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eurail vs. point to point
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This summer will be my first trip in Europe. We already have our flight booked and an itinerary. We will be in London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Munich, then back to London. We are only trying to see the cities, not the entire country. I’ve heard rail travel in Europe is the cheapest option, but the Eurail pass seems absolutely ridiculous. For two of us a Eurail pass for nine days in three countries would be $978, plus the cost of getting to and from London since the UK is not included in the Eurail pass. Purchasing point to point tickets for all destinations would put us around $500, including a flight from Munich to London because train tickets were $450! Local transport would be additional for both options. However, the uncertainty of trying to buy tickets in another language (gee, thanks rosetta stone…) worries me. Does anyone know of a better option?

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I’ve heard rail travel in Europe is the cheapest option, but the Eurail pass seems absolutely ridiculous. For two of us a Eurail pass for nine days in three countries would be $978, plus the cost of getting to and from London since the UK is not included in the Eurail pass.
What would you expect to pay for 2 of you to go from Florida to NYC to Chicago to Denver to St. Louis and back to Florida? Why are you looking at a 9 day pass when you’re only going to use 4 or 5 rail days? Also, you’ll either need to buy a pass that covers Austria or buy a point to point ticket for that portion to get from Italy to Germany
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Purchasing point to point tickets for all destinations would put us around $500, including a flight from Munich to London because train tickets were $450!
Which websites are you using to price these tickets? You will have absolutely no trouble buying the tickets “in English” so you don’t need to worry about that. You can buy some of these tickets on-line from the individual national rail company websites although that can sometimes be tricky in English.

You’re covering a huge amount of territory here, so will end up with a lot of long train rides. I would re-think the itinerary. Check rail schedules (and prices for the tickets that involve Germany) on the German National rail company website: http://reiseauskunft…

Also, if you haven’t purchased plane tickets yet, look into an open jaw ticket. Use the multi-city option to fly into London out of Munich for example. That will save the considerable time and expense involved in getting back to London. Check for cheap flights for the long treks. The “cheap flights” forum, especially the stickys at the top.

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Its certainly possible that point to point tickets would be less than a railpass; it depends on your itinerary.

Because of our style of traveling, I have not found a railpass that would save me money. (a one year Swiss half fare card did, but only because we went to Switzerland four times in the year). I’ve never been unable to buy same day tickets at the station, but I don’t do that much because I worry the train will be overcrowded and they won’t sell more tickets (actually they will sell tickets, but you may have to stand until a seat opens up), so when I arrive in town, I go right to the ticket office and buy tickets for our next leg, and also get some advice on how, for example, to get out of the station.

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Thank you! That was in fact the plan I had, but I wasn’t sure it was a realistic one. I feel comforted to know that I am not doing something wrong with the Europass, just that it doesn’t work with everyone!

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