Post # 1
We’re planning our big overseas trip for next year, and want to know the best way to see Europe!!!! I thought the company Bus-About but someone suggested Eurorail? can anyone help?? were on a budget!!!
Post # 3
I really think it depends on which countries and how long. I have done guided bus tours which was great for places where we didn’t speak the language and were not wanting the stresss of trying to get ourselves around, it can be expensive that way but it can also be great because it is all included for most food and lodging. We spent like $5000 airfare included for dh and I to spend two weeks all over Italy. Ive also done where we rode trains and public buses and rented a car, that was great because it was in Ireland so we could read the bus and train schedule s, the fares weren’t bad and driving ourself even on the opposite side of the road wasn’t bad. Also, super cheap since we bought bus and rail passes. The car wasn’t too bad either.
Also, several countries have hostels that are as nice as your average cheap chain hotel, but for like $20/night, some have private bath and bedroom, some you share the bath and some are full out youth hostels with 8-10 beds but we had a great experience with that and b&bs in Ireland, super cheap too b if you are like us and only needed a place to drop your bag and sleep.
Post # 4
Where are you planning on going and for how long? We just got back from 2 weeks in Europe (Dublin, Galway, Amsterdam, Florence, and Rome) for about $6000, including airfare/lodging/spending money/food. We thought about a tour with a group, but decided it just wasn’t for us. We wanted to be able to decide and plan our own trip.
Sites like Airbnb are a GREAT resource – you can rent entire apartments for cheaper than hotel rooms. We had kitchens (helped the food budget!), a washer/dryer (saves on packing!), and tons of space to come home to at the end of the night. 4 nights in Rome only cost us about $525, while hotels in the same area were going for $200/night. We used budget airlines (EasyJet, Aer Lingus) to get between the countries, and trains/public transporation to get between cities. It takes planning and research, but totally doable and affordable.
Post # 5
@misspeanut: This is all excellent advice.
OP, I would suggest you look at where you want to go, and the timeframe needed. Personally, I’m more into trains and budget airlines, and won’t get a pass, because I travel too slowly.
The other thing I would suggest is to make sure you go slow. Often people get so excited about travelling to Europe that they an to visit everywhere, and really don’t get to appreciate the culture of anywhere.
Post # 6
I always get Eurorail around Europe (used it in Spain, Italy, France and Monaco) – you can go between different countries this way too. A pass is generally easiest, as long as you know what days you will be travelling. It’s important to book ahead, as they are nice trains and do book out. Most of them are extremely fast too!
Post # 7
@aussiebride26: thats good to know. it just looked so complicated on their website, and expensive too. and also u have to buy the rail pass then also book and pay for a boarding pass on top of that.
do u need to have exact dates of when u are going to be on the train? or can we book when we’re there? cos we wont know if we will leave a place until we are there sorta thing. our plans are very loose, were going to take it as it comes.
the main places we are wanting to go are: France, Spain, Greece, Crotia, Italy, Germany, england, Ireland, scotland, Wales, maybe Budapest, we’re planning on 4 months-1 yr and have a budget of about $40k. we might have to work in Europe if we get low on funds – our friend worked in hostels for some cash as he travelled. I have a brittish passport. we are going to play it by ear which is why a eurorail pass could be good if it gives us flexibility? we dont want to have to book a ticket for a certain day then change our minds about when we’re going to leave etc
Post # 8
@nearlymarriedlass: When I went to France/Italy/Monaco 2 years ago the travel agents stuffed up our tickets and we had to do it once we arrived in France, at a Eurorail office. It was about a quarter the price and really easy! They book it all in for you 🙂 You could probably buy the pass and first train seats, then in the next town get the next train seats etc. A pass just gives you a certain time to use them within (I think there are 1 month/ 3 month etc).
The website is really confusing!
Post # 10
@aussiebride26: oh thats good to know! thanks!!!!!
Post # 11
My husband and I did that a few years ago, backpacking. We flew into Amsterdam, then took trains (and a few buses) through Belgium, France and then Italy. We flew out of Rome. We just bought tickets at the train stations whenever we got there and took the next train. It took all the stress out and was pretty inexpensive. I would do it again that way, it was the best time of my life. Have fun!