id=”mod_46020345″>Safe Travel

If you are traveling in Europe you want to be safe and not get hurt, injured, experience any loss or even have some type of hassle. Much of Europe is probably safer to travel than many of the big US cities, however, big cities like Paris are not as safe as the country side.

Avoiding a bar fight eliminates one half of the injuries that happen in Europe. That does not mean you have to avoid visiting various pubs, but choose a safer area and don’t drink more than your limit.

Surely terrorism is a problem based on religious and political differences. There have been bombings as many have been reported over the years. Be alert to your surroundings, and stay out of dangerous areas. There is much available information on lthe internet to check on before your travel to any country.

European High Speed Rail

A great way to see the beautiful scenery in Europe is to travel by train. This is a very affordable option, and there are trains connecting all the major cities of Europe. However, the planing must begin long before you hop of the train.

Proper validation of your ticket is necessary. You simply slip your card into the validation machine at your train’s platform for acceptance of your ticket. A rail pass is automatically stamped when purchased, so the validation at the train platform is the second stamping. The flexi passes must be filled in correctly as well, with the day, month and year.

Traveling on a train at night to have a sight seeing day can be difficult unless you have booked a sleeper car. Also, confirm your stop on a map ahead of time if you are not fluent in the language on the country where you travel. You do not want to get out on the wrong stop. Watch your valuables carefully as well.

You can purchase a meal on the long distance train, but you may be better off picking up food before your board the train from a financial perspective and if you have dietary restrictions.

Europeans travel light with smaller suitcases, which may be a consideration for you when traveling as well. In addition, Europeans tend to speak softer, so if the car is very quiet be respectful of this distinction.

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Specific Choices of Rain Travel

There are also several scenic train journeys, such as the Eastern European rail, which is a nine hour trip starting in Prague and traveling to Krakow, Poland. There is also the Glacier Express, which tours the Swiss alps from Zermatt to St Moritz.

The Eurostar in three hours will get you from London St Pancras to Rotterdam, and if you add Amsterdam it will take just one more hour.

The Bergen Railway travels from Oslo to Bergen in Norway giving travelers a chance to view Norway’s beautiful scenery. The French TGV train runs at 200 mph, stating in Paris and reaching dozens of French city, as well as, Bern, Brussels, Zurich, Milan, Venice and Florence, Italy. Many of the high speed rails go 250 kmph and will quickly move you from one country to the next.

Map of Some Train Routes

wickimedia Planning a Safe, Comfortable Trip

Planning ahead for your trip by purchasing all the items necessary for travel. European trains are known to have comfortable seats and run by the scheduled timetable. If you plan on biking in Europe, trains have a special coach to store bicycles. The bikes should be labeled with your name, address and destination. Use a bike lock for safety as well.

Other ideas to travel safely;

Label each suitcase or travel bag, then buy a lock for each case. There are also luggage straps that can be purchased to tie your luggage together.

Check out the different trains in European to learn what amenities are available. For instance, the Artesia Night is a sleeper train. Locate luggage racks. bathrooms and showers, and buffet cars.

As trains in Europe tend to fill up early it is a good idea to arrive early and stow your baggage on a rack near your seat. Lock you luggage with a chain and lock.

If you bring a small carry on, make sure you take it with you to the rest room or the buffet car.

When exiting a train you may get help from a train attendant as necessary.

It is ideal to pack light to cut down on the amount of baggage. Pack sensible walking shoes and several shirts to match one pair of slacks.

The train stations have yellow posters at the stations that will answer many of your questions. Trains typically take you into the heart of the city of your destination.

How to Plan a European Train Trip

Eurail Pass

There are different types of rail passes available. Some passes are offered at a lower price for travelers from other countries. Also some passes for seniors and children are also lower priced. The Eurail Select Passes are sold for a particular number of travel days, which shows you how important it is to plan you trip ahead of time.

When traveling from one city to another, you may choose between a city-to-city ticket or a rail pass. A city-to-city you may purchase an open ticket good for a month, so it depends on the flexibility of your travel plans. A rail pass “can be either consecutive (valid for unlimited train travel) or flexi (valid for a fixed number of travel days)”.

There is also the Eurail Global Pass, which is available in two forms. One type of pass is flexible and is either for ten or fifteen travel days. The other allows unlimited travel to Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland within 10 or 15 days, or one, two or three months. There are also passes available if you are only going to see two countries that have a common border.

The bottom line is you don’t have to have a pass at all, but you may buy a ticket from one city to another. This may be the cheapest way to travel!

Swiss Alps – July Pass

Source European Travel Tour Summary

Obviously there are some clear reasons to see European by rail. The scenery is spectacular. A little planning can allow you to travel at an affordable price. It is not difficult to see a number of countries with one Eurail pass.

The French train travels at 200 miles at hour which will quickly get you to a new destination if that is your choice. You can also take a scenic train tour to several beautiful counties.

Travel by Train in Europe

Was your experience of train travel in Europe a positive one?

Everything went extremely well for my European travel.

If was not perfect, but I enjoyed in all in all.

I had a number of problems that were annoying.

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AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

Thank you Robert.

Robert Sacchi

7 weeks ago

I appreciate your article. Good information.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

Hi Robert, I think may of Europe’s rails have been modified as their trains go so fast. I know people who do travel occasionally by rail in the US but thery are older citizens and like looking as scenery.I think you are right about traveling by car in the US. I appreciate your comments.

Robert Sacchi

7 weeks ago

Interesting. In the U.S. traveling by road seems a much better option then by rail. The view by rail can be ugly in some places. Are the rail routes in Europe modern or the same routes that have been around since the early days of rail?

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Penelope, That sounds like a wonderful trip. Thanks so much for your comments and the share.

Penelope Hart

7 years ago from Rome, Italy

Thanks for your invaluable Hub which I’m bookmarking and pinning because there are journeys by rail that I would love to take, Venice to Budapest to start off with.

Voting and sharing too.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Carolina, It is great seeing you again and I appreciate your comments. How you are still writing somewhere as I haven’t seen you around for a while. I miss your sense of humor.

carolina muscle

7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Nicely done, Pamela … great information, plus this was easy to understand and well organized.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Audra, This is in my bucket list. I would love to travel by train in Europe. Thanks so much for your comments.


7 years ago

Wow, that train in the Swiss Alps picture is soooo far up! Those views must be spectacular! Love the map of the routs…gives me a great idea where to go! I went on the Euro-star from England (when my sister lived in London) to France…was exciting! Cool hub!

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

b. Malin, I hope to go someday also. I appreciate your comments.

b. Malin

7 years ago

What a Wonderful, Educational read, Pamela. Having Never been to Europe…Maybe Someday, I feel so Enlightened, and have heard from Friends as well,j how Easy it is to travel by Rail in Europe. How Beautiful to be able to look at the Scenery that way. It does sound like it would be Fun, and so European! Thanks for Sharing such an Informative read.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

prasrtio, I’m glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate your comments.


7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub and I really enjoy your advice. Thank you very much for share with us. Voted up!


AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

suzettenaples, I think many people would like an alternative to flying these days. I appreciate your comments.

Suzette Walker

7 years ago from Taos, NM

Great article. The European train system is outstanding and so easy to use. I wish we had train travel in this country, especially the speed trains. We wouldn’t have to rely on air travel so much. It is a beautiful way to see the scenery along the way and I have great memories of traveling in Europe by train. Well, except the speed trains; you don’t see much scenery there, but at least you can get across the country fast. Thanks for an interesting and informative hub!

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

lovedoctor, I know it takes about 2 1/2 hours roughly to travel from London to Paris. Each trip would depend own where your were headed. I’m glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comments.


7 years ago

How many hours does it take to travel to Europe by train? very interesting hub. useful information

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Dianna, I am ready to go also. The Swiss train looks a little scary but I don’t imagine most of the trains are like that. Thanks for your comments.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Ruby, I’m sure if the opportunity presented itself you would find a way to see Europe. I appreciate your comments.

Dianna Mendez

7 years ago

Pamela, I am ready to go! The pass railway photo is so awesome, but I think I would be praying and holding onto dear life as we passed over it. Thanks for the tips, which maybe some day I will get to use. Enjoyed the post. Voted up.

Ruby Jean Richert

7 years ago from Southern Illinois

I have never gone to Europe, but I would love to. The train on the narrow track scares me, I would have to find another way. ( Acrophobia ) Thank’s for the tour, enjoyed..

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Frog Prince, Your experience is what I would expect. I thought you could see so much of the countries that way and you sure can’t see them by flying from one city to another. Thanks so much for your comments.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

quildon, I think a cruise of the Mediterranean will be fabulous. If I was planning to take a train tour, I would price the various sites that are listed on the internet as they all seemed to have different prices and perks. Thanks for your comments.

The Frog Prince

7 years ago from Arlington, TX

Having been in Europe for extended lengths rail travel is the way to go. The scale of the geography allows for Europe to enjoy what isn’t feasible here due to the vastness of this country.

Great read Pamela.

The Frog

Angela Joseph

7 years ago from Florida

Very helpful hub. A friend and I are planning a cruise to the Mediterranean next year. Not much opportunity to use the train there, but I would love to see Europe by rail some time. Maybe some info on prices would also help.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Patty, It seems no one wants to fly anymore as it is such a hassle. Thanks for your comments on the hub.


7 years ago

Sounds like a wonderful thing to do. Now I have to talk myself back into flying! Up, interesting, useful and awesome.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

point2make, That sounds like the perfect trip to me. I hope you have a fabulous time. Thanks so much for your comments.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

drbj, I imagine that you did have a great trip. I would like to take that trip. I appreciate your comments.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Mary, I feel the same way. Thanks so much for your comments.


7 years ago

What a great hub. I appreciate the helpful tips and hints to travelling by train in Europe. My wife and I are looking forward to taking the train from London to Rome. It has been a “dream” trip for us for a long time and the time will soon come where the dream will become reality. Thanks again for the advice. Voted this hub up.

drbj and sherry

7 years ago from south Florida

Sounds like a winner, Pamela. I have traveled on the highspeed train from London to Paris that goes under the ‘chunnel.’ That was a TRIP!

Traveling by train is a great way to travel – perhaps one day I’ll take advantage of the other tours you mentioned. Thanks for the info.

Mary Hyatt

7 years ago from Florida

Oh, how I wish I could take a trip like this! I wish we had this kind of rapid transit here in the states.

Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc. Loved your photos, too.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

bedgiulio, That is one of my dream vacations. It sounds wonderful. Thank you for your comments.

Bill De Giulio

7 years ago from Massachusetts

Pam, great, great hub. We have used the train in Italy and it’s a great way to get around. They are safe, comfortable and some routes can be very scenic. VU, Shared, etc.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Billy, It’s on my list also, but I am in the same boat. I hope you get there some day. Thanks for your comments.

AUTHORPamela Oglesby

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

WriteAngel, I am sorry to hear that a sleeper is so much more expensive. It seemed like you could get a better deal on a planned vacation if you were a tourist from the websites I searched. Thanks for your comments.

e-five, I am glad to hear that news. Amtrak has always lost money, so maybe this is a way to attract more riders. I do think airline travel has become a pain, so maybe that will still the interest in trains in the U.S. I appreciate your comments.

Bill Holland

7 years ago from Olympia, WA

Maybe some day Pamela! It is high on my bucket list, but no money makes it a little difficult! Wonderful hub and suggestions, and you can be sure that when I do get there I will remember these tips. Thank you!

John C Thomas

7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Beautiful. I wish we had that kind of commitment to public infrastructure in the US. On a brighter note, though, Amtrak is considering a plan where their frequent travel program (Amtrak Guest Rewards) will allow you to earn and redeem credit on European trains.


7 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

I have to travel from the UK to Rome on occasion. I’ve always wanted to try doing this by train, because flying has become so unpleasant. Unfortunately, once you add in the cost of a sleeper, prices increase horrendously to about 4-5 times (or even more) the price of a flight.

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