Have your mom or dad buy you one as an early or late birthday
or Christmas present or just tell them to buy you one
because they love you and want you to have an awesome
time on your journey of self discovery and this is the
best way for them to contribute to your plight.
do what I did and charge it on your credit card and pay
it off when you get back (if you over budget for your
trip, you will return from your trip with extra money).
an example, you can take a trip from Paris to Madrid,
then later go from Madrid to Rome and those two trips
alone will cost around $400 2nd class ($600 1st class)!
Imagine how much more you have to budget by buying more
individual train fares to travel to Portugal, Amsterdam
(Holland), Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, London,
Other parts of Italy and Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway,
Hugary, Luxembourg, and Greece. Four of those trips (only
2nd class)and you would have paid as much as it cost for
a 1st Class Eurail Pass Flexi giving you 15 days of travel
anytime within a two-month period! Do the math folks!
Not only does the Eurail Pass save you money, it saves
you tons of time, especially if you don't know the language
of the countries that you will be traveling to.
LINE: I could never go to Europe without
a Eurail Pass. I've saved too much money and time by buying
Taking the Eurail works like this. You're heading to Paris
from Los Angeles and have your money belt filled with
cash, credit cards, passport, plane ticket, and Eurail
ticket. You arrive in Paris and take in the sites for
a few days. Then, you've decided that you've had enough
of Paris and want to check out Amsterdam. It would be
wise to go to the train station and make your reservation
to Amsterdam, at the very least, the day before. Let's
say that you bought a Eurail pass, back in LA, that gives
you eight days of travel within a two month period. You
pull this Eurail pass out to show to the person at the
window at the train station. This attendant will check
your pass to see if it is valid and if you've bought a
1st class or 2nd class pass. They will then ask you what
day you would like to travel to A-Dam. You tell them "tomorrow
at 3:00pm(or, whatever)." They reserve a spot for
you (providing that there is availability, of course),
and YOU WILL BE CHARGED A LITTLE FEE. This fee is nominal.
It's a few bucks for, I believe, taxes. Don't worry about
it as every time you do this in any country, you should
expect to pay this small amount.
thing, If you travel at night and want a "sleeper
car" or "couchette" it will cost extra
money and can range in price, depending on how many people
you will be sharing the couchette with. Share it with
friends or they'll find a car with four beds and sell
you one of those beds, not knowing who you'll be bunking
with. The more beds per room, the cheaper price you will
pay. I paid around $40 for my own room on the train from
Paris to A-Dam.
was cool! Had my own sink, mirror, racks, window, privacy,
and the guy came around taking drink orders! Four beers,
please! I woke up and we just got to A-dam at 9AM. Traveling
at night, by way of train, serves two purposes. One, you
didn't waste any site-seeing daylight hours. And, two,
you didn't have to fork out money for a hostel/hotel that
night as you slept on the train.
the normal seats in both 1st and 2nd class are big and
comfy and you can sleep fine there too. I just figured,
well, how often in my life will I be traveling by train
in another country and get to have my own room. What's
that experience like? So, I pulled the trigger, had a
nice, relaxing time, and got first-hand experience.
to business, during the train ride, a guy will come around
to every passenger and ask to see your passport and ticket
or Eurail pass. You pull it out for him to check it, and
he will have YOU write down the DATE (ie..06/03) in ONE
OF YOUR EIGHT ALOTTED SLOTS on your 8-day Eurail pass.
You will have seven available slots left. You can travel
as much as you want in a 24hr period using ONE slot. Make
sense? Let's say you left A-Dam and went a few hours south
to Bruges, Belgium. You get off the train, having used
one slot on your pass. You run around Bruges for 3 hours
and decide that you don't want to stay there, but move
on to Paris. You can then hop on the train again, without
using another slot on your pass, since it's still the
same date as you wrote down in one of your slots. If you
are traveling quite a distance, there will probably be
a stop or two on your way. Sit tight. The guy will come
around again once the train stars moving again, to check
tickets again (since there will be new passengers at every
Europe- This is by far, the most popular
site for purchasing your Eurail Passes. They offer all
different types of passes catered to your specific travel
destinations. Rail Europe is also the leading online supplier
of Eurail Passes. Many visitors of our website have purchased
their passes through their online website and have had
great success with them. This is why we highly recommended
that you visit the Rail Europe website if you will be
traveling throughout all of Europe or just parts of it.
They offer Eurail Selectpasses, BritRail, France, Swiss,
Single Country, Multiple Countries, Eurostar, Point-to-Point,
and France nÂ´Spain passes. Special discounts
on "Youth Passes" for people under 26 yrs old
(if you havenÂ´t had your 26th birthday yet).
Their interactive maps are extremely helpful when routing
out your trip.
online orders will be processed within 24 hrs and can
be delivered within 2 business days!
Tracking your order: There is a link on the Rail Europe
site that says "Track Your Shipment." Once you
have placed your order online, you will be sent a Reference
Number on your confirmation email. This number can be
typed into their site and you will be able to track exactly
when your pass was processed, where your pass is, and
when you should receive it.
main Rail Europe.com website, is for US residents only.
For residents of Canada, UK, and or other countries, you
will see links for you to purchase Eurail tickets, towards
the upper part of the Rail Europe website.
Travel in Spain is a dream with AVE high speed trains.
The AVE operates on the Madrid-Cordova-Seville route
and can whisk you to/from Madrid and Seville in just
2.5 hours (with many other routes available).
Eurostar- The world's most
advanced train, Eurostar whisks you under the sea through
the famous Channel Tunnel taking you to and from Paris,
London and Brussels in record time and in luxurious
(in Spain) Similar to the 168 mile per hour AVE train
Madrid and Seville, the new 140 mile per hour Talgo
200 trains connect Madrid-Cordova-Malaga and Madrid-Cordova-Seville-Cadiz,
with five and two trains, respectively, running daily.
TGV- For 20 years it has regularly linked more than
150 destinations in France and Europe safely, quickly
and comfortably. The TGV is the cornerstone of the European
high-speed rail network connecting France to London,
Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, Torino, Milan, and
TGV Med- Travel at speeds over 186 mph from Paris and
Lyon to the French Mediterranean destinations such as
Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Montpellier, Nimes
and Nice with the TGV Med. This brand new high speed
line provides frequent service from Paris to the Mediterranean
Thalys -Also known as the "red train", Thalys
links Paris to Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam.
There are 18 Thalys trains per day that take you from
Paris to Brussels in under 1 hr 25 min.