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Sep 29th, 2011, 12:54 PM
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Hi,
I am almost through with booking my europe trip for the month of oct and nov and really looking forward to that. Just a couple of bookings which i am struggling with. Would appreciate help on that.
Since its not a very long trip therefore i can not spend too much time taking long trains to every place.
1. Whats the best way of travelling from Paris to Venice? I have been looking at low cost airlines. The fares look attractive only till u reach the final booking stages. Later you realise you are expected to pay for the seat to the mode you choose to pay? Which website/agent would be the best to go with? Is there any fast train that i can take ?

2. Travelling from florence to barcelona - Flying out of Florence is coming out to be very expensive. Therefore, i guess it makes sense to take a flight out of venice ?

3. Is there a day train from Barcelona to Paris or flight the only option ? IIn case there is a train then which would be that and how can i get the best fare on that?

4. I am booking an apartment for my stay in Barcelona and have decided to take up a place in Placa Catalunya. Though i have shortlisted a few apartments but is there any suggestion on that?

Help much appreciated
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Priyanka
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Sep 29th, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Play around with this site to find the cheapest fares:

http://www.flylc.com/directall-en.asp

Keep in mind that instead of flying out of Florence, you might be able to choose Pisa or Bologna as departure points. Rome might also be just as convenient as Venice.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 01:47 PM
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1.flying euroeconoair always cheaper skyscanner.net
sales very cheap booked in advence pack light decline seat
if you want to save.One super cheap way I have done it
easyjet.com CDG MXP(Milano) 30 euro then cheap regional
train 10 euro to venice-tourism.

2.cheap train to ROM then fly Barcelona vueling for me cheap
in past out of Rome will be cheapest.

3.Flying is your best bet... Have taken the Talgo Med to
Montpeller nice train not cheap then Paris on TGV.

4.barecelona30.com best apt site for me.

Have fun!
seat61.com for train info.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 06:08 PM
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There's a sleeper train taht departs Venice (Santa Lucia station) at 19:57 and arrives the next morning at 9:16 at Paris (Bercy station). There is no need to change trains and the journey is 13:19 hours long.

You can play around with the train schedules on bahn.com to see what works out best for you.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 06:17 PM
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Be warned that due to industrial actions by some Italian train unions that the Venice (and Rome, florence) to Italy Artesia trains can be very dicey - trains hours late - not cleaned, etc. I would not advise taking that train during the next two months.

Yes there is a day train from Barcelona to Paris - it actually leaves from Figueras, about an hour or so by rail north of Barcelona - then French TGVs directly to France and connections to Paris.

Great train info - www.seat61.com; ww.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.
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Sep 29th, 2011, 08:05 PM
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Also check for flights between Pisa (not far from Florence) and Barcelona.
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Sep 30th, 2011, 11:00 AM
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Girona Airport serves some budget flights and it is only an hour or so from Barcelona by train or bus.
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Sep 30th, 2011, 02:55 PM
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Vueling flies from Barcelona to Paris for reasonable rates. http://www.vueling.com/EN/
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Sep 30th, 2011, 10:23 PM
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helpful info - bookmarking
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Oct 2nd, 2011, 09:17 AM
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www.which budget.com for budget airlines linking any two airports.
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