When it comes to European travel there is no better way to see the best of the continent that via train. Thanks to the close proximity of the European nations and an advanced rail network which runs throughout the continent, plus the fact that much of Europe is landlocked, you can visit a great many European nations and have a huge range of experiences if you decide to train your way through Europe.
If this is something that you are interested in then the key is all down to the planning if you want to see as much as possible for the best price that you can get it for. Let’s take a look at how you should be planning your journey.
List the Nations
The first step in your plan is to make a list of the nations and cities that you would like to see during your travels. Making a list like this will make it far easier for you to pick a direction of travel and traveling south to north continuously or visa versa will be far cheaper than chopping and changing direction. Equally, there is likely to be some cities or destinations that you would like to travel to that won’t be accessible by train and having a list first can help you to highlight these places and work out routes to get there.
It is well worth pricing up a variety of different journeys before you head out on your trip, you may find for example that traveling on overnight trains is a cheaper way to go, or avoiding off peak times can get you the best price. Play about with journey times and destinations until you get a price which you are happy with.
When it comes to buying tickets you have a few choices available, you can buy individual tickets if you are looking for ultimate freedom but this may cost you a little more. The best option is to buy an open European train pass which allows you access on a number of trains throughout Europe for which you will pay one single flat fee.
Check Out The Travel
When yo take trains throughout Europe, these are not just modes of transport, they are part of the journey itself and you should check out some of the routes before you leave to make sure that you can see the best of it. For example, the train from Switzerland to Milan takes you through the amazing Alps tunnel, the train from the UK to France will take you under the English channel and the train north from Germany to Hungary takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe. If you want to get the most out of your journey then make sure you are taking routes which will show off the best of Europe.