Help! First time backpacking...

Travel Forums Europe Help! First time backpacking...

1. Posted by laurahsa (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey! My friend and I will be backpacking around europe this summer, but we have a little problem.. WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO START! I was hoping maybe someone could help me map out the best route for visiting the following places bye eurail (basically just in a list from starting #1 - end):


Thank you so much for your help!!

2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I will take a stab at this.

1. Fly into London.
2. Fly Ryan Air or Easy Jet to Ireland and back
3. Fly Ryan Air or Easy Jet to Paris (this is where your Eurail trip should start)
4. Train to Spain and back
5. Train to Netherlands.
6. Train to Germany
7. Train to Switzerland
8. Train to Italy
9. Ferry to Greece (I believe you can use your Eurail pass on this)
10. Train to Turkey and back.
11. Fly Ryan Air or Easy Jet back to London.

Have you thought of what type of Eurail pass are you going to buy yet? There are different types. Anyway, I hope my recommended route helps.


3. Posted by laurahsa (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well I think the Global Saver will be best for me for 2 months. Do you agree?

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1388 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

First work out where you want to go, before making a choice for a pass. As long as you don't know the cities, and the route you will be taken it is premature to talk about passes. When you completed out itinerary, then go to, and see what they recommend.

Also make a decission if you want to use nighttrains or not. some people love then, but others (like me) can't get any sleep on these trains, and are better of taking a cheap flight to save time traveling to places, that take a long time to reach by train.

See if you can get an open-jaw ticket, this way you can fly into London, and out of another airport (as long as your airline services this airport).

Take the weather into consideration: you say you are traveling in Summer.

In my opinion it would always come down to a pass, and a couple of lowbudget flights.

Btw, take a lot at some of the German budget airlines for flying to Greece. (LTU, Germanwings, Condor, Air Berlin etc)/ It might look a little strange at first, but in a lot of cases, they come up with some great offers, for traveling to and from Greece. (and when possible the Milan - Athens route by Easyjet is a popular/cheap choice.)

Keeping in mind you are a first time traveler to Europe, I would do a trip like this:

Fly into London
Fly to Ireland (Dublin, Cork?)
Fly to Paris
Fly to Madrid (daytrips to Toledo, and Segovia),
Sevilla (train),
Granada (train)
Fly to Barcelona
Fly to Rome
Train to Florence, Venice and Milan
Fly Milan - Athens
Fly or ferry to Santorini (maybe one/two other Islands)
(You might need to go back to Athens for a connection to Istanbul.
Fly to Berlin (Istanbul - Berlin with Germanwings)
Train to Prague (daytrip Cesky Krumlov) - Vienna - Salzburg - Munich
Trian to Switzerland (Interlaken - Gimmelwald)
Train to Cologne (even if it for a quick stop, visit the Cathedral)
Train to Amsterdam and back home.

If you don't want to have so many major cities in the beginning, than fly Dublin - Madrid, and Stick Paris at the end. I think this is a pretty basic route, but also leaves space to visit some other places. between Madrid and Sevilla, you could visit Cordoba, between Berlin and Prague, Dresden. You can take out the Prague, Vienna, Salzburg part, and fly (very cheap) from Berlin to Munich.

It all depends on your interests, and desire to visit places. Keep in mind that if you want to have some cheap flight, you need to buy your tickets, at least 2-3 months in advance.