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Europe FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about traveling in Europe

This FAQ about Europe was compiled and written by Yves Bellefeuille yan@storm.ca with help from Martin Rich M.G.Rich@city.ac.uk.

-01 General Usenet Guidelines
-02 What countries does the newsgroup cover?
According to its charter, rec.travel.europe covers all aspects ...
-03 Where should I post about rooms or services wanted or offered?
If you have a room for rent or are looking for one, or if you'...
-04 What other newsgroups deal with travelling or with Europe?
misc.transport.rail.europe Railroads & railways in all of ...
-05 What is "Google"?
Google, http://groups.google.com/, lets you search almost all ...
-06 How can I complain about "spam"?
Send a copy of the message to the address postmaster at the poster'...
-07 I'm going to Europe for the first time. Where should I go?
A common mistake is to try to see too much on a short trip. ...
-08 Europe: Should I go on my own or with a tour?
Most of Europe is very easy for an independent traveller to visit. ...
-09 Europe: What guidebooks are available?
(Thanks to Jeri Dansky for helping with ...
-10 Europe: Do I need a visa to visit ?
Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality. The ...
-11 What's the European Union (EU)?
The European Union, formerly known as the European Common Market or ...
-12 What's a "Schengen visa"?
Some countries in the EU have agreed to unify their entry and ...
-13 Europe: What should I pack?
The standard advice is to bring half as much clothes as you think you'...
-14 Europe: What should I see during my trip?
If you want to ask for advice about attractions, please say ...
-15 What should I bring my European friends as gifts?
You might want to use Google to see what suggestions have been made ...
-16 Europe: What currency should I use?
Except for Turkey, always use the currency of the country you'...
-17 What's the "Interbank" exchange rate?
The Interbank rate is the rate banks charge each other when ...
-18 Will my bank machine card or credit card work in Europe?
It is necessary to distinguish several different kinds of bank cards....
-19 Europe: Should I use traveller's cheques?
You'll usually get a worse exchange rate if you use traveller's ...
-20 Europe: Should I change money before I go or when I get there?
It can be useful to obtain a small amount of the local currency (...
-21 Europe: How do I change money at a bank or _bureau de change_?
Foreign exchange establishments list a buy rate and a sell rate ...
-22 Can I get a VAT refund?
What does VAT mean?...
-23 Europe: Can I buy "duty-free"?
Buying duty-free is somewhat similar to getting a VAT refund. In ...
-24 Europe: Where can I get the best airfare?
The group rec.travel.europe doesn't specialize in air travel; ...
-25 Is my driver's licence valid in Europe?
If you don't have a driver's licence from a European Union (EU) country,...
-26 Can I drive as fast as I want in Germany?
In Germany, on the Autobahn, there's no fixed speed limit; however,...
-27 How can I get from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport to Paris?
Please see the Paris Transport FAQ by Delphine Kensit,...
-28 Europe: Where can I get information on trains?
The German Deutsche Bahn has an excellent WWW server in German ...
-29 Europe: Should I buy a rail pass?
As a very rough rule of thumb, a rail pass may save you money if ...
-30 Europe: Where should I buy train tickets?
Except for the Eurail pass and other passes, buy train tickets in ...
-31 Europe: I speak language and I'm going to country . How widely is my language spoken in this country?
The following table shows how widely English, French, German and ...
-32 What do NTSC, PAL and SECAM mean?
These acronyms refer to the systems used by television broadcasts ...
-33 Can I drink the tap water in Europe?
Tap water is safe to drink everywhere in Europe except Turkey. (However,...
-34 Should I be worried about crime in Europe?
Violent crime is much less a problem in Europe than in the USA. ...
-35 Europe: What's the time difference?
Time is calculated relative to Universal Time (UT) or Greenwich ...
-36 What's the weather like over there?
Weather forecasts for major European cities are available at:...
-37 How can I phone to Europe?
To phone abroad, you need to dial four components: (i) the code to ...
-38 Europe: Selected Links: Airlines
-39 Selected Links: Trains
Deutsche Bahn (Germany) International Timetable -...
-40 Europe: Selected Links: Buses (coaches)
Eurolines - http://www.eurolines.com/...
-41 Europe: Selected Links: Other Useful Links
Government Travel Advice:...









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