Before you get over to Europe for
is undoubtedly going to be one of the best trips of your life there
are a few things that you should know. The best way to see a continent
isn't by plane but rather by the incredible train network that Europe
has. Looking out the window you will see so many different cultures
and landscapes skipped passed you that the memories will stick with
you for the rest of your life.
The Eurail pass is a very customizable
means of traveling the European rail network. You can buy passes for
unlimited travel in a certain number of days, or you can buy a certain
number of days of travel that have to be used in a certain time frame.
The Eurail Pass is available to anybody who has lived outside of Europe for war more than the last six months. There are some restrictions, like with anything else, so if you happen to live in Turkey, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, or Russia the Eurail pass will not be available to you. If you happen to have a contact or address outside the euro zone then you can buy one and have it sent there.
Purchasing a year else asked can be
done in person or online. I found that purchasing mine online was much
easier and I didn't have to leave my house. One thing is for certain
though, make sure that you buy your Eurail pass well in advance because
once you get to Europe that prices nearly double.
Now that you know what exactly the
Europe rail pass is and how it is used you can see whether or not it
is worth it to get one. In some countries purchasing rail tickets flat
out is really rather cheap and the Eurail pass might cost you more for
a day of use than the ticket for the train would. Try to plan out your
proposed trip and see how much it would cost to buy train tickets alone
and compare that with the price of a Eurail pass. You can always get
a euro us valid for, say five days in a month, and travel seven days
but paid for two tickets. Most of the time the Eurail paths does end
up saving you quite a bit of money.
There are in fact discounts for your rail passes. If you are under 26 years old, there is a pretty healthy
discount that is really worth it and makes traveling by train very
There are also discounts with some rail companies that allow groups
of people to save money. If you can convince a number of your friends
to come with you you might just save some money.
In some countries and on certain trains
there will be compulsory seat reservation costs associated with the
travel. Make sure that you check the schedule to see if reservations
are required for a train but in most cases it is a good idea to get
there early anyway so you don't end up standing the whole way.
trains and popular intercity routes tend to be the ones that require
reservations but even entire countries, such as Italy, require you to
make reservations on every single train. The costs associated with these
extra little services must be paid for by you and the Eurail pass just
covers the ticket price.
Keep in mind that there are private
lines who don't accept the Eurail pass as a valid ticket. Because I
didn't do my homework, I got on a privately operated training in
and ended up paying an extra â¬120 for a make sure that you know what
you are doing every time you step on the train.
Seeing as you will probably be
over a number of different countries borders, having your passport in
your pocket is always advised. The Eurail pass will have your passport
number and name on it so that nobody else can use it. A lot of the time
the train staff will ask you for your passport as well as your your
rail pass just make sure that the right person is using it.
The idea behind the Eurail pass is
that you can work on a loose schedule and still see as much of Europe
as you want. You should, however, spend a little bit of time planning
your journey. If you don't want to take trains that require
tying your arrivals and departures on trains that are off-peak and you
will save some money. That being said, make sure that your travel times
are not ridiculous because you don't want to be walking from the train
station in Naples at 11:00 PM on any night of the week.
Although the Eurail organization makes sure that prices of the Eurail passes state closely controlled, they do sometimes have special deals available when demand is lower. If you can manage to wait for one of the times throughout the year, you might just get yourself a pretty good deal on a year of past. This might not, however, coincide with your travel plans so don't let the price prevent you from seeing this incredible continent.