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1. Posted by cherriez21 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi I want to travel by train round eastern europe in the summer but I have a few questions about interrail passes.

1 Do i need to go to the ticket desk and buy a ticket for every journey just use the pass for payment or is the pass the ticket too?

2 I heard that you could get 50% off travel in the uk to the nearest border but the uk doesn't border any country my pass will be valid for but could I use it to get to the airport?

3 Are there trains that it is not valid on how would I find out which ones? Anyone got any good websites?

4 Whats the deal with sleeper trains? Are they free? Do you have to pay? Do you get a discount? Eeek to much confusion

Any info would be great thanx

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

1. The Interrail is the ticket. However, for a number of trains in Eastern Europe (intercity/express in most countries etc) and for couchettes on night trains, you will need to get an extra supplement/compulsary reservation. They are only a few euros each, but can add up. If you pick your trains right, you can avoid them as well.

2. No. You can get 50% off your journey to the border of where your pass starts (eg Frankfurt /Oder on the Polish border, Cheb/Decin on the Czech Border etc), but not to the airport.

3. In eastern Europe, it is valid on all trains, but see my point in (1) about certain services requiring compulsary resveration/supplement. In virtually all cases, if you don't know, you can buy the supplement on the train, but you will pay more.

The interrail website has a section on supplements : here which should help

In addition, the German railways have a very good (and generally more accurate than the local ones) timetable engine at bahn which you can use to plan/check out journeys in advance.

4. The pass covers your travel ticket on night trains, and also seating accomodation. If you want a couchette, howevere [a couchette is a cabin with - normally - 6 bunks, which fold down to use as normal seats in the day, are almsot all mixed sex, and you are expected to sleep in your clothes, although pillow/sheet/blanket etc are provided] you will have to pay a few euros extra. Actual sleepers (in private compartments with "real" beds) are much more expensive, and rarely worth the extra cost, but an option as well.

Also - 2 things to note
(1) Train travel in Eastern Euorope is still generally very cheap, and it can ofetn work out cheaper to buy tickets as you go, rathern than use an Interrail. This also makes it easier for you to use some buses, which are often more frequent, quicker and as cheaper or cheaper (and in some places, such as to Dubrovnik, the only land option) for some journeys
(2) The Interrail system is allegedly going to be revised from 1 April. This may or may not make it better or worse. I would guess, because it normally is, that the tickets will become both more expensive and less helpful. This is a sadly ongoing trend, although I haven't heard specifics of this change yet. However, if you want to be certain of paying the existing prices for the existing products, you will need to buy before March 31st.

If you have any further more specific questions, just post here or feel free to PM me. I'm a very regular interrail user and have been for over 12years, so can probably answer most queries.

Good luck, and happy travels.

3. Posted by katerinagr (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hello!
I am also planning my first interail trip for this summer and the tips you gave are very helpful, thank you!
Also, I would like to add that the new interail tickets apply from April's 1st and i think that they will be really good because they apply in all zones and are "flexi" which means that you can have a valid ticket for 22 days of which you will be traveling only 10, so you can choose which routes are expensive and would better go on the interail ticket. I think they are a good choise, especially for eastern europe where the zones are too many and -in my situation-not well divided.
Anyway, you can find the new offers at this site: http://www.interrailnet.com/news_announcements.dhtml

Hope to hear from you soon! BB!

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

Anyway, you can find the new offers at this site: http://www.interrailnet.com/news_announcements.dhtml

Many thanks for that. Useful to see whats going to happen.

Astonishingly, they have actually done something beneficial for once, and without hiking the prices too badly, so i'm reasonably happy with the changes!

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

Thanks for the link, katerina!

Gelli, did you note that the new Interail now resembles the Euro Domino tickets? Does anybody have an idea what is going to happen now with these? I can still buy them through www.bahn.de, but when will they go bust?

Turkey for 119 EUR for 8 days in Adult second class is a bit off a ripp-off, btw. You most likely will not use it, as the train system is not that extensive in Turkey. Also note that train prices are usually cheaper than the passes, unless you want to take the Istanbul-Ankara-Expresi several times.

Also compare the prices:

For 3 days within one month with the Euro Domino ticket for Turkey you pay 33 EUR (Adult, second class). An additional day will cost you 11 EUR. So for 8 days with Euro Domino you pay 121 EUR.

With the new Interail you pay 49 EUR (Adult, second class) for 3 days within one month train travel in Turkey.

Confused? Yes, me too!

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

Gelli, did you note that the new Interail now resembles the Euro Domino tickets? Does anybody have an idea what is going to happen now with these? I can still buy them through www.bahn.de, but when will they go bust?

Yes and No. I had noticed, but have no idea what's going to happen to them! I am currently asking around to try to find out, but nobody at this point seems to know definitively or is saying (probably the former. These things normally change very quickly and without fanfare, meaning most agents will probably still be selling them after they have gone because nobody has trold them otherwise!). Eurodomino have long been an unheralded and underused ticket bargain for Europe, and if as i suspect it does go, i'löl ruew iot's passing, as i've used them extensively.

I hope that they will remain as they currently are, but sadly, and logically, i can't see it. The bredth, options and availability of passes has been steadily falling for years (as long distance train travel becomes less popular/viable due to many reasons, and especially now the rise in low cost airlines) and I think this is a kind of rationalisation where the one ticket will take over most options.

Have heard rumours that Scanrail will soon dissappear as well, probably to be replaced by a less friendly Interrail option, and they way it's looking now it's not even that much of a jump to see that Interrail will soon be amalgamated with Eurrail tickets. [Having said that, i had heard a couple of years ago that Interrail were going to be phased out completely within 5years, so it could all be part of that and soon there will just be the single ticket available for everyone]

I'll let you know as soon as i find anything out.

7. Posted by cherriez21 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Wow all this info. Thanx people loads of really cool stuff. Will definatly have to check out these new interrail passes and the Germans do have a wonderful timetable which I already had bookmarkedSo glad the sleeper trains are not too expensive. Happy traveling everyone :)

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

Gelli, did you note that the new Interail now resembles the Euro Domino tickets? Does anybody have an idea what is going to happen now with these

Somewhat later, but I have confirmed that the EuroDomino's are indeed no more. The new Interrail has supersceded them. There are good and bad points about this. Good: France, Italy and Spain which had withdrawn from the Eurodomino program are included here, meaning more options. Sadly, however, the Russian Federation currently isn't (although they should be soon - an agreement just wasn't reached on time, but hopefully this will be rectified soon).

9. Posted by RIG (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi, you appear to be an experienced interrailer, and i come seeking advice. My boyfriend and I hve booked flights to Poland and home from Croatia as we had been banking on the old interrail system and buying a 16 day pass for Zone D. We want to travel in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia. The new pass will i believe cost us £175, we plan to be travelling generally to a couple of cities in each of these countries, do you think it will be cheaper for us to simply buy train tickets or to get the pass for 22 days? Thanks in advance. RIG

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

The new pass will i believe cost us £175, we plan to be travelling generally to a couple of cities in each of these countries, do you think it will be cheaper for us to simply buy train tickets or to get the pass for 22 days? Thanks in advance. RIG

It depends how much you will be travelling and in which order. It can be cheaper to travel by point to point in Eastern Euorpe, espacially if you have a little bit of time to play with, or money is a concern. There are a number of ways to cut the cost down if that is the #1 priority.

If you are only going to maybe 5 or 6 places and spending a few days there, point to point will probably be a fair bit cheaper. If you are going to be travelling more (or less logically), you might well be better off with the 10 in 22day global pass.

Where are you going?