Hi, I'm planning a trip throughout Europe from Dec 16-Jan 14... we are arriving in London and planning on taking trains between England, Netherlands, Germany, and France. I've been reading about the Eurail passes and Inter-rail passes and etc, but its all so confusing, and I'm not sure exactly what would be the best bet on a tight budget. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice that would help me out?
Thanks so much.
I apologize.. this should have been under a diferent category...
didn't realize. *embarrassed*
Well, it all depends upon where you go and when. Interail is for European residents only, so you will end up with Eurail.
Rick steves has some excellent tips:
There are some cheaper deals than Eurail, but they need some heavy finagling and are usually very specific (ie a ticket that is only valid on Tuesdays for a certain unpopular route that a friend of yours need to buy in Hungary.)
Eurail might be expensive, but it gives you freedom and a lot of flexibility. It is also often a lot cheaper than point-to-point-tickets.
If you are under 26 and travelling in a group, go with Youth Passes and Saver Passes.
Check out seat61.com. The gentleman who started the site knows ALOT about the specific trains, costs, and any hints or advice for train travel through Europe.