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Hi there!I’m wondering if anyone had experience traveling to Istanbul in the low season? I booked the 19:10 night train from Budapest to Bucharest. So far so good. But it’s at Bucharest where the adventure really starts. I heard reports of lines being repaired and whatnot and the ticket office in Budapest just flat out said „go to Bucharest“ - so here we are. What are my options once I arrive in Bucharest? It seems that the train will miss the connecting train to Dimitrovgrad/Sofia by an hour according to the schedule, and I don’t see any other way by rail to get to Istanbul Halkali. so what does the community say? The low season seems to have other schedules and there is no direct train to Istanbul. Shall I take a detour to Sofia by train and arrive late in the evening and continue the next day there or should I stay overnight in Bucharest to get the connecting train the next day?
I'm planning a trip with some friends in July, mostly through Switzerland. One day we need to travel from Tirano to Lugano.Now, there is the Bernina Express bus but it's only one per day and you need to pay 16 CHF for reservation. I looked at the train schedule for the upcoming months and there is a train with a transfer in Monza, Italy (close to Milan) which should take 3h50 in total. However, I can't see this journey after the 10th of June. I assume this is because they haven't updated the schedule that far in the future? My question is, when will it be updated? And can I be sure that there will in fact be trains from Tirano to Lugano that day, in the afternoon? If not, I should book reservations for the bus since there are not a lot of seats left and it would then be the only way to get to Lugano.
Hi everyone!I did some railing last Summer, two weeks with my now 10-year-old son and two one-week-trips by myself… I/we enjoyed it so much we decided to go again this summer, this time going by plane in the beginning and end. (Taking ferry+train from Finland both ways takes a lot of time). So, now we have a plane to Madrid on 3rd June and a plane to Copenhagen from Bucharest on the 14th June. What places do you recommend we visit in between? To narrow that down:We’ll probably take the night train to Romania (or indeed straight to Bucharest) from Vienna. So it’s maybe more about what places to visit between Madrid and Vienna, of course we can do something else if you give a great suggestion! Last Summer, we already saw a lot (Berlin, Munich, Rijeka, Austrian alps, Zurich, Paris) so I figured we’d go another route this year. Maybe Madrid-Barcelona-Marseille-Nice-Milano-Venezia? What are some of the great places to visit - also with a child - in those areas…? Regards, Ilkka
Spending 4 days in Switzerland and looking to base ourselves in Lucerne to do as many scenic train trips as possible. Coming from Strasbourg/Colmar initially and leaving from Buchs SG - any tips and guides would be appreciated - especially thinking of multi point routes so we can return to base each day if possible.
Hello! I’m planning a 3 week trip in July 23 for myself and my two sons, 13 and 15. We are based in the U.K.The original high level plan was:London to Amsterdam - 3 nights Amsterdam to Berlin - 3 nights Berlin to Zermatt - 3 nights (this is proving tricky travel wise also been looking at 2 nights in Berlin, travel to Zurich 1 night then on to Zermatt)Zermatt to Venice- 2 nights (this looks like a nightmare - I really wanted to include Italy in this but am struggling)Italy to Lake Bled, Slovenia - 3 nightsLake Bled to Split Croatia - spend c. 1 week in Croatia fly homeSo keen to do night trains where possible and also avoid too many changes, I know Zermatt is making it tricky but it’s the top place my eldest wants to visit so really want to make it work. Plus it’s beautiful!if anyone has any suggestions for an itinerary that takes in most of the places above but includes Italy somehow - I can skip Germany on this trip if needed - that isn’t too complicated please share! I’m keen we spen
Hi, I’m organising a trip in the North of Europe on July. I need help to organise the route Berlin-Copenaghen. I’ll leave Berlin on 25th July in the evening so I’ll arrive in Copenhagen in the morning. I have the interrail pass for 7 trains and I need to use just one day train and I want to do maximum one change. Do you have any suggestion? Also where can I look for trains
Hello!My family and I will be in Vienna for 3 nights at the end of June (as part of a two week trip in Europe) and wondered if a day trip to Bratislava might be a good idea and is it best to get the bus or train? (It won’t be using one of our Interail travel days.) Many thanks in advance.
Going to be going from London to Bari in mid May.I did the route last year and wentLondon - Brussels - Frankfurt - Munich (overnight) - Padua - Pescara (overnight) - 3am train to Bari so as to catch midday boat to Greece.and on the way back,Bari - Rimini (overnight) - Milan - Zurich (overnight) - Frankfurt - Brussels - London. Does anyone have any thoughts on alternative attractive route with a couple of stops?The only bits I found a bit tedious last year were the Brussels to Cologne bits due to the overcrowding and potential cancellations of that train.
Hi, I am planning a family trip this summer and looking for some early advice. We are trying to do a little initially planning on what is possible but we keep getting stuck with how to get to and from Istanbul. All the information says there is a overnight train between Sofia and Istanbul but it’s does show up in any planners for summer 2023. Could it be I am looking to plan to early or is this route no longer available? Thanks in advance from a noobie
I am going from Tirano on the 20th of June 2023, plan to do Bernia express then join onto the glacier express to the Matterhorn in Zermatt.on the eurorail app I find I can not make it from Tirano to St. Moritaz before the 9am train departs along the glacier route.thus I changed around to Chur and then switching to glacier express but then it still wants to go through Zurich and around instead of going through Andermatt along the actual glacier route. please, how do I travel from Tirano to Zermatt on the same day, arriving by 7pm, via the actual bernia and glacier routes? thankyiu kindly for your assistance
Over a period of 10 days, my siblings and I are planning to travel this route in May/June:London → Glasgow → Edinburgh → London → Paris → Belgium → Amsterdam → Paris → LondonThe Eurail site automatically input dates for each trip (see below), but can we use the pass on any day within the month? I’m told Eurail does not operate in France. I assume we can use the Pass on another trainline within France in order to travel to other countries. Am I correct?
My wife are retired and In our 60’s we’re traveling from Ireland via UK, south of Spain and South of France staying with friends, down Italy to Sicily by train in April/May. Any advice about the best route, overnight stops would be appreciated including must see places to stop and stay. We’re planning on buying Interrail passes. We’re returning from southern Italy to the north and into Switzerland then Paris UK and back. We especially would appreciate help on places to visit and stay in southern Italy e.g. Puglia etc.Thanks David & Eileen
Hi everyone,Planning to continue my trip from Lake Como, Italy to Lugano, Switzerland. I have read that Eurail Italy Pass only valid at Chiasso in Switzerland. Just wondering :Do I need to change train, get off in Chaisso then get a ticket to Lugano..? What type of train should I board from Lake Como to Chiasso..? or I could just buy a one off ticket from Italiarail website for “no-hassle” whole journey from Lake Como to Lugano..? Can anyone provide links or information about routes that is covered by Eurail Italy Pass..? Do I always need to book reservation for travelling with all speed trains in Italy, given having Eurail Italy Pass..?Thank you in advance.
Hello, I’m prospecting for a travel in Europe but I am indecisive ! On the one hand, I wanted to visit Austria/Hungary and Slovakia because it is easy to make a reservation by train (pass) and that I want for a long time to go back to Austria and visit Hungary, and moreover because I want to see beautiful lakes. But I’m scared it is dangerous in some eastern cities and I prefer tovisit smaller typical cities, and on the second hand, I also want to visit Germany on a larger scale than I did ( I went to Mannheim and Heidelberg) and I also want to visit Netherlands/ Belgium ( Brussels) and if possible one or many cities in Germany ( so sadly, Berlin is too far from me ):What do you think about it ? What should I do in priority ? Thank you in advance
I’ve read a few older posts about this but thought I would get an updated view from those in the know. I wish to travel from Budapest to Istanbul but there is not route found for this trip.However, I can travel from Budapest to Sofia and then Sofia to Istanbul with changes which I am happy to do if that’s the only way.I believe there might be sleepers between Budapest and Istanbul when I travel (it would be about 7th June), but cannot find much information about them. Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction, please?Many thanks.
Hello!I am trying to organise Bucharest-> Istanbul (next week).I checked on the CFR (Romanian train's website) and I see only a very complicated solution (4 changes and it is not possible to book online).Somebody did this route recently and suggest how to do it?Is it possible to get the availability only at the train office in Romania? Is there any night train to avoid so many stop? Thank you!