10 reasons for Families to travel by train in Europe
1 - The flexible choice
Everyone loves the flexibility of rail’s unlimited stopovers, choice of routes and departure times. It gives your family the freedom to stay longer, move on our revist a place you like
2 - Make the most of your budget
There are a range of saver passes and special offers to suit almost every budget. Families can really save when they are travelling as a group and children under 12 usually travel at half price.
3 - Travel overnight and save
On long overnight train journeys, luxury sleepers or more affordable couchettes provide family accommodation. You’ll save on a night’s accommodation and arrive refreshed and ready for the next day.
4 - Travel in comfort
Train seats are spacious and some feature seatback video and entertainement facilities. Generally, famillies can be seated together and the children can leave their seats and move around without disturbing the other passengers.
5 - On board amenities
Most trains have a wide range of on board amenitieis such as bars, restaurants, toilets and baby changing rooms to make travelling easier and more enjoyable. When you need a helping hand, just ask the train conductor.
6 - Get there faster
No matter how spectacular the scenery, children easily get bored. Trains can run at speeds of up to 320 km/hr and get you there faster without the hassle of traffic jams or weather delays. For example the 800 kilometre trip from Paris to Marseille takes just three hours!
7 - All year round
You can take the family on a winter skiing holiday or a summer visit to the Mediterranean by train. Rail operates 365 days of the year come rain, hail or snow.
8 - Get off the beaten track
With 240 000 kilometres of track, rail reaches into virtually every corner of Europe through forests, fields and moutnains that just aren’t accessible by road.
9 - An educational experience
In Europe, everyone goes by train so your whole family has an opportunity to meet the locals, speak their language, try their cuisine and learn more about their country.
10 - Arrive in the heart of the city
Most stations are located in the heart of Europe’s cities and offer access to hotels and sightseeing, as well as a range of services including restaurants, gift shops, foreign exchange, telephones, post office, book stores, seating reservations and information.