Traveling with a
Eurail train pass
is the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to explore continental Europe. The pages below provide information and price comparisons
of the many forms of transportation available in Europe.
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is the best value for your itinerary.
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You must purchase your Eurail pass before
you arrive in Europe. You can purchase Eurostar tickets and point-to-point
tickets in advance or while Europe.
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For many people the only way to travel in
Europe is by train. Eurail
and/or Inter-Rail passes
provide fast and efficient for those wanting to travel Europe by train.
passes are available to anyone who is
not a citizen of Europe.
Britrail passes are available to anyone who is not a citizen of
passes are only available to citizens of Europe or for people who can prove
they have been residents of a European country for more than six months.
train service offers high speed trains between London & Paris and Brussels &
Paris. Anyone may purchase tickets, but
pass holders are eligible for a discounted ticket.
If you are traveling in
a small group (3-6 people) you might find it cheapest to
or lease a car for the duration of stay in Europe. When computing the price remember
to factor in buying gas, road tolls, and any other applicable charges.
different companies offer flexible
bus passes that go to many of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. Bus passes
are sometimes, but not always, cheaper than train passes. They are an especially
good deal for those traveling in Europe for more than two months, because most rail
passes are only valid for up to two months from first day of use (depending on
the pass you purchase).
Yet another travel option is
bus tours. I went on two of these week long tours as supplements to my
independent train travel. They are fun way to travel (especially when traveling
solo) and a great way for a
traveler to see certain parts of Europe in depth.
What I used during my three
Depending on the length of your stay,
combining rail and bus passes can save you money and offer you greater flexibility.
During my three months of travel I: used a Britrail
Flexipass, went on a
MacBackpackers tour, took a National Express bus to/from Ireland, went on a
Tir Na NOg tour,
took a Eurolines bus from London to Paris, used a 10 days
in two month Eurail Flexi-Pass, and took the Eurostar from
Brussels to London.