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1. Posted by -Charlie (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Are there train or bus passes you can buy for Asia/middle east that are like euro bus or Euro rail?
Thanks

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Unless it's with some organised tour I don't think so. From what I gather a lot of countries within these areas would have much tighter borders, only operate in their own currency etc.

Imo you'd be better off just working the passes out from destination to destination. Also remember that in countries that aren't as developed, you'd probably be paying a higher price if you were to book online instead of just doing this while you're in the country.

Erik

3. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Japan has JR Rail which is a pass for it's internal rail network... http://www.japanrail.com/

4. Posted by -Charlie (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Thank you for the help. We are planning to make our way from SE Asia down to Bali. How easy is it to find train, bus, ferry systems, down to Bali? Are taking flights just as cheap or more realisitic?

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

In Vietnam it was easy to get trains and buses, Cambodia was simple for buses, Thailand was simple mainly for trains, Malaysia was simple.

In Vietnam they had the Open tour bus which was where you paid $20US and got tickets from Hanoi-Saigon (or Vice Versa) and you stopped over at many places along the way which could mean 1 day or as long as you wanted. I didn't see any other signs of this sort of thing in any of the other countries in South East Asia I went to.

I'm not sure if Japan is on your list (not really in South East Asia) but if it is they have a great train system and do have a pass as DoA mentions. You do need to purchase that before arriving in the country though.

Not sure about the other areas before arriving in Bali, but if worst came to worst you could always get an Air Asia, Tiger Airways or Jetstar Asia flight from and to most areas in South East Asia for a reasonable price. The earlier you book the flights the better, but even leaving it until late the flights are still too expensive. If you book an Air Asia flight and get it on special you can get flights for the same sort of thing as Ryan Air in Europe 0.01 + taxes which could mean it would work out cheaper flying than overland, but you would then miss out on the adventures that come with overland travel.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 25, 2008, at 5:17 AM by aharrold45 ]

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

I bet if you start scanning the Asia forum on this site you'll find out all you need to know and more! Believe it or not, SE Asia has many facilities to accomdate tourists (Most of my friends don't even know where SE Asia is :( ) You're not going to find tourist bus/train passes in the middle east and if anyone does, let me know lol. They're often cheap though so it doesn't even matter. I figure that bus stops, etc., are not as well marked as they would be in Europe or SEA so you might have to work a little hard but that's part of the experience!