Hey, bit obscure and not quite similar topics...
just some questions about the eurail pass:
1. does 15 days travel in 2 months mean that i have 15 days to use the pass, or that it gives me 15 trips within the 2 months?
2. is the eurail really worth it? or is point to point cheaper?
3. when sleeping on a train, whats the best way to make sure no one will steel your bag or stuff from your bag?
also, about skiing, im backpacking and am looking for cheap places to ski. i heard bulgaria is quite nice...any tips or ideas? theres that, or Innsbruck was relatively cheap if i stayed at the hostel there...is there anyone thats stayed at the hostel and care to share a review or anyone that has other options regarding skiing.
thanks in advance!!!!
1. It means that you can use the pass on fifteen different days. They do not need to be consecutive (although an overnight journey, unless planned well, usually takes up two days)
2. It depends where you go and how much you intend to travel. We'd need a detailed schedule to make a decent assessment
3. Not taking stuff you really cannot be parted from (or putting such things on your person). Other than that, book a sleeper compartment; they can be locked from within overnight. Some people believe in security netting for their packs; imo it's just a lot of dead weight.
4. Re skiing: I don't think you have a chance at good snow in Innsbruck due to insufficient altitude. Can't comment on Bulgaria as I've never been there.
Skiing - when staying at the hostel in Innsbruck they should offer skiing day trips into the nearby mountains. It won't be cheap though, expect to pay around 40 EUR for the day trip. (That was what was offered when I stayed in Salzburg, I suppose things might different in Innsbruck, but don't count on it.)
Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic have some affordable skiing, but there you usually have to stay in private pensions for around 30 EUR per night, this can drive up the price. But in exchange you are right in the snow, no 1-hour of taking the bus.
Regarding backpack safety: Put everything you really need (passport, money, flight tickets) on your body in a moneybelt or some such. Then rest your feet on your big bag.
1. It means you have 15 travelling days on the pass. If you're taking overnight train, ticket punched after 7pm is good for travel the next day, and it'll still all count as one day, with the exception of the very first day of the ticket period. (Source)
2. This depends on your itinerary, the eurail pass you're buying, the type of train you plan to take, if there's any overnight travel etc. In certain country, train travel is cheap so the pass may not make sense. Often, taking an overnight and/or fast train means you need to make a reservation ahead and a supplementary charges will apply.
3. Repeating what the previous posters said. Keep the most important items on you (passport, tickets, wallet) such as a pouch that can be slipped under your shirt, and sleep on them. In sleeper trains, try to get the top bunk and push your stuff into the corner to your inside, or the "compartment" over the door so that the bag is out of sight. These are preventionary measures but if someone is really on all intent to steal from you, they'll probably find a way. And always lock the door from the inside (the staff has key) and emphasise that enough to anyone else sharing the car with you.
4. Sorry, I know zilch about skiing.
Ps: info on reservations while using Eurail pass.
All good information The only thing that I can add is the link to the eurrail website: www.eurrail.com Read the FAQ section. It has lots of information.