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Old Nov 16th, 2009, 07:02 AM
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StCirq beat me to it -- "But if you do decide to do this, book the fourth bunk for that duffel bag."

Your husband's decision re the big duffle has really limited your travel options. It won't fit in a T-3 and leave you ANY space. And it is would exceed the budget airlines limits for checked luggage.

easyJet for instance limits any single bag to 32 kg (70 lbs) which it probably will fit just under. However it costs €12 PER KG over 20. So say it weighs 60 lbs - the overweight charge on easyJet would be
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Old Nov 16th, 2009, 07:06 AM
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darn - hit post by mistake . . . .

StCirq beat me to it -- "But if you do decide to do this, book the fourth bunk for that duffel bag."

Your husband's decision re the big duffle has really limited your travel options. It won't fit in a T-3 and leave you ANY space. And it would exceed the budget airlines limits for checked luggage.

easyJet for instance limits any single bag to 32 kg (70 lbs) which it probably will fit just under. However it costs €12 PER KG over 20. So say it weighs 60 lbs - the overweight charge on easyJet would be €96/$145
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Old Nov 16th, 2009, 07:12 AM
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Yes, good point. Don't take budget airlines without carefully sorting out the luggage situation beforehand. Ryanair has a 15 kg limit on checked luggage per person before starting the astronomical per kilogram price, and other budget airlines have either a 15 kg or 20 kg limit (like EasyJet, which JanisJ mentioned). It's easiest, trust me, if no one has overweight luggage, as you have to go stand in yet another lineup to pay.
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Old Nov 16th, 2009, 09:06 AM
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I have only taken one overnight train and it wasn't too bad in comfort, but I booked first class -- and it was not in France or Spain, so it isn't pertinent in one regard. However, the idea that women and particular teens cannot be sexually harrassed on trains because only upstanding citizens are on them is nonsense. It isn't necessarily the ones buying the tickets, but the staff on the train. I knew someone whose teenage daughter was groped and harassed by one of the night porters on the train, in the hallway.
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Old Nov 16th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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StCirq on Nov 15, 09 at 10:43am
I did an overnight train once - never again.

But if you do decide to do this, book the fourth bunk for that duffel bag.>

smart suggestion but with one flaw IME = you of course would have to pay in full for the fourth birth in a 4-person compartment that only three folks will be using

But be sure to check on the seemingly universal rule of trains that if a reserved seat or berth in this case the person does not show up in say 20 minutes then the train conductor can give that berth to someone looking for one - not sure how this works on these 'hotel trains = the Elipsos and Artesia night trains but on the average train the seat could well be up for grabs. If doing both those train trips and trains between them then check into the Eurail Select Three Country Saverpass IMO. For lots on overnight trains and trains in general in Europe i always highlight these info-laden sites: www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com - for schedules all over Europe i always use the www.bahn.de or German rail site that is the easiest i have seen to use and the most comprehensive for schedules for any train in Europe and lots of details about them.
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