As true travellers, we’d like to tell you that nothing can compare to the magic of a train journey. Keep in mind the trains are very strict and meticulously adopt all security measures against covid-19, so you can be sure that you can travel safely and comfortably without any worries even if you decide to go for it soon. We prove it to you with the following 10 reasons on why train travel should be your first choice on your next trip to Europe.
1. You’re offered flexibility
Europe hides far more treasures than the ones that make it to the top 10 lists. Wherever you travel, you discover a new surprise at every step, capable of making you want to spend a little more time in a city. Thus, many train schedules allow you to change your schedule at the last minute and extend your journey. After all, there are always tickets available even shortly before departure, something you cannot secure by plane.
2. Low-cost airlines “spoil” the magic of travel
Certainly, low prices are their great asset, but the drawback is that they seem to charge exorbitant prices for everything from the slightest extra weight in the suitcase to the peanuts or water sold by the flight attendants. Remember that your trip is more than just the flight and a cheap flight can often diminish the experience.
3. Trains are high-speed
Flying by plane may be considered the fastest way to travel, but if you calculate the trip to and from the airport, the waiting time before boarding, and the queues at the check-in, you will see that the choice is not so short in duration. In Europe, high-speed trains will take you really fast to your destination, often reaching speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour.
4. Trains have the most romantic setting
It is no coincidence that the movie “Before the Sunset” starts on a train. Trains are a great opportunity to meet people, get around the wagons, catch a relaxed conversation, and, why not fall in love. On aeroplanes, the climate is completely different: irritated people got held up at control, who have paid for overweight luggage, and people who are possessed by anxiety or fear of flying certainly do not create the best atmosphere for in-plane interactions. For sure, there’s a peculiar magic to traveling by train.
5. Must see the Alps
Undoubtedly it is one of the most surprising mountain ranges in the world, with snowy mountain peaks, alpine forests and tiny villages nestled on their slopes. It is not enough to pass over them by plane as you usually can’t see much due to the clouds. Crossing them by travelling by train in the French Alps is an incredible experience that will give you the opportunity to better enjoy their beauty. It would be ideal for spending the necessary time exploring them, skiing on their hundreds of snow-covered slopes and staying in one of their luxurious and impressive winter resorts. Now with Nuco Travel, you can choose complete accommodation packages, which offer you additional activities in the French Alps’ winter resorts and really allow you to discover all these magical places at very affordable prices.
6. Trains are more environmentally friendly
Trains have one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions rates and usually come second after coaches in environmental pollution. However, they are definitely more eco-friendly than the corresponding solution of aeroplanes.
7. You will not get lost in the surroundings, nor will you pay for a taxi in gold
Most train stations in Europe are located in the city centre and have easy, short and most economical access by metro, bus or tram. On the contrary, most airports, especially those serving low-cost airlines, are located just outside the city, and you will need to spend a lot of time and money planning your transport to and from them.
8. Save on hotel costs
If you have a long trip between two cities, plan a train ride at night so that you can sleep and be at your destination the next day without having to book a hotel room. Even if you spend more for a first-class ticket or a bunk for more comfort on the train, you will still have come out ahead.
9. You save time at customs
In Europe, train travellers do not have to go through passport control at international borders, so the only control you will usually have will be upon arrival or departure.
10. The road network is huge
Even if one wants to explore Europe by car, one will be faced with a vast road network more or less in good condition and will have to cover long distances from country to country.