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General Questions about Travelling Europe

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

Hello Everyone, I need some help in finding some information and also to maybe get some advice for travelling. I hope to be travelling to Europe in June 2007 and plan to travel all around the country for about 4 months. First I will start with what kind of transportation I should use. I'm leaning towards the train but I'm a little confused about what kind of train pass i should be buying to accomodate for about a 4 month period. Also with my trip we are trying not to make alot of plans to where we will go which day. It will be more of an adventure; but I definately would like to see alot of tourism destinations as well. If anyone can give any kind of advice for anything I might be interested in please reply!
Thank you so much!

2. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Maybe you should try and post in the Europe thread instead. I think you're more likely to get help there!

As for the train tickets, I think the InterRail card is valid for three months. Maybe you can use it for moving around first, and then find out along the way how you want to do during the last month? Especially if you don't feel like planning too much.

Good luck!

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

europe isnt a country. its a continent.

bet your american. hehe.

4. Posted by J-wal (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y says Canada right there plain and simple under the user name. You don't have to insult Americans. I am American and I saw that it says Canada..."hehe"

Edit: I just read in another thread that you are only 16. Forgive me for joking at your level and I shouldn't have been so rude. Just know that not all Americans are ignorant and uneducated.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 21, 2006 7:06 PM by J-wal ]

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Go for ground transportation, either by bus or train. It's reliable, fast (faster than flying, usually), and not too expensive. Also, flying places a much heavier burden on the environment; IMHO, it qualifies as irresponsible travel to fly routes that you can also feasibly do overland. Plus, there is the added advantage of some cross-cultural contact in the train or bus :-)

By the way, the Interrail ticket Snatterand mentions is called EUrail pass for non-EU-nationals.

Have fun, and keep your planning reasonable. Four months is a decent time span, but not nearly enough to see it all.

Niels (Amsterdam)

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

There aren't any really good trainpasses that are valid for so long. Your best bet would be buy several regional Eurail passes that connect to each other. Like a Spain-France Eurail pass for the first month, a Scanrail pass for the second and so on.


Another option is long-haul international bus travel ( and cheap budget flights (

BTW, I hope you realise that Europe is very very expensive. If you spend all your 4 months in Western Europe you'll need at least 8500 CAN plus flight tickets to Europe. This money will enable you to survive on social welfare level. If you want to spent less, you'll need to either concentrate on Eastern Europe or rent an room in a shared flat for a month and do day trips into the area.

BTW, please inform yourself early on possible visa issues. The maximum stay in the Schengen area is 90 days, so you will need to spent at least one month outside the Schengen zone.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 23, 2006 9:22 AM by t_maia ]

7. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

EURail is your best bet; I would also check out Easyjet and Ryanair's websites.

8. Posted by Gillis (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I'm brand-new here so I'm not up on the protocol re: courtesy among members just yet, but although my comment is a little off-topic, I would like to point out that I suspect Mackin is actually francophone (i.e. Quebecois), and probably knew perfectly well that Europe is a continent but simply typed too quickly and didn't proofread his/her post with an editor's zeal before posting.

My guess is it never occurred to Mackin that a friendly and polite request for info re: transportation would attract unproductive and insulting remarks re: citizenship.