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A new version of RailSaver just launched:

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Check it out and come back to this post to let us know what you think!

Happy Holidays!

I am leaving from Boston with $10000 for 63 days
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wow, that one is way nicer than the old version! I like it.

I am leaving from Atlanta, GA with $1200 for 14 days
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Thanks – Will and Georges worked hard on it and we think it is a huge improvement too!

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Much improved. Good work, Will and Georges.

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oh! great, I had no idea the people on this website were the ones running it! That’s good because they do such a good job with this one (one of my favorite travel websites). Smile

I especially like the map feature on the railsaver site. It’s sort of like the Eurotrip thingy on here.

I am leaving from Atlanta, GA with $1200 for 14 days
London, Salisbury, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Inverness, Edinburgh, London
Requesting help with Nightlife, Food, Sights
I am leaving from Rouen with $1500 for 15 days
Venice, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Rome
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Sights
I am leaving from busan, SK with $1000 for 13 days
Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok

2008—Language study abroad in Paris, France
2009—Archaeological field school/dig in Lau, Fiji
2010— Birthday UK trip!
2011— Teaching English in South Korea
2012— ????

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That’s a nice tool. When will the ability to purchase tickets be functioning?

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It should be ready in the next week or so. When we launch the ability to book on www.railsaver.com, we will also launch the ability to book in the Eurotrip Planner.

I will update this thread when the ability to book is added. If you want to be notified, just subscribe to this thread…

Cheers Smile

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It works pretty well, but one problem is that it only allows 15 cities. If you’re having a longer trip, or plan on doing multiple day trips, this could become an issue.

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great add to the site, very helpful. I agree with Feicht though, my trip consist of more that 15 cities so i had to cut some out for it to work. I would also suggest that there might be a way to import your eurotrip that you have already put together on this site (since it includes exact dates and how you plan to travel train, etc) into the new railsaver, just to same time and make it easier to work with instead of having to manually re-enter all of it. it looks great though, also very helpful, thanks

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Okay, can you help me? Every time I enter the information then hit find railpasses it ‘beeps’ at me and puts a red outline around the arrival and destination cities. What am I doing wrong? Thank you! Brynne

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Did you put the full city name followed by a comma and country? The red box means that the info was incomplete. There should be an auto complete where you type part of the city in and the entire city and country will be listed below which you can click on.

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I started to type in Venice then it would show the Venice, Italy (or some other Venice). I would pick that one and that was what it would show in the box. I’ll try again. It seemed easy to use but I couldn’t get it to work so I figure it’s me.

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It’s not just you blally, I checked it out and it will not work for my query either.

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Ok guys, I will forward this comment to our developer… thanks for the report on that.

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Sorry guys, I am working on this. We did some network changes that had some side effects. Hopefully we will be able to resolve this issue soon.

Sorry for the inconvenience…

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To add onto Swill’s comment, in the meantime you can always book passes by using the trip planner.

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Quick question, from what i have been reading railsaver.com inst allowing us to buy tickets? i only ask because my trip mapped out would cost me 215$ in rail tickets but when i use the trip planner it charges me 300$. so i am wondering whats up with that?

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The suggestion for your trip is: Eurail 3 Country Benelux/France/Germany 5 Day 2nd Class Youth Select pass which costs $296. Where did you get the $215 from?

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Got that using railsaver.com Entered my cities Paris – amsterdam – berlin – prague selected trains/over night and find passes. It came up with 215$ but i wasn’t able to buy tickets. looking at the details it says i will be using 2nd Class Youth City-to-City Tickets.

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Cool, I see… City to city tickets are just tickets that you can purchase from the rail station. Apparently according to rail saver that would be cheaper than getting a pass. There is no need to purchase them ahead of time, simply when you arrive in Europe you can get them from the rail station agents.

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is there a way to confirm those prices? or buy them ahead of time? i dont want to end up there at the rail station only to find out that the prices were wrong and a pass would have been cheaper.

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Look at the national rail site links pinned to the top of this forum. Most have English options. Check the youth prices as if booking for travel today—to get a good picture of what same-day prices will be.

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Wow… thanks for this! It looks like I will save a lot of money buying city-to-city tickets. I’ll be traveling during the tourist season. Should I be concerned about trains being full? Will I be ok buying them the day we travel or should we try to buy them ahead of time? Now my biggest worry is communicating with the ticket agents!

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I’ll be traveling during the tourist season. Should I be concerned about trains being full?
Probably not. Trains are seldom completely full, and there’s usually another train in an hour.
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Will I be ok buying them the day we travel or should we try to buy them ahead of time?
I like to buy them at least a day in advance, but you can usually buy them up to 1 hour before train time — which means you should be at the train station about 2 hours early if you don’t already have a ticket. If you know you can buy the ticket from an automated kiosk, you can cut that to 1 1/4 hours.
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Now my biggest worry is communicating with the ticket agents!
With your itinerary it’s very unlikely that you’ll run into a single agent who doesn’t speak English. Besides, it’s easy to make yourself understood with pencil and paper. Just write date (European format, day/month/year), train number, time and destination. In Italy, the automated kiosks that sell tickets are very user-friendly in English.

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question- so 8 day pass means 8 days on travel, non consecutive right?

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Huss: Yes, 8 days means 8 rail days. That’s midnight to midnight on 8 days that you choose during a 2 month period. You mark the date in a box on your pass (European format, day/month/year not month/day/year) before you board your first train that day. A special “7:00 PM rule” means that most overnight trains only count as one day even though you depart on one day and arrive on another. You mark arrival day on your pass.

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thanks!!

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Can anyone explain the difference in one of th option at railsaver tool, whats the difference between Always railpasses and if less expensive at the preference part of the tool, i noticed the price went almost half if i choose if less expensive… I wonder why…hope anyone can help me understand thanks

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Railsaver allows you to choose a sort of travel style. You can choose “always” using a rail pass which calculates the rail pass (or passes) that will cover every single trip in your itinerary — even if that’s far more expensive than just buying point to point tickets at the station. Another option calculates the cheapest combination of rail pass and point to point tickets giving the estimated cost of buying point to point tickets for the trips it doesn’t cover. Option 3 is a kind of combination — covering each trip with the rail pass unless a specific leg of the trip is a whole lot cheaper if you buy a ticket.

All of this is an estimate based on the country and the travel distance. Railsaver does not look up the price of each specific ticket, but it uses a good estimate of what the ticket will cost in its calculations.

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I am trying to purchase tickets with the Railsaver link, but the page freezes.
Is there a problem? is it not working??

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Haven’t heard any issues… I’m clicking it now and it seems to work fine. Try again and let us know if you are still having issues…

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Both the old and new version couldn’t help me with the railpass I should pick because I mean to travel in more than 15 cities. I need to understand something- Is the global pass good enough for traveling in a country as well as across countries e.g; I want to go from Germany to Czech Republic, but I want to visit, Berlin and Frankfurt in Germany. Would the Global pass cover those 2 cities as well as across countries??
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Yes, a global railpass will cover trips within an individual country as well as trips between countries.

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As OL said, you don’t need to cross borders for a rail pass to be valid Smile

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Thank you both! I ordered 2 – 2 month global pass. Hope It’ll turned out to be a worthy purchase.

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Sasah going to leave some comments about this itinerary vs. Reality on your trip page.