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So most people can view my itinerary on my Eurotrip site showing my planned destinations. BUT these are only the “solid” destinations of our itinerary as of yet. We will be going from:

Paris, France ——> San Sebastian or Donostia, Spain
San Sebastian/Donostia ——> La Coruna, Spain
La Coruna, Spain ——> Madrid, Spain
Madrid ——> Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona ——> Nice, France
Nice ——> Genoa, Italy

That’s the plan from July 1st to around July 24th. The next two months of our trip, we will be working out of Genoa, but plan to take weekend trips around all of Europe. We want to visit: Czech Republic, Netherlands, Greece, Croatia and also see more of Spain, France and Italy when we have time. Based on the higher number of countries we want to visit and the length of time we plan to be traveling in Europe, we are pretty sure that the Youth Global Eurail Pass for 3 months of consecutive travel is the best, cheapest option for us. At $1400 for roughly 90 days, that’s $15 a day, no doubt saving us money on higher dollar tickets.

Does everyone agree with that logic? Is there something more I need to take into consideration? I do know that seat reservations can cost around 4euro per person, but other than that, are there hidden fees that I don’t know about? I really appreciate the help – - I plan to buy my Eurail pass this week and am ALSO wondering if I’m likely to get it in time for my departure on June 30th…

THANKS y’all!

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Paris, Donostia, Corunna, Madrid, Barcelona, Marseilles, Nice, Genoa
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IMO, a consecutive day pass is almost never the most cost effective solution. Others, most notably Rick Steves, disagree. I have never researched a reasonable (as opposed to 18 cities in 21 days) trip where a consecutive day pass was even the best deal. A combination of a less inclusive pass and some point to point tickets is almost always the best deal. A pass seldom pays for itself anywhere in Eastern Europe.

The only way you will know what’s best is to develop an exact itinerary and price every single ticket on the individual national rail company websites. I’d figure 15 trips in Western Europe for 60 days and then buy a couple of select passes to cover the countries you want to visit in Western Europe.

MOST seat reservations cost 4 or 5 €, however some (notably in Italy, Spain and Thalys trains between Paris and Benelux) are as expensive as 19€.

Travel agencies that sell rail passes generally ship within 2 business days and regular shipping is usually 5 business days. Most agencies offer express shipping if you need it. No worries for a trip the end of June.

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Hi OldLady,
Yes, Rick Steves is EXACTLY who I read about the global pass from. It’s hard to nail down my itinerary because I have no idea when and where my friend and I will be traveling. Perhaps I need to buy a 3 Country Select Pass for the first leg of my trip: France, Spain and Italy and then figure out more about the rail system and my travel itinerary before I spend any more dollars!!
Thoughts?? I appreciate all of your help so far!!
-Lynzy

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I think that sounds like a better plan. Weekend trips to a lot of the places you’re talking about sound a bit difficult from Genoa, especially by train. You may find that your plans change due to logistical issues.

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I think that’s what I’ll do. By weekend trips – I mean any accumulation of days we aren’t working which hopefully is 2-5. I think trips like Amsterdam and places further away, it might be worth it to fly and I still think airline tickets are comparable.

Appreciate all the help everyone!! I will be sure and post my successes and failures =)

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Unlimited passes are the worst bargain for rail travel in Europe IMO, unless you are a railfan whose main reason to travel to Europe is to take trains in first place.

Genova is not the best positioned city for long-distance rail travel at all. Connections with France are lackluster, everything else pretty much requires, first, a travel to Milan.

Remember that, in most countries, you have to pay reservation for each traveled segment. If you take 2 trains with compulsory reservation to reach your destination, you ought to pay your reservation fee twice.

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^^Thanks to everyone for the advice. I talked about with my friend and told her about the 3-country select pass, which we are going to purchase. I think it’s a wise idea to figure out future passes and tickets after we get our feet a little wet!

I really appreciate all the tips..I am SUCH a newbie…can’t you tell?

-Lynzy

I am leaving from Seattle with $3500 for 31 days
Paris, Donostia, Corunna, Madrid, Barcelona, Marseilles, Nice, Genoa
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Nightlife, Sights