Forget getting on an airplane - Travel Europe by train

Thursday, August 09, 2012

When you're travelling long distances, it can be very tempting to take the plain. Catching a plane can save you a lot of time and it is one of the most comfortable ways to travel. However, the plane can be very expensive and it can involve lengthy security checks as well as long periods hanging around checking in and checking out.

Travelling by train is one way to travel in comfort that doesn’t involve long waits in the departure lounge, especially where Europe is concerned.

Europe has an excellent rail infrastructure, and offers some of the best train services in world. All the major cities in Europe are well connected to one another and it's easy to travel from one major city to the next. Even if you're travelling from the UK, you can make it to Paris from London in as little as two and quarter hours. From the French capital, you have connections throughout Europe, with both Berlin and Amsterdam only around three hours away by rail.

As well as visiting different countries, the train is a convenient way to get around individual regions. Many of the stations in European capital cities have connections to the rest of the country, including smaller, rural towns and provincial areas, meaning that you can quickly and easily take in the culture of the country. Most of the big cities in Europe also have excellent public transport services making them easy to get around.

The train service in Europe is also very competitively priced. If you’re well organised and book your ticket around four months in advance, a euro train ticket to Paris from London can cost as little as £35. While a train journey may take a bit longer than flying, the benefits of travelling by rail far outweigh the negatives.

A train journey can be more than just a way of getting from one place to another, it can even become part of your holiday. Travelling by train can give you the opportunity to see parts of the world that you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to see and is a great way to catch some stunning views of the countryside. The train to Germany from Switzerland, for instance, passes by some of the most amazing scenery in the continent, including breath-taking views of the Black Forest.

Even on long train journeys in Europe, your experience needn’t be arduous. There is sufficient enough legroom to keep you comfortable and lots of plug sockets to connect electricals. Some services even offer Wi-Fi. If you need to recharge your batteries then you can pick a train that suits your schedule, with there are plenty of night services to choose from.

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