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1. Posted by aoife63 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Myself and my friend are spending 2 weeks in Europe in August, we intend to start in brussels, go to paris, then berlin, then prague, then croatia and then back to belgium. its fairly basic and we need to spend as little money as possible on transport. would we be better taking buses as often as possible and one or two trains or getting a eurail pass? trains seem to be really expensive and we just cant figure out how to spend the least amount. also, we hope to spend 2 nights in Dubrovnik and then a few days on the coast of Croatia, does anyone know of a nice coastal village?

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 10y

Given the fact that you won't be travelling to a lot of places, I would probably give an educated guess that buying single tickets would be cheaper than a pass. This site will give you an idea of how much your individual tickets will cost, and then you can compare them to whatever pass you want and see what's more cost-effective.

Good luck!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

3. Posted by Caesar (Full Member 74 posts) 10y

Quoting aoife63

Myself and my friend are spending 2 weeks in Europe in August, we intend to start in brussels, go to paris, then berlin, then prague, then croatia and then back to belgium. its fairly basic and we need to spend as little money as possible on transport. would we be better taking buses as often as possible and one or two trains or getting a eurail pass? trains seem to be really expensive and we just cant figure out how to spend the least amount. also, we hope to spend 2 nights in Dubrovnik and then a few days on the coast of Croatia, does anyone know of a nice coastal village?

if you are used to bus travels or have a rather comfortable one to travel with ok, but i experienced that one time from northern italy to barcelona and i arrived there destroyed. Having rest is very difficult and count a possible company of goodfellas that break your peace at 4 am after you finally got to sleep a bit :)
I'd say yes, but for short distances. For two weeks it can be tiring itself, let alone going around and visiting

4. Posted by Pravasi (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

We took a overnight bus from Paris to London. The next day in London we were all groggy and couldn't enjoy sightseeing the whole day. Eurostar should have been better because even though cost upfront was high but staying and food charges for 1 day would have compensated. After all the prime object was enjoying.
Buses in general take more time and are not as comfortable as trains. With so many passes something must be suitable.

5. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

As far as Poland is concerned it is much better to take trains. Both bus and train are very cheap. I would take trains even if the price is a bit higher (not a real difference, both are really cheap!!!), they are faster and more confortoble.

In Belgium is more or less the same. Trains are slightly higher in price, but it's worth taking them. The train network in Belgium is huge, very eficient and frequent.

6. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

In Croatia you will find that there is a much more extensive bus network than rail. I went from Zagreb to Dubrovnik then on to Split all by bus and the journeys were amazing. You get to take routes that you wouldnt by train and some of the scenery was awesome. It was worth it just for that. The Istrian coast is a nice place to visit in Croatia, i went to Pula, but there are loads of nice little towns and stuff around. Is also on ur way back up from Dubrovnik - which i assume u know is absolutely miles down the coast, and whilst a nice place, nothing amazing that u cant get in Istria!

I also think your route is perhaps a little too travel intense and not enough places. Think you will be spending most of ur time on a train. Would make more sense to start off in Paris as you can go thru Brussels on the way to Berlin. Brussels to berlin as it is will take you the best part of a day on a train.

If it were me, i would cut out croatia, as to get from Prague down to Dubrovnik it will take you 76 hours on a train!! (http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?newrequest=yes&protocol=http:& - great site which has train times for all of Europe.)

I have travelled round Europe extensivly and know that 10 hours on a train causes a lot of stress and can really drain you. After spending 9 hours over night on a train from Amsterdam to Berlin i had to spend the next morning sleeping as felt so tired. Stick to place close together, i tended to pick an area, so west europe, or southern europe, as this way the places are closer together and you can see more.

Hope this doesnt seem too critical and if u have ne questions just let me know.

Nicola

7. Posted by kgbagent58 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I realize this thread might be old, but I just joined after a google search on brussels to berlin led me here. In any case, I traveled down the coast of croatia last summer and then took a flight from croatia to bratislava and a bus from there to prague (~5hrs). SkyEurope has some relatively cheap flights from dubrovnik and split to bratislava and a bus from there to prague is quite cheap, so you can probably do it the reverse way too. I made the mistake of booking my flight from split not realizing i'd end up in dubrovnik. That bus ride was 4 hours (i think) and about 100 kuna. I think the time you save getting down there by plane (if you really want to visit croatia) is worth it. You could also check to see if some other cheap airlines fly to croatia from somewhere nearby...

8. Posted by aoife63 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thank you very much for all the replies, we had no idea how long it would take to get to Croatia and we've changed our plan a lot since then, we're staying mostly where we have the language because we havent travelled a lot on our own before so we dont want to get lost or anything! also, our flights were much cheaper then we thought they'd be so we have some extra money for trains. We think we're going to get an interrailing pass and at the moment the plan is, Brussels to Paris to Berlin to Prague to Vienna to Venice to Brussels. Hopefully it will be easier to travel only between cities, we know we'll be doing a lot of travelling but we only have two weeks and we want to see a lot of places so we dont mind too much. I think Croatia was a bit ambitious for our 2 week plan! Thank you for your help, id love to hear any suggestions you have! we're trying to prepare quite well as we only have a day or two in each place

9. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Train can have more comfort than Busses. I just love travelling by train. If you need to buy tickets allways go to different sellers. Sometimes the prices are so much different.

For example: In Vilnius I wanted to take the train to Riga but the train only went next day so I had take a bus. I spend looking for allmost 30 minutes but after that I concluded that the cheapest ticket was a Ecolines bus for 31 litas (= € 9.-) and the most expensive was at Eurolines bus for 90 litas (= € 26.-).....

If you have a student card allway mention that when you buy tickets. If you do not have a student card but are under 26 years old just lie to them telling you just gratuated last month (june) and they will also give you a discoun !

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

hello. I have a bus ticket from Brussels to Berlin for tomorrow (22 September 2006) for 11 Pm (arrive to Berlin at 9 am 23 Septeber).
I bought it for 30 Euro and won't need it at all (10-15 Euro is a good price for me). If anyone is intrested, please wright me at ola.rez@gmail.com - i will come to the Brussels-Nord station to give you the ticket.
Olga.