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could someone help me about travelling low costs?

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1. Posted by Couki (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 3 Jun '08 10:35

Couki has indicated that this thread is about Germany

I would like to know about travelling low costs between Lille (france, nord) and leipzig... train? fly? car? with special cards for it or not?
what is the best way to travel cheap? for example : car lille-berlin + train berlin-leipzig? or something else, another summ of many forms of traveling
I can't get prices and i have not find yet solutions on internet
Could you help me please?
thank you. ;)

2. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 3 Jun '08 12:55

I would check all options one by one:

1) flight: www.skyscanner.net , also in combination with bus, train and car
2) bus: www.eurolines.fr
3) train: www.bahn.de , www.tgv-europe.com, www.voyages-sncf.com
4) car: www.mitfahrzentrale.de

It would help if you could give some more information about your travel dates.

There are some special offers available for train travel in Germany. You could for example travel on a Saturday or Sunday to the German border (or to a big city close to it, say Aachen or Cologne) and then take the "Happy-Weekend-Ticket" to Leipzig. "Happy-Weekend-ticket" is 35 EUR and allows unlimited travel on regional trains throughout Germany, but it is very slow. It is so slow it might be worth it to travel to Aachen or Cologne the day before. From Aachen to Leipzig with regional trains is approx. 9-10 hours, normal fast train is 7-8 hours.

But bahn.de also offers a France-Special, it is 39 EUR from any point in France to any point in Germany so if you can get this special it is the better option. It is also possible to get a special for 29 EUR for travelling within Germany as long as you use the ICE train and book in advance over the internet with a credit card.

The normal, full fare train ticket for Lille-Leipzig is about 145 EUR, so this is quite a good deal.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 3, 2008, at 1:10 PM by t_maia ]