Backpacking with a European/American?

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1. Posted by ElleB (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am an American who is meeting up with a friend from England and heading on a backbacking trip throughout Europe.We plan on doing as much as possible in 4 months. We are having a problem finding the right rail pass.. Seems we have to get diffrent types. Anyone have any ideas? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

2. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, you will have to get differnt passess, you the eurrail ur european friend the inter rail pass. There is no way around this as these are what are available for specific nationalities. They should however enable you to cover pretty much the same journeys anyway, though it is set out in different ways. The only thing to check is that the countries that you are able to travel in are the same.

I dont know if this makes a whole lot of sense, so if ur as confused about what ive written as i currently am let me know and i can try and clarify it slightly.


3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

As per Nickla's post, you have to get different passes if you want European wide/regional ones. HOWEVER, you are both eligible for some regional (e.g. ScanRail) and national (e.g. Eurodomino). In addition, if you are planning to be travelling for 4 months, it's possible that a Rail pass won't be the best for you. This is especially true for your friend, as whilst Interrail - for Europeans - are accepted in more countries, they are less flexible, so in Southern/Eastern Europe in particular only really pay for themselves with lots of long distance trips in a short space of time, unlike what you'll probably be doing.

Look carefully at the options, as it's possible that shorter passes over the period (which carefully finish up in cheap places where you can buy as you go) will work out better.

And i've a feeling that doesn't make any sense either!.