Hot answers tagged

79

There is no requirement to have €10,000 when you are in Europe. It sounds like someone is confusing two things: The requirement to have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your trip. This amount varies according to the duration of your trip, and according to the kinds of things you plan to do. The requirement to report cash if you are ...


44

This is what the compartment should more or less look like (pic from Wikipedia): As you guessed, there is no changing room or something similar. A pillow and sheet like you see in the picture are provided. There is some variation, but most people will sleep in comfortable street clothes or close to that. Usually at the end of the coach there are toilets ...


27

When you apply for a Schengen visa, the officials will try to admit genuine tourist or business travellers and refuse entry to illegal immigrants. They want to know if you intend to leave again after your visit, or if you intend to overstay and work without paying taxes. They can't know that for sure, so they are looking at the premise of your visit and your ...


17

My experience on French sleeper trains is that people get changed lying down on their bunk. Those who require extra privacy will slide into the sleeping blanket before removing their clothes. The top bunk will also guarantee you extra privacy since it's only visible by the adjacent bunk and not by the ones below. There is no dress code for sleeper trains. ...


14

There's several approaches you can take. They all involve some planning, and there are some extra marks of caution. Mix Schengen and non-schengen stays. The actual Schengen rules say for any given day in the Schengen area, you must have spent less than 90 out of the 180 preceeding days in the Schengen area. The EU even provides a calculator to help with ...


11

Skyscanner allows what you're looking for. Just type the country of origin and destination. It even allows you to set the destination as all the world instead of country. In Skyscanner you will also be allowed to make broad searches regarding time. You can specify the time windows of your flight as specific days, but also as a month (eg.: departing in ...


10

Yes, it is okay to have less than €10,000 when visiting Europe, to a point. In the Schengen Area, you must have an a means of substinence - however the amounts vary between countries, lengths of stay and age. A full list can be found here. However, there is also a maximum amount you can bring into the EU undeclared, which is €10,000. Any more than that and ...


10

Short answer: I don't think it is true. Reason: When I arrived in Amsterdam in October 2014, no one asked me how much money I had. (It was about a hundred euro.) Spain, May 2015 and April 2016, no one asked. Wales, June 2015, they asked if I were capable of supporting myself but didn't ask what I had. Iceland, July 2015, no one asked. İstanbul, October ...


9

If you plan to "operate" your business over the phone, you might actually be working in Europe. That's not what a tourist does. There could be tax consequences, both home and abroad. If you can refrain from working on your business on your holiday, options might be: Apply for D visa for France or Italy, then only time in other countries counts against the ...


8

Google flights can do this, you can select airports, places, countries, continents or just "Everywhere", you can also select interests (eg, Outdoor, food, etc) You can set a price range, and then see on the map where you can go. I spent a day in Copenhagen for about £20-30 thanks to this. (and it also used to have a really nice bar chart for each ...


8

I am a fan of Adioso, it allows you do all of what you've asked for, the only catch is you have to specify at least a city in the departure field, but any other field is capable of accepting broad values. You can specify a time, or chose "any time". For the destination, you can specify a city, a country, etc. You can then sort the results according to the ...


7

If you're travelling in a small group (e.g. a couple), you can also get a compartment to yourselves for a fairly small extra charge - the Jan Kiepura from Cologne to Warsaw has compartments from 1 to 3 berths as well as the 4 or 6 berth couchettes - or if you're feeling flush, also has 1 and 2 berth deluxe compartments with a private shower and toilet. ...


6

My first guess was the Nollendorfplatz area in Berlin but the second is Le Marais in Paris: Le Marais has "an emphasis on 'commercialism, gay pride and coming-out of the closet'" And if you would consider North America, I live very close to Davie Village in Vancouver. I do not think there's any gender identity or expression that would draw even a ...


6

I'll give you some of my personal experience as a white American citizen living in France on a long-stay working Visa. Standard disclaimers apply, and this isn't legal advice. Firstly, I wouldn't worry too much about border checks coming into France, and not at all while traveling in the Schengen area after you have already entered the country. Border ...


6

I found myself in the same situation: my girlfriend is away from me and we try to travel often. So I've built a tool to search for flights to a common destination: http://destination.smoogly.ru/


5

I don't think such a thing exists, because unlike airline tickets or hotel rooms, train tickets aren't generally sold as a limited resource - for most European trains you can walk up to the station and buy a ticket 5 minutes before the train leaves, at full price. As these on-the-day tickets aren't usually tied to a particular train or seat, they also don't ...


5

There doesn't seem to be a comprehensive list of airport strikes, because: There isn't a centralized union for airport employees in Europe Different parts of the airport can go on strike: baggage handlers, security, pilots, traffic controllers, taxi drivers, cleaning personnel, etc The level of disruption is highly variable: not every strike causes a full ...


5

You don't need any cash for a vacation, I went to EU 4 times this year and only once did I have any Euros on me when I entered. You might be confusing the requirement to prove that you have enough to support yourself for one year if you are moving to the EU on a work or study visa. For example, when applying for a study permit in Canada you need to show ...


5

Last minute deals on train tickets are not generally allowed - for instance, such deals are prohibited by ORCATS (the inter-company ticket settlement system) rules in the UK. Discount tickets in the UK must be available from when reservations are first made available (normally 90 days before departure). This is why the prices rise, as the cheapest class of ...


4

Deutsche Bahn offers "Sparpreis" saver fares up to a few minutes before departure. However, these are the regular saver fares that only rise and almost never fall in price if you are getting nearer to departure, Up until last December Ltur offered such tickets however that promotors on has stopped. A month ago they once again had a few without long notice ...


4

Hertz lists cars that need to be returned to the origin country, and if you rent one of those they waive the one way fee. The website listing such deals for europe is http://www.hertz-transfer.eu/. I imagine a couple more companies would have a similar listing available. If anyone lists them in the comments I will add to the answer.


4

Smyril Line operates a car ferry between Hirtshals (Denmark) and Seyðisfjörður (Iceland), via Tórshavn (Faroe Islands), generally making one trip per week.


3

WhichAirline has a similar functionality to whichbudget as far as I can see. You can enter countries but it might give you an error that this search is too broad, in that case it might help to search to "Anywhere" and then sort the results by country. Also Skypicker might be useful. You can do countries or draw circles on a map for departure/destination ...


3

A residence permit does not make you a citizen, and other countries visa requirements are almost universally based on the citizenship of the traveler. So you need to apply for the same visas that everyone else with your nationality do -- except for very few and unsystematic exceptions. The Schengen rule that a residence permit from one member implicitly ...


2

Let's say you buy a spare battery for your laptop and forget to put it in your carry-on (as per IATA rules). What happens next? "Do nothing" happens. Remove battery happens. Fine or prosecution MAY happen. Take you off plane is less likely than take bag off plane, leave you on. | Despite @JonathanReez's comment, the risk from checked batteries is ...


2

Partial answer: I assume you mean a tow hitch normally used for this, instead of an hook for this (because I never heard of bike racks for the latter one). Germany The empty hitch: If it obstructs the view to the license plate, it must be removed. There are no other "hard" rules. However, in an accident, if the hitch causes more damage than it would ...


2

You asked a general question, and the very general answer is that you have to apply as a citizen of your nation, but you will mention the residency in Germany. The German residence permit may help to get the visa, but you still need one. There is a short list of countries that will allow entry to people with a Schengen visa without being part of the ...


1

It's perfectly possible, but right now it's really not sensible - due to the ongoing situation with refugees and illegal immigrants, many of the borders in the south-east of Europe are much more restricted than usual, and you'd have to go through migrant camps to get to them. I'd recommend that you either wait for the current situation to stabilise, or ...


1

Many of the "old folks" tours also have middle aged adults participating. While they target the older working folks and retired crowd in their advertising because they have the time and money to travel, you often see adult children accompanying their parents or middle aged couples or singles. There are no guarantees you will find a same aged person on your ...


1

I am not a hotel operator, but something similar, an Airbnb host. Here is my experience with the local law. I am obligated to provide the guest's passport number, nationality and home address when I file my tax report. It is really damaging to me because privacy-conscious persons prefer to do things the illegal way, with a hotel or operator who doesn't ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible