Eurail?Prettiest Countries, best markets, cheap accomodation

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1. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I are travelling over to Europe from Australia.
Recommendations? Anyone used a Youth 2nd class global Eurail pass. Am seriously contemplating getting one.

Nice affordable places to visit.. cheap private accom? not really into heavily bedded roooms.:)

Do you think 3/4 months is enough time to travel around europe..
has anyone done it?

Help and info would be lovely!!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

3/4 months isn't nearly enough to see it all, but surely it'll give you a good impression. I warmly recommend EUrail; it seems less popular than it used to be due to cheap flying (don't do that, if only for environmental reasons), but in my view it's still the best way of seeing Europe.

Cheap accom will be a problem, though, esp. if you don't want to stay in dorms. One option is signing up with a hospitality service like hospitalityclub or CouchSurfing, but success is not guaranteed, plus it means staying in people's private places, which usually doesn't give you much privacy, either.

As to the general price level; eastern Europe is still quite cheap, while all the rest is rather expensive, esp. Scandinavia/UK. For the rest, it mainly depends on the season, summer and early fall generally being more expensive than winter and early spring.

3. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Rightio thanks heaps. We do have family and friends all around Europe So i guess that helps with the cheap accomodation... How much do you think one would spend per day in Europe? Any idea?

I think with the amount of places we'd like to see the total of the plane tickets would exceed the train ticket.

Any other comments will be welcomed with open arms :D:D

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Do you already have a clear idea what you want to see and where you will be going?

It is not that I do not recommend using it - but there are cheaper ways to get around Europe than the Eurail pass.

All it takes is a bit of planning and tricking the train system into coughing up the cheapest available fares, maybe aided with a budget flight, a bus ride or a short walk across a border.

Please post a rough initiary so that we can comment on it.

For budget, you need to calculate with 50 EUR per day and person, out of which around 25-30 EUR are food and acco. Entry to sights is usually between 8-15 EUR. You can bring this amount of money down if you are a really determined cheapskate, of course. A determined cheapskate would travel in June or September with a tent and stay on camping sites, bring cooking gear and buy all food in supermarkets. With these methods you might get by spending no more than 15 EUR per day and person on food and accomodation. (Plus you and the bf get enough privacy to snuggle up.)

5. Posted by JessieG (Full Member 67 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Okay this is a very rough idea
London (family)
fly to Ireland (family)
Fly to Portugal? (is it worth it?) Or madrid
train the rest of the way
Barcelona (family), up to Bordeaux (friends)
Netherlands (family)
and woudl like to get to italy somehow