Why You Should Consider Travelling by Train When Visiting Europe


When people plan their vacation, they often think of flying somewhere. In Europe, however, train travel is an excellent way to see the sights. There are many reasons why you should consider travelling by train when visiting Europe. Here are a few examples:

  • Air travel requires more attention when dealing with baggage. Certain items are restricted or not allowed and cannot be over a certain weight. Cabin baggage has to be a certain dimension and weight and if you default, the mistake can cost you. Air travel can also be stressful, especially if you are travelling with young children.

  • Train travel allows you to see the sights in a way that air travel does not, some of the rail journeys through Europe are very scenic.

  • Travel by train affords flexibility and allows you to stop off at a number of places and often make impromptu visits or change plans with ease.

  • You can visit multiple places very quickly. Air travel can take time, you have to check in, wait around, experience delays and the process can take hours whereas with a train, you can hop on and hop off very quickly and you only need to arrive a few minutes before the train arrives, no checked luggage and no security checks.

  • When travelling by air, often the airport is considerably out of town. Train travel on the other hand will allow you to disembark, often in the centre of town. This saves money on taxi fares and time too meaning more of your time can be spent visiting places of your choice.

  • You can move around more on a train and the seating arrangements offer more space than on an aeroplane. That freedom is more suitable for young children who can become very restless, even on short journeys.

  • It is easy to bring a packed lunch and eat it on the train. There are often large family tables which allow not only space for lunch but space to socialise and play games or have a chat.

  • You may have the option to choose a sleeper cabin and wake up at a new destination.

  • It is a great way to meet people and have chats with fellow travellers.

Travelling by Train is Just Easier

There are many reasons to choose a rail journey and many of the benefits are overlooked. European trains are very comfortable, they are very punctual and experience few delays. You also don’t have to deal with airports. This alone makes train travel in Europe a better choice than flying.


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