Jun 6, 12, 3:14 am
I'd like to receive feedback/comments/advices from anyone who has travelled from Greece to Sweden by train using the Eurail Pass. Thank you!:
Jun 6, 12, 5:29 am
Can't help directly (I did Northern Germany to Greece by Interrail in 1977, but I don't think that really counts any more)... but I thought I'd mention that there are no longer any international trains to Greece, they were all discontinued a couple of years ago. To get to Greece by surface travel you have to either take a ferry from Italy, or a train to Sofia and a bus from there to Thessaloniki.
It really depends on what you're looking to see. With Eurrail you're paying for flexibility. Flexiblity doesn't cost that much everywhere you might be travelling so consider which countries you need the pass for vs. just buying tickets at the station.
I'd split this into to pieces, Eurrail is only really worth it if you're going to travel much in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, where walk-up fare aren't cheap. Or if you want to take the route via Italy, which I don't know much about except that its more expensive. If you are travelling via the Blakans, split this trip into two chunks tickets-wise:
Greece - Macedonia / Bulgaria - Serbia / Romania - Budapest
Its indeed true that international trains to Greece have been stopped for over a year due to austerity. You may still want to take domestic trains though which can get you close to the boarder in many cases.
Simple tickets (buy at the station on departure) up to Budapest are really cheap if you're just going along the shortest route, even if you get off in any city along the way. If you want to travel some diviating from the most direct route, or especially if you want to travel in Greece before heading north, then check out the Balkan Flexipass, which is €70 for 5 days of travel with in a month (€50 for under 26 yearolds) if purchased in the Balkans. More travel days are availible as well, at an even cheaper per-day rate. Waaaay cheaper than Eurrail.
Trains aren't speedy or new, but certianly are nice enough. Just bring enough to eat and drink, beer or alcohol will make you freinds if that's you're thing. You can buy a sleeper or bunk at the station for (or on board) most night trains in the Balkans for around €10.
Budapest - Poland - Sweden
Cheap enough as simple tickets, grab a ferry from Gdansk to Nynashamn for Stockholm or to elsewhere in Sweden, forget interrail unless its worth it to get a one-country pass for travelling more in Sweden.
Budapest (- Slovakia) - Czech Republic - Germany - Denmark - Sweden
Eurrail won't be worth it if you're just going up the Budapest - Prague - Dresden - Berlin - Copenhagen/Malmö route (as long as you take a bus or the night train for the Berlin - Copenhagen / Malmö part). If you, however are planning on travelling anywhere else in Germany or Denmark, like taking the train via Hamburg it can quickly become worth getting the pass. Walk-up fares for long distances in Germany and Denmark are pricey. In Sweden, again if you're just heading from Malmö to Stockholm you can get the direct Veolia train which has reasonable walk-up fares, but if you're travelling more the pass is good.
Jun 13, 12, 10:55 am
www.seat61.com has an excellent section on rail passes, and is a site I recommend to anyone researching a rail trip in Europe.
It's written for a UK audience, but apart from the specific timetables he gives (starting in London), it's useful for anyone.
Have a look at