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1. Posted by annab (Inactive 11 posts) 11y

Hi
I am planning one month of interrailing in July around europe. I have a couple of queries though that i can't seem to find any answers to...
Firstly i keep hearing about the supplements that you need to pay on some trains, but i can't seem to find information on exactly what trains are included in my pass - so i am worried about getting on a train and then getting charged unexpectedly. I suppose i can ask at the ticket desk of each station to check if my pass is valid for the train i want but then i would rather know in advance so i can plan ahead and budget.
Also i was wondering how long people stay in each city? is one night enough to stay in a small city on route to a bigger place?
i'm looking forward to hearing from your experiences :)
Anna

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

Hi, the supplemtents are generally the price of a reservation. Before i got on the train, i always went to the ticket office and they issued me with a ticket for whatever particular train i was going on. I never just got on a train, even with my pass. I always checked before if i needed to reserve a seat or not. You will mstly find these on inter city trains and the fast trains in each country -for example, in France you will pay more to go on a Thalys train. Your pass should be valid on the majority of trains within Europe - i cant think of any time when it was refused - though it wont cover things like sleeper cars if u take any overnight trains.
It is up to you really how much time to spend in each place. If u are just stopping off somewhere then sometimes a night is enough. However, u may find that u might like to have a couple of days away from trains, i know towards the end of my trip i really enjoyed spending a couple of days without going on a single train.

I spent a summer in Western europe inter-railing and a summer in eastern europe going point to point, so let me know if there is anything else that u need help with, and feel free to send me a msg.

Nicola

3. Posted by annab (Inactive 11 posts) 11y

Thanks Nicola, I'll definitely go to the ticket desks first to check on supplements.

Does anyone have a rough idea how much supplements are for the interrail pass? for example if i was getting a train from Berlin to prague, or copenhagen to berlin, i guess i would have to pay some sort of highspeed train supplement?

Also does anyone know if it is easy to get to Dubrovnik from zagreb, especially with an interrail pass?

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

Forgot to say in the PM - http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?ld=212.63&newrequest=yes&

is a really good website, ont it you can check out pretty much any train journey you want. It should be able to tell you about getting from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. One thing to note is that the train station in Dubrovnik is actually not in Dubrovnik, it is rather out of the center. The best idea would be to get a train or even a bus to SPlit and then onto Dubrovnik from there. I found that generally speaking buses are better than trains in Croatia.

Nicola

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

One thing to note is that the train station in Dubrovnik is actually not in Dubrovnik, it is rather out of the center.

Urm... Dubrovnik doesn't have a station at all, and i'd guess that the closest at either Ploce or Bar to be maybe 75km away and involve crossing national borders!!

Does anyone have a rough idea how much supplements are for the interrail pass?

An allegedly complete lists of supplements are here with some prices:
http://www.interrail.com/supplement.asp?AFF=IR

If in doubt for a specific journey, ask me.

6. Posted by kyleweb (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Teh best way is to get the boat from zagreb to dubrovnik. It cost around £20 when i took it two years ago. You should buy your ticekts a day or two in advance in busy seasons.

7. Posted by kyleweb (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Quoting kyleweb

Teh best way is to get the boat from zagreb to dubrovnik. It cost around £20 when i took it two years ago. You should buy your ticekts a day or two in advance in busy seasons.

sorry that is ploce not zagreb

8. Posted by SashaSER (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

From Zagreb you can go to Split with train (8hours, there is a night train 23 from Zg, 7 in Split)). Ticket lesser then 20 euros.
Then from Split to Dubrovnik by bus (approx 10 euros), often bus.

http://www.ak-split.hr/t1.asp (bus from Split)
http://www.hznet.hr/eng/

9. Posted by nowvoyager (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I travelled on a Eurail Pass last September, through France, Germany and the Netherlands, and didn't ever pay a supplement. The first couple of times I checked at the ticket office, but I soon realised that staying off the Super Trains meant that I could just board the train with my Eurailpass and that was fine with the conductors. This saved a lot of time, as I didn't have to visit the ticket office.

Another tip is to check whether there is an alternative train to your destination - when I wanted to travel from Bayonne to Bordeaux I thought I'd have to take the Super Train, but there was a regional service leaving at the same time that would take only an extra 10 mins and not require the supplement.

The ticket office staff were always very friendly, and were happy to provide timetable details for me. I found the whole process much easier than I thought it would be: I think this was partly because I wasn't travelling in the peak season.

I had a blast travelling on the trains and hope to do it again soon - hope your trip is as great.

10. Posted by annab (Inactive 11 posts) 11y

Thats great, thanks for your help everyone.
Thats good to know that i might not even have to pay supplements and they are'nt expensive anyway.
As i'm not so sure if i can stay a whole month now, but definitley 2 weeks, i will leave it till a few weeks before i travel and then work out if a rail pass would be beneficial (unless you have to get them some time in advance??).