How to Travel Comfortably and Safely by Rail in Europe
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European High Speed Rail
A great way to see the beautiful scenery in Europe is to travel by train. This is a very affordable option, and there are trains connecting all the major cities of Europe.
High speed rails link London to Paris and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel. A whole network of trains cover most of Western European and Central Europe. Trains tend to run on time, and there are a variety of discount passes available making travel by train affordable.
There are also several scenic train journeys, such as the Eastern European rail, which is a nine hour trip starting in Prague and traveling to Krakow, Poland. There is also the Glacier Express, which tours the Swiss alps.
The Bergen Railway travels from Oslo to Bergen in Norway giving travelers a chance to view Norway's beautiful scenery. The French TGV train runs at 200 mph, stating in Paris and reaching dozens of French city, as well as, Bern, Brussels, Zurich, Milan, Venice and Florence, Italy. Many of the high speed rails go 250 kmph and will quickly move you from one country to the next.
Map of Some Train Routes
Planning a Safe, Comfortable Trip
Planning ahead for your trip by purchasing all the items necessary for travel. European trains are known to have comfortable seats and run by the scheduled timetable. If you plan on biking in Europe, trains have a special coach to store bicycles. The bikes should be labeled with your name, address and destination. Use a bike lock for safety as well.
Other ideas to travel safely;
- Label each suitcase or travel bag, then buy a lock for each case. There are also luggage straps that can be purchased to tie your luggage together.
- Check out the different trains in European to learn what amenities are available. For instance, the Artesia Night is a sleeper train. Locate luggage racks. bathrooms and showers, and buffet cars.
- As trains in Europe tend to fill up early it is a good idea to arrive early and stow your baggage on a rack near your seat. Lock you luggage with a chain and lock.
- If you bring a small carry on make sure you take it with you to the rest room or the buffet car.
- When exiting a train you may get help from a train attendant as necessary.
- It is ideal to pack light to cut down on the amount of baggage. Pack sensible walking shoes and several shirts to match one pair of slacks.
The train stations have yellow posters at the stations that will answer many of your questions. Trains typically take you into the heart of the city of your destination.
There are different types of rail passes available. Some passes are offered at a lower price for travelers from other countries. Also some passes for seniors and children are also lower priced. The Eurail Select Passes are sold for a particular number of travel days, which shows you how important it is to plan you trip ahead of time.
There is also the Eurail Global Pass, which is available in two forms. One type of pass is flexible and is either for ten or fifteen travel days. The other allows unlimited travel to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland within 10 or 15 days, or one, two or three months. There are also passes available if you are only going to see two countries that have a common border.
The bottom line is you don't have to have a pass at all, but you may buy a ticket from one city to another. This may be the cheapest way to travel!
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European Travel Tour Summary
Obviously there are some clear reasons to see European by rail. The scenery is spectacular. A little planning can allow you to travel at an affordable price. It is not difficult to see a number of countries with one Eurail pass.
The French train travels at 200 miles at hour which will quickly get you to a new destination if that is your choice. You can also take a scenic train tour to several beautiful counties.
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