Venice Train Station

If you want to get in Venice by train, be sure to get off at the last train station: Venezia Santa Lucia.
Before Santa Lucia there’s another train station, Venezia Mestre(Mestre is a city  next to Venice – last stop on the mainland).

The tip: Don’t confuse Venezia Santa Lucia with Venezia Mestre.

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Meeting Paris in Venice

What are the chances to meet Paris Hilton when you travel by train around Europe? I really don’t know :).

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Discover Europe by train with Interrail

My fist travel  adventure happened in 2006, i was only 22. Me and my friend Lolo traveled for 24days by train around Europe. Our  goal for this trip was to see  Turin, Milan, Rome,  Nice, Madrid and Paris.  But we ended up visiting so much more. We stopped for 2 days in Budapest, we visited Venice, Barcelona and Wien.

Transportation
But how to travel to all these places? We had like 500Euros each.  It was impossible  with this budget.  We realized that we could only visit one or two cities with that kind of money.  And just then we came across this extraordinary offer: The InterRail Pass.
The InterRail Global Pass was exactly what we needed for our trip to happen. We paid 270Euro for a Pass.  One month of unlimited train travel within and between the countries we wanted to see.

Our adventure started on 19th October 2006, in Bucharest. The next day, at noon we were in Budapest… searching for accommodation.

Accommodation
Thanks to the Tourist information desk, whatever city your in,  you can find hostel information, prices and and free city maps. A Tourist Information Desk can be found in any big train station.  Once we got to a new city, this was always our first stop.   With the map and the list of hostels,  we searched the one that suited us best,  we checked in and went to discover the city.

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Interrail Passes

The InterRail Pass is the fun and budget-friendly way to discover Europe by train.

This Pass is available for European residents only. Non-European residents can buy an EuRail Pass which is basically the same as InterRail.

Countries:

The InterRail Pass is valid for train travel in the following 30 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey and on the ferry between Italy and Greece operated by Attica Group.

Passes:

You can choose the InterRail Global Pass or the InterRail One Country Pass.  You can buy you Pass online or from any big train station. If you’re under 26, hurry up  and take advantage, the pass is cheaper.

Reservation Fees

Besides the pass price, you have to pay seat reservation fees for most trains. Exception make regional trains(trains that travel between 2 cities in the same country). Here are some examples of reservation fees:

From Budapest(Hungary) to Trieste (Italy) the seat reservation cost 4Euros. From Nice(France) to Barcelona(Spain) the seat reservation cost 5Euros.

Get more info on the InterRail Pass.

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Where I’ve been

My first travel adventure:  me and Lolo(a close friend), with 500Euros each, decided to visit Europe.  Thanks to the Interrail pass, during 24 days, we’ve been to Budapest, Wien, Venice, Rome, Turin, Milan, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid and Paris.  It was a real adventure.  We had no hotel bookings, no route, no plan… we just decided on the spot  the next city.

My second travel experience was not so good: 8 friends in two cars went to Athens, Greece to visit a fiend for a few days. Thesaloniki and Athens are wonderful cities, with rich history. But going 8 friends on a trip was not  a good idea.  The different opinions and personalities made this trip just unpleasant.

The third trip had a well established purpose: me and Lolo wanted to party at least one night at Oktoberfest, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.  This was a car trip. In our way to Munich, we  managed to visit Bratislava, Prague,  Frankfurt.

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