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1. Posted by jackoc2000 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

A friend an I are travelling around central Europe at the beginning of September and are concerned about the cost of the Interrail pass (10 days out of 22 days).

We are tempted to just pay each train ticket while we are there? Is this wise?

Does an Interrail Pass make it much easier?

Destinations - Fly to Prague > Krakow > Budapest > Bratislava > Vienna > Ljubljana > Salzburg (fly Home)

Any comments from experiance would be great. Going for 3 weeks.


2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Jackoc :)

How much does your interrail cost, anyway?
U can compare the cost of it, with prices for trains and flights on the internet.
U can get very good train bargins in Europe, if u buy in advance.
U can buy them, on the intenet, if u live within Europe.
And flying is also often very economical.
Here are some example prices I payed for barging flights and train rides. All include taxes.

Plane from Munich to Madrid - 29 Euros.
Train from Munich to Berlin - 29 Euros
Plane from Munich to Prague - 29 Euros
(i live in Munich).

Here are sites where u can bargin hunt.


3. Posted by AdamH77 (Inactive 41 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I did more or less the same trip for 3 weeks a couple of months back, just not the last two cities. I travelled with a few people who had interrail passes and it seemed easier to buy the tickets as i went. I could of saved a little money maybe (the prices were pretty cheap) but i could get more or less any train. The interrail meant having to pay extra on some journies and they were limited to countries and routes.

For the longer journies like prague to krakow i'd recommend a cheap budget airline flight, those overnight trains are a pain. Check out it has a list of which airlines fly from where etc.

Also check out its a german train operator but has train times and lots of info for most european trains along with prices for some.

If you need any recommendations for hostels send me a message


4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting jackoc2000

Destinations - Fly to Prague > Krakow > Budapest > Bratislava > Vienna > Ljubljana > Salzburg (fly Home)

For these destinations it would be a total waste of money to buy an Interrail pass. Eastern European train prices are very low. You can easily figure them out by using . The only expensive sections are the Austrian ones and you should be able to cheat the system by buying the ticket to Ljubljana in Bratislava. (Ie you should have 1 ticket from Bratislava to Ljubljana via Vienna and not 2 tickets reading Bratislava to Vienna and Vienna to Ljubljana.)

I also recommend looking into Bus might be slower and less comfortable, but for some distances it is a lot cheaper. I think Ljubljana-Salzburg would be a candidate for bus, but I am not sure. Ask around in Ljubljana too, local companies tend to be cheaper than companies associated with Eurolines.

BTW, I would go this way: Prague, Cesky Krumlov, (Munich, Salzburg,) Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Györ, Budapest, Berlin, Krakow, ... .Prague-Bratislava is easily done by train, as is Vienna-Budapest. Berlin-Budapest I would fly. Prague or Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg is cheapest done with a ticket to the German border and then using Bayern-Ticket via Munich to get to Salzburg.

From what I know the train trip from Prague to Krakow is a bit of a pain, because of bad connections across the border. I could be wrong though.