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Visiting Europe in Feb - by Train or by Plane

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1. Posted by voken (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I am planning a trip to Europe starting on Feb 1. I am flying from NY to London. And from here what'z the best to way to cover a few of European countries, viz., France, Italy, Greece ?

I checked "Eurail", seemingly a better option with a "Eurail Selectpasses" with a 7 day 3 country pass for $720 for 2 people.

Just wanted to know if this "Eurail" thing @ $720 is really convenient (price & comfort & convenience wise) or is it better to fly around, with flight tickets in their lowest possible range during the winter season (I checked ryanair.com).

Did anybody tried out this Eurail option ? please let me know.
Based on the responses, i'll be blocking my tickets tonight.
Thanks,

2. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

Hiya Voken,

London is an excellent base from which to start visiting Europe. It is linked to dozens of cities on the continent by a number of budget airline companies (e.g. Easyjet, Ryanair, Transavia, Air Berlin). Alternatively, you can take the boat.
I am not a fan of Eurail myself, because I prefer getting a more in-depth impression of a country. While travelling by train one tends to visit the larger cities only, which may well not be representative for the entire nation. Except for Monaco, of course.
$720 is a lot of money for just one week. Moreover, one week is awefully short to visit three countries! Most of the European countries are too big or offer too much to visit to cover in one week.

I hope this is useful to you! :)

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4. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

I agree with reinier,

London on it's own and perhaps just crossing the channel and go to paris, is worth doing in 7 days, at least if you want to see the nice things, and not just the main tourist things.

For that you won't need a eurorail, that would be indeed quite expensive, altough taking the eurostar, you would pay 100 euro or so, just for a retour ticket I believe. But all the fast trains, you need to pay a lot extra money, seeing you only have a week, don't do it. It's too expensive.

and do remember that some budget airlines, charge a lot for airport tax.

5. Posted by voken (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thanks, Reinier. What you said is true...I am dropping off the Eurail..its turning out to be expensive. Planning to stay in London for 5 days and and fly down to Rome. Ryanair is taking me to Rome for just 15 quid one way. Planning to spend 6 to 7 days in Italy and back to London and since I have a Schengen visa might goto Paris just for a day to just see the Eiffel tower alone.
Now I am looking at ryanair and easyjet to see how I can fly around in Italy. Thanks again.

6. Posted by voken (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Is there a site on Internet where I can get a downtown map of Paris and also Rome, Venice. Streetwise map with places of interest should do. thanks.

7. Posted by karen1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

But I thought the 7 days do not have to be 7 consecutive days. They are just 7 midnight-to-midnight days.