Best Countries To Visit

Switzerland.

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gium.

France.

WESTERN EUROPE

RAIL-AND-DRIVE PASSES

In addition to simple railpasses, many countries (as well as Europass and Eurail) offer rail-and-drive passes, which combine car rental with rail travel a

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good option for travelers who wish both to visit cities accessible by rail and to make side trips into the surroundin

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g areas.

DISCOUNTED RAIL TICKETS

For travelers under 26, BIJ tickets (e.

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g. Wasteeis, Eurotraln, and Route 26) are

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great alternatives to railpasses. Available for international trips within Europe, travel within France, and most ferry services, they knock 20-40% off re

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gular second-class fares. Issued for a specific international route between two points, they must be used in the direction and order of the desi

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gnated route and must be bou

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ght in Europe. However, tickets are

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good for 60 days after purchase and allow a number of stopovers alon

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g the normal direct route of the train journey. The equivalent for those over 26, BIGT tickets provide a 20-30% discount on first- and second-class international tickets for business travelers, temporary residents of Europe, and their families. Both types of tickets are available from European travel a

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gents, at Wasteeis or Eurotrain offices (usually in or near train stations), or directly at the ticket counter in some stations. For more info, see www.wasteels.com.

FURTHER RESOURCES ON TRAIN TRAVEL.

Point-to-Point Fares and Schedules: www.raileurope. Com/us/rail/ fares_schedules/index. Htm. Allows you to calculate whether buyin

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g a railpass would save you money.

European Railway Servers: http://mercurio.iet.unipi.it/misc/timetabl. Html. Links to railway servers throu

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ghout Europe.

Info on Rail Travel and Railpasses: www.eurorail.com;www.raileurope.com.

Thomas Cook European Timetable, updated monthly, covers all major and most minor train routes in Europe. In the US, order it from Forsyth Travel Library. (*800-367-7984; www.forsyth. Com. US$28.95. ) In Europe, find it at any Thomas Cook Money Exchan

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ge Center. Alternatively, buy directly from Thomas Cook (www.thomascookpublishin

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g.com).

On the Rails Around Europe: A Comprehensive Guide to Travel by Train, Melissa Shales. Thomas Cook Ltd. (US$18.95).

Europe By Eurail 2003, Laverne Fer

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guson-Kosinski. Globe Pequot Press (US$18.95).

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