FOR EUROPE RAIL PASSES
Of course you've heard of traveling
Europe with a Eurail Rail Pass. But is it really cheaper than point-to-point
tickets on SNCF,
Britrail, or Deutsche Bahn DB? Do I have to get a full rail pass or just
one for certain days or countries? How do I budget for the cities iI
want to see by rail and ones I want a rental car?
do Europe Rail Passes really work? See
See Also Fly,
Drive or Ride the Rails for a comparison of flying versus
driving or rail travel.
know how they work
I just want to buy a rail pass: Rail
Europe: Specials & Promotions
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to rent a car in Europe?
big company or a small one? The big travel services have deals at all
the major car rental companies and offer guarantees that smaller ones
don't. Some of the companies vary by country,
you have a really specific need, sometimes the individual companies
may have a listing that doesn't show up in the travel engine booking
site. So you can search directly.
Avis and Hertz
are the big boys and some prime locations and worldwide mileage
perks. And they can offer some very good deals, aside from being famliar
companies with reputations to maintain. And if you have a problem with
them, they have reputations to protect.
based car rental agencies Europcar has
been really good for taking rail between cities with
many good locations in rail stations. Sixt
also has good convenient locations in
larger cities, especially Germany and England.
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You can check
national rail line schedules on the links to the left. The German and
Swiss rail sites are best for searching schedules even on other rail
systems. The French and aItalian Rail sites are a bit clunky and in
their local language. If making many trips, I've personally had very
good luck with the Eurail Passes. I've found the Select Pass
stops in different cities in fewer countries over a longer stay, though
local country discounts can be found.
flexible travel throughout 17 countries
Or find city to city
I've found the Night Trains
useful for long trips between cities. You can save a hotel night by
sleeping on the train. (see SAVE
ON HOTELS? TAKE THE NIGHT TRAIN)
HIGH SPEED TRAINS
The bullet trains go fast, like
the French TGV, but without a pass they can cost almost as much as
a plane and only save an hour
on less than
long haul. If
you have a Rail Pass they only require a reservation fee of around
$14. Discount prices are offered for early reservation. Some peak hour
trains require an extra charge.
on a tight schedule transfering in Italy, allow yourself a good margin,
because since Mussolini's
gone, Italian train schedules can be "maybe now, maybe a little
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