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NekitaC
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Greetings,

This will be my first time traveling to Europe. I wish to cover a lot of ground in 1-2 months but i’ll use 45 days as my working timeline. I’ve heard that you should concentrate on doing a few countries and cities but I’ve always pushed myself to the max in everything I do and this trip will be no exception. I still have quite a long time before my trip but I need to get started planning now.

I will fly into Paris and the following are a list of places I would like to visit.

London
Amsterdam
Geneva
Berlin
Warsaw
Krakow
Prague
Vienna
Budapest
Zurich
Interlaken
Brussels
Dublin

I need help organizing this itinerary so that I won’t do a lot of back tracking I am open to other suggestions I am trying to visit the most countries possible. I am also at odds over buying the Eurail Global Pass I have priced some flights using Ryan Air and Jet Blue and the total was approx. 600 USD would the rail pass be helpful for day trips. I would appreciate any and all help and advice. I was thinking of the airlines bc it cut down on travel time but the down side is some journeys could have been night trains that would have decreased my hostel budget and flying adds an extra night to the hostel budget

I am leaving from Dallas, Texas with $6500 for 37 days
Amsterdam, London, Canterbury, Paris, Dublin, Zürich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw
Requesting help with Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Food, Sights
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Usually, the trip planner gives you a recommendation on which, if any, railpass is best. Try putting your itinerary in railsaver for a recommendation. IMO, a consecutive day global pass is very rarely the most cost effective choice. Usually a less compreshensive railpass plus a cheap flight or two ( remember to add baggage fees and costs to get to/from airports to your flight costs) some point to point train tickets for short hops (or countries like Poland, Czech Rep. And Hungary with cheap rail service) and the occasional bus or ferry works out cheapest.

Also, flying sometimes takes longer than the train. When you add time to get to from airports (airport trains and buses leave from the train station) and 2 hour check-in time to the flight, any flight takes nearly 5 hours. With fast trains, many major cities are only 4 or 5 hours apart. London to Paris (city center to city center) takes just over 2 hours by train — about 3 hours including 45 minutes advance check-in (required on this train, but not on any other trains). Depending on which airports are involved flying takes 4 1/2 to 6 hours city center to city center.