Travel Europe Smart, Travel By Rail

European travel is a dream for many budget travelers. Even though the costs of European travel have increased in recent years, Europe can still be affordable, for budget travelers, independent travelers, college students, and families.

One of the most popular budget travel tips for your Europe travel is to get a rail pass that matches your budget and travel requirements. When choosing between rail passes, always consider your travel destinations even before you leave to go for your trip.

Some rail passes are only valid for one country, while some other rail passes can be used for all European countries (for a specific period of time). If your budget travel only covers one country, then get a single country pass. If you plan to spend a considerable amount of time in Europe, you will probably want to visit many different locations. So check out the rail pass that is valid for a longer period of time. It will be much cheaper for your Europe trip if you get those extended-length rail passes if you plan to stay in Europe for quite a while.

It is a good idea to get the European rail passes before leaving home. Most travel agents can help you buy European rail passes, as well as providing advice on which type of rail pass best suits your needs. AAA provides valuable information on European rail passes. You can get the passes from them and may even score some discounts. You’d never know!

European rail passes are also available on the Internet from a number of sources. You may opt to purchase a European rail pass directly from these sources. Double-check to make sure that you get your rail passes before you leave for your budget trip to Europe. It may take longer than expected to reach you, so be sure to get this done as early as possible.

Another important point is that many trains in Europe require a reservation. Holding a rail pass does not mean that you have a reservation. You must make a reservation on the train you want as soon as possible after arriving in Europe or ask about making one before you leave home.

It is also important to remember that many overnight trains will require an additional reservation and extra money for sleeping compartments. This is very important especially if you are boarding a long-distance train.

Always ask about the sleeping facilities that are available when making your reservation. Europe travel by train is hugely popular within Europeans and foreigners alike. It is comfortable, fast, safe and most importantly, at a reasonable cost. Traveling to Europe doesn’t have to be stressful on your wallet. You can still travel without blowing your set budget.

Travel in Europe

There are many ways to make a grand tour of Europe. Many travelers choose to take advantage of Europe’s vast and efficient rail network by investing in an InterRail or a Eurail pass. This is often a cost-effective way of covering a vast area and it allows travelers the flexibility to spend as long as they want in each destination along the way.

The classic road trip, of course, maintains its appeal throughout the decades. Again, this is both flexible and fun. As with train travel, organizing your own trip by car will involve some careful organization in terms of hotel bookings. The rising cost of petrol and countries such as Switzerland that require vehicles to purchase a road user’s permit are also important considerations.

And then there is the most scenic, and potentially luxurious, journey of all: by river. Europe’s spectacular waterways offer a unique view of the continent. There is a vast range of different river cruises to tempt you. Here’s our pick of the best:

A cruise along the Rhine will not only afford spectacular views of the world-famous German castles, but it will also give you plenty of time to explore the art and culture of various Dutch and German cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Cologne. For history buffs and culture vultures, this is an experience not to be missed.

Lisbon has quickly become one of Europe’s most affordable holiday destinations. Set in a breathtaking geographical location and steeped in history and culture, it doesn’t take long to appreciate the enduring appeal of the Portuguese capital. From Lisbon, why not take a river cruise along the Douro River? You’ll stop at some of Portugal’s most important cities as well as getting a heart-stopping view of some of the country’s most enchanting landscapes.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on traveling abroad or if you are struggling to get more time off from work, there are a range of inspiring day cruises available in Britain and the rest of Europe. The most popular English ones are located in London where day cruises are big business meaning prices are competitive. Take a trip along the Thames to see London’s most famous landmarks from the water and improve your knowledge of our own pride-worthy capital city.