Europes rail network is vast and can get you to almost any part of the continent. Enjoy and experience much of the beauty and charm of this part of the world from the comfort of your carriage. Here are my top ten tips for getting the most out of your European rail vacation.
It is easiest to purchase point-to-point tickets online, especially if you want to reserve your seat/s in advance on a particular train. Point-to-point tickets are tickets purchased individually at the station and take you from Point A to Point B.
Make sure you bring a few key items to help you pass the time such as a good book, your tablet, or a travel journal, especially if you are embarking on a journey of more than 2 hours. While the views are sensational and there are often plenty of other passengers who will be happy to strike up a conversation, its always good to have a book on hand to escape to when you need it.
A lot of trains now provide power outlets for passengers on-board so you can charge your laptop or mobile device (some trains offer this facility, even in second class). Some trains are equipped with Wi-Fi (but you may have to pay for it).
Comfort and Safety
Sleepers are the safest and most comfortable option as they are like small hotel rooms on rails.
By travelling overnight you can save money on hotel accommodation and give yourself more time to see the sights during the daytime at your holiday destination.
Plan your Journey
Check how long it takes to get to the station and work out how you are going to arrive at the station the day before so you dont end up being late on the day of your journey. Get to the station early on the day of your journey so you can truly enjoy your trip and have enough time to carry out all of the important steps listed below.
Enjoy your trip
Now that you have done all your planning and considered everything you need to know to have the ultimate European rail adventure, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Get ready to see some amazing sights and meet some very interesting people along the way. Dont be scared to mingle with other travellers and friendly locals. Just make sure you keep your valuables close to you at all times.