Explore the different rail accesses available
If you are planning to see a large number of countries, it might be wise to consider investing in Interrail Pass or what non-EU citizens call Eurail Pass. Interrail Pass makes your train journey easier. However, if you have a bigger budget, single tickets can be cheaper (especially if you travel mainly to eastern Germany). Before you book rail access, consider your budget and do some research.
Try to reserve your seats
Train tickets and seat reservation are two different things. The ticket allows you to board the train and the booking guarantees you a seat on a particular train. Before you travel, make sure you understand whether your train needs, recommends or does not accept seat reservations.
If possible, try to make a reservation, especially if you are traveling to very popular countries like France, Italy or Spain. Most trains do not require you to book your place, but getting on the train and hoping for the best is not a good idea. If someone else has booked it, you might be told to get out in the middle of the journey. When reserving your seat, you can choose whether you want a passageway or a window seat. You can sit back and enjoy the ride knowing that you are not distracted by movement.
Keep your belongings safe
European rail travel is known as one of the safest ways to travel. However, it is important to keep an eye on pickpockets, especially on trains stopping in larger cities. Do not leave your luggage unattended on the train or at the station. On night trains, when you are going to sleep, firmly secure your luggage on a shelf with a small bicycle lock. For peace of mind, wear a waistcoat under your clothing to keep your passport, phone, and all important documents safe from potential thieves.
Less is more – tips for traveling by train in Europe
Going from country to country or from city to city is a fun and exciting journey. However, traveling can be tiring if you carry a heavy load. Pack your essentials and leave behind any items you need.
Depending on the train you are driving on, the shelves at the top of the seats and the shelves at the ends of the wagons may have limited space. Instead of carrying a large and heavy suitcase, a high-quality lightweight backpack is another way to lighten your load.
Pack the things you need for your trip
Traveling through Europe offers sensational views; however, it is a good idea to list some key elements that will help you to pass the time, especially if you are embarking on a journey of more than 2 hours. Read a book, watch a movie on your tablet, write in your travel diary, or start a conversation with another traveler and before you know it, you're on your way to your next destination.
Most trains have either a restaurant, cafe carts or snack carts that come through sandwiches, soft drinks and other sales. However, if you are on a limited budget or have specific nutritional needs, it is wise to take your journey with snacks.