I am planning to travel to Europe next year 2012. I want to visit atleast 5 countries (France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands). I need some help regarding planning and how to book train. I heard some concessions are there for age below 25 years.
I want to spend around 10 to 15 days. 2/3 days in each countries. Can somebody help me out, whether is that possible?
I would go onto the rail europe web site for starters, they have a feature where you can plug in all your from and to destinations and it will give you the price for each ticket as well as tell you if a europass I think is what it is called is cheaper. I know on the euorpass there isn't any exact dates in which you have to travel so it gives you some flexibility on when you are leaving. Example if you decide to stay an extra day somewhere you don't have a ticket that says you must leave on this date. But I would spend some time on there site it isn't complicated to use and you can do a lot of time table research for your travel times there.
Thank you very much Mr.Mark,
I think that information what you have given is helpful for me. I will start doing R&D on this regarding plan and dates.
I spent a month in Europe recently and actually ended up using two separate passes. One Rail Europe pass and one Eurail pass because it was cheaper than using just one Global pass. I agree with Mark though, the rail Europe site is your best bet to find the right pass/passes. However when it comes to making reservations while you're there, I always preferred to use the DB Bahn website.
To do 2/3 days in each country you will find it very full-on and you will probably get stressed. You may find your spending a lot of your time on trains and not in the cities.
Eurail passes are a great option, i just used a Global 3 month pass and was very helpful, as i am 25 i did receive a concession fee (under 26)
I would consider seeing more than 2 days in each country.
Thanks Mr Brown & Mr Daclay
I have checked DB Bahn website, it is helpful. I will do planning and check availability for the dates.
I am planning for a budget trip. I know 2 days will not be sufficient at all for a single country. So I am planning to go only to cities which is famous, one city per country. I think trains are fast enough to reach one place to another, may be overnight trains are good. Also I can spent maximum of 15 days total for this trip.
Hi once again,
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