to use a Eurorail pass or just wing it at the train stations?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

@nearlymarriedlass:  Is there a way to calculate costs for the individual trips online? That way you could add up all the costs of the individual trips and compare that to the cost of the Eurorail pass.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@nearlymarriedlass:  Not worth it, in my experience, unless you are basically taking the train at least once every single day. Just show up when you want and take the train!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@nearlymarriedlass:  For Eastern Europe-I don’t think you have to bother with the pass. Trains in that area are pretty cheap (if crowded!) Although if you are interested, back in 2011, I do remember there was a special pass specifically for Eastern Europe. Don’t know if it’s still offered.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I don’t have advice but posting so I can follow. I too am going to Europe next year and have the same question of pass vs no pass.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@nearlymarriedlass:  Spanish trains usually require a seat reservations fee anyway (at least they did when I was there two years ago) so I don’t think a rail pass would really save you money. But book in plenty in time for the Spanish trains-they will be packed during the summer.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Western Europe, almost certainly useful to get a rail pass or at least book trains in advance. On the day train prices can be 5 times (or more!) what you pay if you book in advance.

 

Eastern Europe I have no idea I’m afraid, but I can’t imagine train travel being too expensive there!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve only done Eastern Europe – where it’s cheaper to buy individual tickets. 

You very frequently have to buy seat reservations even with a pass. If you want to do any overnight trains I would suggest booking them in advance (if you want sleeper rather than just a seat). 

Have you discovered http://www.seat61.com/Europe-train-travel.htm absolutely the best information available about world-wide rail travel!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

how much are the passes this year?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@nearlymarriedlass:  I had one went I went to Europe in 07 and it was very helpful.  We were there in August, and a lot of the trains were sold out, but we were able to get on with our pass.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@nearlymarriedlass:  If you book in advance (in the UK, and in some of Europe, not sure about Spain though sorry!) then if you want to change train times you have to pay a fee and pay the difference as the advanced fare is non-transferable/non-refundable.

Perhaps could do a mixtures of some places where you do book in advance for the big/more expensive journeys, then wing it on shorter ones?

Would definitely try and work out total price of individual tickets vs. a rail pass though to see what works best 🙂

Hope you have a fab trip! I love living in Europe and being so close to all these amazing countries!

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