Top 4 Tips for Train Travel in Europe

Europe is a fantastic place to visit if you’re hoping to experience many different cultures and destinations during your travels! It’s so easy to travel from one country to another and immerse in a completely different environment, creating a rich travel experience. When you’re traveling around Europe, the railway system will be your best friend for getting from country to country! Europe has an extensive rail network that you can use to get around easily and comfortably. Here are our top tips for making the most of the railway system for your European travels:

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Buy a rail pass for long trips

When you travel on Rail Europe, you’ll have several options when it comes to tickets. You can purchase single tickets at the station or online, or you can buy a rail pass that will cover you for multiple trips. We recommend the rail pass for multiple long journeys because it will save you money and leave you more flexible in your itinerary. The Eurorail pass generally gives you a window of time in which you can use your travel days, such as 10 days of train travel within a 2 month period.

Buy point-to-point tickets for short trips

If you plan to spend the majority of your trip in the same area, it doesn’t make sense to spend the money on a rail pass. Instead, you can buy individual tickets to make short trips as you wish. Because train fares are usually based on distance traveled, you’ll pay less for shorter train trips.

Which class ticket to buy?

When you’re standing at the ticket counter, you might be wondering if it’s worth the extra cash to splurge for first class. The answer depends simply on your personal preferences. In first class, you’ll get cushier seats and more room with fewer passengers in each area. But these days, the second class on trains is perfectly comfortable and at about half to a third of the price of first class, it’s generally far more worth the cost.

Overnight train tips

If you’re going to be taking a long journey across Europe, you’ll ride in a sleeper car. By taking the train overnight, you’ll gain more time during the day to see your destination. And an overnight train ticket is often less than the price of a hotel or hostel anyway, so you’ll save cash by traveling this way. Again, you’ll have your pick of first or second class. Beds are generally quite small but just remember that it is a train and you’re traveling the adventurous way!

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