How To Plan The Ultimate European Train Journey

Europe’s extensive and efficient rail network makes it one of the best places in the world to explore by train. From the chugging carriages that snake through the Alps to high-speed trains slicing through the French countryside, a European train ride has so much to offer. Here are a few tips on planning the ultimate train journey.

Choose Your Highlights

Start by deciding which European highlights you want to include in your trip. Are you drawn to the romantic landscapes of Italy, the historic sights of Germany, or the vibrant cultures of Spain? Your interests will dictate your route.

Map Your Route

Once you’ve chosen your key destinations, it’s time to map your route. Use rail planner apps or websites like Rail Europe to experiment with different journey sequences and find the most efficient path. 

Choose the Right Rail Pass

For extensive travel, a rail pass like the Eurail Pass (for non-European residents) can give great flexibility and value. These passes allow unlimited travel on national networks across multiple countries. 

Book in Advance

While spontaneous train trips are possible thanks to the frequency of service on major routes, booking key legs of your journey in advance can save money and secure seats on busier routes, especially for high-speed trains or overnight journeys. 

Alisa G
Alisa G
Alisa loves exploring new places and learning languages. She enjoys trying new food wherever she goes and then incorporating the flavors into her cooking at home. When she's not traveling, you might catch her soaking up the sun, reading a fashion magazine or book in her backyard.

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