Exploring Europe via train is a one-of-a-kind experience. However, if this is your first time, make sure you follow these tips. Read here!
10 Tips to Traveling Europe by Train
Although Europe is a beautiful destination for year-round travel, summer is the best time to explore this beautiful continent. For example, the sun is high, the weather is sunny and pleasant, and the beaches are warm between June and September.
However, the best way to explore Europe is via train. Train journeys are an excellent way to make the most out of your trip to Europe, thanks to the well-connected network of trains. Here are the ten best tips for traveling Europe by train. Read on!
1. Create a List of Destinations
Although Europe is a small continent, it is the third-largest by population with over 50 countries and 44 capitals. Creating a list of destinations is vital to explore via train because you can travel to your favorite tourists’ spots.
2. Purchase a Ticket
You don’t have a reserved seat even if you have a train pass. Therefore, it is wise to purchase a ticket to reserve a train seat. We recommend doing this at least 30 minutes before traveling on the train. That way, you won’t miss the train.
3. Check Your Car Number
In addition to buying the ticket, you must check the train’s platform and car number to avoid problems. Visit the official websites to confirm the seat number on the train. Because the cars separate at different stops or platforms, verifying this information is essential.
4. Find Information about the Train
Experts recommend getting on the right type of train. On the other hand, if you get on the wrong train, not only will you miss reaching your destination, but you also experience fines. So, if you want to go to the right place, make sure you get all the essential information about the train.
5. Focus on Essential Supplies
Although European trains have everything, we recommend bringing your own supplies, including a phone charger, water bottles, and travel pillow to stay comfortable.
In addition, you must also bring your own bag for the trash because throwing garbage on the train or outside is punishable according to European Union’s laws. Therefore, follow the rules to get the most out of your train excursions.
6. Stay Sober and Lenient
Staying sober is necessary while traveling on the train to your favorite European destination. For example, avoid putting your feet on the seats and ensure your luggage is near you. Put bags on top and ensure your coat is on the hooks. Always move when other people look for a seat to sit. Traveling on European trains with muddy shoes is a sign of indecency.
7. Pack Light
Traveling on the train requires you to pack light. That way, you can stay comfortable. Avoid 200 pieces of luggage that need you to ask others to help you while getting on and off the train. The simpler and lighter the bags, the more comfortable you will have while traveling via the train.
8. Avoid Eating in Train Cafes
Although European trains have state-of-the-art cafes that offer delectable food and delicious drinks, the problem is that these items are costly. So, if you are on a budget and want to save money, make sure you don’t go to the café and order food.
On the other hand, you can bring your own food and drinks. For example, traveling from London to Paris requires eating light because sometimes, trains have bathrooms with no toilet paper and water. Therefore, we recommend avoiding filling your stomach.
9. Limit Your Bathroom Visits
Most tourists in Europe have bad experiences with trains. For example, when you want to travel via train and wait on the platform, going to the bathroom can be a bad experience. Some bathrooms don’t have toilet paper.
So, even if you want to go to the bathroom, make sure you have the toilet paper in your bag. Moreover, most sinks have a powerful water flow, meaning you won’t feel comfortable doing your thing.
10. Stay Safe
Although European trains are safe to travel, you may experience scammers looking to steal from you. Therefore, it is crucial to take care of your luggage and keep your eyes open while traveling via the train. Staying safe means a comfortable journey.
Europe is the most beautiful continent to relish the lush green landscapes, scenic beaches, magical mountains, and historical attractions. Traveling via the train is a comfortable experience for many. However, it is daunting for others, especially newcomers. Follow the tips and tricks above to make your train journey comfortable. Until Next Time!
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.