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3 Months Around Europe (But How?)
brkco
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Hi there,

I am planning to travel around Europe for 3 months from 6th July 2010. I am looking to spend around 3-4 nights in each town, so that means I can cover about 20-25 cities. I am planning on visiting these cities (although I will most probably have to skip a few):

Paris, Toulouse, Barcelona, Lyon, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Venice, Ljubljana, Maibor, Graz, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Brno, Krakow, Wroclaw, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Utrencht, Gent, Brussels

I am going from London to Paris on the Eurostar (41 euros – purchased ticket) and will be heading back to London on the 2nd October on the Eurostar from Brussels (43 euros – will purchase ticket when available).

However, I am not totally sure what means of transport I should use within Europe. I am thinking of buying a Eurail pass as I am travelling large distances and do not have a fixed itinerary, so can’t purchase tickets more that 1-2 days in advance.

I would like to know if you have any suggestions. I was thinking of buying two flexible passes, such as two 10 in 2 month (5 country or global) passes. A 3 month continuous pass does not seem worth it for me, as it requires you use it more than 25 days to get the same value. So although I may be travelling 25 out of the 89 days, I will only be making about 18-20 trips where the point-to-point tickets (purchased 1-2 days in advance) would be higher than the marginal cost (around 38 euros).

However, I am not too familiar with Eastern Europe, so could you please give me some advice about using the Eurail for those relatively short journeys (maybe compared to a bus ticket).

I would appreciate it if you comment on the above cities, too.

Thank you in advance,
Stuart

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However, I am not too familiar with Eastern Europe, so could you please give me some advice about using the Eurail for those relatively short journeys (maybe compared to a bus ticket).
Train tickets are generally cheap in Eastern Europe, so the shorter trips there may be places where a point to point ticket is cheaper than a railpass. Try pricing some of your routes on the individual national rail company websites. Look for the “regular” price or standard fare as opposed to any specials The links are here: http://www.eurotrip…. and under “transportation” on the “travel tips” tab. There are places in Eastern Europe where bus is the only option or a better choice than the train, but for all of your trips I think train (other than maybe a day trip to Lake Bled from Ljubljana) will be a best.

Your 2 10 day passes is probably a good choice. Maybe a global pass for the first part of your trip and then a select pass that covers Germany, Benelux and 1 or 2 other counties (perhaps Poland) for the end???? You’ll have to have a general idea of the order of your trip to take advantage of select passes as they’re only valid for 2 months.

3 months visiting only cities would not be my idea of a good time.

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Thank you oldlady,

Yes, perhaps on 5-country and one global flexi pass would be best. I’ll do some scenario analysis.

Oh, and I don’t intend on just visiting big cities. For the sake of large distance ground transport, I listed those cities, but in reality I will be exploring smaller neighboring towns/villages/natural attractions. I will be couch surfing for most of my trip, and will ask the locals where the best out-of-city places would be. Sometimes just a day trip by bus, other times maybe 1 or 2 nights. But I will most probably return to those larger cities for the sake of long distance travel.

I may also look into WOOFing for a short time in Italy or northern Spain.

Thanks again for your response.

Stuart