Is A European Rail Pass Worth The Money?
If you’re planning to travel around Europe, then the all-inclusive Eurail pass (commonly called a Europass or Eurorail pass) is worth considering. Being that summer it just around the corner, it seemed like an opportune time to relive our adventures last summer of train hopping and backpacking through Europe to some of the most historic and stunning cities.
If there is one thing I do know well, it’s the logistics of booking travel and budget travel, in general. David may like to take credit for our year long trip, but I was the one who ultimately masterminded most of the itinerary and figured out how to book our round-the-world flights for less than $300 a person! More on that in a later post, but for now, I’ll focus on train travel in Europe.
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Half-Hazardly Traveling Through Malaysia
It was supposed to be a simple matter of taking three connecting trains to get from Bangkok to Singapore. With advice from seat61.com, we made a quick online purchase for the last two legs of the train ride going through Malaysia without adversity.
Booking Trains in India
India has a great railway network for getting around the entire country and we were counting on it during our time there. There are two websites you can use to book your tickets online: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and ClearTrip.
Sleeper Trains in Europe
One of the best ways to get around in Europe is obviously by train. But when you have to go long distances, sleeper trains are definitely the way to go in order to maximize your time. Especially when you have a long ride like our 13 hour one from Rome to Heidelberg.
It’s great to fall asleep in one country and wake up at your destination in another. Almost like you didn’t travel at all. It’s not the most comfortable bed I’ve ever had and it’s a cramped room in 2nd class. There are six people sharing a room with three beds stacked on opposite walls. But it is efficient!
We booked all our train rides using our Eurail pass. We’ll have to post a travel tip about that one at a later time though.