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vas
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Posted 9 months ago

I want to travel from Thessaloniki>Sofia>Bucharest>Belgarde and back to Thessaloniki using the Interrail Global Pass. Is it possible? Where can i check the train route connectivity?

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MisterSteve
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replied 9 months ago

there are no international trains from Greece, Thessaloniki is cut off by rail from other countries and there is no date published for any change. You will need a bus to enter Bulgaria and this will not be covered by Interrail. In Bulgaria there are some trains from the broder at Kulata.

Bulgarian railways https://www.bdz.bg/en

Serbian railways are also very limited with poor information. If this is the only journey you want to make Interrail will be more expensive than just buying ordinary tickets.

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vas
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replied 9 months ago

Thank you for your prompt answer. Could you please recommend some easygoing routes for first-time travelers with Interrail, starting from Thessaloniki or Greece in general? I'm looking for options that provide smooth and convenient connections between destinations. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated..

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MisterSteve
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replied 9 months ago

You can't start from Greece unless you use a ferry to Italy. The gap between Thessaloniki and the border is two hours by bus - which continues to Sofia so is more efficient than finding the Bulgarian local train at Kulata.

But the area of Italy where the ferries go to have restrictions on Interrail - not valid on many regional trains. And the fast trains need reservations. Not easy for a first timer.

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nltrainer
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replied 9 months ago

use this site: seat61.com
Is primarily aimed at brits going to all countries of the continent, also has sections on passes like Inter/EUrail.
INterRail is only realy worthwhilein west_Europe, try to avoid the countries where you have to REServe all long-dist trains like FRance and Italy and even more ESpana. In f.e. DEutschland, Belgium, DK=Denmark, NL=Nederland traintickets cost quite a,lot, there is an intensive service-at least ev hour and in all still quite well organised, so there a pass is very worthwhile. YOu can also fly in/and/or/out of that-might, with some shrewd planning, even cost less as that ferry.
Dr google will deliver links to dozens of blogs and sites for young people like you for 1st time on the trains.