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Oct 30th, 2014, 02:42 PM
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A flight can be around 50-70€>

and how much does it cost to get to the airport and back - baggage allowance can be small with stiff charges on some discounted airlines.

You save time taking the overnight train and if you get a private compartment - yes at a lot extra than a couchette type accommodation you could make it a rather romantic experience perhaps.

I've taken a zillion overnight trains in Europe and love them but some folks who are light sleepers may not. You are do enough train travel to look at a Eurail Select Saver Pass, valid in Benelux - Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg as one country for this, France, Switzerland and Italy. If over 25 it is only in first-class and on the trip of a lifetime I suggest splurging a bit - first-class is IME much more relaxed on the average than 2nd class - especially for folks carrying around perhaps too much luggage - lots more places to easily stow them in first class where there are often empty seats near me - 2nd class is often full or quite full.

First-class seats are bigger and there are less folks traveling in first class cars of the same-size as 2nd class - about 25% less and again IME usually lots of empty seats.

Anyway for loads of great info on European trains I always spotlight these superb info-laden sites: www.seat61.com (recommended also above); www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

To me the Interlaken-Grindelwald area of Switzerland is the best bet for a first-timer wishing to see the high Alps and it is right on a main rail route Paris-Bern-Italy.
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Oct 30th, 2014, 02:59 PM
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@palenq dang you read my mind! I was just gonna ask which city to visit in Switzerland cuz I heard great reviews of the country itself! I'm thinking typing to venice after Switzerland! Thanks for the great advice, appreciate it very much!
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