Travelling through Europe
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Aug 17, 2012 1:44 PM Last Post By: Liberat
Aug 16, 2012 7:53 PM
Travelling through EuropeHi there,
Next summer a group of my friends and I are planning on a month long trip through England, Spain, France, and Italy. We have started our initial planning for the trip and we have been unable to find an easy, and somewhat cheap, way to travel from Barcelona to Rome. Ideally we would like to stop at some small towns on the way between the cities, would this be at all possible taking a train or another mode of transportation? We would like something that is reasonably priced (we are incoming college students paying for this trip), but if the experience is worthwhile we would be willing to spend a little more. So, what would be the best way to travel between the two? And how expensive would this mode cost?
Thanks so much in advance for any help you can provide!
*Also I have seen train passes that are applicable in multiple countries for over a thousand dollars, would this be a good investment since we will be travelling through around various countries and back and forth to small towns? Or would you suggest something else?
Edited by: fostermypeople
Aug 16, 2012 9:26 PM
1way to travel from Barcelona to Rome - Ryan air starts for 19€ per Pax, one way.
Aug 16, 2012 11:10 PM
2have you read this?
Aug 16, 2012 11:56 PM
3Some suggestions for you if you want answers to questions.
Without more detail, what can anyone say?
A month translates into 1 week 'per country', all the more reason to be more precise with your plans. In particular:
around various countries and back and forth to small towns
There's a website .. man in seat 61 .. http://www.seat61.com/
Browse it for the basics.
The one practical alternative to surface travel is already mentioned above. If your plan includes big jumps between cities (none of that visiting towns in between) then consider booking a flight on a budget airline. Advance booking for best deals. But you need a plan before you can decide what to do.
Aug 17, 2012 4:00 AM
4You're propably not aware of it, but Europe is propably the continent in the world with the best public transport. You can hop on a train in any city and end up in any other (except for the really small towns) for a reasonable price. So if you ask me, don't even bother with a car or a plane. Cars are going to drive you crazy on European streets (and parking is expensive) and planes are just plain boring (and often slower than the train - yes they are).
The other question is why Spain is part of your trip. It seems a bit out of the way. So is there any special reason you want to visit Spain? If not, I would suggest to cut it out and spend a bit more time in any of the other countries, especially France and Italy. England, France and Italy are very diverse experiences, so you really have enough to visit in one month. Between those three, you should have no problems coming around by train.
Aug 17, 2012 4:50 AM
Aug 17, 2012 7:02 AM
6I think you should specify what places do you plan to visit in each country and what are your interests, what are you looking for. Otherwise, we can't say if a pass will worth it (although, at the end, in order to know it, you should do the maths comparing the cost of the pass with the cost of point to point tickets), if you'll have enough time to stop along the route when going from one city to another...
Aug 17, 2012 1:44 PM
7Aside from flying and railing, there is also sailing. For the trip from Barcelona to Rome, you could use the ferry. (I fact the ferry goes to Civitavecchia, close to Rome) See Grimaldi Lines. The ferry stops on its way in Porto Torres on the NW-point of Sardinia. You could got off there , look around the area and continue on one of the following days.
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