May 9, 2018 - 9:01 PM
in reply to maggiehorswell
Sorry to hear about your health issues and cancellation.
The Interrail 'Global' (ie Europe) pass is amazing value - 22 continuous days for £350 or so, senior rate, across Europe, though by concentrating on Switzerland I really do get the cream! - few reservation or supplement issues or costs (the Bernina, Glacier and Golden Pass lines are all free so long as you don't go 'posh', as are most regional railways and even most narrow gauge lines up into the mountains, eg around Aigle, the Swiss Jura, the Arosa, Centovalli and Zermatt lines and the very interesting system around Appenzell) and my trip is SNCF-strike free, apart from a change of plan to avoid a long trip across Northern France on the way home. It now also includes a 'free' Eurostar return journey from St Pancras to Lille or elsewhere, but you have to pay a 'passholder' reservation of about £30 each way.
I can also pop into Italy, Austria, Germany and France (strikes allowing) without further charge.
Some of the privileges have been added in recent times, I would think, judging by the confusing websites (not this one) that still show old arrangements, eg only discounted fares on most independent or regional railways. This is wrong.
The good news doesn't stop there - BLS allows holders to travel free on their ferries, and I even discovered a special historic train with preserved electric loco from Bern to Brig via Spiez and Kandersteg on Sunday 10th June that is for ordinary walk-on fares, and is covered by Interrail (I checked!) This has the added attraction (for me) of stopping at the long-closed Blausee Mitholz station, where the climb to / descent from Kandersteg goes through all those amazing corkscrew turns. There are a few other dates in the summer when this train runs.
The financial implication, but one I'm perfectly happy with, is that train wins over bus every time. My itinerary is now pretty full, though I've left myself a bit of breathing room on 'lighter' days, when I can do the inter-station walks as the fancy takes me (and the weather allows).
Get well soon