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1. Posted by thisisnicolac (Budding Member 3 posts) 32w

Hey :)
We are two girls age 22 & 23 wanting to go inter railing this June, for just over two weeks between the dates of 12th June and 1st July
We are from Belfast and can either fly from there or Dublin
We would like to go:
- South of France preferably Biarritz
- Italy - perhaps Milan / Venice
- & Croatia - Hvar

This is our first time inter railing and we could really do with some help of where is best to go / stay / what trains to get!
We can fly into Biarritz from Dublin and stay there a few days but don't know where else to go to in France as an in-between point before heading to Milan / Venice in Italy!
I find it very confusing to understand what is included in the inter rail price and which trains you need to pay extra for!

Please help
:)
Thank you,
Nicola

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 377 posts) 32w

Quoting thisisnicolac

Hey :)
We are two girls age 22 & 23 wanting to go inter railing this June, for just over two weeks between the dates of 12th June and 1st July
We are from Belfast and can either fly from there or Dublin
We would like to go:
- South of France preferably Biarritz
- Italy - perhaps Milan / Venice
- & Croatia - Hvar

This is our first time inter railing and we could really do with some help of where is best to go / stay / what trains to get!
We can fly into Biarritz from Dublin and stay there a few days but don't know where else to go to in France as an in-between point before heading to Milan / Venice in Italy!
I find it very confusing to understand what is included in the inter rail price and which trains you need to pay extra for!

Please help
:)
Thank you,
Nicola

Hello,

I think you first you need to get a sense of the area you plan to travel through.

This might help with that

Or the Google Maps - get directions section.

Type in a from, say Biaritz & a to say Milan & see what route suggestions pop up & what seems interesting to you.

The use the Interrail planning a trip . There is a button you can click to try to avoid using reservations.

I had a look at the Interrail website & it is indeed confusing as to what is included. My take on it is that just about any train is 'Free' as long as you do not have to reserve a seat. So high speed trains would be extra as most need reservations.

Once you have an idea of your route & number of days on each place, my advise is for you to ask for help from Interrail themselves Interrail Contact

Hope this is of some use to get you started.

Steve

3. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 377 posts) 32w

And The man in seat 61 is great for all things train

Steve

4. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 377 posts) 32w

The man in Seat 61 has a page dedicated to how the Interrail pass works

Steve

5. Posted by Antoine.K (Budding Member 3 posts) 31w

hey,
I live near Biarritz, so maybe I can give you some advices if you want.
I'll send you a private message with more information if you want to speak...
Antoine.

6. Posted by thisisnicolac (Budding Member 3 posts) 31w

Thanks to your replies
I have to admit Steve all your help was amazing as we spent hours looking through sites and some things you pointed us to just shortened everything down it was great!! Thank you!

As a bit of an update!! We decided (due to short duration) to stick to south of france
Nice, Toulon, Marseille, Montpeiller, Toulouse, & Biarritz!

Just looking for hostels now and plans of things to do and we are all set ! :)
Excited
Thank you for your help!!!

7. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 377 posts) 31w

Hi,

I think you are right to limit your plans a bit.

The South of France is indeed wonderful. If I could suggest you go just a little bit further beyond Nice and visit Monaco. And a side trip into the hills at Grasse. Whole hillsides covered in Lavender.

Since you now have your itinarary & are only going to be in France I am wondering if a Interrail is best for you or if there is a France only train ticket ( maybe, I don't know ) or if point to point advance ticket might be cheaper.

Man at seat 61 again & the bullet InterRail pass or normal point-to-point tickets?

Happy travels.

8. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 377 posts) 31w

Quoting hasbeen

Hi,

......

Since you now have your itinarary & are only going to be in France I am wondering if a Interrail is best for you or if there is a France only train ticket ( maybe, I don't know ) or if point to point advance ticket might be cheaper.

Man at seat 61 again & the bullet InterRail pass or normal point-to-point tickets?

Happy travels.

Man - that is even more confusing than Interrail & a lot harder than booking trains in england.

But - this might give you an idea of point to point costs....

Write a blog on TP of your travels when you get back & send me a link.

Steve