western euro trip

1mar-- hkg-rome arr rome in the early morning 1 mar

2mar--rome-florence

3mar--florence-vinice(day trip)-london at night by ??(any suggestion)

4mar--lon(day trip)-birmingham at night by train/caoch/rent a car

5mar--birmngham

6mar--birmingham-manchester--liverpool--lisbon (easy jet from liverpool

to lisbon or any suggestion)

7mar--Lisbon

8mar--lisbon-madrid(plan to go madrid b4 noon by ??)

9mar--madrid-barcelona(at /late afternoon or night)

10mar--barcelona-geneva(at night may be by train)

11mar--geneva-

12mar--geneva-lucern-zurich

13mar--zurich-amsterdam

14mar--amsterdam (day trip)

15mar--amsterdam--paris(by train or ??)

16mar--paris

17mar--paris

18mar-paris to hong long

question:

1. I just do not know how to plan the transportation from country to country?

2. do u think i should buy the eurail global pass is about euro429/559(15/21 days)

3.do you have any idea about the eurail global pass?

4. should i rent a car in every place that i plan to go?

Update:

thanks for ur reply. by the way, do u know any local tour that i can join in thoes cities? actually i have a group of 6-7 who travel together.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Regarding to your trip, I can say you are not travelling. You go to Europe is mainly for taking train, bus and plane !!!

    Please understand that there is distance between different cities. It's not the distance of Causeway Bay to Mong Kok. For example, from Lisbon to Madrid, it will be more than 8 hours, from Florence to Venice, it will be around 3 hours.

    From your plan, you believe you can travel a single city in 1 day, or even few hours, I can tell you it's absolutely impossible for self-travel. You plan may only be worked if it's a tour that you don't need to worry about the meals and transports.

    Also, your plan is not well planned. You waste many time is flying here and there. You need to reschedule the whole trip. The plan can be: Rome - Florence - Venice - Luzern - Zurich - Geneve - Paris - Amsterdam - London - Birmingham - Liverpool - Manchester - Lisbon - Madrid - Barcelona. But it should be a trip of 30 - 35 days. For 18 days, you can only manage Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland and the UK (London only).

    I believe you have to think about your trip again otherwise you will only waste money and time in Europe, but seeing NOTHING !!

  • 1 decade ago

    thanks for ur reply. by the way, do u know any local tour that i can join in thoes cities? actually i have a group of 6-7 who travel together.

  • ?
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    1 decade ago

    okay i got it.

    this is an insane itinerary for too short a time. by the time you get to amsterdam, the only thing you would want to do is to sleep. and it will either be very expensive or you will be spending disproportionately long periods of time on transportation. my suggestion would be to not go to italy, spain, and portugal and spend more time in the UK (esp. london), switzerland (esp. luzern/interlaken - mt. jungfrau) and france.

    fly into london, take easyjet from London Luton Airport to Zurich, travel by train throughout switzerland, france and holland, end in either paris or brussels (belgium), get back to london by EuroStar, and then fly back to hk from london. a lot cheaper that way too.

    but to answer your questions:

    if you HAVE to stick to your itinerary, the eurail global pass (15 days) is your best bet. it is the easiest to use - it is valid for 15 consecutive days after you get it validated at a train station where you start. but be aware that the pass does not work in the UK. if you can trim your itinerary to france, holland and switzerland only, you can use the eurail select pass (3 countries) - and depending on how many days you plan to be on trains, get the one with the right length of time.

    http://www.eurail.com/eurail_select_pass_3_countri...

    i do not recommend driving in europe at all, because it is expensive - both rental and petrol. unless you have to get to places that are otherwise unreachable, or money is not an issue. big cities in europe have very good public transport networks, and the cities are generally pretty tourist friendly with clear signs to most tourist attractions.

    as a general rule, i recommend staying in all big cities for at least 3 days, and head to the countryside if you can (you aren't even planning to stay for a while to appreciate the alps when you are in switzerland!). if not it is seriously pointless going there.

    2008-12-29 12:52:41 補充:

    and within the UK, you can use the National Express:

    www.nationalexpress.com

    to travel between cities. unless you know the trick to getting cheap train tickets, it is very expensive to travel by train in the UK.

    2008-12-29 12:55:14 補充:

    or you can fly back to london from amsterdam by ryanair or easyjet (both or either one should have service). that can even be cheaper than eurostar but a lot less convenient.

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