Hi, Im planning to interrail through Europe in july with the one month global pass. I am totally inexperienced and worried at the prospect of this all going wrong as it was my idea! There are seven of us, starting in Amsterdam, we hope to get to Paris to Biarritz to Barcelona to Rome.
We still havent worked out where we want to finish up, there was talk of getting to Germany from Italy but i don't know how easy it is to that by train and how long it will take. Personally i'd rather stay longer in these places getting to see the sites and actually have a good time rather than being on trains the whole month.
Does anyone know how long it will take to get from Barcelona to Biarritz? am i right to think that it will be difficult getting out of Italy and up to Germany by train?
We are going to stay in hostels mostly and have looked at a few campsites too, any opinions on campsites are welcome as i don't know what to expect of them.
any advice from experienced travellers, esp. interrailers would be much appreciated before i lose my mind!
Germany-Italy by train is easy to do, there are several trains leaving from Munich to Italy each day. Same goes for the other direction. It only gets difficult when you got a bike with you or want a place in a popular overnight train (Florence-Munich on a weekend for example).
If you intend to stay mainly at hostels don't drag a tent with you - it will be a dead weight. If you take a tent and camping gear better stay at camping sites all the time. Or have you been looking at www.plusvillages.com and mean their house tents when you talk about camping sites?
Thanks for that, I Hadnt heard of plusvillages and just checked out their website, looks very good. Think your right about the tent thing, maybe i'll just let the boys take tents if they want . i'd rather stay in hostels anyway. cheers!
No need to stress. Europe is generally a pretty easy place to travel. I agree though.. don't bother bringing a tent as a lot of campsites are almost as expensive as hostels and a tent weighs a lot when you have to drag it around evrywhere with you! Since you're 7 people travelling together I would recommend that you phone up the hostels to book beds before you arrive. If you travel alone or only two people it's usually not a problem just turning up with no advanced bookings!