from Osnabruck to Paris

Old May 22nd, 2012, 11:26 AM
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from Osnabruck to Paris

I'm heading from Osnabruck to Paris in late June, anyone have an idea of the best route? Then going from Paris to Barcelona...
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 11:30 AM
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How are you traveling?
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 11:44 AM
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most likely train. considered flying but seemed tough to get to the airports
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 11:58 AM
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You can check out schedules and prices at www.voyages-sncf.com. There are several possible routes, the shortest being Osnabruck to Schipol and on to Paris - about 7 hours in transit.

From Paris to Barcelona, you might want to consider a cheap flight.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 03:29 PM
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Thanks so much. I looked at that site. I am being routed through Cologne? Am I doing something wrong?
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 03:33 PM
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Well, it's possible you're being routed through Cologne, depending on which train/dates you're choosing. I saw trains going through Cologne, then downtown Amsterdam (those seemed to take about 9 hours) and then ones just making a single change at Schipol. But I didn't know what dates or times you were looking for. There seem to be a variety of routes, but if possible I'd take the shortest one - through Schipol; 7 hours is a bit of a long time on a train.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 03:37 PM
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Would flying really work out?
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 03:41 PM
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I am trying to travel June 23rd bec my classes will be over but I did not expect to see such a high cost for a 7 hour journey. I guess I do not know much about this train thing, Maybe I should have got that eurail pass afterall. Thanks for your help.
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I don't know whether RailEurope would have saved you any money, but if you'd bought your tickets two months ago, you'd likely have saved quite a bit. Water over the dam, though. Your best bet is to catch the 1:37 train in Osnabruck, which takes 6:22 to arrive in Paris and costs 100 euros.

I've never taken those low-cost intra-Europe flights, so can't speak to that, but you can check out what's available at www.whichbudget.com.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 03:53 PM
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I do not know how you can do this so quickly. But I appreciate all of your effort. Thanks again.
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The fares start at 90-100 euros. That's not that expensive for the long distance.
Or you check the fares for the night train via Hannover at bahn.com.
It should start at 120 for a couchette, and you will have saved costs for one night in a hotel.
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If you leave on 24 June you can fly from FMO - CDG on Air Berlin for $319 (Vayama).

Looks like a bad routing with 2 stops and 12 hours travel...but its probably the cheapest way.

Just take the x150 bus from Osnabrueck to FMO. I think its 10 euro. Takes about 30 minutes.
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Better yet if you can leave 25 June its only 292 USD and a 9 hour trip (but 2 stops again). No overnights required.
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Hmmm.. I still have time to purchase a eurail pass. I wonder if that would really bring the price down. I am a student and don't have a lot of money.
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StCirq. How did you find that 1:37 train for 100 euros. That sounds great.
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I went to www.voyages-sncf.com and plugged in Osnabruck to Paris, June 23, 2nd class, I person in the 26-59-year-old category, and it was one of about four choices.

I don't see how Eurrail pass would help you.
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