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June 20, 2024 26 mins

Interconnected networks throughout Europe make rail travel one of the best and most romantic ways to see the continent, whether it’s winding through the dramatic Swiss Alps, absorbing the natural solitude of the Scottish Highlands, or glimpsing the lively coastline along the Med. It’s also one of the easiest, most relaxed ways to get around.

While railcar interiors may have changed over the years and our handheld suitcases have now become wardrobes on wheels, train travel is still a primary means of transportation in many parts of the world. 

Today, Angie Orth welcomes Tom Hall. He’s a longtime contributor to Lonely Planet, and his expertise is in traveling Europe by rail. If you’ve always dreamed of taking a romantic train journey across Europe, then his advice is your golden ticket. 

You’ll hear what makes train travel so different, and why it’s the best way to get across the continent. You’ll learn the ins and outs of multi-country rail passes, and know what to expect on trains in different countries and travel classes. You’ll also hear about some of the most incredible train journeys and gain a few tips to make your journey smooth and enjoyable.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What makes train travel in Europe such a special experience (2:03)
  • Advice about rail passes and reservations (6:26)
  • The scenery that trains give you access to that car travel does not (17:07)
  • A comfortably paced 8-10 day itinerary (19:29)
  • How to keep calm and manage delays like a pro (22:04)

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