(English) A guide to travelling Europe by train

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I have used the eurail pass twice & found that in Italy I had to pay extra. Is this normal? The first time I used it tomtravelmfrom Patris in Greece to Ancona in Italy & it cost me nothing extra but the second time I had to pay the fare.

Hi Steve, sometimes you have to pay a supplement on the train but as to why you paid nothing the first time and something the second time, I have no idea! Sounds like a great trip though :)

We travel to Europe often. Only used travelers checks once. It was a major pain to get them cashed. Very few businesses take them and it was almost as hard at the bank. We use the local ATM’s and our debit card. You will be better off with a chip card now. Only bank that I know of that has them stateside is USAA
If you have a Eurorail pass, make sure you sit in the right compartment (1st or 2nd). On some trains an extra fee is charged for the compartment reservations.

I’ve found that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find a place that will cash traveller’s checks, and often I had to pay a fee to cash them. However, it is becoming easier to find ATM machines that accept my credit union VISA and/or MasterCard. Some American banks charge a conversion fee in addition to the exchange rate when you use their charge card overseas, but my credit union does not. Before going, let your bank know you will be overseas so they will not block your charges, and be sure to ask if they charge a conversion fee in addition to the exchange rate.

I intend to get the most I can by train in Europe and as I never took a trip by train, I’d like to know how long time I need to cover cities like London, Paris, Chamonix, Rome, Milan, Prague, Athens, and Brastislava?
Thank you so mcuh.

Hi Joao,

Well to be honest it is entirely up to you, as it depends how long you would like to spend in each city. That’s the good thing about travelling by rail, you can set your own schedule and time-frame.

Travelers checks are old school. You will have to go to the banks to cash it, which is usually a pain when you are new to the place. Check with your local bank in your home country on how much they charge. Most of the times it usually comes out to be cheap. Otherwise you can get a travel card, which is basically a debit card accepted overseas. You can top it up from your local account.

@Steve – there are some exceptions to eurail pass. For example, most of the trains in Swiss charge you extra. Eurail pass guide should give you all this information.

@Joao, it depends on how much time you wish to spend in each of the destinations. Do some research on lonelyplanet before hand. As a thumb rule, a minimum of 2 days is required to spend in each of these big places.

Dear Friends,

My wife and I together with my 2 adult daughters and a grandson of 5 yr old, have 2 weeks in October/November 2015 intending to travel Europe by Train, and lodge in HI accommodations on places be visited or sleeping in train carriages. Will be flying from KUL to Heathrow and back again to Heathrow to KUL. Appreciate your advice please.

Hello, thanks for getting in touch! It depends how much time you intend to spend in each destination, but if you want to take your time to explore the cities with your family rather than cramming lots in, we think this route would be a great one for a two week trip:

London (2 nights) https://www.hihostels.com/search/hostels?q=london > Paris (3 nights) https://www.hihostels.com/search/hostels?q=paris > Brussels (1 night) https://www.hihostels.com/search/hostels?q=Brussels > Amsterdam (3 nights) https://www.hihostels.com/search/hostels?q=Amsterdam > Frankfurt https://www.hihostels.com/hostels/frankfurt-haus-der-jugend & Berlin (3 nights) https://www.hihostels.com/search/hostels?q=Berlin > Belgium [Bruges https://www.hihostels.com/hostels/bruges-europa & Ghent https://www.hihostels.com/hostels/gent-hostel-de-draecke ] (2 nights) > London (1 night)

You can buy an interrail pass here and explore various different options: http://www.interrail.eu/interrail-passes

London is connected to France and Belgium via the Eurostar, which you won’t find on the inter-railing website but tickets are bookable here – http://www.eurostar.com/

Northern Europe at that time of year is quite cold but very beautiful – you’ll just begin to see Christmas preparations setting in with the wintry weather. We hope this helps and enjoy your trip!


Me and my friends are planning to go to spain this January. We would love to see some nice beaches with clear water and some stunning scenery. We were thinking Majorca,Ibiza and Canary Island, we are up to some adventures and experience a great nightlife in our travel. I came across this great article too here in https://www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/lanzarote/things-to-do/ but i wanted to hear your thoughts first. Can anyone suggest any ideas or tips? Any help is kindly appreciated :)

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