Im planning europe for 3 months, the only problem is that the list of destination cities are quite large (and still have plenty of days left over). I am having troubles actually planning transportation between them. So I am asking advice from people who may have already backpacked and traveled around most of europe. How did you get around? Did you buy tickets while you were there (plane/train/bus)? or did you preplan out the methods of transportation between each city and calculate it as such? Im at the point of planning of just buying an unlimited 3 month train pass but of course ive heard some horror stories about those and how they are scams & etc. Any help with being able to construct a plan would be excellent. Also any tips if I have to resort to the train pass would be excellent as well. Thanks for your time.
I have backpacked through europe twice. I bought a rail pass for my first trip and on the second I bought mostly air tickets and point to point train tickets. If you want your trip to be totally free and spontaneous I would simply buy a train pass. However, If you are going to plan your trip out in advance then I would look at air travel and sprinkling in some train tickets or a shorter pass. You want to buy air tickets in advance so you get the best deal.
I used a railpass. I don't really like to plan my trip too precisely. I'm actually heading back over this Spring and I have a list of places where I want to go but that's all, no routes, no itinerary for me. I'll decide all of that when I get there and trains allow me to do so. I don't mind flying in Europe, but usually you'll have to get tickets a couple months in advance if you want a good deal. I only fly when the distance between cities is rather far. Would it be possible for you to list the countries/cities that are on your 3 month list?
Train travel is brilliant! Its part of the fun and meeting local people. Buy point to point. If you are in the Baltics use buses.
consider coach travel too, you can get many coaches over night so it saves money on hostels and you can sleep on the way and cover distance whilst catching a few zzz's!