I am doing a three week backpacking trip through Europe in late April / early May and will be using a EuRail travel pass for the primary means of transportation. As I am unfortunately on a fairly tight schedule, I am wondering if it is worhtwhile making reservations on EuRail or is there usually enough space available for simply walk-up type bookings. It is expensive to make the reservations from North America so before spending a couple hundred dollars in reservations I was looking for opinions from people who had experience with this?
I work for Eurostar at Waterloo International where a lot of people who have the Eurail Passes come throught the ticket office to purchase various tickets to Paris,Lille Europe&Brussels and then from there buy other tickets to other cities of Europe.In my experience you're coming to Europe late April so there won't be many holidays in Europe,you would have missed Easter by that time where there's a school holiday so yeah i'll wait if i were you til you get here.Save your money and book your tickets as you travel. Happy Travels...Let me know if you need any schedule on trains in europe or just go to: www.raileurope.co.uk
Thank you very much...this will be my first backpacking trip as well as my first time to Europe, so lots of firsts. Thank you for your help and I look forward to having a great couple weeks travelling across Europe.
i am also travelling to europe but from the 19th of november till the 21st of december. I will be travling from london to (eurostar booked) paris-lucerne-venice-brescia-turin-cinque terre-florence-rome. Would i need to book here in australia before or can i leave it till when i get to london? Is it possible to make reservations in london for the train trips in europe- would that be cheaper? Also which would u recommend booking?
i travelled around europe and eastern europe early this year. had a rail pass and for bookings on trains just went to the station the day before i was leaving somewhere and booked a seat. never had a problem
That's good to hear, I think i am going to book the first couple just to get myself started, then simply the book the others as I arrive in each city. Here is possibly a stupid question for you. Once I arrive at the train station, I am assuming you still need to check in at the ticket window to let them know you've arrived? It sounds like from some other messages that you just get on the train then the ticket person comes throught the train to make sure you have a proper ticket.
I have no doubt I will find out when I get there, but anything that can help prevent any little problems is appreciated.
no u dont need to go and tell them your there u just get on the train and just show your ticket to the guard.
Most long distance trains in Europe require reservations, especially the international ones; last-minute availability in my experience is usually veeeery limited, esp. on trains from Holland to Germany; within Germany, France and Italy (my travel experience by train doesn't go much further than those countries), the situation is much better. Also, international desks on dutch train stations work nerve-wreckingly slowly, so if you have an opportunity to book online in advance, it's all the better.
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 14, 2006 3:52 AM by bentivogli ]