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1. Posted by rbrettg (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

okay so you are probably getting tired of my dumb questions by now but i just have another on hhehhe. I don't know If i should get a rail pass or not. Maybe just buy point to point tickets and airline tickets? or what? These are the travelling points i have. (arrive amsterdam, depart from paris)
okay.. so:

amsterdam-brudges-brussels
brussels-berlin
berlin-prague
prague-vienna
vienna-budapest
budapest-nice
nice-lyon
lyon-paris

I am taking plane from budapest to nice or budapest to geneva or budapest to milan and then to nice or something cuz im not liking the amount of time on that train.. but what do you think guys? point to points and flights or what? and if flights, what routes do u think and with which airlines?

I forgot to mention: the places don't necessarily have to be in the same order.

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

Point to point for me all the time! And trains vs plane - train wins out by far - better for the climate and you can meet poeple on the train and enjoy more scenery

3. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

see guideforeurope

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

There is no way we here will be able to do all possible research involving costs and possible travel dates. We can only help, first by giving you ideas and second by pointing you in the right direction.

It is your money, so I think you are the one who should do the research.

Places to start would be:

http://ricksteves.com/rail/rail_menu.htm
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/about_train_travel/perfect_rail_pass.htm
http://www.skyscanner.net
http://www.eurolines.com

My suggestions:

Amsterdam-Brussels: by train or by bus
Brussels to Berlin: either by train, bus or plane - use the train only if you got a railpass or a special offer, because it is likely the most expensive means of transport. Look into flying Amsterdam-Berlin too, as it might work out cheaper that way.
Berlin-Prague: train or bus - look for the special offers from Deutsche Bahn, available a few weeks in advance from www.bahn.de
Prague-Vienna: best option should be train, also look into buying a ticket Berlin to Vienna via Prague or a ticket from Prague to Bratislava.

Compare the prices:
www.bahn.de
www.cd.cz
www.zsr.sk
www.oebb.at

As for the cheapest way of train travel anywhere in the world, you should contact this guy:

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/b883d/

Look for his posts on VirtualTourist, he wrote several very comprehensive guides on "the cheapest way from Berlin to Prague" or "from Vienna to Budapest for the budget-concious"

(Sorry TP!)

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Based purley on probably number of cheap flight options, you might want to consider going Prague - Budapest - Wien and then flying out to Geneva/Milan/Nice (or Barcelona).

If you do decide to do it by train, then i'd also say do it that way its it avoids doubling back and makes more sense [Prague - Buda easy overnight or as a full day, Buda-Wien plenty of trains, Wien O/N to Zurich (or Venice) although this route is better in day due to alpine scenery. Then either Venice - (Milano) - Nice by day or overnight, or Zurich - Milano (for the scenery again of the alpine pass) then Nice (again, great scenery along teh coast between Genoa and Nice), or Zurich - Geneva then Nice (overnight)