With more than 155,000 miles of tracks crisscrossing the countries of Europe, train travel is part of the European way of life. And because of its convenience, comfort and reliability—plus the amazing views, even of mountain scenery—modern train travel in Europe is popular with vacationers as well.
Not sure if it’s right for your European adventure? AAA’s travel experts offer tips and insights to put you on the right track.
Sit back and enjoy the ride
Traveling by rail takes a lot of stress out of traveling in foreign countries. You don’t have to worry about renting a car, adapting to a different way of driving, finding a parking spot, or navigating unfamiliar roads and road signs. You can relax and take in the passing scenery. — Lesa Cress
Read your rail pass
If you’re using a rail pass, which offers unlimited travel in one country or several, always read the instructions carefully. Although easy to use, a rail pass might be a bit confusing to fill out the first time. There are plenty of train attendants in the stations who are happy to answer questions. But make sure you activate the rail pass before you board or you could face a fine from the conductor. — Lesa Cress