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Train options - Eastern,Central Europe

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1. Posted by rosewood01 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi All,

I have been cehecking this site out for a few couple of weeks now and have found some great info on it, thanks to all those how have been sharing there experiences.

A friend and I are planning a trip through europe soon and were wondering about the best train options to look into.

Our itinerary is quite vague so far as we want to keep flexible. We were planing on flying into Poland and then travelling south via Czech, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and then into Croatia. After that we are not sure, may consider getting to greece or crossing over to italy and coming back via france/switzerland/germany.

I have been looking into eurail pass, but so far i have heard not so good things about them (not being able to get on trains and having to pay extra etc..I have also looked at the eastern europe pass option which sounds good for the first part of our journey, it would be good to hear from any people who have used this pass as i have not found much feedback on it. The other option is to buy point to point tickets or country passes but not sure the cost of these, any info detail this would be appreciated.

Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated as we are both new to rail travel through europe.

Thanks to those how have taken the time to read this...:)

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

In east europe just buy tickets at the stations ; it can be cheaper than a interrail or eurail passes. If you want to know wich trains to take check www.db.de (also in english). Also a nice train site is www.seat69.com

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

The eurail pass isnt all bad, esp for western europe, where trains are fairly expensive. For Eastern europe def go point to point as train tickets are mostly dirt cheap. In croatia, you will find the bus network more extnsive than the train one, with much nice scenery as you go. For western europe i would look into pass options as they often provide a very good deal. Its true, that you have to pay extra to reserve seats / take a night train / take a fast train (eg TGV in France), but on the whole, the amount ull end up paying by going point to point would still be more than the amount ud pay with a rail pass.

I went to western europe a few years ago and did the whole inter rail thing. We went in August, so peak season, but didnt have ne problems getting on the trains we wanted. The key is to book ur seat as soon as u get in a country. Dont wait til the day u want to leave as then u may have problems getting seats.