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    Bike around Europe, bicycle that is

    by gwened Updated Jun 12, 2015

    This is a site with 42 countries in Europe, in English and other languages very useful for the aficionado, hope it helps

    http://www.eurovelo.com/en

    14 long distance cycle routes connecting and uniting the whole European continent. The routes can be used by cycle tourists as well as by local people making daily journeys.
    The routes are the Atlantic route, Capitals Route, Pilgrims Route, Central Europe Route, Via Romea Francigena, Atlantic – Black Sea, Sun Route, Mediterranean Route, Baltic – Adriatic, Baltic Sea Cycle Route, East Europe Route, North Sea Cycle Route, Iron Curtain Trail, and the Rhine Route

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    Train from Mestre, Venice to Rome

    by Kiwikinz Written May 30, 2015

    We booked our train trip from Mestre, Venice to Rome online before we left home on our travels - very easy, no problems at all.

    We chose to travel from Mestre as we did not like the idea of having to carry our bags up and over the bridge to the S Lucia station. All trains from S Lucia go through Mestre.

    Our journey from the Cruise Terminal to Mestre took us less than one hour. We then had a 3 hour wait for our train - mainly because we did not know how long the trip from the cruise ship would take us when we booked our train ticket.

    There are some food places (McDonalds etc) in the station, so we were able to wait there for some of the time.

    There was good signage advising of train departure times and from which platform.

    To get to the platform you could either go down stairs or in a small lift to the subway under the railway lines where you walked to your platform - all were clearly marked.

    However when we reached our platform we found that there are two flights of stairs to get up - not easy for older people with large suitcases. Needless to say there were young men near each platform entrance who wanted to carry our cases for us.
    We said NO thankyou repeatedly and started climbing the stairs ourselves - only to find one young man followed us and took hold of our cases and assisted us to the top - even though we kept saying No thank you. We kept hold of our cases all the way as we had been warned that these men won't give the cases back until they are given money. We thanked our young man and started walking away only to find he followed us rubbing his fingers together and saying 'money'. We continued to tell him that we had said NO. He eventually took the hint and disappeared.

    The train arrived right on time. Because the train had departed from S Lucia we found that the luggage racks were quite full, however we found room for our cases in the door well of our carriage and found our reserved seats no trouble at all.

    Ours was a high speed train which took approx 3.5 hours to Rome, via Bologna and Florence. We were in economy class and found it little uncomfortable in that the seats were in blocks of four facing each other with a small table inbetween. There was no leg room under the table - we were touching knees with the passengers opposite us all the trip. Not good for men with long legs. However other than that the trip was comfortable, on time and reasonbly priced.

    Rome station was bedlam - so many people everywhere, however we were able to wheel our cases through to the station entrance and were in a taxi to our hotel within 10 minutes. Plenty of taxis on the stand and the fee to our hotel was well priced.

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    getting in and out-Andorra

    by gwened Updated Feb 8, 2015

    The official site for finding your way around Andorra. I have done it twice driving thru from France and Spain.
    the site is for information sources only
    http://www.transportpublic.ad/Angles/index.htm

    some private info on buses from France and Spain here
    http://www.hola-andorra.com/arinsal/english/novatelgb.html

    and the official tourist office on getting there
    http://www.andorra.ad/en-US/Useful_information/Pages/com_arribar.aspx

    and the transport site here
    http://www.mobilitat.ad/ca/

    driving into Andorra-la Vieille driving in Andorra-la-Vielle
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    Achenseebahn: oldest cogwheeltrain on earth

    by globetrott Written Jan 25, 2015

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    Yes, this train in Tirol/Austria was built in 1889 and since then it uses the same locomotives and wagons and that makes the Achenseebahn the oldest cogwheel locomotive still operating worldwide !
    Achensee is a lake in a hight of 900 meters above sealevel and that is about 400 meters above the valley of the Inn, where this cog railway starts in Jenbach. Jenbach is about 35km east of Innsbruck - go there by train or by car ! The distance from Jenbach to Achensee is only 6760 meters, so that is not even 7km and in some places the traintrack is really steep.

    Achenseebahn is operated only in summertime !
    In 2015 that was between May1st and November 2nd, 2015
    and for other years, take a look at their webpage !
    They take your bicycle as well, BUT you have to reserve a place for it !
    Oneway the cost is 23,- Euros return is 29,50 Euros
    all persons above 60years pay 25,- Euros for the returnticket

    This is a private trainline, so ALL Interrail- Eurail- and similar prepaid
    traintickets are NOT valid there !!!

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    EUROTUNNEL

    by arturowan Updated Jan 14, 2015

    EUROTUNNEL is a company founded in order to manage the subterranean channel crossing between Calais/Coquelles, France & Folkestone, UK
    EUROTUNNEL was founded in 1986
    2 main services are provided for passengers;
    EUROSTAR - direct train
    EUROTUNNEL SHUTTLE - drive-on/off, shuttle wagons for cars, coaches, & motorbikes
    Cars, coaches, & motorbikes are driven into each wagon, from platforms at the terminuses at each end of the line - Eurotunnel rolling stock cannot access mainline tracks in France or England, because the wagons run on extra-wide bogeys...
    Each shuttle is 775m long, with pressurised doors at the end of each wagon - externally they resemble aluminium cattle-trucks, but inside they look like a windowless corridor...
    I have travelled by EUROTUNNEL several times, as 'the chunnel' is the favoured route for coach operators, as there are never delays because of weather conditions, as affects the cross-channel ferries...
    I cannot select any of these journeys to specifically write about, because each 1 was much the same as the other - it is a proficient way to travel, so I suppose I should not criticise EUROTUNNEL!
    Each trip is really less than memorable, with really no sensation of movement, either from the feel of movement, or from being confined in a giant windowless metal tube...
    Your seat is that which you were sitting on when entering the shuttle wagon, so if you are aboard a coach, then the ride is much like driving on a smooth road - you can leave the vehicle, but there is nowhere to go, apart from a narrow trench which runs the full, right-hand side length of each wagon...
    EUROTUNNEL is remarkable only for being an unremarkable travel experience - it could not be recommended as an experience in itself, because it is something of a non-event - you could easily nod-off to sleep & miss the entire event, but then again, you would not have missed much!
    @ both terminuses, there are duty-free shops, should you wish to while-away some time doing something more interesting than being aboard the chunnel trains...

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    How to get in and out Athens, Greece

    by gwened Updated Jan 5, 2015

    the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a modern airport and easy in and out to the city. You have a nice road taking you to the city from airport via the Attiki Odos.
    http://www.aia.gr/traveler/
    the airport bus info is here
    http://athensairportbus.com/en/X93-bus-from-airport-to-kifisos.htm

    and the access to the city you have the info in English here
    http://www.aia.gr/traveler/access-and-transportation/transportation/public-transportation

    E.U. Member-State citizens may use their own national driving license, while citizens of other countries must have an international driving license together with their own valid national driving license. Another major road to get to the city is National Rd (Ethniki Odos)

    the public transport is here in English
    http://www.trainose.gr/en/passenger-activity/

    bus KTEL has a site in Greek
    http://www.ktelattikis.gr/
    Buses for destinations in southern Attica leave from the Mavromateon terminal Alexandras & 28 Oktovriou-Patision, Pedion Areos, about 250m north of the National Archaeological Museum. Buses to Rafina and Marathon leave from the terminal 150m to the north on Mavromateon.
    Terminal A Kifisou 100 is not a good introduction to Athens – particularly if you arrive after midnight when there is no public transport. Bus 051 goes to central Athens (junction of Zinonos and Menandrou, near Omonia) every 15 minutes from 5am to midnight. A taxi from the terminal to Syntagma should cost no more than €6.
    Terminal B (Liosion 260, Kato Patisia) is less chaotic and much easier to handle than Terminal A, although again there is no public transport from midnight to 5am. The terminal is in Gousiou, a side street off Liosion 260. Take bus 024, from outside the main gate of the National Gardens on Leoforos Vasilissis Amalias and ask to get off at Praktoria KTEL. A taxi to Syntagma should cost no more than €6.

    central Larisis train station , located about 1km northeastwest of Omonia Sq (metro Line 2).
    http://athensairportbus.com/en/airport_train_en.htm
    http://www.trainose.gr/en/passenger-activity/suburban-railway/athens-suburban-railway/

    When I go I take a taxi from the airport and then walk or take a car ride by friends or the metro briefly.
    http://www.athens-taxicity.com/services/destinations/athens-airport-taxi.htm
    http://www.athensairporttaxi.com/

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    EURO-LINES

    by arturowan Written Nov 27, 2014

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    EURO-LINES is a group of coach operators who offer a linked schedule of routes around Europe...
    If you use a travel guide such as Lonely Planet, under the travel - (auto)bus section for each major town, EURO-LINES will be listed, usually without any other operator mentioned...
    This is misleading, because almost every EURO-LINES schedule has at least 1 competitor, who will be offering a much cheaper fare, & probably a better service...
    Unfortunately, these independent operators do not have the finances to advertise on the scale of EURO-LINES, consequently, the monopoly continues to maintain a status quo on European coach travel...
    It is also very difficult to find the independent's online, unless you use the specific website address, which never seem to show-up on search engines, which are always dominated by EURO-LINES...
    Even if you do manage to find an independent's website, they often do not have an online-booking facility, which means paying at the departure point...
    My experience of EURO-LINES in terms of charging is entirely negative, & it makes a mockery of coach travel being presented as the supposedly, 'budget', student option;
    When I bought a ticket from the official EURO-LINES-Bohemia booth at Florents bus station, they charged me more, than I later found I could have bought the same ticket for, from an independent competitor next door who was also a EURO-LINES agent(see separate Prague tip...)
    When I tried to buy a ticket online from the official EURO-LINES-Bulgaria website, the online booking fee was £100 - as far as I am concerned, that is just a scam, I cannot believe a legitimate company can try to charge that for an online booking (see separate Sofia tip...)
    There are alternative carriers for both these routes, so use my tips on the relevant pages in order to locate them...
    I have travelled with EURO-LINES-Scandinavia, & they provided a proficient service at an affordable price, so this company is not all bad, I must admit!
    However, my journey with EURO-LINES-Bohemia was the absolute worst coach journey I have ever suffered in my life, & the company refused to take my ensuing complaint seriously...

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    How to get in and out ,Monaco

    by gwened Updated Sep 4, 2014

    By road you have wonderful driving experience and sights approaching the Principality, from NIce , first the road known as Basse Corniche or road N98, along the oceann the so call Moyenne Corniche or road N7, passing by Eze-Village,and the Grande Corniche, passing by La Turbie and the Col d'Eze,(512 meters high). you can help yourself with the route planner
    www.viamichelin.com
    The parking information site in French is here
    https://www.monaco-parkings.mc/carpark
    the best for me Ostende and Louis II

    By train you can use the schedule of the TER PACA of the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region of France
    http://www.ter.sncf.com/paca/gares/87756403/Monaco-Monte-Carlo/pratique
    or the local train station information site in French
    http://www.garedemonaco.com/
    or the SNCF site in English on the station
    http://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en/frxmm/votre-gare/

    The local bus company is CAM,info here in English self explanatory
    http://www.cam.mc/informations-pratiques.php?lang=en
    There is a boat connecting the harbors at Monte Carlo found above as well.cost 2€

    In Seven minutes by helicopter you can reach Monte Carlo from Nice, here
    Héli Air Monaco
    Héliport de Monaco - Fontvieille
    Tél + 377 92 050 050
    Fax +377 92 050 051
    Email : helico@heliairmonaco.com
    www.heliairmonaco.com

    The airport is at Nice, France
    http://www.nice.aeroport.fr/

    and there is a navette bus linking the city of Monte Carlo with the airport at Nice every 30 mins
    for 18€ per passenger.
    Tél : +33 (0)4 93 85 64 44 - info@niceairportxpress.com
    www.niceairportxpress.com

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    Train/Bus thingys

    by Maryimelda Updated Aug 30, 2014

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    If, like me, you are getting on in years and your old knees and feet seem to tire more quickly than they used to, don't be afraid to jump on the little street train/bus transports that are available in many of the smaller cities in Europe. I used to laugh at people using these in years gone by, but now I see them in a whole different light. I usually hop on one and do the quick trip (usually about 30 mins) around the major sites and then I find I have my bearings. I can now decide which of the places I want to return to and see at close range and which I feel would be a waste of time and energy. I can highly recommend this form of transport.
    Places where I have used or seen these:
    Trier, DE
    Saarburg, DE
    Colmar, FR
    Lourdes, FR
    Monte Carlo, MONACO
    Maastricht, NL
    Lucerne, CH
    Rouen, FR
    Just a few that spring to mind, but there are many many more.

    Colmar, France Trier, Germany Maastricht, The Netherlands Saarburg, Germany
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    L is for London's congestion charge

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 22, 2014

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    If you drive a car into central London (see map) or hire a car, then you are liable to pay Uncle Ken's (now mad boris's) congestion charge. It operates Monday-Friday in the day and costs TEN QUID a day.

    There are several ways of paying it - so look at the listed website.

    Some car hire companies collect the charge on your behalf - but you must declare to them the days you use it, or you will face some pretty large fines ; and remember that they have your credit card details.

    If you are driving your own car from Europe then you may get away with it. Some countries will not release driver details under European Data Protection acts...but other will.

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    X is for Xrossing the Irish sea

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 22, 2014

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    UK -IRELAND

    P & O now operate the overnight Liverpool-Dublin service

    Most of the sailings are overnight, although some 'daybreaker' sailings are timetabled.

    The company is mainly reliant of freight transport, and takes car and foot passengers as something of a sideline.

    From Birkenhead you board around 8PM, before sailing at 10PM. This gives you chance to settle in to your cabin and enjoy a surprisingly good four course meal in the restaurant. Both of these 'frills' are included in the price of the ticket, as is a cooked breakfast in the morning.

    It's unusual to find a company these days that believes in adding 'frills' rather than taking the 'bare bones' approach to transport.

    They are also often a good bit cheaper than ferries on the shorter Holyhead-Dublin or South Wales - Rosslare routes. Routes from Scotland to Northern Ireland are shorter and cheaper, but you have to go to Scotland first (sorry, that sounds awful doesn't it, but you know what I mean)

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    I is for Ireland's transport woes.....

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 22, 2014

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    A few years ago the EU gave Ireland 45 million Euro for road improvements. One wag commented that this must work out to about 23cent a pothole !

    Ireland is however preparing to massivley invest in it's transport infrastructure :

    With the launch of the glossy 'Transport 21', Ambitious schemes are on the cards.

    The largest chunk of the money will inevitably be spent in Dublin. A two line metro, extensions to the tram (LUAS) and DART systems will all go ahead. St Stephens green will apparantly becom Dublins' answer to 'Grand Central Station'. Therefore expect major delays all over the place (no change there then !).

    There will also be a 'western corridor' stretching from Letterkenny in the north to Waterford in the south, by way of Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Cork.

    Not to be outdone, the railways will also get a boost and the Western rail corridor between Sligo and Cork will be partially reopened.

    All this work comes at a price - expect major delays in the years to come. Expect riches beyond your wildest dreams if you are a concrete supplier.

    UPDATE : 2014. It ain't going to happen in a hurry lads. The economic troika of the EU, IMF and some other suits said NO NO NO ! A few extensions to the LUAS, but that about it.

    Another one for the road, please !
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    European Railways the best in the world

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 19, 2014

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    I find the train system in Western and Central Europe is exemplary. If you miss a train, there will be another one along before you know it. You can travel in the luxury of the First Class fast trains such as Thallys, TGV, ICE, Eurostar etc or you can hop on and off the regional trains with no reservations as you wish. There are many bargains to be had if you want to book in advance or if you want to be more flexible in your movements, you can simply turn up and buy a ticket five minutes before a train departs. It is rare (except for night trains) for any of the trains to be full and with the trains that do not have compulsory reservations, if you can't find a seat, you simply stand up until one becomes available.

    Most good discounts come on sale online approx 89-90 days ahead. Get in quick as they sell out fast.
    There are also many local deals in different countries such as the Laender tickets in Germany which allow up to five people to travel on the one ticket for a day within the same region for less than 40 Euro all up.

    For timetables, routes etc. most people agree that the German rail site is the best. It will only give you prices for trains in Germany however. For other prices google up the local train authority in each particular country.

    Platform area of Cologne Hauptbahnhof The famous ICE arriving in Cologne Deutsche Bahn staff rearing to go Snowbound OEBB train near Innsbruck, Austria On the TGV from Paris to Stuttgart
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    European Rail Passes

    by travelfrosch Updated Feb 8, 2014

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    The Eurailpass has become so well known, it is almost the stuff of legend: Non-Europeans pay a few hundred US$, and then ride around Europe all summer at their whim. Unfortunately, this backpackers' dream has has not been the reality for well over a decade. The good news is, you can still save a lot of money if you take a look at the myriad successors to the old Eurailpass, and pick the one that works best for your trip. Here are some of the basics:

    The Eurail Global Pass is the pass closest to the original Eurailpass, allowing 15 days, 21 days, 1 month, 2 months, or 3 months of unlimited rail travel in 18 countries, from Ireland to Finland to Portugal to Greece. Note that not all European countries are covered (most notably Great Britain), and not all trains honor this pass (most notably Thalys and Eurostar trains to/from London).

    The Eurail Flexipass offers 10 or 15 "rail days" of unlimited travel in these 18 countries within a 2 month period. Special rules can apply, e.g. if you board an overnight train after 7PM, you can enter the following day on your pass. Check the website and pass instructions for details.

    The Eurail Selectpass allows you to get 5, 6, 8, 10, or 15 "rail days" in 2 months valid in 3, 4, or 5 connected countries. Check the website for exact rules and instructions.

    In general, lucky travelers under 26 years old can buy a 2nd Class Youth Pass for any of the above combinations for a discount. Us old folks have to buy more expensive 1st Class passes. Adults traveling together, however, can purchase a Saver Pass for a discounted price (sorry young 'uns: you can't get a Youth Saver Pass).

    Finally, there are single country and 2-country passes available, ideal for more concentrated travels. Some of these (such as Swisspasses) can be an excellent value.

    For more information, check out the Eurail website. Also, Rick Steves has an excellent primer on how to purchase and how best to use railpasses. Enjoy!

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    RIMINI, ITALY, AIRPORT TO TOWN

    by DAO Updated Jan 23, 2014


    Visiting Rimini and/or San Marino? This could not be easier or cheaper. Just outside the airport terminal is the stop for Bus number 9. Simply buy a 1-Euro ticket at the snack bar inside and get on the bus. Please remember to validate your ticket with the pictured machine on board. The ticket is good for 90 minutes of travel and is cheaper than a 40-Euro fine. The bus takes about 15 minutes to take you to the main Rimini TRain Station. From there you can take the no. 11 Tram all the way across Rimini, on the same ticket! And Taxis? The expensive thieves are just outside as well. On weekdays the bus service starts from the airport at 6:19am and runs until 1:10am. Weekends start around 7am and still run up until 1am. Excellent service that's economical!

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