The Danish DSB is by far the best
rail company I've ever travelled with. Its second class cars are
better than any first class around and its first class is more
comfortable than most of the hotels i've visited!
Deutsche Bahn: their
Verbindungenanfrage service is
simply indispensable. To compensate, trying to get information or buy
an international ticket at their stations is a federal pain in the
After decades offering a very good service for a decent price, DB
decided to do something with the problem of increasing demand for
their services: since the begining of 2003, they decided to start
EasyJet-style pricing, so as to deter potential travellers from using
their trains unless they have bought their tickets weeks in advance.
Kickbacks from Lufthansa and the auto industry not entirely ruled out,
might suggest that they decided to decrease demand
instead of increasing capacity.
used to have a usable website, but when the
severe brain-damage, `java enhanced' site went on-line on 1st Jan
2002, the only way to access it was though the spoorboekje.nl
front-end (now extinct). Later on NS added a text-only version to the
information page, which (unless one knew the direct link) was
originally only accessible to those
using one of two particular browsers. Other shortcuts straight to
the pages that have useful information:
is a much better option for the latter.
The Greek ΟΣΕ used to have a website
listing the train schedules and fares, but without a search engine.
Not a major problem, given how few trains they are running anyway.
Since the beginning of 2003 however, they decided to upgrade their
on-line services, so they took down the old site and simply put up an
"under construction" page. Why the old site had to be taken down
before finishing the new site remains one of life's little mysteries.
In any case, the new site came on-line in September 2003, complete with
a search engine that does not perform any search: when asked to find a
connection between two stations it offers a menu with all possible
routes (no matter how insane) and then shows all the services for all
legs of the trip without making any effort to find reasonable
connections. Why didn't they just buy the hafas
engine or (if they're that incompetent or cheap) just send
all the timetables to db.de and link to them?
Other Railway companies:
poezda.net offer a
timetable search engine for all CIS rail companies.
The EURail Pass
Index of European railway resources
Railway in the Balkans
Ferry operators between mainland Europe and Scandinavia:
Silja (From Finland to
Sweden and Germany),
ScanSea (Between Sweden,
Denmark, Germany, the Netherlads and the U.K.),
TTLine (Between Sweden and
(Between Sweden and Denmark),
(Between Finland, Sweden and Estonia),
Tallink (Between Finland and
SeaWind (Between Finland and
of Scandinavian ferry companies.
Travel around the North Atlantic:
Smyril Line's Norröna
connects Thórshavn with Hanstholm, Lerwick, Bergen and
Seyðisfjörður (timetables and prices
P&O Scottish Ferries connect Scotland with Orkney and Shetland.
On their severe brain-damage
one can find timetables in gif format.
operates around the Hebrides.
Busses and Automobiles
BSÍ is the national bus operator of
Iceland. Their busses run only at summer and almost exclusively for
tourists, since literally all Icelanders have a car which they use
to go everywhere. Do not be surprised if your bus stops at numerous
photo opportunities along they way and the driver announces that
there'll be a 5 minute break for photographs.
Mitfahren through Germany:
The major international booking systems:
Serach for flights, both budget and major carriers:
non-european destinations only.
Try your luck:
Flights, packaged trips, last minutes, etc from the Netherlands:
World Ticket Center,
... and from Belgium:
UK Public Transport Information
The official tourist board guides on
Not worth much as guides, but there are lists of hotels there if you
want to book accommodation in advance.
bookings.nl for on-line hotel
reservations throughout the Netherlands
The Flying Pig
in downtown A'dam is strongly recommended, but don't count on
getting a bed there at high-season if you just walk in without a
Don't forget to also visit the
site to find out not only about hotels and museums and stuff, but also
an agenda of what's on in A'dam during your visit there.
See also the
Travelshop for information on
Germany in general.
Istanbul: a beautiful place to wander around and get lost. Try to
avoid places where English is spoken and you'll have a grand time!
Centrally situated and affordable accomodation around Küçükpazar and
Eminönü, the marvelous Findik Palas at Yoğurtçu Nuri Sokak strongly
Reykjavík: beer prices in Iceland being what they are, tips like
this one can be invaluable; the cheapest places are on and around
Laugavegur. A pent of beer at Nelly's cost Kr.240 in August 2000,
which was at the time less than half the usual Kr.500-600. Other
places around there serve pents for less than Kr.300, but I believe
Nelly's to be the cheapest pent in the country.
Århus: one of the best and most centraly located hostels I've ever
seen is the City Sleep-In.
Kastoria: the official Prefecture site
includes a hotel and guesthouse list. See also
this shopping and tourist guide.
Last update: 12-1-2013