Posts Tagged ‘train’


Get a 2009 Eurail Pass at the 2008 Price

December 10, 2008

Thalys trainIf you know you’re traveling to Europe before July 2009, order your Rail Pass now, before the 2009 price hike, and use the money you save on extra postcards, tshirts, pub crawls and tours.

Order before midnight, December 30th, 2008 and you have six months from the date of purchase to start your travel. You can use your pass to go skiing over winter break, backpacking during spring break, or riding the rails for summer vacation.

As a student traveler or youth under the age of 26 you qualify for special passes and rates, so take advantage of every dollar you can save.

Be sure to tell your friends about the deals you find and talk them into coming along for the ride!


Ride the European Rails for Less

February 8, 2008

Eurostar“You don’t have to be a student to travel with Rail Europe Youth Eurostar Flexi Voucher Passes. If you’re under 26 years of age you can travel for cheap on the London, Parisian and Brussels railroads.”

So says Travel CUTS, and Travel CUTS doesn’t lie, not even to their mothers about who really ate the cookies in the cookie jar.

There are a few must-have experiences when you backpack Europe. One is staying in a famous hostel, like the Pink Palace. Another is having a whirlwind romance with someone who only speaks a few words of English. The third is riding the rails with some version of a Eurail Pass.

There are 22 European countries connected by train, so if the London-Paris-Brussles route isn’t for you, you can pick a different pass and plan your own route and itinerary. There’s even a Disney Train that will take you from London directly to the theme park in France.

Start planning your summer travel now so that you’re ready to go as soon as school’s out!


Travel by Bus, Sleep in a Train

January 2, 2008

train hostelLast week I started off our list of unusual hostels with castle hostels, lighthouse hostels, and treehouse hostels. To round our the collection, how about sleeping in a train hostel on a track to nowhere or a boat that never leaves port? These hostels are parked for good, but provide unique sleeping quarters for backpackers and other budget travelers. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

The Train in Lund, Sweden – Since May 1989 the STF Youth Hostel The Train has been parked on a blind track about 200 m north of Lund railway station on the west side of the trunk line, it is surrounded by park land and former allotments. Through a pedestrian tunnel under the railway, or over a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, you reach the cathedral and other sights in five minutes.

Sleeperzzz in Rogart, ScotlandSleeperzzz is good for walking, cycling, bird-watching and sitting watching the world go by! Fishing is available on the River Fleet. The magnificent Dunrobin Castle is 9 miles/14 km away. Whisky can be tasted at Glenmorangie Distillery near Tain (18 miles/28 km) and Clynelish Distillery, Brora (14 miles/23 km). Brora is also a good place to spot seals.

Berlin Hostel BoatEastern Comfort Hostel Boat in Berlin, Germany – The hostelboat ‘eastern comfort’, moored between two very lively districts in the center of town, looks forward to welcome you onboard with its modern, luxurious atmosphere it´s unique in berlin! Through the portholes of our 2nd class four-bed, triple-bed, single-bed, but mainly double bedcabins, you can see and hear the rippling of the river ‘Spree’, the main river leading through Berlin.

Nyhavn Boat Hostel in Copenhagen, DenmarkNyhavn Boat Hostel was originally built in 1918 s a lightship by the boat builder Rasmus Møller in Faaborg on Funen. The ship represents Danish ship builder tradition beautifully. Efficient heating ensures that the weather is never a problem on board.

Stockholm hostelThe Red Boat Mälaren in Stockholm, Sweden – A cosy river side hostel and hotel aboard two lovely boats in the heart of Stockholm, within walking distance of everything. It is located where Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea meet, where you can watch boats passing through the lock, take a stroll down the small alleys in the historical Old Town only five minutes walk from the boat, or you can have a beer in one of several pubs on Södermalm.


Where to Go from Melbourne?

December 14, 2007

Once you’ve seen all that “Mel-bin” (never say “Mel-bourne”) and St. Kilda have to offer, where will you go next? Adelaide is a nice drive to the west, Canberra a decent road trip to the east, and there are at least a dozen tour companies willing to take you either direction. Here are some of your better choices:

Twelve Apostles Great Ocean RoadOz Experience: Don’t just get from point A to point B; stop and see the dozens of sights in between. The Oz Bus has several passes and routes to choose from at very reasonable prices, and they can take you around New Zealand too.

Wayward Bus: Same idea as the Oz bus, but with different paths and stopovers. You may want to compare routes and prices to see which one is going to be right for you.

Countrylink: If you’re short on time, and want to be able to eat at a snack bar, the train may be a better travel option. Countrylink operates in New South Wales, with extentions into Melbourne and Brisbane. Single tickets can get pricey, but they’re 40% off if you have an International Student Identity Card (ISIC); perfect if you need a one-way to Canberra, or just want to do a weekend in Byron Bay.

For longer trips, look into their Backtracker Rail Passes. You can get a three-month pass, good for unlimited travel anywhere on the network, for AUD$298. Six-month, one-month, and 14-day passes are also available. Another option is the East Coast Discovery Pass, which covers travel in NSW and connecting service along the coast of Queensland, as far north as Cairns. Prices range from AUD$130 to $493.90, depending on how far you plan to travel. It’s good for unlimited stopovers, but only going in one direction.