I'm going to travel around Europe this summer with a friend, and we plan to stay away for about a month. I wonder if anyone here has ever used the Interrail-ticket way of travelling and would be willing to give us tips? We would especially like someone to give us an estimate about how much the trip is goint to cost - therefore hopefully someone's made such a trip quite recently.
By the way - we're planning on visiting Belgium, France, Italy and Greece more thoroughly, while visiting the other countries mostly over-day.
So, anyone feeling up to answering our questions? Just say hi, and we'll fire away
Thanks in advance!
I did an interrail tour of Zone A (UK and Ireland) a few years back, and I strongly recommend that you either concentrate on one zone only or do both of them after each other. From your post you intend to buy a joint ticket of Zones E and G with a validity of 22 days, which is IMHO a waste of money. You can cover only so much in that time. (I travelled intensively with my interrail ticket, yet there is so much in the UK I haven't seen yet.) You would see more if you bought two interrail tickets - one for Zone G and one for Zone E, maybe with one day overlap in the validity for crossing the border.
Ideally you could fly to one of the bigger cities (Paris, Brussels, Istanbul or Athens) one week before your interrail ticket starts. You could do all your sightseeing there without loosing any days of your ticket.I did that with London, and I never regretted it. Of course, you can additionally let your journey end in an interesting city a few days before you have to fly out from there.
As for costs, you will need to take approximately 1000 EUR per month with you. That cost does not include the interrail ticket. Turkey will be cheaper than the rest of the mentioned countries, so you might want to concentrate on travelling there if you are on a tight budget. Greece may sound cheap, but it isn't. You have to pay extra for any ferry you use - and there are plenty of ferries in Greece.
It might be cost effective if you make a very detailed plan on where you want to go, how long you are going to stay in each country, what distances you travel when and where and then calculate Interrail vs EuroDomino prices, including possible cheap flights.
(FYI, the three-days EuroDomino pass for Switzerland is a steal if you take one of the scenic routes from north to south.)
I did some more digging and I found this:
It's the Balkan Flexipass, sold 1st class in the Putnik travel agencies of the Serbian Railways and the Wasteels-Rumania-office or online here:
Second class you can get them in Belgrade at the train station for half the price. If you skip Italy and just do Greece, it might be an alternative to the Interrail ticket.
Thanks for that! That gives us a lot to think about, it's nice to get someone elses input and tips this early in our planning process.
We were actually thinking of buying the 1 month ticket valid for all the countries, just to get the extra days. Maybe that indeed isn't worth it, since we anyway wanted to stay a bit extra in greece. Hence we could do as you say and arrive in Athens as the last point, so we could catch a plane home. Or would you consider it a good idea to buy the 1 month ticket, just to get those extra days of travelling? I mean, the cost for one more week is only 100 EUR...
I don't suppose you know a site or place where we could get our hands on timetables for those countries? I would love a table where we could see i.e. how often trains leave Paris - and how long the trip is to Nice, etc. Easier to plan if we know how long the trips take... Maybe anyone else reading this know of some site with that kind of info?
I did almost the same thing as you last summer. We got the months pass for all zones. We budgeted about 50 euros per day for accomodation and everything but I don't think we spent all of that money exept on one or two days.
Just PM me if you have any questions and I will try to answer them.