Five tips for traveling by train in Europe

Research the various rail passes available

If you plan to visit many countries, it may be wise to invest in an Israeli pass or to consider a non-EU citizen who is considered a Ural pass. An interrail pass will make your train journey much easier. However, if you are on a tighter budget, individual tickets may cost less (especially if you are traveling east of Germany). Consider your budget and do some research before booking your rail pass.

Try to reserve your seat

Train tickets and seat reservations are two different things. A ticket allows you to board the train and a reservation guarantees a seat on your particular train. Before you travel make sure you understand that your train will not need, offer or accept seat reservations.

If possible, try to reserve your seat, especially if you are traveling to Uber-popular countries such as France, Italy or Spain. For most trains, you don’t need to reserve your seat, but getting on the train and hoping for the best is not a good idea. If someone else has booked it you may be asked to get out of your seat midway. By saving your space, you can choose whether you want an isle or window seat. You can enjoy the ride sitting in the back knowing that you will not be hindered from moving.

Keep your belongings safe

European train travel is known as one of the safest ways to travel. But it is important for pickpockets to keep an eye on trains that stop, especially in big cities. Do not leave your luggage at risk on the train or at the station. On night trains, if you intend to sleep, make sure to secure the luggage in the rack with a small bicycle lock. To get peace of mind, wear a waist pack under your clothes to keep your passport, phone and any important documents safe from any potential thief.

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Going from country to country or city to city is a fun and exciting journey however, if you carry a heavy burden the trip can become tedious. Pack the essentials and leave no items or products behind.

Depending on the train you are traveling in, there may be limited storage space on the seat racks and on the shelves at the end of the vehicle. Instead of carrying large and heavy suitcases, a quality light weight backpack is another way to lighten your load.

Pack the right supplies for the trip

Travel to Europe provides a travel-sensitive perspective; But it’s a good idea to bring a few basic items to help you spend time, especially if you start the journey in more than 2 hours. Read a book, watch a movie on your tablet, write in your travel journal or start a conversation with another passenger and you will be at your next destination before you know it.

Most trains include a restaurant, cafe carriages or snack cart that sells sandwiches, soft drinks and more. However, if you are on a strict travel budget or have specific dietary requirements, it is wise to bring some snacks with you.