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australia rail pass [Ausrail]

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australia rail pass [Ausrail]

2 seniors in USA need info on Ausrail Pass..... need suggestions on booking this pass in a train class that has sleepers.We do NOT want recliner seats ..we want a bed at night and we intend to use the trains extensively....I know the passes last for 6 months and i know passes for recliner seats are around $1100 for two seniors.What is cost of sleeper and what is best way to book this type of pass ??

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As far as I am aware, Ausrail passes are not available online- you will have to contact a travel agent and get them to book you one. The details of the pass are available here:


There is a number to call in Australia but it isn't available outside of the country.

As you can see by reading the fine print, the pass is for economy seats (it is designed for backpackers), but you can use sleepers or first class seats (for day trips) by paying the supplement on each fare. To find out the price for the supplement you will have to contact Great Southern Rail, QR Traveltrain or Countrylink. I know that the sleeper supplement for CountryLink trains are about $90 per person on top of the first class fare, the supplement for which you would also have to pay on top of your standard economy fare covered by the pass.

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i know u think i am 'down' on train travel in aus, robsyd, but your post above just confirms how third world the whole thing is.

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Hi camasloop,

This may be a redundant question, as you don't say how long you are travelling or where in Oz you are going, but have you researched the distances involved in travelling in Australia?

Generally, air travel is the most economical choice in terms of time and $. Our rail networks are really as lein suggests "third world ", mainly due to the above,,, distance & $.

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I won't add anything new here, but will try to summarise.

1) You can purchase the AusRail Flexipass offshore through your local travel agent (or wait and purchase them in Australia)

2) You need to separately upgrade to a sleeper berth for each journey that you require that service. Prices vary from journey to journey.

3) Generally speaking, rail travel isn't popular in Australia for two reasons - how much it costs, and how long it takes. We don't have 'high-speed' rail in Australia. And - this is never a popular comment - the scenery consists of a lot of nothing. Better to fly to your destination and get on with your vacation.

If you can let us know your proposed itinerary, I'm sure you will get some very helpful advice about travel.

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Lien, the pass is not designed for luxury train travel - I think the point is that it wasn't what it was designed for. For the record, I don't think you are "down" on rail travel in Australia, I just think your opinion of the XPT service is not as bad as it really is and that people need to hear both sides of the coin, that's all.

Edited: 28 December 2010, 22:18
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You really need to list your intended destinations before forum members can advise on transport options.

The only sleeper trains are:

-Sydney to Brisbane XPT (nightly)

-Melbourne to Sydney and vice versa XPTs (nightly)

-Indian Pacific (2/week)

-Ghan (2/week)

-Sunlander (3/week)

Here's a map: australian-trains.com/images/journey_routes.…

Please remember that flying is much cheaper and much quicker.

Edited: 29 December 2010, 12:47
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