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Postby diego88 » 29 Apr 2012 - 12:53

Hello. I am planning to use interrail and I'd like to ask about few questions about plans I show below.

Route (more or less): Berlin-Amsterdam-Brugge-Basel-Lausanne-Paris-Nice-Milano-Roma-Zagreb-Budapest-Praha-Krakow.

Next, ticket. You think that 10 days from 22 is suitable for this route? Or should I cut some cities from the list?

I'd like to start from Berlin some night train starting after 0:01 (first use of ticket), for instance CNL Berlin-Amsterdam 0:32-10:49. Next day, daily train to Brugge via Antwerpem 07:06-11:45. And next my problem occured: how to reach Switzerland form Brugge the best? Should I go back to Amsterdam or try another way? (I mean only the cheapest options, no THALYS etc.). I think that I do well in Switzerland to France and from Nice to Milano and Milano to Roma.

My next problem is Roma-Zagreb. As far as I know I should try with Roma Termini-Villach (19:05-04:11), and next Villach-Zagreb (04:17-08:36). It's only 6 minutes for the transfer. Is this possible to buy a seat place for this EN 1199 for instance in Roma instead of Villach if it's so little time for it?

From Zagreb to Budapest I take daily Regionalzug I suppose. And next Budapest-Praha 20:05-06:20 (20:005-03:59- DB timetable says- where the difference from?!). Then, I think I easily reach Poland with local trains to the border.

I wanted to describe my route as clearly as you may help me with advices.

What's more, my interests are surcharges. I try to read the webpage and get the knowledge about surcharges, but for example is this train from Budapest Keleti to Praha needs to have a seat place or it's optional? In Italy I need to buy 10 EUR seat place Milano-Roma-Milano by Euroitalia as I see correctly. Berlin-Amsterdam is 17,5 EUR, Belgium's free, like Switzerland and Zagreb-Budapest. Correct me please if I am wrong. About surcharges I have the main question which interestrs me. I plan to do this route on this summer, so I predict there will be plenty of tourists, but my plans are very flexible and I don't have a rigid plan. For instance, I'd like to stay in Switzerland for 2-3 days because the tickets says "10 days from 22" and I'd like to use this rule. So: what are my chances to buy a seat place for night train for instance early morning on the same day? Another examle, I reach Berlin form Warsaw on my own without Interrail and I am there at 10 am. What are my chances to buy a seat place for 17,5 EUR for the train to Amsterdam for CNL Berlin-Amsterdam 0:32-10:49? Or do I have to stay anoter night and day in Berlin and buy a seat place for the same train but the day after? And comparing this, my question concerns the rest of my proposals with the trains requires reservation and byuing a seat place on my route I draw you.

I'd be very grateful for you for some advices about all of these!

Best wishes, Daniel.
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Postby Pete » 29 Apr 2012 - 13:40

Hi Daniel.

First thing, concerning reservations for night trains: it always depends on the day. You can never preview it.
If the night trains are full, you can travel as well by day train (for example on Berlin-Amsterdam. Day train is free).
So I can't give a value saying: "buy it in advance" or "you will get a ticket at the day of departure".

If I calculated right, you have more travel days than "10".

Bruges to Switzerland
Bruges - Brussels: https://en.rail.cc/interrail-tr ... elgium/273
Brussels - Basel/Zurich: https://en.rail.cc/interrail-tr ... erland/195
Never use the THALYS trains as Interrail. Horrible expensive!!

Rome - Zagreb
Nice option is via Venice - Ljubljana to Zagreb.
https://en.rail.cc/interrail-tr ... e/italy/75
https://en.rail.cc/interrail-tr ... ovenia/204
https://en.rail.cc/interrail-tr ... roatia/364
You could also include Lake Bled travelling from the Italian/Slovenian border this route:
http://www.railcc.com/it/interrail-co ... ovenia/733

If you use night trains, for both trains they should be available in Rome.

Budapest - Prague: updated.

Milan - Rome: you can also travel by a free train - but it's a long trip then - https://en.rail.cc/interrail-tr ... /italy/726

Peter :)
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Postby flow » 29 Apr 2012 - 14:29

If you go Roma - Villach - Zagreb with the night trains you only need a reservation for Roma - Villach, Villach - Zagreb no reservation required!
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Postby diego88 » 29 Apr 2012 - 16:39

Oh, thanks for all!
I reminded something else. Theoretically, I nearly miss the train and I have no time to check if the trains requires reservation or not, but I strongly want to get on board. If I don't have a seat, can I buy it from the conductor of the train? Is this the same price as in the Net in official webpages? Or it's forbidden to get on board this way and I may get some extra fee for sbreaking the rules? Another words, I strongly want to get the train, and I even may sit on the floor all the route- is this understandable or rather silly and I am not allowed to do that?

Daniel.

PS: anyway, is this a possibility to byu some internetional railways timetable on European stations or not? I predict I won't have the Net when be hurry from station to station sometimes.
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Postby Pete » 29 Apr 2012 - 17:49

The best is to ask the staff when entering the train. So you are absolutely sure.

Concerning a timetable in printed version, I recommend the Thomas Cook Timetable for summer 2012 (right side):
https://en.rail.cc/interrail-train-schedules

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