Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

On my visits to Switzerland over the years I have been lucky enough to to enjoy a number of spectacular train rides in this picturesque country. Switzerland does train travel so well and with panoramic windows offering jaw-dropping views, it's no wonder this form of transport is so popular even though the country is relatively small.

Switzerland offers some of the most spectacular train rides in the world, some of which are more well known than others.  I've had the opportunity to travel on a number of scenic trains in Switzerland and each one offers something a little different.  One thing they all offer, though, is magnificent views from the comfort of your seat.

Rail is one of the most popular ways for travellers to get around Europe but I’ve often heard them bemoan the fact that fares are expensive.  In actual fact, if you can book your European train tickets well in advance, fares are likely to be less expensive than you think.  So how far in advance can you book trains in Europe? In this article, I explain.

The Eurostar train is one of the fastest and most convenient ways of travelling between London and Paris or Brussels with thousands of commuters using the service each day. The city-to-city service is popular with both business travellers and tourists who prefer the ease of rail travel to long waiting times at airports. I recently travelled on the Eurostar from London to Paris and have put together a list of tips to help make your journey on the Eurostar an easy one.

Although I had travelled by train in Europe before, it wasn't until my most recent trip that I'd actually used a Eurail Pass. On other occasions, I'd only taken a couple of rail journeys so it was cheaper to buy the point-to-point tickets I required rather than a Eurail Pass, but this time, as I was taking numerous train trips, a Eurail Pass was the way to go.

Rail travel is a popular way to get around Europe and the United Kingdom.  It's fast, convenient and allows you to sit back and enjoy the scenery. Here are twelve reasons why you should consider travelling by train.

France and Italy are two of the most visited countries in the world and with so many beautiful cities, such amazing history and architecture, and so many world-class sights, it's no wonder. This is an itinerary I designed for friends (two couples) who wanted to visit some of Europe's famous cities on their holiday.

 

This itinerary was designed for a couple who were attending a conference in Berlin and wanted to visit some of the other European cities before flying home to Australia. All rail travel and accommodation was pre-booked and pre-paid by the travellers before they left Australia.

With such a vast, efficient railway network in Europe, it's little wonder that train travel is so popular. Whilst travelling by train is relatively easy (and very relaxing), there are a few things you should be aware of before you get to the station to ensure you have a smooth departure.  These are the procedures I followed recently when travelling by train around Europe. (Updated August 2015.)