Replies posted by BrendanDB
Did you check availability in Lille (Fr) via ordinary TGV trains to Paris?You can get to Lille by local trains in Belgium. Either Via Gent, Kortrijk/Courtrai or Tournai/Doornik.You might want to leave earlier than 20h00 though with that option.
Dag LukasEven nadenken. Van waaruit vertrekken jullie? En wat zijn de exacte data waar je in Almeria moet zijn?Je kunt alleszins al veel reservatiekosten uitsparen door Thalys of internationale TGV’s te skippen in Brussel. Best vertrekken vanuit Rijsel, naar bijvoorbeeld Nïmes/Montpellier/Perpignan. Die reservaties kosten maar 10, maximaal 20 euro per persoon. Dan de lokale TER- Cercancias treinen gebruiken om over de Spaanse grens te raken (via Cerbère Portbou). Reservaties in Spanje kun je enkel daar aan het loket doen - maar er zijn geen beperkte plaatsen voor interrailers (zoals by Thalys, Eurostar,...). Er is meestal nog wel een plekje. De Spaanse HST-treinen kunnen maximaal 10 EUR reservaties kosten.Alles via lokale treinen doen kan ook, maar is wat trager en gaat jullie meer overnachtingen kosten.
Reservations are separate from your pass. So your reservation stays valid, in combination with a valid pass of course. Is there a way to buy paper passes at a ticket counter somewhere in the UK? Maybe @Yorkie or @cdwatkins19 might know.
I don't see what a potential effect a very, very unlikely thorough ticket check will have on your daughter's employer... She can prove she's not a European citizen, so she's entitled to a Eurail pass. No discussion about that. Even in the again very, extremely unlikely event she gets fined on public transport, her employer won't care or even need to know those stuff... It's just a ticket mistake, not a criminal offence. No need to worry.You should by a Eurail pass, so then she can use it to get around in France relatively cheaply too, without being limited to a trip day to get out or of France (the only difference with Interrail, it's forbidden to use it in your home country) .
Btw @Lyka Gheesicks Your trip from Strasbourg to Munich would look something like this (Example is for next Tuesday at noon. Dunno at what time or day you'll be there at Strasbourg, but connections will be likely similar. That's why it's important to always mention time and dates for your preferred route, then the community can help the best). The example underneath has tight connections, so don't worry if it fails, trains enough in Germany.Check the DB navigator app or website for other possible connections.With your pass, you can take any of these trains, without reservation. Add it to your pass, hop on, find a free unreserved seat. Hoppa. On to Munich. Like Eurail/Interrail should always be :) You can completely ignore the ticket prices the app mentions.
You don't necessarily need to print. It's handy to show it if someone is in your seat. A pdf is just fine. They'll be able to scan it anyway. TGV Lyria is expensive indeed. You can kinda work around this by taking an ordinary TGV to a French border town and use local trains to cross the border. Can be a bit of a puzzle and takes more time, but less extra costs.Anyhow, once you're out of France, it means (almost) rid of terribly expensive and mandatory reservations ;)
Don't worry about it. It's just a mistake, it happens. Just ignore it. You almost never get checked on who you are on train. The only train where they sometimes differentiate on Gender is for solo travellers on night trains for obvious reasons.I get some bills adressed for "miss Brendan". No way to say that's not me, still have to pay 😁
With a pass, which actually is your golden ticket, you can take about 90% of all trains in Europe without any form of reservation. It is the trains we take to work, for our day to day activities,... Put the right train in "My Trip", activate a travel day, et voilà. Board. You're off. Some trains require seat reservations (TGV, AVE, Frecce, Nightjets,....) and some of those trains have strict limitations on the number of pass holders being able to reserve (Thalys, Eurostar, International TGV's,... ) . Because they want the big money usually or are very business travel and touristically focused. Some trains you cannot take at all (luckily very limited to private operators (Flixtrain, some small private railways, heritage railways,...) .As a tourist, you usually take those remaining "difficult" 10% of the trains, for 90% of your journeys. Because those ride mostly on the high speed lines between the biggest or most popular touristic destinations. They're fast and convenient, but costly a
Before Covid and Brexit you had more Eurostar services than today... We’re still having less trains than in 2019 e.g., while travel seems to be almost back at normal pre covid levels.Nobody is quite happy with the current situation. Even Eurostar. Apparently Brexit limits capacity in the London terminal with 25%.Nothing left but to hope that they will add in extra trains soon, we’ll see.
6:23 PM You sent Hello . Two of us are starting our train journey in Rome after staying there for 3 nights... Then on to Zurich for 2 nights, then Berlin for 2 nights, Paris for 3 nights and then finally to London where we will stay for 3 nights before flying home to Australia. Which rail pass is appropriate? Is there a cheaper way of jumping to countries eg, Paris - Zurich - London. Also I intend to use the tickets whilst moving around within a country. Would appreciate your assistance please...I have checked the planner but am not confident if I did it right !...My trip is in May hence can I buy the ticket now? I count 4 big travel days. So I would suggest a 4 day pass - in a month. No other destinations planned, or some daytrips from one of your city bases or trotting around on trains to enjoy the Alpine view? The more destinations, the more pass days you need of course.Local transport (metro, tram, bus) in cities is not included (except S-trains, but no RER in Paris)Since
Let's say that I'm in Switzerland trying to book a seat reservation, which app should I use? Reservation tool on interrail’s website, SBB or any other carrier like OBB or DB? The website has a reservation tool I think If you travel in Switzerland with domestic trains, you don't have to reserve. It's not even possible (with some exceptions for touristic trains, like the Glacier Express and international trains).I always like to reserve at the operators website of the specific train you're taking. So reserving via DB if you're taking ICE, on ÖBB if you take Railjets. You usually get updates on real time information, via 3rd party websites never.If cost is an issue, that ÖBB and CD can be cheaper than interrail or DB for example. All information in the reservation topic linked above!
Depends on your preference!What other routes are you taking besides those longer Vienna-Venice, Nice-Cologne? And when are you travelling? If you travel solo and have the budget for it and like your rest and personal space, a bit of extra service on some routes, 1st class is your go to.Quality of first class can be very different sometimes. But on long distances, it's usually quite nice. If you like to engage in conversation with random people, like people watching you might want to stick to second. If you avoid public holidays and peak hours, it's also pleasant to travel.
So you changed phones, and your (activated) pass is not on it anymore?If so best contact customer support asap:https://eurail.zendesk.com/hc/en-001/requests/newFor your two latter travels you don’t need reservations indeed, but you need a valid pass of course.
Black Friday is something very American. It’s only since a year of 3-4 this gained a bit of traction in Europe, and it’s probably a whole lot less impressive as in the States.In calmer periods of the year, February - March there are sometimes nice actions. A little discount (10 or 20%), I remember a period when 1st class passes were the same as 2nd class passes, we already had the 50% discount with the Interrail jubilee this year…All these action are not bound to a specific period like Christmas. They appear when they appear.Europe as a whole goes to a rough economic period, high inflation (much higher than in the States) ridiculously high energy prices so there’s not much extra budget for empressive actions this year I guess.
In the middle of the Holidays there’s serious demand.I don’t find any connections on that date. The first possible to Lille is at 31st of December, direct to Paris already 1st of January.You might want to look into ferries (Harwich-Rotterdam or Dover-Calais) and then continue to Paris by train. Or buy ordinary Eurostar tickets. Or Fly (although it’s like swearing out loud in a church to suggest this on a train forum ;) )
Like on Thalys and some cross-border TGV there is a limited number of seats designated for Interrail/ Eurail pass holders on Eurostar. If that bucket is full, you cannot buy a reservation for Interrail/Eurail any more. You can book an ordinary ticket or check other trains.When are you travelling?If everything is booked, you could check if there’s still pass holder seats available to Lille. From Lille you have plenty of TGVs to Paris, that don’t have a limited number of pass holder. A reservation will cost 10 or 20 EUR.You can book domestic trains in France via the travel.b-europe website (4€ booking fee per booking, Pass Cover Number needed, request it here)
Probeer eens hier te boeken: https://www.bahn.com/nl → klik enkel zitplaats voor je gewenste reisroute. Zou normaal gezien zonder problemen moeten lukken (en zonder de extra boekingskost). In principe kan het ook zonder reservatie, spaart je weer wat geld. Er wordt een gemiddelde bezetting verwacht. Als je alleen, of met twee reist, reis gerust zonder reservatie. Je vindt heus wel een plek.De reservatiedienst van Interrail heeft soms zijn kuren.
A guide for getting seat reservations for italian trains via ÖBB can be found here: For your trip to Munich, reserve a seat on a TGV from Paris to Strasbourg here: https://travel.b-europe.com/Eurail-GE/en/booking-tgv#TravelWish (10 EUR or 20 EUR) and take local trains from Strasbourg to Offenburg or Karlsruhe (no reservation needed), then to Munich. Like @MartinM explained.You might have already an ordinary ticket for that stretch, so perhaps try it to refund and do it via the option mentioned above if you want to save money.For the latest railtime info, don’t use the Rail Planner App, but download “DB Navigator” or any other national operator’s app in the country you’re travelling for the latest correct information about your trains.Germany - Deutsche Bahn (DB) - DB NavigatorAustria - ÖBB - ÖBB ScottyItaly - Trenitalia - Trenitalia app
We can only answer decently on your question if we know what your travel plans look like. Could you provide us with some details?Which cities/countries you’re going to visit? Then we can advise you properly. Even with options without reservations.You started at the most annoying Interrail/Eurail company in France (SNCF). Spain is also quite annoying when it comes to reservations (RENFE). The rest of Europe is much more enjoyable, with mostly optional reservations or plenty of non-reservable routes. But we don’t know if you get to enjoy that, since that wholly depends on your itinerary - that we don’t know.
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