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1. Posted by Salnaish (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hello!

Has anyone travelled through europe on an inter-rail pass? Is it worth £440? That is, 15 days of travel within 2 months.....

We basically want to go nearly everywhere this pass permits, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Rebuplic, Germany, maybe Poland, France, Swizerland.

I have tried to look on individual websites for pricing information, as I hear that Eastern Countries can be dirt cheap.

Help pleeeese!!!

Thanks heaps

Sal

2. Posted by aliyoung99 (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

My experience of Rail travel in Eastern Europe leans me towards advising against purchasing an interrail pass. We travelled extensively in Hungary and the Czech Republic and the fares were very reasonable. I cant remember exact prices but you will spend less than £440! Now western Europe is different matter so if i were you i would buy a pass for just those western countries you want to go to?

Maybe look at missing out France and Switzerland?

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

I just wanted to add that Interrail passes are only for residents of Europe. And also the Interrail pass gives an unlimited amount of days for travel, so you must be thinking of the Eurail pass, right? Just to avoid any misunderstandings.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Has anyone travelled through europe on an inter-rail pass? Is it worth £440? That is, 15 days of travel within 2 months.....

Unless things have changed in teh last week, which I doubt, there is no such Interrail pass (on all Interrails, travel days are consecutive, and even for over 26 global passes, they aren't that expensive), so I also assume that you mean Eurail?

As a European, i've never had Eurail, but i'd say that providing you are using for a chunk of long distance journeys, and allot in North/Western Europe, then it will pay probably more than pay off. If you are mostly going to be in eastern or Southern Europe, then it possibly won't (and all East Europe it's unlikely to).

There is a rail pass checker somewhere online (or was, at least) that lets you put in sample routes and it will calculate the best pass and savings, but i can't find the link just now. It's probably something to do with Railkey though

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Ok, got it.

It's not as good as I remember, but try playing with itineries etc here http://www.railkey.com/tickets/railsaver.asp?AFF=KEY to see how close it will come to paying off.

And remember that the prices on the ground in Europe will generally be a bit cheaper than the ones that are in the database here.