When i travel across Europe by rail i intend to find somewhere to when i turn up (apart from very 1st night, booked in advance)
Any tips on the best way to do this? I'd be looking for hostels or low budget hotels.
Should i research in advance or? Can anyone please let me know the most effiecnt way of finding somewhere when i arrive at a train station.
Thankyou all very much.
You might want to have a list of sites that list hotels and hostels and just check them out when you have decided where your going. Make a list of the hostels that look good and check them out when you get to your destination. That's what I did.
Sites that have reviews are better than sites that don't....
I used the HI hostels a lot cause they are pretty reliable.
Travellerspoint has a good list of cheap hotels. Try bugeurope.com or hostel.com for hostels. Those sites have reviews on most of the hostels.
Tourist informations offices are very often at or close to the train station. The staff there can sometimes point out some hostels....
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2008, at 4:33 PM by angela_ ]
I've always used www.hostelworld.com to book hostels. I'd say you should definitely book your first night at the least before traveling. Almost all hostels have the internet available so you'll be able to book the rest of your trips. I'd choose this option rather than showing up with no contacts. Some tourist offices are near train stations, others are not. The staff @ the train stations don't always recommend the best hostels, just the ones they know of. Others just don't seem to know anything about hostels....
i reckon you should have a loose schedule and have few things booked, esp if ur travelling in the summer... youll find it hard to find things that arent booked out or MEGA expensive becauase of the peak season... and it sucks to drag ur crap around to find a hostel when youre tired and just wanna have a shower and get in bed lol
Check out the "Hostels" section of www.eurotrip.com. It has hostel reviews from people that actually stayed at those hostels. It will give you a feel of what to expect. Hope this helps.
There are some places in Europe where you run the risk of there being no beds if you turn up on the night - so be a bit careful!
Thankyou for all the replies.
What countries do you recommend booking in advance?
Also final question... does anyone know what station in berlin i'd arrive at if i came from amsterdam?
most likely berlin hauptbahnhof (central) as they have specials from amsterdam to berlin...
amsterdam you need to book in advance for sure ESP in summer otherwise you WILL NOT get anything, and if you do itll be horrendously expensive...
Hostels in the Scottish Highlands between Mid-July and end-August, booking definitely required.