train vs. airtravel between countries in Europe

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1. Posted by nae (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I are spending 5 weeks in Europe from late Oct to end of November this year. This would be our first time doing this! We are taking backpacks and plan to go to Greece, Italy, France and Amsterdam. We are both 30 (ish) so don't qualify for the juicy student discounts :(
So, we wonder if it's better to travel via train or plane between countries?? Any suggestions?
I think we'll likely stay at hotels as we're travelling in the off season and don't think we'll have a problem with too high of prices or availability - although I'm open to any wiser views!

Thanks in advance for any advice, help and thoughts


2. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Train travel might be somewhat more expensive than air travel, but might let you see more - it depends on your detailed itinerary. You might want to take an open jaw ticket to Amesterdam ( it might be advisable to start at the coldest place, if you choose October-November), then take a train to Brussels (you should not miss it - it's fun) and on to Paris, down to Nice (picking up in France what you want to see), from there to Genova in Italy, may be Venice, Florence, Rom, Napoli with Amalfi coast and Capri, from there to Puglia and a boat to Greece. Then fly back from Greece after seeing lots of Europe. Have fun.

3. Posted by Tsjebber (Full Member 58 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I would advise you to check out how much it costs to buy a Europe train pass for 3 countries. You can buy monthly passes for European train and travel with them as much as you would like. Buy one for Italy, France and Spain. You can travel a month on those and as much as you want in a month. And if you come from Greece or go to Holland you only have to have a one way ticket from the border on. Or just take the plane to Amsterdam.
Good luck! :)