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1. Posted by hyungsup (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hi I'll be traveling around europe from Frankfurt ending in London
Here is a map
http://netsoc.tcd.ie/~kimhy/europe.bmp
I'm thinking of buying a inter railpass or something....
Do you have any suggestions?

One more would it be cheaper to stay in skanky hostels?
Or would it be better camping?
I think it would be nice to camp in south of france....
I'm going with a girl, just a friend
If you sleep in youth hostels do male and female sleep together?
The one I slept had different rooms for both sexes

2. Posted by dchung3 (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

You have a few choices when it come to traveling around Europe; you can purchase a Eurail pass (www.eurail.com), as you know, an Inter rail pass, or you can fly via discount airlines such as EasyJet (easyjet.com) or Ryan Air (ryanair.com).

As for cheap accomodation; yes it's cheaper to stay in hostels, that's why most of the time they're not at the level of the 5-star hotel you have in mind.

And would it be cheaper camping? Yes, of course.

3. Posted by hyungsup (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Would you be able to use RER in france with inter rail pass??

4. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

hehe... well, if you really want a trip to remember, travel by bicycle... my mother and i proved that it IS possible to be out of shape and come home with leg muscles the size of texas!
(beware, though... muscle eventually wears off and turns to fat...)

haha sorry if this was pointless, and didn't help you whatsoever!!;)
lauren

5. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

The inter rail pass does, as far as i remember cover most national railways. However, i found that on the faster trains, such as the Thayls in France, you had to pay a higher supplement than on the slower trains.

Nicola

6. Posted by danielita (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

HI, I WOULDNT BUY THE TRAINPASS CAUSE U HAVE TO PAY SUPLEMENTS ANYWAY AND IF U ARE A STUDENT U CAN ALSO TRAVELL BY BUS WHICH IS MUCH MORE CHEAPER AND MOST OF THE TIMES THE DURATION OF THE TRIP IS MORELESS THE SAME.

IVE STAYED IN VERY NICE CAMPING SITES IN SPAIN BUT BASSICALY IN HOSTELS (SOME HAVE MIX DORMS AND OTHERS DORMS FOR GIRL OR BOYS) U CAN CHECK THATIN THE HOSTEL'S WEBSITE.

THATS AS FAR AS MY EXPERIENCE GOES.
DANIELA

7. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

the RER trains in france you can use without any supplement with your inter rail pass. at least the one from the airport to downtown paris and the one from paris to versaille was free. i just showed the pass and got tickets for free. even for my friends after showing up at different counters ..

have a good trip !

-m

btw the alternative with low cost flights i find to be good. but you dont have the gurantee to get these on every date. sometimes they are even more expensive. but if you are not in a hurry, you check online for flights and then you should be able to get a good bargain within a week.

8. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

forgot to tell:

the good thing about interrailing is that you can take night trains ( with a supplement you even get a bed in them ) and safe the night, so you dont have to pay your hostel for that night.
in general , you pay high supplements for the highspeed trains like TGV or Thalys. the thalys from paris to barcelone costs 59€ supplement which is quite high. but theres also running a slower train that is ok too and you pay just 2€ supplement for the reservation.
i think thats like anywhere in europe on the trains.
faster ones expensive , but u always have the possibility to take slower ones that are free or cost just a couple of euros.

moritz

9. Posted by Nicpearson (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hi there,
You can only Interrail if you're a European resident/citizen. You have to show your passport when you buy the ticket etc. If you're not a European then I think you can buy the Eurail pass, which works slightly differently from the Interail.
www.eurail.com will have useful information for you.

I had to pay a small fee to use the TGV in France, but it depends on whether you think the fee is worth the time saving you'll make. In Europe, I'd say rail was the way to go for crossing into different countries, but in many places (Spain especially) it can make more sense to take the bus to go fairly short distances.
Hope this helps!
Nic

10. Posted by el.moe (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

no u dont have to be eu citizin, but u must have lived at least 6 month in the eu.

in spain thats right, especially for travelling to the south bus is easier as by train you often have to go via madrid.

nevertheless the interrail pass is great experience. travelling by train is exciting and there are even some ferries included.

moritz