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To buy an Interrail ticket or not??

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1. Posted by Mise x1 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hey everyone!
Ok i know this thread has been done
before,sorry!but was hoping there might be some new views on whether it's better to buy an interrail ticket or just buy the tickets from place to place??This day 2weeks I'll be starting my little adventure around eastern europe with 4 of my friends,our plan is:
Fly to Krakow then...
Krakow-Vienna
Vienna-Budapest
Budapest-Prague
Prague-Croatia(brac Island)
Croatia-Sofia(bulgaria)
Sofia-Athens
Athens-Corfu...thats the rough plan,just going to go with the flow mostly and see where we end up,any help much appreciated,cheers

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Well, you could try to buy the Balkan FlexiPass instead. If you can get it second class, it is much cheaper than interrail and gives you more time to travel.

In a German forum for interrail someone reported buying the Balkan Flexipass 2nd class in Belgrad at the train station for around 8000 serbian Dinar or 100 EUR. Reportedly you can also buy it at WASTEELS offices and putnicki travel agencies. The pass is valid for 15 days in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, and Turkey including Serbia and Montenegro.

http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/passes/balkan_flexipass.htm
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/passes/balkan_youth_flexipass.htm

A good way to save money without an rail pass is to take a train directly to the border, buy a local ticket across the border and buy a new ticket right after the border to the next border stop. This will save money because local tickets are generally cheaper than international ones.

3. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

Also Krakow-Vienna-Budapest-Prague-Croatia doesn't really make sense geographically, something like Krakow-Prague-Vienna-Budapest would be better. I think an inter-rail pass might be worth it if you decide not to get that balkan pass (which does sound like a good deal). For instance you're going from Croatia (I presume Zagreb) to Sofia, it would no doubt be cheaper to buy single tickets as t_maia described but for a journey like that it wouldn't be practical, it already takes about 17 hours to go from Zagreb to Sofia by a direct train so you don't want to add anything to that.