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

Hi there,

I am heading throughout eastern Europe in the beginning of September and have been looking into inter-rail passes. I am Australian residing in the UK and I know I am not eligible for a eural pass.

Is it worth buying a pass before hand, we will be doing about 12-15 journey's throughout Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech, Poland, Germany, Austria.....not really heading into romania, yugoslavia etc.

I've heard Czech, Hungary, slovakia, croatia are mega cheap for travel?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

In East Euro - its better to just buy point to point tickets - prob cheaper than the pass.

3. Posted by Nikolina (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y

Hi Sal,

I can inform you only about Croatia but it would be easier for me if you write which places in Croatia you are planing to visit.

But I also agree that it is better to buy point to point ticket.


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

Point to point is defintely the way to go, will work out cheaper for you than buying a pass. Something else to consider is that in craotia the bus network is by far more extensive than the train network, plus, you get much better scenery as you go.

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

I'm not long back from a month travelling around Eastern Europe,don't but a pass!we just bought our tickets as we went along and the most we paid was €38 and that was for our longest journey,we met some people along the way who had bought a pass and on top of that they were having to pay about €14 in some places to reserve there seat on the train,so ye definitely just buy tickets as you go along,
Enjoy your trip!

6. Posted by Sidewinder (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Info about Slovakia:

You can plan your route here - - but it is only in Slovak. Maybe this can you help:
Odkial(FROM), Kam(TO), Cez(ACROSS), Datum(DATE), Cas(TIME), odchod(DEPARTURE), prichod(ARRIVAL), bez prestupov(NO JUNCTION), s max. poctom prestupov(MAX. COUNT OF JUNCTIONS), Vyhladat (SEARCH).
This system will inform you about all infos, you need (price too).

Cheap accomodation can be booked here: ( Change your language at the top left corner - SK, CZ, EN, DE, PL, HU, NL).

More info about Slovakia can be found here:

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 30, 2006 12:43 AM by Sidewinder ]

7. Posted by Sidewinder (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Anyway - you are a little bit confused - you are going to geographical "Central Europe" (area, where lies Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Swiss and Czech Republic).

Before 1989, it was politically Eastern Block, but geographically Central Europe.

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9. Posted by Nikolina (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y

As well as Croatia...also not in eastern Europe:)

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

just got back and underneath the prices I have paid to get around:

A'dam-Berlijn: Transavia air v06:50 a08:00 : € 59 incl
Berlijn-Krakow: Train : v10:50 a19:30: € 39
Krakow-Warsaw: Train : v18:00 a20:15 : 90 zloty (= € 22.50)
Warsaw-Vilnius: Train : v07:10 a18:00 : 108 zloty (= € 27.-)
Vilnius-Riga: Ecolines bus: v14:40 a19:00 : 31 litas (= € 9.-)
Riga-Tallinn: Eurolines bus: v10:50 a17:00 : 7 lats (= € 9.-)
Tallinn-Helsinki: Superseacat boat: v11:00 a13:00: 400 kr (= €27)
Helsinki - Amsterdam: Blue1 air: v15:50 a18:00: €69.- incl