Hi. 2 of my mates and i are planning to go interrailing at the end of august for 3 weeks. we want to fly to amsterdam and then head off from there to paris berlin prague and into eastern europe, before flying back from a city out there. would this be possible to do all this in the time frame? We are planning a budget of £750 and plan on spending a couple of nights in each major city before catching another train on to the next city. are there any cities people could recommend in eastern europe and do people think that it is possible to do this? also i would be very grateful if people who have already interrailed could give us any tips. thanks a lot, mike x
we want to fly to amsterdam and then head off from there to paris berlin prague and into eastern europe, before flying back from a city out there
How far are you considering going into eastern europe?
Certainly I would consider Amsterdam-paris-berlin-prague achievable in 3 weeks, depending on what type of trip you are after. Going further into eastern europe might mean you are spending more time on the train than actually at your destinations, although if the thrill of the trip is being on the train then this may suit you. What kind of trip are you intending? (e.g. view the major tourist sights in each city, drinking/partying trip, see a certian type of art/architecture) Having a clear idea of what type of trip you want to do will help guide you as to how much time you will need and if 3 weeks will be enough.
If you want to travel, say, every third night, that would mean you can do about 7 destinations in 3 weeks.
Besides Paris and Berlin, I definitely wouldn't skip Vienna and Budapest. Krakow in Poland is also very nice, and I've heard good stories about Bucarest (haven't been there myself).
We would love to make it as far into eastern europe as Bucharest, stopping off at places like Krakow, Budapest and Bratislava. We were thinking of possibly spending around 3 nights in each major city before heading on an overnight train to the next place. The kind of holiday we're looking for is one where you see the main sights of each city but then also enjoying the different nightlife in each city. Our only worries are that we might not be able to make it so far into eastern europe as Bucharest because we are starting right in Amsterdam, and if we're taking enough money with us for the three weeks.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 14, 2008, at 4:11 AM by mspeirs ]
I take it you know the international train planner?
As a very general rule of thumb, an overnight journey takes you approx. 1,000 kms farther. That way, I guess you could at least do Berlin - Prague - Warszaw - Krakow - Budapest - Vienna. Bucharest may be a tad overambitious, you're right, unless you want to spend a lot of time on board trains.
As to money, €250 a week is tight, but if that doesn't include train tickets, it should be sufficient. Your most expensive destinations will be Amsterdam, Paris and Prague; count on €50 per head per day there, in eastern Europe you should get by on half that.
No i didnt know the international rail planner. thanks itll be very useful. We'd be travelling on £250 a week not in euros. so that will be a bit better i suppose. Bucharest probably will be a bit too far then but do u know whether bratislava is worth a visit? iv heard some good things about it. thanks for your help so far