If you’re travelling through Europe this summer, you’ve probably already planned a jam packed itinerary of must-see attractions in multiple cities across the continent. The only challenge that remains is finding the best method of transportation from one destination to another. Why not give some consideration to travelling by train? Exploring the continent by rail may just be the best way to make the most of your experience. Here’s why:
1) More destinations
Does your itinerary include major cities—London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Berlin—as well as excursions to smaller cities like Lille, Nice, and Cologne? No problem. Trains in Europe will take you anywhere you want to go. Not only can you travel directly to the heart of all these destinations, you can also save time and money by purchasing multi-destination travel passes.
2) More flexibility
Train travel is far more flexible than any other type of travel. You won’t have to show up two hours in advance to get through security or baggage claim. Often, you don’t even have to book your tickets in advance. Another benefit is that you don’t need to finalise your itinerary before you leave home: you can hop on and off trains whenever you fancy, rather than being limited to one destination.
3) More scenery
When you travel Europe by train, you’ll fall in love with the continent in a way you never expected. That’s because from your seat’s window, you’ll have the opportunity to admire stunning vistas during your trip—idyllic countryside, dramatic mountain scenery, and quaint little villages. You may even be tempted to alter your itinerary to explore a destination that wasn’t originally on your list.
4) More comfort
Travel doesn’t have to be stressful; in fact, it should be enjoyable. Planes are notorious for their cramped and uncomfortable seats; European train cars, on the other hand, offer spacious seating, increased baggage space, and dining and beverage cars. Overnight travellers can even book private sleeping cabins to ensure you get a good night’s rest. Stretch out, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the ease and comfort of travel by train.
5) More environmentally friendly
Planes are fast and cars are convenient, but neither option is eco-friendly. Trains are more energy-efficient per passenger mile, making them one of the most environmentally-conscious methods of travel. Some experts even say that rail travel cuts passenger’s carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent when compared with flying.
6) More savings
The prices of train tickets are far more stable than plane tickets, so you won’t have to worry about price hikes when you’re ready to book. Additionally, European train companies offer cheap point to point fares and multi-destination packages to help you make the most of your money.