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#16 SheikYerbouti

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 08:09 AM

Haha!
You get what you pay for.
We were running late once for an Easyjet flight (about 3 yrs ago) due to icy roads.
We got to the gate just after they closed off baggage, so they said "no problems, just hop on with your backpacks."
We chucked our packs up the back of the plane near the galley and sat down.
They didn't look at, let alone scan, our packs.
We could have been carrying anything!
But - they're the corners they have to cut to offer cheap-as tickets and not go broke!

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 09:37 AM

Wow, what great Info!!

This has also helped me ladies, as we are honeymooning in Europe i September 2006, and are currently deciding the most money efficient way to get around Europe....

Just for doing say, Europe itself, would you ladies who have done it before, recommend flying or are trains fine... EG. Just staying in the central Europe... These destinations: London, Amsterdam, Munich, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Nice, Pompeii & Paris... Would it be just as easy training it, seeing as none of these places are really that far from each other....... (besides London - Amsterdam).

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 10:05 AM

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none of these places are really that far from each other


Oh theyre pretty far from each other! Don't make the mistake of failing to read your map scale!
Amsterdam - Paris is 520km. Thats 6-7 hrs' driving.
Amsterdam- Munich is 838km, nearly as far as Sydney - Melbourne. WOuld you get a train from Syd-Mel or fly?
Munich - Rome is 928km.
Paris - Naples is 1700km.

Amsterdam - Paris, for instance, is about 4 hrs on the super high speed 300km/h TGV trains. Or about 6 hrs on normal ones.
Thats a full day's travel, really.

Amsterdam to Munich - allow 8-12 hrs.
Having done a LOT of European travel and living, I'd catch the plane. 10 hrs in a train or 40 mins in a plane - which leaves the time for actually seeing things?

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 01:25 PM

Wow, thanks so much.

I didnt realise... huh.gif

Could you please give me detailed times (as youve done above) for times between all of my cities pls? Would be a great help!


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Posted 07 December 2005 - 02:12 PM

not sure about the other countries but we trained it all over Italy and the only advice I can give is 'book your seat' as in pay that little extra to actally get a seat number allocated to you.
We did the whole time because I was warned and thank god as people had to sit in the aisle ways on their cases and move for people going to the loo etc etc. The traing just kept filling up but when you reserve your seat you sit in the cabin and watch the scenery go by!

As some of the other people have said, don't get caught out thinking some places are close cause they are not and you'll pay a fortune for car hire etc.



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Posted 07 December 2005 - 04:15 PM

Does this apply to the Eurail / Eurostar??

How do we reserve our seats?? Can we do it within a matter of a day? Do we have to do it before we go?

Reason i ask is because we dont know what our exact itinerary is.. Eg. Exactly when we will be in an exact place.. ie. we are more like backpacking (nicely), and rock up at certain places only when we feel like it, not having an exact scedule....


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Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:40 PM

It all depends how much time you have. if you have limited time, I would fly but sometimes it takes a while to get to the airport, check in, fly, get to the airport, wait for bagagge then get to the city. Because as I have mentioned earlier or in another thread, these budget airlines are out of the city. If you are doing all the cities all at once, I would consider train and perhaps hiring a car for some of the journey so long as someone is confident to drive on the other side of the road. through England they drive on the same side as Australia so that shouldn't be a problem. We have driven right down to the south of france (well dordogne area - Bourdeaux and that took 2 full on days to get there from Calais in France. if you have a map to look at. It is quite a distance and could help you.

We also drove to Brugge in Belgium which is an easy drive 1 hour after you go on the English channel. I would stay clear of the major cities if driving - eg Paris, Rome, Florence. We also drove around Tuscany which was fine but the driving along Amalfi is a death sentence - narrow roads, on high hill tops, and maniac drivers - is not good.


I would work out what you want to do and go and then do half. Perhaps fly into Pisa for example, hire a car and drive around Tuscany area. Then from there you can do a tour to Rome. Then go to Florence for some time and fly out of there and into Paris. Then from there, hire a car and drive to Amsterdam and go to Brugge in Belgium (I love that place - my favourite of everything i have been to so far) and then you can drive back to England. I know I missed some places on your schedule but it is just a rough plan and I have not been to Germany so can't help but I do know they have NO speed limits there so they are all formula 1 drivers. Someone has to be confident to drive though to do this.

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 09:40 AM

Hmmm ... Driving........

Is it hard over there? I mean, are they very many different rules? And getting around by car? Can it be easily stressful??

Ok, maybe i should re-phrase that..... Is it very easy to get lost over there?

We want to do this with as little stress, and as much fun as possible! biggrin.gif

As im sure everyone does when they go to another foreign city.

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 05:50 PM

We have never got lost but we have also made sure we have good road maps. you can get books like the sydney directory of all of the country. they are very good. road signs are very good as well.
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Posted 10 December 2005 - 03:17 PM

I skimmed your responses, so sorry if I repeat anything.

Trains:
Train travel around Europe is generally good, but the faster the train goes, the more expensive it is. The most expensive is an ICE, then an IC. Reserving a seat is also extra, and if you are travelling off-peak probably not worth paying for (although you might have to move seats a few times over a day long trip) - Italy probably excluded, as below, I have heard similar stories. but we had no problems anywhere else. Trains in Germany and the Netherlands I found very punctual, whereas in Italy every train I caught was late.

Local buses and trams in Europe often require a strip-card (like a travel 10). The number of strips punched depends on how far you are going. You can buy those at news agents, and in Amsterdam at the main train station from the ticket machines. Also, for domestic trains, the automatic machines often have a button for English and usually take credit.

Planes:
I flew Ryanair and Easyjet many many times. Both are pretty dodgy, but Ryanair more so. I never felt unsafe though. We had our luggage left behind in the UK once and it was courier-ed to us same day so I can't complain there.
Note that airports that these airlines fly from and to are usually out of the city centres. London-Luton and London-Stansted are not actually in London - in face, Stansted is something like 2 and a half hours by bus from Heathrow, so please leave time between your flights to allow for that. Similarly, Bergamo in Italy is a bus ride away from Milan and Einhoven is maybe 2 hours from Amsterdam.
If that doesn't worry you, keep an eye on the websites, especially Ryanair, as they have really good deals. We flew from Luton to Bergamo (Italy) in 2003 for 1p each return plus tax, which worked out to be 40 each which is very, very cheap. We were willing to travel for those prices.
Cheap airlines are easier to navigate if you have cabin luggage only in my experience.

Driving:
In the Uk there isn't much difference. People drive fast on the freeways. And exits are numbered (Junction X). Multimap.co.uk will give you step by step driving instructions plus a map, and we used their instructions driving from our place in Surrey to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris without problem. In Europe, you are on the wrong side of the road whichmakes roundabouts decidedly unfun, but other than that its not so bad, just tiring because you have to really concentrate.

We only drove because we lived there. When we were travelling from Aus, we used a combination of trains and cheap flights. Generally, trains within the country, and planes from one country to the next, but that does depend on the distance from a to b. Lonely planet books are usualy quite good at giving an overview of transport within a country.
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