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Old 04-18-2007, 01:53 PM   #1
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Question eurail country to poland...how does it work?

ok so I want to ride from Berlin to Warsaw tomorrow...should I buy the ticket from the German border to Warsaw in Berlin or do I wait until I´m at the border?

also the timetable says I need a reservation...do I need to pay for it twice, once for berlin to the border and then again for the border to warsaw?

and very important...how much do you think the ticket will cost me?
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If i remember correctly, Poland isn't a member of the eurail community. I think you may have to change trains at the border and buy individual tickets.
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yeah, i don't think that poland is part of the eurail countries, but you can buy a poland/germany pass if that's something you're interested in.

polish trains are CHEAP!!! especially when you figure in the fact that (my guess is) you will most likely be coming in with Euros/USD. Example - I take a train from Wroclaw to Zielona Gora often and it's 13zl for a 4 hour train ride. That's about $4 US.

I also have heard that there is a direct Berlin-Warsaw train. If there is, and that's what you want to take, you should prob book in Berlin. It may be a lot more expensive than taking Polish trains though as it's prob an InterCity train or something like that.

A quick look at www.pkp.pl (the polish train site) -- from Zielona Gora (a large-ish town about 3hrs by train from Berlin, right by German border) -- There is a train leaving tomorrow with NO STOPS to Warsaw 15:05 -- 6hrs 22mins on one of the nicer trains (and some Polish trains are CRAP!) costs 52 zl for 2nd class (less than $20 US), or 1st class 76zl (about $25 US)

http://rozklad.pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en? (link to english search on the pkp site) - you might want to have a look at a polish map and and see what's closer to the german border and easily accessible from berlin (but zielona gora is not a bad place to start as there are direct trains from berlin)

It would be my best guess that buying polish train tix within poland, locally, will be so much cheaper though and prob your best bet.

While you're in poland, you should check out wroclaw (thats where i am) or krakow, if you have any extra time :D
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if you have a eurail pass, you pay from the german border to warsaw. you can do this when you go to make your reservation, which you will be charged a fee for.
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ok so i went to the ostbanhof and went to the train reservation place and i ended up with a ticket from berlin to warsaw...only 30 euros

i tried to explain to the person that i wanted only a ticket from the german border to warsaw but his english was limited and my german is nonexistant and he kept pushing the 30 euro ticket on me so i just agreed to that...at least i didnt use a eurail day
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