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1. Posted by matt.ryles (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Me and my brother are planning a trip for June, as a UK resident we can take the Interrail and only pay £219 for 10 days travel (both under 25).

I have worked out the route and the train times, im hoping to use the night trains to save on accommodation, thinking we can sleep on the trains.

We might not stop at all the cities, we could go straight through but do you think im being a bit optermistic trying to do all the cities in 22 days and only being allowed to travel for 10 of them?

This is my first trip so any help would be great.

Route
Amsterdam
Brussels
Paris
Bordeaux (Dont mind skipping)
Madrid
Barcelona
Marseille (Dont mind skipping)
Nice (Dont mind skipping)
Milan
Venice (Dont mind skipping)
Vienna
Prague
Berlin
Amsterdam

Train Times
Amsterdam —>> Brussels = 2.50 Hours
Brussels —>> Paris = 1.25 Hours
Paris —>> Bordeaux = 3.00 Hours
Bordeaux —>> Madrid = 11.00 Hours
Madrid —>> Barcelona = 4.00 Hours
Barcelona —>> Marseille = 8.40 Hours
Marseille —>> Nice = 2.35 Hours
Nice —>> Milan = 4.45 Hours
Milan —>> Venice = 3.05 Hours
Venice —>> Vienna = 7.00 Hours
Vienna —>> Prague = 4.05 Hours
Prague —>> Berlin = 4.35 Hours
Berlin —>> Amsterdam = 6.10 Hours

Thanks

Matt

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

Yes, you are being optimistic. Places like Paris, Prague, Berlin, Barcelona require at least 3 days!
I'd probably stick with a maxiumum of 7 of the places you listed, otherwise you'll spend most of your time between train stations, on trains and waiting to check into hostels etc.

3. Posted by ofthesea (Full Member 46 posts) 7y

You're being quite optimistic... I'm sorry! Like Erik85 said, many of those cites require a minimum of 3 days exploration! I would personally cut it down to 4 cities that are in the same area. If they are closer together, you will spend less time in transit and have more time to explore.

Also, be aware: trains can be late! This is especially annoying when you have connections! I remember once trying to get from Venice to Krakow. I was supposed to arrive at 4pm in Krakow, but every single one of my trains was late, and I missed every connection except one. 5 trains and 20 hours later (as opposed to the 2 trains and 14 hours) I arrived in Krakow, at 10pm.

A note about overnight trains: if you are annoyed by noisy people, I would suggest getting one of those 6-bedded couchettes. It costs a little more, but its much more comfortable. I have been on an overnight train twice, once with the seats, and once with the couchettes. In my seat experience, I was stuck next to a group of four men playing cards, who felt the need to burst into raucous laughter and shout very loudly at 2 in the morning. Not saying this will happen in all overnight trains, but it was very annoying. :P Especially as I was right next to them.

4. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 7y

Why not? It will be definitely a veeeeeery short glance at all te cities but it depends on what is the purpose of your travel. Because for each of the cities like Paris, or Barcelona, or Prague - I think a week is not enough. I'd love to return there again and again. So you first should decide what you're travelling for. If you wish to explore the cities and to see all the sightseeings - for 22 days you should choose maximum 4-5 of your list (my advice if Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague). But if your trip is just a first look - you can have a first impression to chose the city where you will return in future for special exploration - I think you can plan all that list.