10 reasons for Independant travellers to travel by train in Europe
1 - Do what you want
Everyone loves the flexibility of rail’s unlimited stopovers, choice of routes and departure times. It gives you the freedom to stay longer, move on or revisit a place you like.
2 - All year round
On the train you can forget about the hassle of traffic jams or weather delays. No matter what time of year you visit Europe, trains operate 365 days of the year come rain, hail or snow.
3 - Get off the beaten track
With 240 000 kilometres of track, rail reaches into virtually every corner of Europe through forests, fields and mountains that just simply aren’t accessible by road.
4 - Meet the locals
In Europe, everyone goes by train so you get an opportunity to meet the locals, try their cuisine and learn more about their country.
5 - Travel in comfort
You can stretch your legs, go to the bar or enjoy a bistro meal on European trains. The seats are spacious and some feature seatback video and entertainment facilities.
6 - More for your dollar
Rail Passes offer real value for money! Buying individual rail sectors as you travel around Europe can be very expensive. With a rail pass there’s no limit to how far you can travel within your nominated borders. There are a range of saver passes and special offers to suit almost every budget.
7 - Get there faster
High-tech European trains are fast. It usually takes less than 15 minutes to check-in and the trains travel at speeds of 300 km/hr. For example, the 800 kilometre trip from Paris to Marseilles takes just three hours!
8 - Travel when you want
There are multiple train services every day between Europe’s capital citys. Just choose one to suit your timetable.
9 - Travel overnight
Try a luxury sleeper or a more affordable couchette on long overnight train journeys. You’ll save on a night’s accommodation and arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for the next day.
10 - Experience the real Europe
Trains are an integral part of the European way of life. Travel by train and make the European experience your own.