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OfflineOnlyScarsRemain
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A question for the Europeans here
    #2978474 - 08/08/04 04:13 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

For any of the Europeans here...
I'm considering getting a 15 day eurail pass next summer and just stopping in whichever countries interest me at the time. I was just wondering (and I can't find any reference to this online) if it were possible to sleep in the trains (as in, could I sleep in one overnight and just get off whenever I wanted the next day), or would I have to find a hostel for each night?
Any help would be appreciated. danke.


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OnlyScarsRemain]
    #2978486 - 08/08/04 04:15 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I did this in January and some trains are overnight but you can't really get off wherever you want - the Eurail pass still requires you to go get tickets for certain destinations at each train station, they don't just let you on the train.


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OnlyScarsRemain]
    #2978489 - 08/08/04 04:17 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I know there are sleep trains but I'm not sure if you can use sleep spaces with a eurail pass. you better get information from a place that sells these eurail cards
what onerobot sais is true too. you probably have to make reservations for the train you want to get. but all trains in the zones you have a eurail card for are free right?


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: stefan]
    #2978531 - 08/08/04 04:28 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Do either of you think that outside of buying the eurail pass, that reservations would have to be made well in advance? As in, is there a problem w/the trains often being full? I'd hope not because I'd planned on not really planning every step of the trip beforehand... making it more of a spontaneous thing.

so, do you think it'd be possible to maybe make a reservation for a particular train on the same day that I'd plan on using it?


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OnlyScarsRemain]
    #2978533 - 08/08/04 04:29 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

You pay one big price for the Eurail and sometimes there are taxes on individual trains, it depends. You can make a reservation the very same day you are taking a train - I once made the reservation 20 minutes beforehand. Bottom line is: you have to let them know, and assume the train MIGHT be full.


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #2978555 - 08/08/04 04:39 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Which countries did you visit when you used the eurail?


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OnlyScarsRemain]
    #2978560 - 08/08/04 04:40 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I did Paris>Amsterdam>Rotterdam>Paris>Lucerne (Stopover in Bern)>Paris


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #2978576 - 08/08/04 04:49 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I've been to amsterdam once, but I really want to see other dutch cities.
I also really look forward to seeing the scandinavian countries... and portugal.. and germany.. and....bah, if I'd thought of this earlier I could've done it this summer... but alas, I must wait a year.


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OnlyScarsRemain]
    #2978580 - 08/08/04 04:50 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Rotterdam was a nice place with some really chill coffeeshops along the main road. We were there on a quiet Sunday afternoon and just puffed and relaxed. If you want tips on travelling with Amsterdamian goods PM me.


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OnlyScarsRemain]
    #2978638 - 08/08/04 05:15 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

denmark for a good time and norway for awesome nature experiences if you want to go to scandinavia. france and italy also perhaps.


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: Mystiq_Shaman]
    #2983465 - 08/09/04 10:43 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Mystiq_Shaman said:
denmark for a good time and norway for awesome nature experiences if you want to go to scandinavia




ahhh ja! but, on the question - some trains are overnight, and just because they aren't sleeper trains doesn't mean that you can't find a place to stretch out in your sleeping bag. i'd say try to book as many trains overnight as you can (or trains leaving at 3 or 4 am) - then you can always just sprawl out with your sleeping bag, and if somebody comes, pretend to speak only Urdu or some other language that the conductor won't speak.. you won't really get in trouble, worst case they will tell you that you can't sleep there...

good luck!


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: OnlyScarsRemain]
    #2983775 - 08/10/04 12:18 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Try these guys, its buses and WAY cheaper than Eurorail passes.. Plus damn flexible  :thumbup:

http://www.busabout.com/


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: Thor]
    #2984118 - 08/10/04 01:51 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

That does look quite flexible, I'd just be slightly nervous with having to trust someone's driving for such a distance. I know that they're probably safe drivers, but I've just been slightly wary about long drives ever since I was in a passenger in a car where it wrecked and flippped into a ditch.

This is something that I will look more into, though. Thank you much.


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Re: A question for the Europeans here [Re: Krishna]
    #2984142 - 08/10/04 01:54 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

If you had to suggest any scandinavian country, city, or even street; which would you name?

For some reason, that's where I'm looking forward to seeing the most.. That and maybe Hungary.

I'd also like to check out some of the smaller dutch cities.


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