After all the problems we read about, I wonder whether anybody has any comments or experiences about getting value from a pass?
Here is ours:
We have 2 senior first class IR global passes for 10 days in 2 months, and have the first half of it planned next week. Out of interest I checked the first class turn up and go prices of all the trains we have planned and amazed that these come in at nearly £1000 each and we have a second trip planned after that, which would be many hundreds in fares as well.
The routing is:
Siracuse to Salerno
Salerno to Bologna
Bologna to Nuremberg
Nuremburg to Brussels
OOI our second trip on these passes are currently planned as:
Monaco to Venice
Venice to Vienna
2 days based in Vienna (Salzburg and Budapest?)
Then Vienna to Prague.
Brussels to Leeds
3 Low cost flights from UK will be about £500 in totaI, compared with a minimum of £900 for home to London then Eurostar.
appreciate that could have been dramatically reduced with pre booking saver fares but they don’t have the flexibility of transfers to other trains, refunds or routing changes. Also I have ignored reservation costs.
The passes were bought pre-covid and on 1st for 2nd offer for just over £600, but even now the same passes would still be only about £900 for 2 seniors.
So this may help those thinking whether or not to use a Global pass.
OOI for those considering Eurostar and moaning about the £30/£40 res fee and thinking they can travel on a full fare for almost the same, our train next week would be £140 each in standard premier.
For first quarter 2023 we already have 2* 3 month unlimited passes from the recent 50th BOGOF for about £1000.