For the travel planning (flight/train/car) ninjas out there...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by acidfast7, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. acidfast7 macrumors 65816

    acidfast7

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    I want to leave Frankfurt, Germany on April 4th and end up in Abano Terme, Italy on the 4th. I want to return on the 10th.

    What's the cheapest way to get there?

    So far, I can take a flight from FFH (Frankfurt/Hahn) to Treviso (TSF) and a bus on both ends for 150€/person.

    Another option is to drive (2000km and roughly 18h) ... which is 256€/RT (not really any savings over 300€/2 flights).

    I could find a reasonable sleeper train either :(

    I could handle flying or taking a train from any German city south of Frankfurt to Milan/Venice/Padua/Florence etc...

    or a combination of both.

    As I'm not up to speed with the best travel search engines anymore, I'll offer a prize for anyone that comes up with a more reasonable option.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Kayak but I am truly surprised that you would inquire about budget travel given your responses to others when they seek out a product on a budget.
     
  3. acidfast7 thread starter macrumors 65816

    acidfast7

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    tried it; but didn't find anything cheaper. found it limiting that you could only search four airports on either end in parallel :(

    i like to travel cheaply. one usually meets more interesting people that way. i don't find 1st class flights/trains worth the extra money.

    budget products are OK in certain circumstances. however, if you're buying a durable good like a sofa/chair/bed, i'd rather have one nice item for 30 years than 10 not-so-nice that get replaced every 3 years.

    this makes perfect rational sense but it's another discussion for a different day

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    even the buses (RT for 2 ppl) are more expensive (350€/RT).

    it's a really, really nice drive as well (through Alps and down into northern Italy).

    just hoping for a ninja.
     
  4. acidfast7 thread starter macrumors 65816

    acidfast7

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    I met someone that hitchhiked down to Milano and bought a chair and hitchhiked back (RT from Berlin in the 60s). Ridesharing forums are an option, but if we're in a car, we might as well drive ourselves and see a few people on the way.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    I certify that you're crazy. You literally quoted me 4 times (two are showing due to auto-merge) and had a complete conversation with yourself. Nicely done.

    Safe travels.
     
  6. acidfast7 thread starter macrumors 65816

    acidfast7

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    If one can't talk with oneself, whom can one talk with?

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    Thanks! :D

    Fine espresso here I come!
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Be sure to bring back 20-30 cases of fine prosecco.
     
  8. acidfast7 thread starter macrumors 65816

    acidfast7

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    that was actually 20 cases of Crémant d'Alsace (from France obviously). We're not going to France this time :(

    also, that was in a VW Passat BlueMotion Wagon that gets almost 2000km per tank, but we're not taking that car because the autobahn passes of Austria and Switzerland are already on different cars (B-class Merc and our B5 A4), so we won't have the space :(

    just cheese this time! need to leave and pick-up my Romanian sausage (that my buddies from Cluj just brought with them!)

    i wish you all a great Saturday.
     
  9. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a

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    book directly with hotels whenever possible. This helps a lost if/when you have to change or cancel and you will almost always get the same rate or less than hotels.com etc...
     

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