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Postby noora07 » 07 Mar 2010 - 19:11

Hi,
I'm travelling to Athens in about three weeks (end of March) and wondering how 'exhausting' the train connection between Vienna and Athens is. How many stops should I take between the cities? Does anyone have experience? I'm heading to Athens, staying there maybe a week and then coming back to Vienna. Does someone know how much this would aproximately cost, without any interrail pass?

thanks already for helping me,
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Postby Pete » 07 Mar 2010 - 19:21

Hi Noora...

I can't give you details about fares without InterRail - as we are an InterRail forum. Not a general rail forum. ;)

To your journey:

Vienna-Sofia: vienna-sofia-night-train-t1846.html
Sofia-Athens: sofia-athens-night-train-t3440.html

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Postby flow » 07 Mar 2010 - 20:55

If you want to to this by InterRail, the 5in10 global pass would be the suiting choice - it's 159€. You will have to pay some additional supplements though, so I'd estimate the costs at about ~200€.
The trip lasts about 33 hours, depending on which connection you take. If you want to make a stopover along the route I'd say Budapest or Beograd would be good choices.
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Postby noora07 » 08 Mar 2010 - 13:55

first of all, thanks for answering so quick!

Yes I'm aware that it's an interrail forum, but I thought asking wouldn't harm :)
I'm also considering coming back via Italy (by ferry), so I wouldn't have to take the same route twice. Could I use the same 5in10 pass in this option? Does someone know how the ferry connection is?

I wouldn't want to flight, but I'm also considering that option at this point...because I'm not sure I want to travel a long way twice IF it's a boring one. But, on the other hand, flying in one direction wouldn't make any sense, if I already got the interrail pass.

Hmm...I'm a bit late planning all this, but it all came quite spontanious. So, if someone has ANY suggestions, in addition to the last ones, I'm very thankful!
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Postby Pete » 08 Mar 2010 - 14:20

Concerning the ferry connection have a look here:
patras-athens-train-bus-t1251.html
ferry-greece-italy-patras-bari-ancona-venice-t1348.html

Then travel up to the North. And from there use for example a night train.
Roma-Vienna: rome-vienna-night-train-t1418.html
Venice-Vienna: venice-vienna-night-train-t3672.html

If you use a bus from Athens to Patras (see link above), you can use the ferry (fill in the arrival date in Italy as travel day - it is an overnight ferry and either the departure or arrival day has to be one of your InterRail travel days). Then you can do the travel ATHENS [bus] PATRAS [ferry] BARI [train] ROME / VENICE in only ONE travel day.
And for the night train ROME / VENICE to VIENNA it is as well only ONE travel day using this rule: 1900h-rule-night-train-t1024.html

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