Travelling by train

@Porcospino (18396)
Denmark
August 23, 2010 1:21pm CST
In 3 weeks I am going to travel around in Europe for one month. I have bought an interrail ticket which I can use for 30 days. My first stop will be in Thessaloniki in Greece, I am going to change trains a couple of times and it will take me about 50 hours to get from Denmark to Thessaloniki. I am going to bring lots of books so that I have something to read while I am travelling. I think that this will be the longest distanse that I have ever travelled by train. Do you like to travel by train? What is the longest distance that you have travelled? How do you pass the time if you have to travel for many hours?
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@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
23 Aug 10
The longest distance that I have ever travelled was from the Netherlands to Georgia, USA. Right now i am only waiting for answers to see if i get to travel far away next year and that could bring me to Korea and Australia... Lets see...
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
23 Aug 10
Korea and Australia that sounds interesting. I have never been to any of those places, but maybe one day... It is one of my dreams to visit other parts of the world for instanse for China, Japan, the Philippines and Korea but right now I look forward to my trip in Europe.
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@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
24 Aug 10
I can imagine that you look forward for your trip, I would certainly too if I was in your shoes, I love travelling and Greece is certainly a place I would like to see also. Right now my boyfriend and I are discussing where our next veacation goes too... But since you are gone for such a long period, I can recommend you to bring some washing powder and do some laundry in your hand, that will give you less lougage to carry around :D
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@kingparker (9698)
• United States
23 Aug 10
I never travel by train that long. The longest travelling I ever embarked on was driving with friends from Atlanta to Miami, 12 hours that is all. I wish that I have time and money to engage on this journey for a whole month and carefree. That is what I am looking for, aren't we all?
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
23 Aug 10
I have two jobs right now and I work 7 days a week to save up money for the trip. It is hard sometimes, but it is definately worth it. When I am tired and don't want to go to work I think about the trip and that gives me new energy. I hope that you will also get the time and the money to fullfill your wish one day.
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@petersum (4525)
• United States
23 Aug 10
A word of warning! You had better start your reading now, to find out what is covered by your ticket and what isn't! Many trains on this side of Europe require reservations, the fees for which are not covered by your ticket. Also, many trains will be sleeper only - again bunks or couchette fees not included! Look at every possibility and count on being charged extra at every step. Good luck and enjoy your trip. It really is fun.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
23 Aug 10
Thanks for your advice So far I have only far made a reservation for the first part of the trip, and that cost me about $86 in addition to the ticket, and I imagine that the reservations for the rest of the trip will be pretty expensive as well. I haven't decided exactly how many days I want to spend at each place, so I am thinking about making one reservation at a time. I hope that will work out. I think I will try to find out about more about the rules the need for reservation in the different countries before I leave, that is a good idea, thanks.
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@sujaysen (594)
• India
24 Aug 10
Hi Porcospino, it is nice to read your ensuing long train travel. I live in India. I cannot assume your travelling of long distance. But I like to travel by train very much and particulaly during the night time. Because in the midnight, when the train is in its motion alongwith the dark outside, it feels me very strange that I am sleeping in that train and passing hundreds of miles very fast in the night time. In our country the longest raiway distance is about 3500 kilometers. I have travelled my longest railway distance about 2000 kms. at a time for several times. Our avarage long distance train speed is approximately 90 kms to 120 kms per hour. So you can assume easily the distances and time proportionately.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
24 Aug 10
3500 kilometers that is a lot compared the distances in my country, the longest distance that we can travel by train in Denmark is about 300 kilometers! It is a very small country compared to India. Travelling around in Europe will be different from travelling in my own country, because I am going to spend many hours on the train and that will be a new experience for me.
@sujaysen (594)
• India
25 Aug 10
Thats again great to know your ensuing schedule for travelling by train. Hope you are travelling with your sweet family. I feel wonder if I could have been accompanied with your family during that travel. Anyway, wish you a happy, nice and safe journey. Enjoy your best during the travel. Take care.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
26 Aug 10
Thank you very much I am going to travel with my husband and I am very happy about that. I have travelled on my own in the past, and I think that I will enjoy the trip more when I am able to share the experiences with my husband.
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
24 Aug 10
50 hours? That's really a long time. I think I won't choose train as my traffic transportation for such a long distance, maybe plane is better. Actually I don't have a preference of traffic transportation. Usually I travel by train because it's much cheaper than by plane. Money and time is my first consideration when traveling.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
24 Aug 10
Yes, it is a long time, but it is cheaper than going by plane, because I am able to travel as much as I want for one month. Fortuneately I am not going to spend 50 hours on the train without breaks. I have to change trains a couple of times, and one of the times I have to wait 4 or 5 hours so I will be able to see a bit of that place before I continue.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
28 Aug 10
Hi Porcospino!. You seem really enjoy your life. I want to travel around the world someday but I really can not afford it because I still struggle in my daily life. You really make me envy, do you have blog or website were you record your traveling journal. I only used train for short distance about 2 hours journey. I never take it for long distance, if long distance I prefer to travel by plane. I ever go to my dad hometown using bus (there is no inter island train), its take 3 day 2 night, its really make me tired.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
28 Aug 10
I don't have a blog. I had one in the past, but I haven't written new entries for a very long time. Maybe I should create a blog again, that could be good idea. I have been saving up money for this trip for many months. I have been working 7 days week in order to earn more money. It has been quite hard, but I think it is worth it, because I have reached my goal and I will be able to visit some of the countries that I have dreamed about seeing for many years. I hope that you will also get the chance to travel and visit the places that you want one day
@Sphinx30 (286)
• Philippines
25 Aug 10
In my country particularly here in the Philippines, Jeepney and Bus are the most mode of transportation, everyday i travel through riding jeepney going to my work and back home. It takes me one hour traveling with jeepney and when i travel long distance, it's nice for me to travel through riding with the bus it takes me four hours to reach my place. So, travelling here by train is not yet fully a mode of transportation although there are some mrt here but the major mode of transportation here is jeepney. well, if you're going to visit here you would probably find out.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
26 Aug 10
I have never been to the Philippines, but I would like to visit your country one day. I have heard about jeepney, but I didn't know that trains weren't common in the Philippines. In my country trains and busses are the only kinds of public transportation. In the past we also had trolley cars, but they were abolished several years ago.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug 10
When I was 18 years old I traveled around Europe by train. I had to have ticket reservations for many of the train journeys I went on. For a number of nights I paid for a bunk in a six bedded sleeper. The longest journey I did on that trip was from Stockholm to Narvik. Going by train is my favorite way to travel. I have traveled on trains in America, Kenya, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. The longest trip I have ever done lasted 36 hours and it was from Cairns to Brisbane. On that train I went to the club loco car and there met my ex-husband. I pass the time on trains by looking out of the window in the daytime. After it gets dark I read a book and later on nod off to sleep. I hope that you will have a lovely time in Europe on your inter rail pass.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
24 Aug 10
I have made reservations for the journey from Odense to Thessaloniki in Greece. I am going to leave Odense at night and I have also paid for a bunk in a sleeper. I have only tried that once before, because when I travel by train in Denmark it never takes more than one day to arrive at my destination. Last year I went to Latvia and Lithuania and I spent 30 hours on the bus, that was quite hard, but I think that it will be more comfortable to travel by train.
@picjim (3003)
• India
24 Aug 10
The longest I've traveled is from my place Hyderabad in the South of India to New Delhi and the journey took about 40 hours,mainly because a train on the same route had derailed and we had to take a detour.The fellow travelers were quite helpful so we didn't feel the strain.Normally the same train would have taken 23 hours but it got delayed.We would chat and look at the wonderful scenery to while away time.I carried a Walkman in those days and listening to music made it easier.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
24 Aug 10
It is nice to hear that you were able spend the extra time in a good way. I have been in a similar sitation sometimes because of a train problem, but I have never had to wait that long. Music is a great thing if you have to travel for many hours. I also used to bring my walkman and some of my favourite music on long journeys, and that was it was a nice way to pass the time.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 10
I have not been travelling by train for few years. When I was in Singapore, I always travel around by train(called MRT) from one place to another place. It is one of the most convenience transportation mode in Singapore. During my childhood, I did travel by train from my hometown to my grandma's village. I can't recall back how long exactly is the whole journey. But it is definitely take 2-3 hours to reach there. The train is non aircon,only have fan and don't talk about the smell.... I don't think I will board that train again now. The best part is the train will stopby alot of small towns and lot of people will be selling food on board the train.so I can eat and enjoy my train journey at the same time. It is one of the great experience for me on board the train for few hours.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
24 Aug 10
In my country people don't sell food on the train. The there a small shop in some of the trains, but they only sell a few kinds of food, it is expensive and it is always the same food. The thing you write about (a lot of people selling food) sounds more interesting, I wish it was like that in my country. We sometimes have aircondition problems on the Danish trains, in the summer it can get hot, but sometimes we have the opposite problem and it is far too cold!
@kukueye (1761)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 10
I don like train ,maybe the time i travel the train is the old diesel train is bumpy noisy and smelly and slow. Usually i pray for the journey to end faster, usually will try to sleep and hope no train accidents to occur. I cannot read books.But my travel mate read magazines and listen to music and sleep .Travelling in the vast europe is too exciting for me.Hopely your research well to know the travelling in europe and not end up like those movies in Hostel, And Saws movies.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
24 Aug 10
Some of the trains in my country are slow and bumpy as well, especially if you are travelling to some of the villages. The trains between the big cities are much better and much faster. Yes, I am definately going to do a lot of research before I leave, I started reading about the different places long time ago in order to plan my trip. I love reading about the the different places, it is very interesting. I have heard about the movies Hostel and Saw but I haven't seen them.
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
24 Aug 10
Well, in this case i think u should consider flying in a plane.. I haven't travelled a long distance in train.. I have been in train for 13 hours of maximum with my friends.. We do go often in train which covers upto 15 hours and that we ll take only night travel, so we don't waste the day .. Night travel is the best, so u get sleep and in the morning u can have a chit chat with the friends.. I think train travel for more hours is waste of time, so we always travel in night time..wherever we go even for 6 hours we chose only night time.. If it's a long distance travel we chose planes..
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
24 Aug 10
Going by plane would be a lot faster, but it is also more expensive than travelling by train. Ï have bought an interrail ticket and I am able to travel as much as I want for one month without spending too much money and that is the reason why I have chosen this form of transportation. I have to spend a lot of time on the train, but that is okay. I am happy that I don't have to travel by bus for so many hours, because I have tried that and it is quite uncomfortable.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
27 Aug 10
I traveled by train in Austria and found it very convenient. Good Luck.
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@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 10
I have not been travelling by train for few years. When I was in Singapore, I always travel around by train(called MRT) from one place to another place. It is one of the most convenience transportation mode in Singapore. During my childhood, I did travel by train from my hometown to my grandma's village. I can't recall back how long exactly is the whole journey. But it is definitely take 2-3 hours to reach there. The train is non aircon,only have fan and don't talk about the smell.... I don't think I will board that train again now. The best part is the train will stopby alot of small towns and lot of people will be selling food on board the train.so I can eat and enjoy my train journey at the same time. It is one of the great experience for me on board the train for few hours.
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