Travelling by train is truly a sublime way to see Europe, especially as there is such an extensive rail network on offer, meaning you can zip between the major cities or you can stop off and explore some of the smaller towns and rural areas that are all interconnected thanks to the great railways.




Europe by train is an experience like no other. It has been a popular option for travel since the advent of the railways across the continent and today it is still a unique way to see so much that Europe has to offer. It is a smoother and more hassle-free alternative to driving, not to mention cheaper too and still provides the joy of travel that flying has largely lost  making the journey so much more than just a means to an end. Below are a few ways to make sure you get the most out of your trip on the rails.


Tour Time ScheduleTo ensure that your trip is as interesting and exciting as possible, especially if you're undertaking it on a limited budget, be sure to plan well and in advance. Certain tickets allow you unlimited travel within a set period so it is important to know where you're going and when, so as to not fall foul of any restrictions and to make sure you see everything that you want to see. Wherever you're visiting make sure that there is enough you want to do to warrant the length of your stay and make sure you have accommodation sorted too. Trains in Europe are, on the whole, quite punctual so you will want to make sure that you are too.

Tour CostThis is unsurprisingly going to be the top concern for many people and managing the expense of your trip will naturally have to be one of your main priorities. Trains in Europe are usually fairly cheap but you can help drive the price down even further by booking in advance, avoiding popular commuter routes and peak times and by buying tickets in bulk if you're travelling as a group or intending to make lots of journeys within a single country or region, or within a short space of time.


Getting GoingTaking that initial step from the platform onto your first train can be a daunting one but the experience has to start somewhere. For travellers from the UK, there are cross-Channel train services which will connect you not only to the wider continental rail network but also to some of Western Europe's most interesting cities, including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. From there on in, Europe is truly your oyster.

Overall, no matter how much or how little of Europe you want to see by rail, whether you plan a jaunt down into the West Country via South West Trains or across to the point where Europe blurs into Asia via high-speed intercity express services, you are sure to have a good time.


AUTHOR BIO:Maria John writes regularly on the European rail network for a range of travel websites and blogs. She worked for several years for South West Trains and now chooses to take all her holidays by train, relishing the opportunity to see the area she's visiting as he travels smoothly to her destination.