I would like to know if a train pass purchased from North America 90 days early is the most economical way to purchase first class travel from Vienna to Budapest, Krakow and then to Prague. Some travelers have indicated that purchasing as you go is the most economical but does it mean standing in long line ups to book .
We have travelled with train passes purchased in U.S. several times and will again this fall. We bought the twenty-four country pass for fifteen days. You can travel more economically by buying passes point to point, and yes you might have to stand in line, but the lines are short and move fast. Eurail passes allow flexibility that we, as oldsters, like. Say you arrive in a city that is full up because of a music festival. You can hop back on the train and go somewhere else. Occasionally we have purchased point to point tickets to supplement the passes. For instance, Carlisle to Glasgow was on a special sale for round trip when we only needed one way. The trip only cost us about six pounds. You couldn't walk for that. Passes are handy and give you flexibility. Point to point tickets are cheaper. Usually.