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1. Posted by Susiepender4 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I'm looking into booking an inter railing adventure on my own, is it hard to book the trains around Europe- is there a lot of chopping and changing? Will get a Global Pass. Any tips welcome! I have an idea of where I want to go- definitely Florence and Madrid :)

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 840 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It would help to know where you want to go and where you are starting. First, taking trains in Europe is easy and in many places quite inexpensive. The faster trains are more expensive so if you want to save money, take the slower trains. They're more fun anyway. I wrote a blog article on trains in France that you can read. It has lots of links for train information throughout Europe. Trains In France by Beausoleil

My first suggestion would be to check The Man in Seat 61 which has thorough and accurate information on trains all over the world. The Man in Seat 61 web site

Next, I'll suggest skipping the idea of a pass and simply booking point to point either ahead of time or as you travel. If you're using fast trains, you should book ahead to get bargains. The slower more picturesque trains have low rates anyway and you don't need reservations. We buy our tickets at the old Capitain Train web site which has recently been renamed Trainline. Here is their web site to check prices and schedules. They do not charge any fees nor black out any dates so it's a great site to use because it's in English. Trainline or Capitain Train web site

The Trainline web site will also let you know which trains require you to change and which are direct. Spend a little time exploring and you'll quickly see how it works.

I'm not fond of passes because they always come with restrictions so if you decide to use them, be sure to read all the fine print. Unless you are student age, they are usually no bargain and purchasing your own tickets instead gives you much more freedom and flexibility.

Give us some idea of where you're starting, how much time you have and where you want to go and we'll try to give you more specific information, but YES, you can easily do this yourself.

3. Posted by Susiepender4 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Cannot thank you enough- so much information to be getting on with! Must see for me is Florence (and Pisa), would love to visit more cities in Germany- have already visited Berlin Stuttgart Dresden and Leipzig there. Hoping to visit Croatia also this time round. Sadly am not a student! 😂

Initially I thought Madrid first, maybe Toulouse, Munich Salzburg and Florence but very open to changes except for Florence and Madrid.

Have traveled a little around Europe twice before but with someone so I have an idea and I absolutely love the European Train system- Swiss scenery a definite highlight!

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 840 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

How much time do you have? If only a couple weeks, you may want to limit your stops. There is travel time to consider and also time checking into and out of hotels, etc.

I notice you have a map here on TP. Is that your initial idea for the trip or a trip you have already taken?

You can use that map function here to do some planning if you like. Put in all the stops you want and see what it looks like. At that point, you will probably see a couple places that might belong on a future trip. Take those out and see what you have left. Then organize them and you may want to drop another one or two for a future trip. If it makes you feel better about dropping places, start another map with those places so you'll have two trip maps going. Then you'll know you will get there eventually, just not on this trip.

I also use Google Maps because you can pull the routes by clicking on them and pulling them in other directions. Of course that works best with a car. If you are only using trains, click on the little train in the heading of Google Maps and when you pull the route map, it will take you to the next train line. It's fun to see where you can go.

If I only had two weeks (and I don't know what you have), I would skip Madrid because it is so far out of the way.

Have fun planning.