Exactly what is it like travelling through the likes of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania???
This is in an attempt to get down into Greece and makes a change from regualar ITALY+FERRY route.
Any idea about nightlife and transport in these areas? Supplements? Price of beer etc.
What's it like?? Absolutely brilliant!!
Beer is unbelievably cheap. Peopel are incredibly friendly. Transport links are generally good, although not always hugely quick (don't expect high tech high speed trains), although can be good fun, and you'll see allot. Nightlife depends what your looking for, although there's always something to do. Supplements? do you mean to a rail pass? A few, but not many. But prices are so cheap it's not worth adding an extra zone for it - buy as you go along.
And don't ignore Serbia and Bosnia either.
only reason i ignored Serbia and Bosnia is due to their not being on the interrail pass - our pass is gonna be the 28 day all zones pass anyway so not a problem... can you recommend any good hostels in these places.
Also, will I be ok with English, French and German? From my experience in Warsaw, the only language of any use is the national language itself (though this was very different in the more touristy Krakow)
Hi, in Romania you should feel slightly comforted by knowing French, but more so in understanding than being able to speak anything. I studied French for 10 years yet didnt feel as if i was able to speak any Romanian. Will def be easier than in warsaw mind - at least ull have a clue here.
Must admit that i was not a fan of Romania. I found that Bucharest was a big let down as there seemed very little to do or see - we couldnt even find a postcard!! The trains were cheap, but often full and you are unable to book most more than 2 hours in advance which can cause problems.
Just got back from Romania last week. If you are going in winter don't !!! I was there as my girfriend is Romanian and she was visiting family. Go in Summer. Romania is a very beautiful country and the people are very kind and friendly but it seems as if its every man for himself. I did not like Bucharest, did not feel safe there. Beer is around €1 and cigarettes like Marlboro the same. I stay in Bistrita when I go and that part of the country compared to the south seems to have a whole different mentality regarding the people. I drove to the Black Sea which is beautiful, stayed in Mamaia, this place is gorgeous, just as good as anything in The Med and prices are not that much more expensive. Can stay in Cabin homes near Bran Castle and well worth doing so. Trains are not as bad as you may think and for a little extra you can get sleeping cars €30 +/-. Cant help on the other countries but Romania is definitely worth the visit, very very beautiful and it's bad press is not to be believed