I'm at the very early stages of planning a 6 month trip around Europe. I've heard loads of people say that you can buy rail cards for extended jounies but as of yet have only been able to find tickets valid for 1 month. Does anyone have any suggestions...??
Nicola x x
I found this site what might help you to get through Europe by train.
The 8 INTERRAIL zones
Your InterRail pass lets you travel freely in 2nd class on your selected network/s. Select from 28 European networks, the Moroccan network and the Turkish network. All these networks are divided into 8 different zones:
Zone A Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland
Zone B Finland, Norway, Sweden
Zone C Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland
Zone D Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Zone E Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Zone F Spain, Morocco, Portugal
Zone G Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey
sea routes Brindisi-Patras, Ancona-Patras and Bari-Patras
Zone H Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Yugoslavia
Prices in euros valid from 01/04/2005
Pass for Validity
InterRail -26 InterRail 26+ InterRail -12
1 zone 16 days 195,00 286,00 143,00
2 zones 22 days 275,00 396,00 198,00
8 zones 1 month 385,00 546,00 273,00
The InterRail Pass:
is registered in your name and cannot be transferred;
is only valid in 2nd class on the selected zone networks*;
entitles you to a 50% reduction on the journey approaching the zone/s you have chosen.
- passengers living in countries other than Belgium cannot travel free of charge in these countries, even if they already have passes valid in the zone to which their countries belong.
The InterRail pass can only be reimbursed if it is unused and is presented before the 1st day of validity. A partly used or lost pass will not be reimbursed or replaced.
In some cases, however, you will have to pay a supplement: to travel first class (except in the Asian part of Turkey);
for nighttime comfort (sleepers);
to use certain EuroCity or high speed trains such as:
- TALGO, AVE and Euromed in Spain;
- EC/IC in Germany, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania;
- TGV in France;
- ICE and ICE-Sprinter in Germany.
Holders of InterRail passes valid for zone E can travel by Thalys, Eurostar and TGV by purchasing a ticket at the "Pass" rate.
Holders of InterRail passes valid for zone A can travel with Eurostar by buying a ticket at the "Pass" rate.
Find out in your local station before boarding the train!
Well,this counts when u buy this pass in Belgium but this is to give you an idea about zones and prices.
Go to Eurail.com. Largest ticket is 3 months for $1,075 USD for a youth (under 26, youth passes valid in 2nd class only), or 3 months for $1,408 USD for anyone over 26.
Eurail.com isn't going to help European residents any though. Same for residents of the Russian Federation, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, or Tunisia. Only those not residing in Europe are eligible for Eurail passes.
Ooops! Pay attention Evan!