should i buy an eurail pass?

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1. Posted by virgi_cin (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello, ive read a lot about cheaper ways of transportation than eurail, and ive heard that sometimes its cheaper to take a train from one city to another with the national train than eurail or to buy tickets in europe. but i cant find information on this. should we go to europe without an eurail pass and see what happens there? because we have so little time in each city (3 or 4 days), we dont want to loose a day because we couldnt get a ticket... and where can i find information on national train lines...can you help me?

2. Posted by Skinbo (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This depends on what areas of europe you want to travel around, if you plan to spend most of your time in central and Eastern europe I would be cheaper to buy tickets as you go. It is never really a problem to get train tickets at the station, also if you plan on taking long journeys in western europe it is often cheaper to use budget airlines (ryan air or easyjet) although this can kill the complete freedom and spontenaity that a rail pass allows. Another thing to be aware of is compusury reservation (especially in Italy) and supplents that you must pay on some route these really add up. Try the
DB Timetable Information website for a european railway schedule and Rick Steves website ( has a map showing the approximate point to point tickets cost.

Hope this helps

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

Eurail pass or no depends all upon where you go to and when you do so.

Please post an initiary so we can comment on it.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 9, 2007, at 2:19 AM by t_maia ]

4. Posted by virgi_cin (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

we are doing this:
by plane to barcelona