You’ve booked the trip of a lifetime, a multi-country itinerary through Europe with plenty of time to explore. But how are you getting from point A to point B? Sure, there are lots of budget carriers that will fly you between countries at a reasonable fare, but they just can’t come close to all the advantages that rail can offer. Read on to see why you should consider hopping on board the Europe express.
Traveling by rail offers many options for those who are more budget conscious and those who would like a little more privacy to enjoy the trip. Prices can vary, but are always comparable to airfare and costs to upgrade to a higher class of service are much more reasonable.
Flying from point to point seems like a great idea and time effective, but factor in other costs such as getting from point A to the airport and you are already counting the extra dollars! Train stations are easy to get to from the CBD, so no matter where you’re staying, there’s a good chance there is a station nearby *fingers crossed*. Trains also charge no baggage fees or other hidden costs, unlike budget airlines for in-country flights. Also worth mentioning, in case we haven’t already won you over: most European trains have a lot of leg room and are super modern. So you’ve got no problems when it comes to getting comfy.
Night train are a great way to travel too. Say goodbye to spending half your day getting to the airport and waiting to depart. Say hello to taking the train by night and wake up in a whole new city as the sun rises. We promise, you’ll see some amazing sunrises! Train carriages are often equipped with actual beds and there are several options ranging from dorm-style compartments to private double beds. If safety is a worry, there is a train security guard on each carriage and they will keep a close eye on you. So you can get comfy and catch up on some ZZZZ’s – you’ll get more than you do on a plane.
You never hear people say, “That flight was epic…!”, however the romanticism of a train ride through the European countryside is an iconic experience. It’s a perfect chance to plug in those headphones and stare at the gorgeous scenery streaming past your windows, which would be pin-dots on a plane ride. Let your mind wander as the train winds through the trees and rolling hills, past castles and cathedrals, rocky beaches and fields of colorful flowers.
Oh, and don’t eliminate the possible chance of meeting a gorgeous stranger at the cocktail bar or sharing your compartment. “Oh what a coincidence, Mr. Right, this is my stop as well…”! Which brings me to…
Flexibility. For our more free-wheeling travelers, you cannot beat the opportunities to be spontaneous when traveling by train. Want a few more hours to explore a city? You have the freedom to take a later train and take your time to enjoy your surroundings. Passing through a cool new city you didn’t consider visiting? Hop off and have a look around! There are lots of different passes available depending on your personal style of travel.
Don’t feel limited, just enjoy the ride.