Traveling by Train

Traveling by Train

A great way to get around Europe is by train, both within a given country and between countries. Conveniently covering much of the continent, train travel is generally cheaper than flying, and is a great way to see a country, albeit as a passerby.

There are two main ways to travel by train in Europe.  You can either buy a rail pass, or a point-to-point ticket to each desired destination.

A Eurail pass is a great investment if you plan on doing a fair bit of train traveling through Europe. It’s also quite a flexible form of transportation.  You can buy a pass for multiple countries, a specific region, or an individual country. You can also choose the duration of the pass, as well the number of travel days within the given travel period.  Best of all, your Eurail pass entitles you to numerous discounts along the way, including reduced ferry fare.  Keep in mind, you may need to pay extra to reserve seats or take an express train, along the way.

Point-to-point train tickets, of course, are best if you are only planning on traveling to a limited number of destinations. You can generally buy them as you go, without reservation.

While it’s fun to travel in style, first class isn’t always the way to go. Second class seats are significantly cheaper, and perfectly adequate, providing safe, clean and reasonably comfortable transportation.

Something else to keep in mind, while there are no luggage restrictions, there is also no luggage assistance, i.e. you’ll be carrying your own bags.
Also, if you’re traveling by train overnight, you may want to keep a clean change of clothes accessible, so you can freshen up upon arrival.

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.