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Pass to a perfect tour

Travel has become even more attractive with a variety of packages. GN Focus looks at a few popular ones

  • GN Focus Report
  • Published: 09:43 July 30, 2012

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  • Explore Amsterdam with the I amsterdam City Card

EurailPass

Experience the best of Europe with comfortable trains that will take you to the city of your choice. Eurail Pass makes travel convenient as it cuts out the need to wait at check-ins or buy different tickets for every trip. You can take as many trains as you like, stop anywhere, anytime, choose which countries to visit and how long you want to travel. Whether it is a Global Pass that covers 23 countries; a Select Pass that fits in three to six countries; the Regional Pass that offers two countries or just a Country Pass, there is a Eurail Pass to fit your need.

Prices: Global Pass — $461 (about Dh1,693); Select Pass  — $294; Regional Pass — $163; Country Pass — $47.

All cards can be purchased from www.eurail.com

Rail Europe

 Get unlimited train travel between three to ten days in Germany with Rail Europe. The German Rail Pass Extension also gives travellers access to Brussels, Prague and popular destinations in Italy and Austria. You get a choice of three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine or ten days within one month, consecutively or not. The Rail Pass is also valid to Salzburg (Austria), Basel Bad (Switzerland) and free or discounted travel on certain buses and steamers.

Prices: First Class — from $331 (adult), from $166 (child); Second Class — $252 (adult), $201 (youth), $126 (child)

All cards can be purchased from www.raileurope.com (refer to conditions before purchasing)

Renfe Spain Pass

Now travel all around Spain with the Renfe Spain Pass. Active for six months from the date of issue, the pass is valid for one month from the date on which it is first validated for a journey. Customers can choose between two modalities: Business/club or tourist, adult and child (ages four to 13; children under the age of four travel free if they do not occupy a seat). You can choose passes of four, five, eight, ten or 12 journeys, to be used within one month. It is valid for all AVE long distance and medium distance trains (excluding couchettes). The ticket allows you to complete your journey by commuter train provided it connects with the place of origin or destination of your booking. The pass is personal and non-transferable and must always be presented together with a valid passport.

Prices: Tourist —160 euros (about Dh715) (adult), 120 euros (child); Business/Club —225 euros (adult), 170 euros (adult).

All cards can be purchased at authorised travel agencies and stations or on www.renfe.com

 I amsterdam City Card

Want to see everything in Amsterdam while on a budget?Get the I amsterdam City Card. It’s a discount card, providing free access to various museums in Amsterdam, free tickets on public transport within the city and a free canal cruise among other attractive offers, including 25 per cent discount at city restaurants, car and bike rentals and gift shops. To begin utilising the Transport Ticket, you have to stamp it at the first use. The Transport Ticket does not include travel on NS (Dutch Railways) trains and a visit to the Rijksmuseum.

Prices: 40 euros (24 hours), 50 euros (48 hours), 60 euros (72 hours)

All cards can be purchased from www.iamsterdamcard.com

PriorityPass

Make your journey easy and relaxing with the Priority Pass. The pass provides you with access to airport lounges, irrespective of the class of travel, airline or existing membership in an airline loyalty programme. Founded in 1992 with 55 lounges in 49 countries, the priority pass today offers access to more than 600 airport lounges in over 300 cities in more than 100 countries.

Visit www.prioritypass.com for details

SingaporeTourist Pass

Enjoy the sights in Singapore with the Singapore Travel pass. Besides, unlimited rides on MRT and LRT trains and basic bus services, the pass also comes packed with exclusive promotional offers and benefits at various retailers and F&B outlets. Sold without a card rental deposit, Singapore Tourist Passes can be purchased online and delivered overseas or through sales channels outside of Singapore. The travel pass can be activated within one year from the date of purchase and can be used as a normal ez-link card by topping up the card with cash at any of the top-up machines or TransitLink Ticket Offices and Passenger Service Counters located within the MRT station.

Prices: S$18 (about Dh52) (one day), S$32 (two day), S$34 (three day). Prices exclude delivery charges.

All cards can be purchased from TransitLink Ticket Offices at Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) stations, Changi Airport and specific venues across the city

Visit www.thesingaporetouristpass.com for details

Oyster Cards

Grab an Oyster card for reasonable London public transport fares. It’s faster and more economical than a daily travel card. The plastic smart card is preferred by residents and tourists and is one the most popular options to travel by London’s famed transport system.
The card provides access to the tube, tram system, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Price: Starting at £13 (about Dh74)

Cards can be purchased from various venues across the city or online. Visit www.oyster.tfl.gov.uk for details.