How To Travel In Europe Cheaply But Starting Point In Germany

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Dusseldorf, Germany

How To Travel In Europe Cheaply But Starting Point In Germany Dusseldorf Reviews

lauro lauro
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Feb 22, 2007
i dont know if other european cities offer this kind of premium. but here in germany they do (because travelling in germany by train is VERY expensive). they have the so-called night trains. in düsseldorf (for example)one can travel to paris, verona, milan, copenhagen, prague, bratislava, vienna, zurich, como, ljubljana and many other cities in europe - but not only in düsseldorf - you can also book from frankfurt, cologne, berlin, munich, stuttgart, hamburg and other big cities in germany. it ranges from ONLY 29++ euros (one way) that is really cheap. you start at midnight and arrive in your deistnation early in the morning. all you have to do is go to the reisenzentrum in the airport or central station and ask for details. or you can book directly in the website: (just click the language selection) and gute reisen :D

and another thing, is the hitchhiking - but in germany they call it mitfahren (they bring you along if your destination is also the same)i used this, and it was really fun, you can meet lots of colorful people along the way (it is safe - because most of these are done by students who needs to save money for long trips) and really cheap - i used düsseldorf till stuttgart and thats about 500 kms, and i only paid 20 euros! and düsseldorf to paris - hmm between 600 kms is only between 30-35 euros and most of the drivers are bilingual or multilingual - german, english and french are common. but there's a little problem - you must have a basic knowledge of german to navigate the websites for they are in german: or
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lauro says:
the problem is, i dont have money. and cheap or expensive, we all arrive in our destinations.

but i didnt had any problems with night trains, because i paid a reservation for 10 euros plus!
Posted on: Feb 16, 2009
tpkeefe says:
Keep in mind that the night train's (CityNightLine) accomodation starts from ordinary seats that recline and go all the way up to private sleeper cars. If you have money to burn and want to travel in style, then I suggest these cars.

Also, you're likely to experience crowded trains when it arrives at your destination for you to hop on. I took the one from Mannheim to Berlin (called the "Berliner") in late 2007 and I couldn't switch seats. Not more than 15 minutes after choosing a vacant seat in the row behind were I was, but some German woman tapped me on my shoulder and told me with a scowl on her face that I was in her seat. Add to that the fact that I felt kind of claustrophic in the car because of all the people and the stuff they were bringing with them.

CityNightLine is an option, but not the only one. You could just as easily take one of the InterCityExpress (ICE) trains from wherever to Berlin in a shorter amount of time for close to the same price as the CityNightLine. At least in the ICE trains, you might luck out and get more leg room in the economy seats.
Posted on: Feb 16, 2009
Trish18 says:
Thank you for this tip! I'm going to Europe this summer for the first time and appreciate knowing about the night train option :)
Posted on: Mar 13, 2008
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