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1. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 9y

Can anybody tell me a web site where I can easily find and price rail journeys on Eurail? I want to be able to calculate if it is cheaper to buy a pass or buy tickets as I need them. This is easy to do with Amtrak where the travel times and prices are shown on the same page.

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I've got the EU rail timetable in PDF format if that's any use to you. PM me your email.

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Or if it's just the prices that you're look for, check this site and look at the product overview section, bottom left.

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

This is difficult to do. Rail prices in Europe and Asia are a science in itself, far more complicated than even flight tickets. This is especially true for international tickets. For a good estimate use Rick Steves' map and his sites on the individual countries or use the international ticket calculator at www.jizdenka.cz. Jizdenka is fairly accurate, give or take 3% of cheapest available normal ticket price, but it has its limits. It does not give special prices for fast trains, even if this is all that is is available on a certain route. It also cannot cover journeys involving more than 2 countries.

If you want to have the normal prices you need to go to the national train sites of the countries you want to travel in and do some real work there getting the prices and possible connections.

www.bahn.de - best search engine for international connections
www.sncf.com
www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html
www.renfe.es
www.sbb.ch
www.ns.nl
www.oebb.at
www.b-rail.be

For information on special deals and offers and for help comparing pass vs individual tickets you'll need to post your travelling schedule here in the forum. I know I and others compared the Germany-Benelux Eurail pass vs individual tickets here several times here for planned trips within the last few months. In all cases we came to the conclusion that it wasn't the cheapest, that using all options to save money not buying the pass would work out cheaper. But these options cost the traveller some flexibility and comfort, so it came down to individual decision.

See one example here:
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=41703

For some other money saving ideas and an intro into the rail tariff system:
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/b883d/

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 5, 2007, at 2:02 PM by t_maia ]

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Eurail pass is of use only when u intend to cover vast distances on train in a singe day, then its value for money. I have recently purchased a 6 day pass for Austria and Germany costing around 260Euros

Arif

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 5, 2007, at 2:32 PM by arif_kool ]

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

Quoting arif_kool

I have recently purchased a 6 day pass for Austria and Germany costing around 260Euros

Which is a waste of money if you are going only Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Vienna plus local trains in Vienna. At 260 EUR the pass is 44 EUR per day and thus should only be used for journeys costing more than 44 EUR each.

Individual tickets:
Vienna-Innsbruck 52.10 EUR.
Innsbruck-Salzburg 33.80
Salzburg-Vienna: 43.40
Local trains: about 30 EUR
Total: approx. 160 EUR.

Conclusion: The pass is would only worth it if you were going Vienna-Innsbruck-Munich-Hamburg-Berlin-Vienna.

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Thanks t_maia for ur response :)

But since i am covering cities in Germany too it is value for money .

I will be based in Marburg since i have been provided accomodation there. I intend to vist Koln from Marburg, visit the cathederal and then take a train back to Bacharach before embarking on a Rhine cruise to Mainz(This is free for Eurail Pass holders), then from Mainz i return back to Marburg late night. This trip totals to about 100 euros.

Once im in Austria i intend to leave Vienna early in the morning to reach Salzburg well in time so that i have entire day and return back to Vienna late night. This would cost around 88 Euros.

In 2 days itself i would have utilized 190 euros, so for the remaining 4 days i have 70 euros left which works out to be
17.50Euros per day:). I think that much value i can extract in the remaining four days out of my pass.

Just wanted to ask u one thing, can i use the subway/metro/trams in Austria since i have the pass for Austria:)

Cheers
Arif

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

Quoting arif_kool

I will be based in Marburg since i have been provided accomodation there. I intend to vist Koln from Marburg, visit the cathederal and then take a train back to Bacharach before embarking on a Rhine cruise to Mainz(This is free for Eurail Pass holders), then from Mainz i return back to Marburg late night. This trip totals to about 100 euros.

Well, it does total to over 100 EUR if you calculate with regular prices for ICE trains. But if you went go on a Saturday or Sunday with SWE ticket (see http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=41703) the price for the above trip would be 33 EUR plus cost of the Rhine cruise. And yes, it is possible to do so without being greatly inconvienienced as you'll be taking local trains for 60% of the journey anyway. The difference in time for the whole trip is maybe 2-3 hours alltogether.

Bus from Frankfurt to Vienna is 51 EUR one way and 98 EUR return btw. Much cheaper than the train. See http://www.touring.de

Don't you now want to calculate the cost of the railpass over again?

9. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

thanks:)

I know that the rail passes are a bit expensive but since im short of time and i have to cover lot of places in a day, convenience was my primary concern and hence i went for the pass. since i need to change trains at many places enroute the Koln cathederal and Rhine cruise and return back the same day, it would be convenient for me to board any train that comes on the way be in ICE/EC/RB without worrying for the fare.

I am leaving today itself and i just want to know whether i can board the metro/subway/tram in Vienna on the basis of my Eurail Pass

cheers
Arif

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

No, local public transport is not covered in the Eurail pass. Local trains like the S-Bahn are, but not metro (underground), tram or bus. Reason is that S-Bahn is owned by OeBB (or DB in Germany), the buses, trams and metro by the City of Vienna though Wiener Linien. And with your railpass from OeBB and DB you paid only to use only the local trains, not for the whole local transport network.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_S-Bahn
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_Linien