How to Travel Europe by Train

How to Travel Europe by Train
Europe has an excellent train system consisting of high-speed trains which travel through different countries, intercity trains which will travel (typically) non-stop between major cities, and local trains. Travelling by train is one of the best ways to see Europe, meet locals and meet fellow travelers. Whether you intend to take one or two trains to get you from point A to point B, or plan to see several countries solely by train, there are options available to suit your needs.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Train schedule Rail ticket or pass
  • Train schedule
  • Rail ticket or pass
Step 1
Consider where you want to visit and plan your route. You can find train schedules and routes online at websites such as the Deutsche Bahn website. For access to bus, train and ferry schedules all across Europe, as well as rail routes, consider purchasing a copy of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable.
Step 2
Determine what kind of tickets you require. If you will only be riding one or two trains, it will be wiser to get individual tickets. However, if you will be taking the trains quite often, consider purchasing a rail pass instead. Rail passes are typically for single countries or for regions. They are sold as a flexi pass which allows a certain amount of days travel during a certain period of time, or you can get a pass for several consecutive days of travel.
Step 3
Book your ticket. It is cheaper to purchase your tickets or passes prior to arriving in country. You can purchase tickets and passes at a number of online sites such as Rail Europe.
Step 4
Make your reservations. If you are travelling on a high-speed train you will most likely need to make a seat reservation of which there is a small extra charge, usually around $10 to $20 depending on the train company. In addition, if you are travelling on an overnight train you will need to make a reservation which can range from around $20 for a couchette to over $100 for a sleeper.
Step 5
Arrive at the station early. You will want to make sure that you have given yourself plenty of time to find your platform. If you hold a rail pass, you will need extra time in order to get your pass validated for travel.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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