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Best Travel Options for Study Abroad student in Athens
Kwhit06
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Hey all,
I am about to be studying in Athens, Greece for the next 4 months, and I am wondering what the best forms of travel are between Athens and European countries such as France, Italy, Amsterdam, Poland, Austria, and Germany. Because i would only get to travel on weekends and some weeks, is it best to by a eurorail pass or just go trip by trip? Is flying better in some cases?

Also, how does the ferry system work in terms of international travel?

Thanks so much!
-Katherine W.

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I think you’ll find that flying is best from a time standpoint. There really isn’t much of a rail system in Greece and getting to the countries you’ve mentioned (other than taking the overnight ferry to Italy) would take “days” by train (Athens to Vienna is 44 hours).

I don’t think a railpass will pay. Any train rides you take on a “weekend trip to xxx” basis will probably be short and cheap.

I’d be looking at the Greek Islands, Turkey, the Balkins and maybe Bulgaria for your trips (although even these destinations are going to take some time, effort and possibly overnight trains or flights to get to). I wouldn’t spend the time and money to try to get to Northern and Western Europe.