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1. Posted by dreamer m (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Hi I think I posted this in the wring forum earlier. I am currently looking into going inter railing around europe maybe later on this summer for like 3 weeks, I was wondering whether people who have been before could share their experiences, did you go alone? Is it best to go with someone? Are there always spaces at hostels? How much did the trip cost in total? Which is the best zones/places to visist? Best countries?
Thanks

2. Posted by cro4u (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

HI
I suggest next rout:
Wiena (Austria) - Ljubljana (Slowenien)- Croatia (Zagreb, 1 day with bus Plitvicka jezera)- Budapest (Hungary) - Slovakia (Bratislava)- Prag (Czechia)-Wiena

all this cities is beutifull and u see europien history

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I am going this summer on a months long interrail trip with my best friend. We are going to France, Italy and Greece on a global pass. We are budgeting about 50 Euros a day for food and accomodation and will most likely reserve the first hostel before we go and then reserve as we go. Hope this helps.

4. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hi, i inter-railed through western europe a couple of summers ago for a month and went to eastern europe for a month last summer. I would suggest booking as much as posible before you go as this cuts down on any anxiety when you get there and you can enjoy ur trip rather than worrying about where you are going to stay next.

I went with my best friend from home, though there were lots of lone travellers too. It all depends on you and if u r someone who makes friends easily or not - if u dont def try and go with someone as it can be a lonely experience otherwise.

In terms of where to go it kinda depends on what ur after. Obviously u have the more typical choices of Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Venice etc, but i would certainly recommend Prague, Budapest, and anywhere on the coast of Croatia as possible extra places to go. Budget wise again it depends where you go, on my first trip in western europe, inc the inter rail ticket we probably spent around £800 in total and that was with flights from london as well. Whereas last year in eastern europe, we bought out train tickets point to point, it was more like £600. You can get accommodation from around £10 a night in most places, and food really doesnt cost a lot.

If you need any specific information on anywhere just let me know as i have travelled through most of the major european cities.

Nicola

5. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Put a few 6-9 hour overnight trips in your plans and you will save on time and money. Some bed tickets can be bought cheaply. If not, just kip in your seat, you'll catch up eventually.

If you are going in the summer, consider the weather. I would stay in the northern half of the continent.

If I was to do Interrail again, I would do the Denmark-Sweden-Finland-Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania-Poland-Czech-Germany loop. Don't spend too much money in Scandiavia, and you'll be able to afford a decent hotel in the Baltics. Move out of the tourist centres for a cheap bed and meal. Prices in central Prague are the same as in western Europe.

Highlights of that trip:
Stockholm: Gamla Stan
Ferry to Turku/Abo: Luxurious and reasonably priced
Helsinki: Wonderful varied architecture
Tallinn: Interesting old town
Riga: The Berlin of the east. A wonderful city
Krakow: Great old castle, mainly untouched in WW2
Berlin: Experience both the west and the east, they are two distinct cities like London's West End and City.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

did you go alone?

Have had lots and lots of I/R's. Some alone, some with people i planned before, some people i met along the way, some combinations of the above.

Is it best to go with someone?

I generally prefer alone (or at least, don't plan to go with somebody). I think you get so much more out of the experience over the month. A third option if you have a friend who wants to go to slightly diffrent places is to arrange a few days/week in th emiddle where you meet up.

Are there always spaces at hostels?

No. In summer there often isn't if you want to be in a specific hostel, but you always find somewhere. The best way to is to book online or phone up 2 or 3 days before. That way you still have flexibility, but know you will be fine when you arrive. I highly recomend NOT Booking it all before you go. The only exceptiuon is if you absolutely have to be in a specific hostel on a specific day, or if it's a major event going on (e.g. Oktoberfest, Running of the bulls) which attracts more than the normal number of tourists.

How much did the trip cost in total?

Pass!

Which is the best zones/places to visist? Best countries?

That's utterly subjective and down to personal choice. In terms of Interrail, it pays for itself more/Quicker if you use allot of the German and Scandinavian zones, as these are the most expensive areas to buy tickets in general. Eastern Europe (and to a point, Italy and Spain/Portugal) are reletively cheap to travel, and especially if you aren't travelling more than every 3 or 4 days, buying point to point may work out much cheaper.

My standard advice is to pick 3-5 (no more) places that you REALLY want to visit most, and plan a logical route between them. After you have that basic route, then start adding extra places or diversions etc and trying different plans/routes, but have it based on a core of places you really want (or need) to visit. Also, don't be overly optimistic and try and get to every corner of Europe, as you'll spend more time travelling than anything else.

And if you want to visit somewhere on the fringes (Morrocco, Portugal or Greece in particular, look into options of flying to or returning from one of them. You can easily gain 3 or 4 days travel time if you don't have to return overland, especially from Greece.