I want to travel by rail in Europe in 3 connecting countries for 11 days. So I wanted to ask, is it good to book tickets in advance or is good to book from station A to B?

My itinerary starts from Germany on 29th June and then 1st Austria, 2nd Switzerland and 3rd Paris (France).

I will travel 30th June, 1st July, 2nd July in Vienna, Innsbruck & Salzburg. 3rd July, 4th July, and 5th July in Zurich Geneva. I will travel to Paris 7th July onwards.

Kindly suggest me an better option what to do?

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    Are you asking whether to buy a pass or separate tickets for each journey? Are you eligible for age-related discounts? – mdewey Jun 18 '18 at 10:37
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    It may also depend how much you value flexibility in your journey times. A pass offers you've a choice and can be confirmed last minutes but individual tickets (esspecily cheap ones) may be fixed to one train. – skifans Jun 18 '18 at 11:52

There are several options for you:

First the flexible option:

You can book all your tickets at the Railwaystations and there is no need for advanced bookings.


  • Flexible


  • Expensive
  • Waiting in line at the counter

The flexible online option:

You can buy your tickets on the go through the ÖBB, SBB and SNCF website or app.


  • Flexible


  • As Expensive as at the counter

Pre-Booking option: When you are a little bit flexible in your itinary and you book in advance, you can reserve heavy discounts though the following programs:


  • Sometimes up to 75% cheaper


  • No flexibility
  • Not all connections are eligable for discounts

Interrail option:

You can buy a interrail pass on the interrail website.

If you are aged between 12-27 the following prices apply:

  • 208€ for 5 days in an 15 day period
  • 255€ for 7 days in an 31 day period
  • 305€ for 10 days in an 31 day period

If you are aged between 27-59 the following prices apply:

  • 269€ for 5 days in an 15 day period
  • 320€ for 7 days in an 31 day period
  • 381€ for 10 days in an 31 day period


  • Cheap for long travels
  • Flexible


  • Expensive for short travel
  • InterRail is for Europeans and people who have or will be residents of Europe, mostly the participating countries but also a few more in the general area. All others can use Eurail but not InterRail. And Eurail is often more expensive. – Willeke Jun 18 '18 at 18:17

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