Category Archives: Rail

BritRail South West Pass

BritRail South West Pass: The All-Terrain Pass

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The BritRail South West Pass gives you the option to choose rail travel on most rail services operated by First Great Western, South West Trains and Heathrow Express trains with your choice of first or second class rail travel for 3, 4, 8, 15 or 22 days or 1 month consecutive travel within a one-month period, or a flexi-pass offering rail travel any 3, 4, 8, or 15 days within a one-month period.South West England 5

While the BritRail South West Pass sounds very specific, it sure covers a lot of great territory in southwest England and parts of Wales. You’ll find its popular destinations include London, Bath, Oxford, Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, and King Arthur’s Winchester. Still, rolling hills and castles aren’t the only things southwest of the UK. Southwest England is also home to seaside resorts and charming waterfront towns such as Torquay, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, St. Ives, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance.

Though the real charm of this pass is the unbelievable opportunity it gives the most seasoned traveler to avoid high gas prices, lines at local ticket counters, and fumbling with foreign currency.

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Here’s what you get:

  • The BritRail South West Pass is valid on most rail services operated by First Great Western, and South West Trains)
  • Consecutive pass available in 3, 4, 8, 15, or 22 days, or 1 month consecutive travel
  • Flexipass lets you choose from 3, 4, 8 or 15 days within 1 month for travel
  • First or second class available. First class prices take into account regions where only standard rail is available.
  • Valid for the Heathrow Express. Use of this airport transfer will use a travel day on your validated pass.

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  • Special Family Pass: For each adult or senior traveler, one child (ages 5-15) travels free (not applicable with a saver pass).
  • Child rates are valid for children ages 5 -15.
  • Children under age 5 travel for free when they share a seat/bed with an adult/senior.
  • Saver pass option for 3 or more adults traveling together.

Reservation Requirements with a BritRail South West Pass:

The BritRail South West Pass allows for travel on most trains that are operated n most rail services operated by First Great Western, South West Trains and Heathrow Express.

When reservations are required, they are an additional cost to the rail pass.

  • Seat reservations are required on the Eurostar train when traveling with this ral pass. Tickets can be requested up to 180 days in advance and will not require the use of a travel day on your rail pass.
  • Many regional trains do not require reservations, and so travelers can simply board with their passes and take any open seats.

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At Distant Lands we issue passes on the spot!

If you would like more Information or would like to order a pass contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or E-mail: Susan@distantlands.com

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Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass

Three fascinating and diverse countries. One complete rail pass

SloveniaExplore the length and breadth of three fascinating European countries at a leisurely pace. With the Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass, make use of travel days all in a row, or scattered throughout a two-month period. Slovenia and Croatia (once part of Yugoslavia) are two of Europe’s best-kept secrets, boasting spectacular countryside and coastlines.Austria 1Travel to 1,000-year old Bled, once considered the most beautiful “health spa” of the Austrian empire. Its lovely climate, lakes, and thermal springs attract recreational buffs from all over the world. In Croatia, begin your travel in the capital of Zagreb and then head to the sparkling Adriatic with its pristine beaches for some fun in the sun. Pair this journey with a trip to melodious Austria, home to Mozart, the Vienna Boys Choir, and the von Trapp Family (not to mention the setting for “The Sound of Music.”)

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Here’s what you get:

  • Unlimited train travel on the national rail networks in Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia.
  • Choice of 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 days of unlimited train travel within a 2-month period.
  • Travel days may be used consecutively or non-consecutively.
  • Free map with pass.

Discounted offers:

  • Discount for travelers under 26 years of age.
  • Discount for 2 to 5 people traveling together.
  • Up to 2 children (ages 4-11) ride free with each adult traveler.

Reservation Requirements with a Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass:

Croatia 1This pass covers trains that are operated by the national railways of each country listed on the pass.

Feel free to hop on and off most trains in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia. When traveling with a Eurail Austria-Croatia-Slovenia Pass, travelers may be required to purchase a reservation for some trains including international and overnight trains.Travelers with a rail pass may be required to purchase a special reservation for the portion of the journey that isn’t covered by their rail pass.

Reservations are an additional cost and can be requested within 90 days of your travel date.

  • Reservations are required when taking the some trains between Zagreb/Rijeka/Osijek/Cakovek in Croatia and overnight trains.
  • Reservations are recommended when traveling on high-speed trains like the Railjet within Austria, which are popular and can fill up quickly.
  • Most regional trains within Austria, Croatia and Slovenia do not require reservations. You can simply board with your rail pass and take any open seat.

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At Distant Lands we issue your pass on the spot.

If you would like more information contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or E-Mail: Susan@distantlands.com

Eurail Benelux Pass

Eurail Benelux Pass: The European Triple Crown

Belguim1Belgium, The Netherlands (Holland), and Luxembourg have more in common than a royal heritage. They have the Eurail Benelux Pass, giving you extensive travel on the national rail networks of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, with your choice of any 3, 4, 5 or 8 days of rail travel within a one-month period. This pass offers saverpass discounts for 2 or more traveling together and you can also decide whether you’d prefer those travel days to be consecutive or non-consecutive.Belguim2

Choose to see Belgium by rail, or relax during train travel in Holland. Trains in Luxembourg are also designed to be stress-free and adventure-ready. Put them all together and you not only have an extraordinary travel experience in the Benelux countries, but a journey that’s 180° from the hassles of airports and the deciphering of road signs.

Belguim3The train also allows you to enjoy the locals as much as the scenery, and immerse yourself in the culture you came to visit. It starts with rail stations that leave you right in the city center, ready for action. Visit the enchanting (and tiny) city of Bruges, is brimming with architectural and artistic finds. Stop in Amsterdam to view the masterworks of the Dutch masters. Looking to “refuel” in Rotterdam? Its nightlife rocks with an abundance of bars, swanky clubs, and quirky galleries. Stop in castle-rich Luxembourg, home to the Grand-Duke. And no journey through Benelux is complete without a peek at the Brussels Grand Place, one of the most beautiful squares in all of Europe. Did I say Brussels? What a great time to mention all the travel discounts that sprout up with your pass, too– including deals on hotels and attractions.

The Eurail Benelux Pass is available from Distant Lands on the spot.

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For more information contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or email susan@distantlands.com

 

The Eurail Austria Pass: The sound of music and…

Austria RailComfort. Relaxation. And it all comes together with the Eurail Austria Pass. It gives you extensive travel on the national rail network of Austria, with your choice of first or second class travel for 3, 4, 5, or 8 days of rail travel within a one-month period. This pass offers saverpass discounts for 2 or more traveling together and you can also decide whether you’d prefer your travel days to be consecutive or non-consecutive.

Austria ChurchIt’s no wonder that the majority of adventurers to Austria prefer to do so with an Austria Rail Pass. Breathtaking scenery notwithstanding, a train journey allows affordable flexibility and accessibility — while eliminating language barriers, local transit ticket counters, and high gas prices. And your rail pass has additional benefits to make your travel even more seamless, like transit on some InterCity Bus routes that may require reservations and a day of use on your pass, discounts on select ferries, hotels and audio city guides. See the cities and sites you’ve always imagined: like Vienna — one of Europe’s cultural capitals, located on the banks of the Danube. A romantic’s dream destination, Vienna was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. And, cultural connoisseurs won’t want to miss Museums Quartier, one of the largest cultural complexes in the world. No trip to Austria is complete without a stop in Salzburg, a city of incomparable architectural beauty. (Did we mention it was also where “The Sound of Music” was filmed?)

You know, it’s true what they say…those hills are alive. But the breathtaking scenery of Austria? It will remind you that you are too. The Eurail Austria pass.

For more information contact: Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or susan@distantlands.com