London as we are not planning to get a rental car or use taxis as I heard they are expensive and traffic.On April 30th, we are planning to go from London to Paris then on May 2nd we are planning to go from Paris to Zurich. On May 4th, we plan to go from Zurich to Amsterdam and on May 5th return to London from Amsterdam as our flight back to USA is from London on May 6th. Would this be the best order of travel considering total time to travel between destinations, we are trying to minimize our travel time on the train.Which train pass would be budget friendly for
My experience so far
Just a few quick comments on my Eurail experience so far. My wife and I are finally in Europe from the USA and have traveled a few trains already. My observation thus far…absolutely no problems!! Finding the trains, adding to both trips and generating tickets has been very easy. I admit that I have yet to do a reservation, or high speed train but I’m hopeful that too will be as trouble free. However, if I do run into a snag I feel certain I can find a resolution here, or at least a pointer to where I can find help. We have 3 months to travel around Europe and so far we’re enjoying ourselves.
First class global pass .. no trains. terrible service UK
Over $800 paid for 2 first class global tickets and the first day we use them London kings cross to Edinburgh we get pushed from platform to platform looking for a train with available seats! We try to buy reservations at the ticket office and after waiting in line for 30 minutes we are told we cant buy reservations and get in a fight with the ticket clerk. All this time we are humping luggage and we are both over 70 and nobody seemed to know anything or care for our dilemma. On the return leg same thing, girl at info booth says go to platform 2 so we lug over there and wait 20 mins and the train comes in and it’s going north so lug back to info and told platform 8. We go there and the departure board says platform 2 and we hear an announcement to go to platform 2 so we lug back there and wait another 30 mins and a staff member comes walking down the platform telling everyone to go to platform 6. We lug there and the train is ready to leave so we get on and start looking for seats a
From haparanda to Tornio Itainen by feet
Hi,so as we have planned our tour, we are going to travel also from Lulea to Helsinky. We found a train Lulea → Haparanda and then Tornio Itainen → Helsinki. On a map we can see, that Haparanda station and Tornio Itainen station is about one hour walk? Does anybody performed this trip? Is it easy to cross the border? Or is it even possible? I was looking on different maps and it looks like it is pretty easy (e.g. as crossing the borders from Czechia to Slovakia, you just walk :D). So I am just making sure, that its pretty easy and you just walk and you are in Finland.Thanks for your help
How to plan a round trip? Advice
Hello allI have bought a 10 day global pass for me and my son. Now I want to plan a round trip from Czechia through German to Paris, then to Milano, continuing through Switzerland to Vienna and back to Czechia. My intention was to plan for every section a separate trip and make the relevant reservations, but I do not succeed to plan more than one trip. But in one trip, I cannot choose the single destinations I would like to have, including stop-overs.Can somebody help me?Other issues are not available reservations on some trains and the fact that FreccaRossa is not included in the Pass, despite the advertising of Interrail. And how do I see whether we have adjacent seats on the reservation before paying?Looking forward to your comments!Thanks in advance!Heinz
Eurail in the UK?
Hi,I’m thinking of purchasing a 3 month global continuous pass for next year which will be activated elsewhere before we get to the UK (where we expect to do a month) and used in Europe after too. Through my research I can’t find as much info on Eurail in England, Scotland and Ireland as other European countries - we’d love to be able to use the pass in the UK to get the most from it. Is there a reason there are less info/reviews from the UK or anything to be cautious of? I’d expect to have to hire a car in areas of Scotland and Ireland or join a tour in the more remote parts, but using trains as the main mode of transport would be ideal. Any personal experiences or advice would be great :)Thanks!
European Railway Map
I’m don’t quite understand the map shown in https://www.eurail.com/en/plan-your-trip/railway-map : It only shows the biggest European cities but it doesn’t show all the routes the Eurail covers, right?For example: in the link provided I don’t see the route between Paris and Zurich, but I know there is a way to do it as shown in the “Eurail-Map-2021.pdf”. Does the Eurail-Map-2021.pdf show the real and all possible routes that I will be able to make with the Eurail global pass? Or the PDF shows all routes possible, but not all of them are in the global pass?I’m trying to understand what the limitations of the global pass are when traveling western Europe.Thanks in advance.
finished journey drawing on an interactive map?
Manually added journeys are sometimes not shown on the rail planner app, Google maps or ViaMichelin doesn't draw rail itineraries: Does anybody know about an app where I can draw my finished journey in order to screen-copy it e.g. in foto book? I couldn't find unfortunately.
Reis naar Porto. Suggesties mooie routes
Wie o wie kan mij helpen voor een mooie route naar Porto te bedenken. Ik heb nu t/m Bordeaux geboekt en dacht rond 28 juli vanuit Bordeaux naar San Sebastian te gaan, er is een snel trein van +/- 3 uur maar is op deze app niet te vinden. Wel een met enorme omweg van + 24 uur of zo. En dat is geen optie.Wat kan ik nu het beste doen?Ik vind het erg lastig en hoop dat er iemand is die mij verder op weg kan helpen naar eindbestemming Porto.Vriendelijke groet,Ada.
How do you meet interrailers
Hello interrail community!It’s gonna be my first interrail alone this summer and I would love to meet new people!I just started using this free dedicated website for interrailers: https://www.inntouch.fr/ Would be great to have you joining the adventure so we can find each other :) Looking forward to see you all!
HELP! Trip planning help needed please :)
Hi there, My name is Vik, originally from the UK but in Aus now. Suddenly this Christmas trip back home has crept up on us….Need to book everything up asap. Hotels in Europe all booked via booking.com.So now the travel - if you have any advice on what pass - Id appreciate it. Still trying to figure it out as haven't used it before. About us: 2 adult, 2 kids, 10 and 11 all from Sydney, AUS.Waiting for someone to contact me from EURAIL, in the meantime…Do you think the global Eurail month pass is the best one? Plan: Arrive LONDON 16.12.22 - 3 nights Travel to Littleport 19.12.22 - 3 nightsTrain to Edinburgh for Christmas 22.10.22 with Grandparents - who are currently wanting us to book the tickets with them for this trip but think this may be cheaper for us. Travel back to Littleport 27.12.22 Travel to Paris 01.01.23 - 3 nightsTravel to Brussels 04.01.23 - 1 nightTravel to Bruges 05.01.23 - 2 nights Travel to Amsterdam 07.01.23 - 3 nights Travel to Berlin 10.01.23 - 2 nights Travel bac
London to Naples - Global pass recommended?
Planning return trip to Naples from Brighton in October. Staying in Naples 10 days. Looked at standard return train fares and they seem to be 300£ plus. So is the Global Interrail Pass the way to go? I can get senior fare. Will I be able to use it on Eurostar and then the high speed rails in France/Italy (e.g Brighton - London - Paris - Turin - Naples) or another feasible itinerary?. Any advice would be appreciated. Robsk.
A small Spring excursion for me.
Tomorrow i start my first longer Journey by Rail of the year through Europe after few daytrips in the first weeks :D as our second unoffical Eurail Interrail meetup in late January with @runner.on.rails , @Steven Soto, Christian, Arwed in Switzerland. Nighttrain Berlin - Switzerland - Meetup and afterwards Nighttrain back to Berlin.I start from Berlin to Poznan to ride on the last regular Steam service on Standard Gauge between Poznan & Wolstzyn afterwards further to Warsaw (my base for 4 Nights) Timetable of the steamtrains in GermanThen i will explore some polish branch lines.After my 4th Night i start from Warsaw to Prague to catch the Nighttrain to Zürich :Dto explore then many scenic Routes in Switzerland and northern Italy for the next 6days.On the 9th of March i start the EC Transalpin from Zürich to Leoben and further to Vienna.In Vienna i met some friends and relax in the City and ofcourse on some trains arround Vienna & Bratislava before catching 3Nights later sever
Your favourite 2-3 month trips in Europe
Hey everyone :)I’m someone who loves train journeys, but (shockingly) haven’t yet done any Interrailing as yet… I’m hoping to change that this year.My plan is to travel for 2-3 months from this coming April.I’ll also be working, and so I plan to have one or two “main bases” in that time, with the view to taking rail trips on the weekends. So, for example, I might stay for 1.5 months in two different cities, but whilst staying in those cities make time for day-trips or overnighters on the weekend.I’ve started my research through this website and forum, and eaglerly awaiting the release of the latest edition of Europe by Rail.In the meantime, though, I would love to hear about your favourite routes in Europe, for those who have done longer Interrailing stints in Europe… feel free to chip in or share things as you see fit 😊 🚂Jas
St Malo to Mont Saint Michel Day trip... Help? :)
Hi friends!I decided to extend my trip in Saint Malo by two days instead of staying overnight in Mont St. Michel.I’m seeing a few Railplanner options from Gare Saint Malo to Mont Saint Michel but the way back looks pretty meager. Also can’t find the routes on SNCF or DB or Trainline app.I know the Railplanner is only updated once a month but wondering if i’m missing something or if I just need to call it quits. I’d like to go tomorrow 28/10 and I am heading to Lille on 29/10 and it’s surprisingly faster and more direct to go to Lille from St. Malo than Rouen (capital of Normandy and halfway to Lille!). So shocked.Can anyone please help me figure out if this plan is feasible? I’d really like to do a day trip to visit Normandy and be able to make it back to St Malo for my last night in Bretagne. Thanks in advance! Edited to add:the ones i saved in railplanner are:10:30 - 12:14 for under 2 hours.. then the returns are basically a 48 min ride at 13:41 (gives me no time to explore)or 18:47
st malo to lille earlier options via alternate routes? (and London Train strike question)
Hi! I’m traveling to Lille from St malo and booked the only seat reservation left from 15:39 29/10 Saturday It’s refundable so I can explore my options.I’m wondering if there are any other train stops that I can look into stopping through so that I can arrive earlier. I tried Versailles and booking individual from Rennes to Paris but no luck. Are there any other stations that I can intentionally stop through to arrive to my final destination earlier? I just don’t know that much about train stations and I’m having a hard time finding that information, but this community has been really helpful in the past with giving me other alternate routes to take. Thank you! PS. Train strikes When there are train strikes, does that mean we should completely take alternate transit like Uber? on the day I leave London Heathrow, there are train strikes and I believe the metro is also not working that day, 3/11 November 3. I’m staying over an hour away LHR by train and metro as is, so I want to be prepa
Extreme Newbie - Long Travel Times?
Hello everyone! First off, I’ve never been to Europe and am attempting to plan a 16-day trip for my family in July. I am planning on purchasing a 10-Day Global Pass and started punching in the routes in the “Search Train Times in Europe” feature on this website to get an idea of travel time as well as which legs would require a reservation. Everything seemed pretty reasonable until I looked at Rome to Cannes (or anywhere in that area). It appeared that the travel time was over one day! On the app, it indicated that was about two days! Questions: is this accurate or am I reading something wrong I know that it may be an issue of which rails Eurail has access to. Is it common to purchase faster tickets separately for situations such as this? If so, what is the most reputable website to do so? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I consider myself relatively resourceful but am finding this process overwhelming, so I’m sure this won’t be my last post. Tentative outline of trip:
To take the Bernina Express, do I need a Pass that covers Switzerland, or also Italy?
If I want to get on the Bernina Express panoramic train from Tirano to St. Moritz (and/or vice versa), do I need a pass that covers Italy as well as Switzerland, or do they waive the requirement for Italy because its such a short stint in Italy (and because that’s what I want the answer to be, but I suspect it won’t be… hahaha).
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