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On track for a greener future: Europe by train

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 31 May 2023 | Created: 23 May 2023

Get a new perspective on Europe, by choosing sustainable train travel that allows you to experience much more of the continent.

We’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to make sure your holiday by rail stays on track.

Why go by train?

One of the perks of travelling by train is that you can see more countries on each trip. Even if you’re not stopping, you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and cities as they roll past.

It can also be less stressful, if you miss your train, you can usually catch the next one instead. You might not get your pre-booked seat, but it’s better than missing your flight.

You’ll also usually arrive and depart from the city centre. Unlike airports, which are generally far from your accommodation, train stations are much more conveniently located.

Travelling by rail also dramatically reduces your carbon footprint compared to flying. Taking the train produces around 6 times less emissions, making it a much greener way to travel.

So going by train is better for you and the environment, meaning that you can keep enjoying Europe’s sights, sounds and experiences for years to come.

Check which rail pass is best for you

If your trip takes you through multiple countries, look into the rail passes you may need. While Interrail was the cheapest way to see Europe by train, supplements and fees are applied to many routes, so individual tickets may work out cheaper. Do your research before purchasing.

Choose your speed

Unlike air travel, rail travel lets you go at your own pace. If you’re in a rush to get to your final destination, there are plenty of fantastic high-speed services running across Europe. However, if you prefer to take your time and see more of what the continent has to offer, consider taking one of the more leisurely trains.

As a bonus, slower trains often include awe-inspiring views. Some of the most beautiful include Portugal‘s Douro Valley line and the Centovalli Railway through the Alps.

Take the night train

Another fantastic perk of going by train is getting a decent night’s sleep. While night trains aren’t as common as they used to be, you can still get a bunk on one from loads of European destinations.

Embark in Paris and wake up in Milan, refreshed after a decent sleep on a proper bed—no need to try and sleep awkwardly in an upright aeroplane seat.

So why not try something new and see Europe in a new light? Remember that even though you’re not flying, you’ll still need comprehensive European Travel Insurance for your trip.