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Can one use a TER train inside Île-de-France with an Île-de-France pass?

If one is taking a TER or Intercités for a journey entirely inside Île-de-France, can one use an Île-de-France pass such as Navigo, Mobilis, or Ticket Jeunes Weekend valid for the appropriate zones? ...
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Indian Railways-Online Reservation Rules

I booked an online ticket for traveling on Indian Railways for a Short Distance Journey, but my ticket was not confirmed at all and is on the waiting list. Can I travel with the waiting list ticket ...
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Trenitalia, wrong name on ticket, problem?

A friend has purchased a Trenitalia ticket online. The wrong name was entered by accident. Is this a problem? Are names/IDs checked on Trenitalia trains, or are tickets transferrable? Does anyone ...
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Are there restrooms on trains in Israel?

Many trains in Israel travel long distances. I would like to know if there are restrooms on board all trains.
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Description of overnight train from Paris to Italy?

I'm currently living in Paris and want to meet up with some friends of mine in Italy. I would love to experience an overnight train. I found a train to Milan on Intercités de Nuit, and I am tempted to ...
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Eurail Pass from Lyon to Milan

I plan to buy a Eurail pass that enables me to travel from France to Italy. I plan to buy the France-Italy Rail Pass, but I don't know whether I would need to buy an extra pass because from my ...
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What is preferable, Eurail Pass or Buying Pass on the spot?

I plan to visit 3 countries in Europe during May: Paris, Italy and England ( in that order). I will be staying in each country for 1 week; at the end of the week I will be moving on from a country to ...
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Will luggage offices in Japanese train stations hold bags overnight?

I understand that many JR stations have luggage offices (手荷物預かり所) that will temporarily keep your luggage for a fee. Is it possible to leave luggage there overnight?
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Is traveling by train in the night in Morocco safe?

Is traveling by train safe during the night in Morocco? I would like to take a night train from Marrakech to Fes or Rabat, to save a holiday day. Do you think it is wise?
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Dinner service out of Los Angeles on Amtrak Southwest Chief

Is dinner served in the dining car of the Southwest Chief after it leaves Los Angeles going eastbound at 6:15 pm? I'm asking because usually dinner service starts earlier on Amtrak trains.
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What time does the train from Yerevan arrive in Tbilisi?

Two friends of mine told me they were taking the train yesterday from Yerevan, which would travel overnight, and arrive today in Tbilisi. Unfortunately they didn't tell me what time the train is ...
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Oldest subway/underground/metro rolling stock still in operation

As a rider of various subway/metro/underground systems I was curious where would I find the oldest fleet still in operation. NYC subway C line has cars built in the mid 60s. I was wondering if there ...
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Longest possible single-fare journey in London Fare Zone 2?

I've noticed that it is theoretically possible to perform an almost complete circuit of London by rail without leaving fare zone 2 and without having to swipe in / swipe out with an Oyster card ...
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How to find out prices for regional trains in France?

I want to check prices for the connection between Paris and Grenoble. I tried the www.voyages-sncf.com, www.tgv-europe.com, www.raileurope.com, www.ter-sncf.com but none of them allows me to limit my ...
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Subway, train or both when travelling around Tokyo

We will spend a week in Tokyo in april and I am now looking into the best way to get around the city. The subway seems to go everywhere but there are also normal trains connecting most places. How ...
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Where is the safest place in a train?

This morning I had to make a small (2-3 hours) train journey with a friend. He is a little anxious and unreasonable, and doesn't trust public transport. He won't fly at all and normally, he doesn't ...
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Lockers at train station Hardbrücke in Zürich?

I'm going to Zürich, Hardbrücke tomorrow evening. I have a big suitcase with me which I don't want to carry all along. So I want to place it in a locker. In the Internet I can't find any information ...
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London to Lisbon without flying?

I'm planning to go in mid-July, the cost of air travel is quite high so I'm looking for alternatives. What are the train networks like through France/Spain/Portugal? How long would it take and how ...
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Scotland Buspass or Railpass

I am going to be traveling in Scotland in the beginning of March. I will be traveling through Edinburgh, Stirling, Fort Williams, the Isle of Skye, and Inverness. I had also planned on walking a ...
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What truly cross-continental train trips still exist?

I've done much of the trans-Siberian, and it's a great experience. I'm wondering what other trans-continental train trips still exist. This would have to span the width (or length) of a continent. ...
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What can a railroad company do to you if they find you riding in an open box car?

Suppose you hitch a ride in an empty unlocked box car that is a part of a freight train, for example in the continental US. Do railroad companies actually care about that? Do they have people ...
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Using trains and buses in India without advance booking?

We talked about the different booking periods on Indian trains, and also about which class one might want to use. We learned that locals may ride on the roof of trains because the trains are too ...
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Are there any trains where roof riding is legally possible?

I just read an article about the Indonesian railways, where they put low hanging concrete balls above railroad tracks to deter train rooftop riders. Roof riding is common on certain trains in ...
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Is there luggage storage at train stations in Japan?

We will travel around Japan by train and will make a few shorter stops with only a nights stay so it would be handy to be able to drop the bags at the station while doing some sightseeing before ...
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What is the cheapest metro system in the world?

When traveling I am trying to avoid using the underground/metro/subway because I want to see the city I am visiting, but sometimes for long distances it is much quicker than any other form of ...
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How safe and reliable is the Pride of Africa?

I found another interesting railway. It is called the Pride of Africa and runs from Cape Town to Daressalam. I think it would be really interesting to try this once, but I can't find any information ...
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At what distance in the US is the plane faster than the train?

I live in Northern Virginia, but travel to NYC enough to where it makes me ask, which mode of travel - car, train, or plane will get me from my door to Times Square the fastest. It seems fairly even, ...
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Comparing travel costs in Europe: rail vs bus

I wanted to compare costs for travelling around in Europe by bus and rail. While I don't have a firm itinerary yet, for the purposes of this comparison let's assume that it will be close to the ...
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How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers?

How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers, including overnight trains? Obviously, the usual precautions of being more mindful of belongings when travelling solo need to be ...
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Cheapest 'times' or methods to buy an Interrail Pass

I planning to travel around in Europe for about a month in August/September this year. I haven't sorted out an itinerary or a date for commencing travel yet. What I wanted to know is whether Interrail ...
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Cheapest place to buy a JR Pass

I realize that the cost of the pass itself is fixed, in yen. However, I see that travel agents often add extra costs, in the form of "delivery fees" and "processing fees" etc ($15 for delivering a ...
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Which Indian trains have shorter booking period?

Most of the long distance trains in India have bookings opened 90 days before the train ride. There are some that have a shorter period available. Which exact Indian trains have reservations open ...
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How to prepare for very long train journeys?

A friend of mine is going to take a very long train journey the next week. The journey takes 44 hours according to the train schedule and takes place in Europe. He has to change trains two times. Once ...
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Is it better to travel by train or plane when there is risk of snow in the eastern US?

Train travel in the eastern US is a more viable option than in other parts of the country. Whether it's cheaper or shorter than air travel depends upon a number of variables and can be researched on ...
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How far north from Vancouver can you get by train?

If I start in Vancouver, there are certainly trains heading east and north (and south). What I want to know is how far north I can get using just trains, if I start in Vancouver, BC? And are they ...
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Are there any operating trains in Nicaragua?

I have heard that Nicaragua used to have an operating train system, but at some point in the past it was dismantled and discontinued. Are there currently any trains that regularly operate in ...
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Precautions taking the Tren a las Nubes

I would really like to once ride with the tren a las Nubes. Wikipedia says the tour takes 15 hours, but I can't find any information on where to buy tickets and if reservation is necessary. And how ...
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How to reach Salar de Uyuni from Potosi or Sucre (Bolivia)?

As I read in Wikipedia, the Salar de Uyuni is far away from other cities. So how can I reach it from Potosi or Sucre? And how long does it take? I would prefer to take a train. Is there a train route ...
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Are there any international train services in South America?

As a European, I'm used to being able to take trains just about everywhere. I'm finding that that is not so common in South America, however. If I was taking a trip through South America and wanted ...
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Should I book Thailand Rail tickets online (pre-trip) or at the station when I arrive?

I plan on taking the Thailand rail system between Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket (particularly the overnight trains), and Siem Reap. Is it safe to book these tickets ahead of time through their website ...
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Can I travel to North Korea overland (via train)?

I understand there's only one company that actually does the North Korea tours (although a lot of other tour agencies will allow you to book through them). I am wondering if they have an option to ...
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What options do I have for scenic long-distance train journeys in North America that last for 2 nights or more?

I'm looking to take a trip (or two, or three), in North America via train. I want to take a sleeper train and have some time during the day to see interesting things out the window, I don't just want ...
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Flight/Train combo from Europe to Toronto/Vancouver

My parents are planning a vacation in Canada in the summer of 2012, they want to visit relatives in the Toronto area, and visit the west-coast (Vancouver). They are looking for a way to have a ...
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How can I buy train tickets within the UK from abroad?

Is there a machine pick up system like in other countries? Will it take foreign credit cards (Mastercard or Visa of course)? If so, in what locations are these accessible? Otherwise, how can I get ...
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Are there electrical outlets in the sleeper cars of the California Zephyr?

I will be taking the California Zephyr the entire journey, and I planned on getting a lot of work done on my laptop during the journey. I will be staying in a roomette, I've taken Amtrak on the North ...
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Places to stop off along the Sydney to Brisbane railway?

I'm hoping this is a constrained enough question to not produce either long lists, or lots of subjective answers, so here goes... In December I'm going to want to get from Sydney to Brisbane. I won't ...
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Getting from the Frankfurt-Hahn airport to Saarbrücken (Germany)

I posted a question (Driving into Germany over Easter weekend) about getting to Saarbrücken for a demoscene party and it looks like flying might actually be the cheapest option. I can get to ...
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Are all trains/buses within the EU non-smoking? What about smoking on platforms?

No, I'm not a smoker, but some friends coming on a trip with me are, and they want to know what their options are (I suppose some of the 12+ hour journeys we have planned frighten them). Personally, ...
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Travelling using the Underground (the Tube) in London [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: London on public transport: what kind of tickets to use? I will stay in London for only 2 days, but will travel using underground train (tube) quite often. So my ...
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Is this a realistic backpacking trip in Europe?

I'm trying to plan a backpacking trip in Europe but I'm not really sure where to start. We'll be flying from the US into most likely London. Our budget is about 2,000 USD (per person) not including ...