My family is going to travel in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Alsace France this March. We have chosen those places because we have friends in all but Czech Republic. We have our plane tickets already, but are investigating our rail options. We will arrive in Frankfurt, and take the train to Berlin, where we will stay with friends for a week. Together with our friends we will travel to Czech. From Czech we travel to Vienna where we have a friends apartment for a few days. Then we take the train to visit a friends family's winery in France. The village is Eguishem. Our whole trip is going to be amonth long.
From what I can tell, it seems like we should get a 3 country Eurail pass for France Germany and Austria, and pay for travel in Czech as we go. Does that seem right?
I have some questions about getting around in Alsace. Are there busses or trains in the small villages? Should we rent a car for the French part of our trip? Also, it seems like we should go to Paris since we are so close...
Any advise or input you have would be greatly appreciated and helpful.
Alsace is well connected on the public transport network. For foreigners it is sometimes hard to find out local buslines. But I am sure that the locals will help you out. If you want to go to Paris. Just take the train from for example Strasbourg.
If you do not intend to use the train everyday, look at the prices for the train trips you intend to take. For some people it is cheaper to by p2p tickets instead of using Eurail.
Calculate the price of one day on the Eurail ticket you have choosen. Is it cheaper or more expensive than the train ticket you would need to buy?
Sites where you can check the prices are www.bahn.de, www.oebbb.at, www.sncf.fr and www.cd.cz
Also Rick Steves got an ecellent guidebook to Eurail passes.
Thank you both so much for the responses. I will definitly check out those sites you reccommended, and I'll keep you posted.
when i travelled from berlin to prague, and then from prague to vienna, i found it was cheaper to buy a czeck-flexi pass. buying that one pass made more sense than buying two p2p tickets. however, if you're going to be there for more than a few days, the pass wouldn't make much sense.
i was just studying in strasbourg this summer. if you're there, it's easy to get to other places in france and germany via train. however, we also found that transportation around the alsace region was rather complicated. while i'm usually opposed to renting cars when you don't have to, that's actually what we ended up doing.
I just want to ask, about the Eurorail pass. How many jorneys would u take with it. It may be cheaper to buy individual train tickets.
Sometimes u can get very good bargins, if u book in advance, which u can do with your credit card, on the internet, for some countries.
I got a bargin ticket, from Munich to Hamburg, for March. It costs only 29 euros, each way. If u are flexible about your travelling and book in advance, u can get these bargins.
Also, flying is worth considering. I flew, from Munich to Madrid, for 29 euros each way, including all taxes.
Rick Steve's guide was soooo helpful, clear and thorough. Also those other sites are great for research too. Thank you.
We will arrive in frankfurt, travel by train to berlin stay for a bit, travel by train to Prague. We plan to stay in or around there...maybe needing to travel by train or bus for a day. Then we travel to Austria and plan on a day of travel if not two day trips. then get to Eguisheim however we can. It sounds more like we might need a car for that last leg...I get really nervous about not being in control with two children...
thanks for all of your responses, it's really great.