I have a Eurail pass (2 month unlimited) and have been looking at the timetable book it gave me but I still have a few questions.
Sorry in advance for how many and the list...
1.How far in advance do I generally need to make a reservation. Most of the trains I need say you need a reservation.
2.Are the high speed trains such as the TGV, or AA(?) free with my pass. If not how much more is it generally?
3.Is there a train that goes fom Pamploma to say Paris or another city in France? It only lists Madrid and Barcelona.
4.If I have a train that, for example, goes from Prague to Croatia but goes through Slovenia, a country that I think is not with the pass, do I have to pay a fee? Generally how much is it.
Thank you, again I know there a lot of Q's but I leave in 2 weeks!!!
[ Edit: Edited on 15-Jun-2009, at 17:49 by Eyezayuh ]
A lot of train trips don't really require a reservation. But if it's a sleeper, I would recommend it. I've been on a few of those where they were totally booked out. You could still get on, but you'd be sleeping on the floor.
I'm not 100% sure on this, but from memory, reservation fees are not included in the Eurail pass price, so you will have to pay extra for that.
Generally, I've taken the approach of buying departure tickets when I arrive in a city. Usually that's a few days before the train leaves and it has always been enough for me. And worst case scenario I'd have to stay an extra night in the city, which is no big deal.
Try not to stress out too bad...things will work out, there is plenty of help here and over there from others who have done it before.
2. You will typically have to pay a "supplement" for each high-speed or overnight train you take, as well as paying for a seat reservation on the train (not always required) - the actual price varies based on the train type, typically they are a handful of Euros, I think the Eurostar Italia trains in Italy are the most expensive at about 20 EUR.
3. I do not think there is a single train that goes from Pamplona to France, you'll likely have to connect to other trains along the way (at least on the border of Spain and France you're likely to have to make a connection). A better timetable source for you to use is the Deutsche Bahn website. It can be a bit annoying because you can only search one day at a time, but it will show you all the possible combinations of trains you can take between any two points in Europe. The search results will also show you on which trains reservations are recommended or required. It is not the easiest website to use but I'd suggest you give it a try.
4. Generally for cases where you travel through a country not covered by the pass, you will have to pay extra to cover that portion of the trip - but if you're travelling on a common enough route (which I'd Assume Prague to Croatia is), you can find out exactly how to go about paying for that portion when you are in Prague - at the train station or at the place you are staying. Not sure about the cost part of #4, but I wouldn't expect it to be extravagant (probably less than $50 USD).