My friends and i are going interailing this summmer, we have got our route planned, tickets booked and a few hostels already aswell! Only problem is, with an Interail pass it is not strictly free travel throughout Europe, which sucks, so that menas we have to pay several supplements for train journeys.
The most expensive supplement we have to pay is from Paris- Amsterdam, which is £39!!!! argh, so i was wondering if anyone knew a cheaper way of getting from the north of france (we will be in Bayeux in the morning) to Amsterdam for the evening (IE In one day!) ?! any help would be appreciated (:
I think this thread should probably be moved out of here.
The supplement, hefty as it is, must be payable because the train you've looked at is a high speed one. getting from paris to Amsterdam on a standard train should be easily achievable, in fact it definitely will be.
I've inter-railed 3 times and have never paid a supplement on a train ever.
if you prefer the security of pre-booked accomodation then Amsterdam may well be one you should pre-book especially if you are arriving in the evening and certainly if it'll be a weekend.
To be honest, my last inter-rail trip was a long time ago. Have you got the Thomas Cook European rail Timetable? It's a must for me. I know you can plan everything online but i find flicking throught that is quicker and easier.
As for avoiding supplements, just avoid the TGV and the Thalys which is the one you've probably looked at for Paris to Amsterdam.
The route itself should be straight forward enough. So from what you've said it would be a local train from Bayeux back into Paris, then a non-Thalys train to Amsterdam.
If you need any specific help to plan a timetable for it I could help but really it should be straight forward enough.
Yes i do have the Thomas Cook European Railway Guide and its so helpful, i would recommend it to anyone!
Okay i will take a look, Raileurope.come are usually good for planning these kinds of trips but for some reason theyre not bringing me any results for my searches! i Will keep trying, thanks!
Yeah of course, perhaps you have advice for the rest of the trip aswell!
We are starting in Bayeux-Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague-North Italy- East coast of Italy, towards the South- West coast of italy, Back towards the North-Sardinia (by ferry from Civitavecchia in Italy)-Barcelona-South of France-Paris-Uk (Home!)
It's nice to see you'll spend some time in Italy which I think is probably the best country in Europe as a traveller/visitor.
I've never been to Sardinia and nor have I spent any time worth talking about in Barcelona.
Other than that, yeah it sounds like a nice trip. The south of France is great but quite expensive. You can easy pay 10 euros for a beer there. The supermarkets are great though.
Everyone loves Amsterdam of course!
Prague has got very touristy indeed but it's nice enough for a couple of days. Of course it all depends what you like to do. It's pretty good for partying whereas Italy is more for culture, food and art galleries.
Anyway, your trip seems diverse enough to cater for a lot of different experiences so it'll be great whatever you like doing.
I don't know about you but I find the planning of a trip like that really exciting.