Hi I'm planning a trip for myself and 3 friends for 5 weeks to Europe and we've tentatively picked out those locations. We'll be coming from Sydney so we'll go to London first and get to the other cities by either Plane/Train. I'm not too sure which modes of transport would be cheapest/convenient to take between the cities. This is what I've come up with so far by looking at maps
London -> Paris (Train)
Paris -> Nice (Plane)
Nice -> Madrid (plane)
Madrid -> Venice (Plane)
Venice -> Rome (Train)
Rome -> Athens (Plane)
So if anyone could recommend a better route/or transport to take please let me know. Also which is the cheapest airlines to take around Europe? Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!
So far so good!
-Between London and Paris, the train is 100% the fastest, but it can still be pricey. Its a unique expirence to ride the "Chunnel" for almost an hour!
-Easyjet flies between Paris Orly and Nice. That is a cheaper, and quicker alternative to a 5+ hour train ride.
-Between Nice and Madrid, the cheapest option is Ryanair (uuuggghhh) out of Marseille direct to Madrid. Marseille is about an hour train ride west of Nice. Iberia is also an option direct from Nice, but that will be expensive
-Between Madrid and Venice, the BEST choice is 100% Vueling! I flew them last Nov between Barcelona and Rome. The planes are new and you dont feel like a sardine. They also opperate out of main airports and airfares are very inexpensive
-The InterCity train between Venice and Rome is about 4.5 hours and should cost around 40 euros...very due-able
-Aaannnd finally, the cheapest way to Athens from Rome would be Air One, an Italian low-fare airline. They opperate the route direct from Fuimicino. Alitalia and Olympic are also alternatives, but they may be a bit more expensive....worth a look.
I hope this helps. I'm a pretty big dork when it comes to airlines
Another option between Rome and Athens might be Aegean Airlines (just compare them with Air One, which is basicly a Lufthansa partner, and see which is the cheapest)
For the Eurostar you want to reserve some of the 45 euro seats, if that's not possible than consider of the available flights, to Paris-Orly of Paris-CDG (don't even think about chosing a flight to Beauvais) http://revolutionmusic.eu/flightassistent/countries/uk/londonall.html
@rborzillo, you are not a dork, you are spot-on.
[ Edit: Edited on May 11, 2007, at 2:56 AM by Herr Bert ]
Thank you so so much for your help!! If would have taken me ages to figure all that out on my own!