10 Reasons to Travel by Train
Travelling by train is a unique experience. Be it for the thrill of high speed, the comfort, the scenery or the attractive fares, there are hundreds of reasons for choosing to travel by train in the UK, Europe and the world. Here are the 10 reasons most commonly quoted by our customers (backpackers, families, couples, older travellers, businessmen and women, and more).
1. No hassle when you travel by train
Avoid the endless queues at crowded airports, or the stress of driving in a different country, with its own rules of the road and lots of traffic jams… If you travel by train, you’ll go from city centre to city centre, smoothly and efficiently. On top of which, all major European stations and trains provide information in English, as well as in the local language… So just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
2. Go wherever you want on a train journey
Europe by rail means freedom. Choose the pass most suited to your needs from our range of passes, starting with single country passes to regional passes and even the Eurail Global Pass, which covers 33 countries. Tickets are also available for a large choice of routes.
3. Save money in your rail fare
Whether you opt for a ticket or a pass, you can always benefit from attractive prices. Tickets can be very cheap when booked in advance, and passes not only offer various discounts (children, youth, senior, parties of two adults or more) but also come with a range of “bonuses” (free or discounted local transport, attractions and services).
4. Environmentally friendly train journeys
Planning some holiday travel? Think about making that trip a little greener by travelling by train. The well-established high-speed rail systems in use today are more environmentally friendly than air or road travel. When you travel by train, you’re making a responsible, environmentally friendly choice.
Our top recommended Rail Journeys
We LOVE trains! Our Travelisto team has travel extensively in Europe and North America on the major rail routes. We are a call away from giving you our expert tips and putting together the perfect itinerary for you.
5. Easy daytrips by train
Board the train early in the morning, have a look around the city, stop for lunch, to some shopping and come back late afternoon. From Brussels, for example, it’s a piece of cake to go to London, Paris, Cologne or Amsterdam for the day. And there’s no luggage to carry or hotels to book.
6. Travel in style
Comfort is always welcome, whatever the length of the journey. Treat yourself and upgrade to First Class, you’ll have more room to stretch your legs, larger seats, and a higher level of service to make your trip memorable. Check the prices, you’ll be surprised to see how small the difference between First and Second Class can be.
7. Travel overnight on a comfortable night train
Optimise your time and budget by taking the night train: you’ll save on hotel costs, get a safe, comfortable night’s sleep, and wake up the next morning at your destination, refreshed and ready to explore.
8. Get off the beaten track
With 240,000 kilometres of track, rail reaches into virtually every corner of Europe or Canada, USA or beyond – through forests, fields, and mountains that just aren’t accessible by road.
9. Meet the people of the region
In Europe, the train is very popular. Everyone goes by train, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet local residents, learn more about their country, and pick up tips on the best secret destinations.
10. Go whenever you want
With multiple train services every day on most routes, you have plenty of opportunities to make the most of your trip. Stay longer in Venice and take a later train to Rome, or arrange a day trip to Mont Saint Michel from Paris… No need to adapt your schedule, the trains will adapt to yours.