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HELP: Confused about Rail passes

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1. Posted by echin (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

i'm currently working in England and planning to travel in Europe for around 3months (Oct - Dec 08), but haven't come out with any itinerary yet. Basically my aim is visit as many countries as possible with a low budget.
i would prefer train as my main transportation for the trip.
But when i reseach on internet, just got so confused about those rail passes that available.

What are the differences between Eurail Global and InterRail Pass?
Has anyone used those pass to travel in Europe? Do you think the pass is really useful and worth the money?
Pls kindly share some experiences (on using those passes) with me.

Thanks!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

You're not entitled to Interrail; you have to buy EUrail. It's basically the same thing, only EUrail is more expensive and includes fewer countries.

Whether or not buying one is useful really depends on how much and in which countries you intend to travel, and in which period. The best thing you can do is sketch a coarse itinerary, calculate prices based on tickets purchased separately, and then see whether there's a EUrail pass option that comes out cheaper. It's a lot of work, but the only way. The price variation for national railway transport in Europe is huge, so there are no general rules in this area.

[ Edit: Edited on May 6, 2008, at 3:31 AM by bentivogli ]

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

If you are working in the UK, you are a UK resident and thus entitled for Interrail. (Bentivogli overlooked this, I think.)

Note though that the 3-months global Eurail pass is cheaper than a 3-month global Interrail pass, so you might try to buy the Eurail pass with your Malaysian passport.

To figure out whether the passes are worth it you need to calculate the cost per day of train travel and compare that to your intended trips. The 3-month Eurail pass works out to a cost of about 10-20 EUR per day. This makes it only a good investion when you travel on average at least one hour each day by train.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

you're not automatically a UK resident if you're working there, Maia... or are you? I thought it depended on the time you spent there, which must be 6 months minimum at the moment of buying Interrail.