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Hey everyone!

My group and I are on our last leg. Finals are coming to a close and we have roughly a month before we leave (May 24th). Just before we leave I wanted to touch base on a few questions I still have; everyone has been a great help and I’m very greatful. You’ve made this much less stressing for me.

1. Should I book my first hostel now? Or a few weeks before leaving? and Should I book any hostels further into the trip?

2. The Eurostar Chunnel ticket is quite expensive, is it ok to get economy 2nd class? The fallouts are no refunds or lounge use. Also should I order them now? Or can I get them when we depart from London?

3. Is getting from Airports and Trainstations to areas of interest generally easy by public bus? I’m trying to base my hostel location on this as well.

4. When must you reserve your train seats? Before departing? or online somewhere?

thanks again,

Shea

I am leaving from Columbus, Ohio with $4700 for 27 days
London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Florence, Rome, Naples
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2. The Eurostar Chunnel ticket is quite expensive, is it ok to get economy 2nd class? The fallouts are no refunds or lounge use. Also should I order them now? Or can I get them when we depart from London?
2nd class is perfectly acceptable on Eurostar and it’s only just over 2 hours, anyway. If you’ve found special fares at www.eurostar.com then book them as soon as you’re sure of the dates. Eurostar is priced like an airline with only a limited number of “cheap seats” available on each train. When those sell out the price goes up. I would NOT wait to get Eurostar tickets.
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Is getting from Airports and Trainstations to areas of interest generally easy by public bus? I’m trying to base my hostel location on this as well.
For all of you cities there will be a train or bus to city center from the airport. That’s almost always the cheapest way to get to town. There are a few cities where taxi fares from the airport are set by law. It’s remotely possible that 3 or 4 of you sharing a cab can get into town as cheap as on the bus — be sure to find out about charges for extra passengers and for baggage as what looks like a cheap taxi ride may not be.
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4. When must you reserve your train
I only buy a reservation if the specific train I want to take requires one. It’s best to buy your reservation at the train station about a day in advance, but reservations are usually available up to 1 hour before train time. If you want to take a train that requires a reservation and don’t have one plan on arriving at the train station about 2 hours before train time. Save yourself a trip to the train station but the reservation for the train you want to take when you leave a city before you leave the station when you arrive in that city.

As for hostels, you don’t generally have to book very far in advance but it depends on whether or not you want to stay at a specific hostel or have some flexibility. If you’re sure of the place you want to stay in arrival city, I’d book it now as teens and tweens on school trips fill up some hostels in late May and June.