I have a month or so in August/September (next year) and I like the idea of using the global Eurail pass. So yes, its a long way off but I like to plan things WELL in advance (its habitual).
I'm not really hugely worried about organising a route yet...but I was really wondering about the cost. I've got myself a job, which pays relatively well, but I need to put most of the money away for University. I also need to put a fair chunk towards going to South Africa next year.
Thus I need a sort of target. The pass itself costs just under £400 but I understand there are reservation costs and costs for multitude of other things. For a month trip, what are they likely to add up to? How much do couchettes cost on night trains on average? Is £550 in total (food/museums/transport/etc.) too small a quantity to aim for?
The Eurail pass is only for non-European citizens. The pass for you would be the Interrail pass..
Don't really have much to add, just wanted to point that out before you get any further with your planning.
Right - I had a feeling there was a difference between Eurail and Interail...I think I'll stop skim reading now.
Thanks - could have caused some problems!
Why though? Isn't that a bit stupid not letting European people use the Eurail pass? Or the fact that you can't use the pass in your own country?!
Because if you commute London-Oxford by train everyday you could have the brilliant idea to buy a 3-month Eurail/Britrail pass, thus saving money. The 3-month Eurail pass is only 8 GBP per day and person - I doubt that you'll be able to find a bargain that allows you to travel London-Oxford return by train for this amount of money!
I've got a similar problem in Germany - Germany's prices for train travel might be a lot lower than in the UK, but Germany is bigger so if you go from one end of the country to the next you are facing steep prices too.
Yeah...thats a point, though convenient for commuters...
...so...if I were to buy the Global Pass for Interrail, which is £300 or so I think...in terms of costs for reservations, how much would that be likely to add onto travelling costs? How much are the prices for reservations on average? The website is a little vague.
I hope you're looking at the official InterRail site. This is what it has to say:
Quoting Frequently Asked Questions
Using your InterRail Pass
Do I need to make reservations when I travel with Interrail?
That depends. Reservations are generally not mandatory, although they are recommended for busy times and routings. Reservations are required for most high-speed trains such as the TGV, sleeper trains, or, if you want a couchette during an overnight journey. Reservations can be made at the larger European train stations for some euros.
Are all charges included in the pass?
No, for some special trains (high-speed / scenic / night trains etc.) and some particular routes, you will have to pay a special price or a supplement or a reservation fee. See also the overview of supplements.
See the supplements page for the costs of reservations.
Ahh thanks - I went on the FAQ's page, but didn't notice the hyperlink to the suppliments bit. It all seems fairly reasonable, shouldn't add up to a huge amount.