I, and 3 other friends, will be in Europe for 23 days in mid-June to mid-July. Our itinerary is as follows:
We will be traveling by train to each of these destinations. I first need some help choosing a rail pass. All of us are students and I'm worried we will still have to pay a lot of money once we get to each city. Can the Eurorail Global pass make metro/bus tickets cheaper in some of these cities? Secondly, I see a lot of travel sites advertise "International Student IDs". Are these necessary?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Have you considered flying? Doing all these cities by train is very exhausting and time taking. Nowadays there are sooo many low budget airlines, you can fly from Amsterdam to Londen for 20 euro or so.
Are you also gonna visit those cities by train in that exact order? You might be better off switching Paris and London.
Thanks for the tip and yes, thats the order because I will be starting in Geneva, Switzerland.. so that seemed to make the most sense route wise. I'll have to look into flights I guess, though I did want to do some parts via the rail system. My only reservations for that is it seemed most of the cheap flights took you far away from the major cities, so the money saved on the flight was lost on the transportation you had to find to get you into the city.
I think you can do big part of it by train.
Geneva - Paris, is a bit of an inbetween situation. I would pick whatever is the cheapest. From Paris to London, you should be able to pick up some of the cheaper tickets for the Eurostar (45 euros), if that's not possible than the other tickets will be more expensive (from 90 euro onwards), in that case I would suggest flights from Orly or Charles de Gaulle airport (try to avoid Paris-Beauvais (used by Ryanair), as it takes a long ride to get there).
For London - Amsterdam I would use a flight. I don't think a flight Amsterdam to Munich is possible on a budgetairline (might be possible at KLM or Lufthansa, which could be expensive). It's a pretty long ride, so check if a nighttrain is an option.
Munich - Venice is a scenic ride, but is also possible at TUIfly as a flight. In Italy I would use the train for the rest of the trip.
check www.bahn.de for timetables on train (go to International Guests for the English section), check www.flightassistent.com for checking which budgetairlines are available for your routes, and for direct links to those companies.