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hey,

for a starters i`m sorry if this is the wrong section on the forums (i`m new lol)

i`m at aberdeen uni at the moment and some of my friends and me are thinking about going on a euro trip- this is the first time for all of us.

We will start in sweden and working our way around skandanavia, then st. petersburg, estonia, latvia, lithuania, poland, germany, france, spain, france, belgum, netherlands and then to london. Then we will go our seperate ways as there are a few international students that are going to come.

here is a pic of the trip:
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this trip will be in the summer of 2010 and i just wanted some info on how much money we would need to save up and what would be a resonable budget per day.

we will be traveling by train, i done some research about train tickets and it turns out that InterRail so 1 month of travel for €400/£350~ but that does not include st. petersburg, estonia, latvia or lithuania.

does anyone know the prices of train tickets in these reginos/countries ?

and is this trip even makeable in 1 month time?

but my main question is how much money would we need to save for this trip and a rough budget per day.

Thanks for reading!

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It’s feasible in a month, if you don’t actually stop or sleep.

By my count, that’s 14 countries in 30/31 days. You will be spending 2, maybe 3 days max in each country, and that’s not counting travel time. Your journey from northern finland to St Petersburg will take you a full day in itself (about 6 hours to Helsinki, and 8 hours to Piter).

But, itinerary aside, a daily budget should be somewhere between 45-60 euros per day. You can do less if you really scrounge, and you can obviously do more. If you plan on being on the road for 30 days, figure around 1500 euros, give or take.

Train travel in the Baltics and Russia (for the most part) is inexpensive compared to “Western” Europe. The rail system is not as expansive as in the west. Also look into buses in the Baltics as they can be quite cheap and take about the same time as trains. Eurolines runs through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Also, take note of what train/bus you are taking from Lithuania into Poland as you may pass through Belarus and that will require a transit visa.

Search the forums a bit and you’re bound to find tons of information and likely answers to most of your question.

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Train travel in the Baltics and Russia (for the most part) is inexpensive compared to “Western” Europe. The rail system is not as expansive as in the west.
Right on both counts, and there are some other problems. You’re unlikely to run into anyone who speaks English in the St. Petersburg train station and some trains sell out a week or more in advance. Trying to buy Russian train tickets from outside Russia is difficult and sometimes expensive.

“International” trips (and that includes trips from one Baltic nation to another Baltic nation) in the Baltics are usually set up to be overnight train rides. Vilnius to Riga is 5 hours by bus, but requires an overnight stopover in Daugilpus or a 14 hour overnight ride to accomplish by train.

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Also, take note of what train/bus you are taking from Lithuania into Poland as you may pass through Belarus and that will require a transit visa.
This could also be a problem, depending on specific route, getting from St. Petersburg to the Baltics.

Also be sure to check the specific train schedules as train service in this area has been reduced. They’re using the available infrastructure money to improve roads and the rail system is suffering. Rail maps and guidebooks show train service between St. Petersburg and Tallinn, but there is no longer a passenger train on that route.

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hey

thanks for your replies.

maybe we will leave skandanavia as it would be too long, what if we would start in shoutern sweden>denmark> and then from berlin and the rest of the route?

how long would that be? and how much less would it cost to travel through them countries.

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What is it you’re trying to accomplish? Your map looks like you’re just trying to see how many countries you can ride the train through in a month. What are you interested in? What cities do you want to see?

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Take a good look at train times on bahn.de or raileurope.com, I think you’ll be surprised.

You are still trying to cram way too much into a small amount of time. As oldlady asked, what is it you’re going for? THat would just be one very long train ride, and a very sore butt.

If you’re set on doing southern Sweden, that’s fine. You could pull off: Sweden, Denmark, northern Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. That’s feasible, but not if you want to add France, the rest of Germany and Spain. If you’re still going for the Baltics, St Petersburg and Poland, than forget it. I wouldn’t call that a vacation at all. That’s like a sitting marathon.

Look over some itineraries in the Favorite Places forum, look at blogs, and look at maps very closely. Just because they are close on the map doesn’t mean it’s a short hop. Taking 7 hour train rides every day gets old real fast.

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we would want to go to germany and france because we have family in these countries, but i think we can leave out the south of france, and just go from strassbough to paris and then belgium and netherland then to london. would that be more realistic in one month ?

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