My aunt and I spent a wonderful two-week sightseeing vacation in Switzerland. The trip was a package tour that allowed us to experience the Alps by rail, and was my aunt’s treat as her gift to me for my birthday. I am a train travel devotee and have traveled extensively throughout North America on trains, but this was my first opportunity to ride intercity and regional trains in Europe.
Any travelers who enjoy train travel at all owe it to themselves to ride The Canadian at least once in their life. Do it sooner rather than later, as the very favorable exchange rate (about 75 US cents buys one Canadian dollar) makes everything north of the border considerably more affordable.
European train services range across five to six different types of service that vary based on the length of the route and the comfort and level of service offered on board, from the luxury, speeding TGVs to plodding local service. Nearly all European trains have on-board restrooms (almost universally marked with the initials “WC”), but […]
I finished a rail trip through Europe using a Eurailpass. It was a great deal. Had I purchased a separate ticket for each segment, particularly at last-minute fares, my rail travel alone would have cost over 2,000 Euros. Here is some advice for planning a European rail trip.
Those of us who frequently travel by train in the US have heard these or similar words countless times, announced by the conductor over the train’s public address system before every station stop, on Amtrak as well as many commuter and regional railroads. They are certainly repetitive, and can be annoying if you are trying to sleep on a train while passing through several intermediate stops.