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Purchasing the least expensive eurail passes

Old May 25th, 2003, 07:30 AM
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Purchasing the least expensive eurail passes

I'm ready to buy my france and italy train pass. I'm wondering where to get it at cheapest possible rate.......thanks.
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Old May 25th, 2003, 07:32 AM
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Check www.railsaver.com to be sure that you won't be wasting money by purchasing ANY "rail pass".

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Old May 25th, 2003, 07:47 AM
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ditto on that.

Remember, the railpass doesn't cover seat reservations. If you take ES* trains in Italy you will have to pay extra for the reservations.
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Old May 25th, 2003, 07:51 AM
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thanks for the tip....however I just chekced there and they came up with a 1st class ticket for me and 2nd class ticket for my daughter. Also, they suggest Benelux/fr/italy pass (I'm not going into benelux) and...i'll do my math again...but their passes are 394 and 276!!!!!Even if I tack on extra trips to orig cost of fr/italy saver pass, my total is far less....
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Old May 25th, 2003, 07:53 AM
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ira,
I know reservs for ES trains are more $..but aren't reservs on ANY train more $???
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Old May 25th, 2003, 07:58 AM
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Hi Zil,

If you buy an ES* ticket it comes with the seat reservation. If you have a railpass, you have to buy the reservation extra. It might cost as much as 15E more.
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According to footloosetravel.com there is actually a supplement for the TAV Premier (formerly Eurostar Italia) with a pass ($18) as opposed to $50 Rome-Florence 1st class, for example. In France, reservations are required on the TGVs, which footloose says is $7.

As for personal experience, my reservations from Salzburg to Venice cost $9 and in the past I have found TGV reservations not to exceed a couple of dollars pp.
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Sorry, that should have been Salzburg-Venice 2 years ago $9 for two people.

You can also find lots of train info at www.ricksteves.com
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Old May 25th, 2003, 10:19 AM
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To answer your original question:

You won't find different prices for Railpasses, they're a set price. Different places offer different "extras", such as guidebooks and maps. I like Rick Steves extras, so that's where I buy passes.
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