During my trip to Europe starting in February this year, I had planned to visit a number of friends scattered throughout the continent, and I needed to find a budget-friendly way to do so. Despite having grown up in Germany, where one can drive at high speeds on the Autobahn, I prefer traveling by train. Consequently, I opted to purchase a 10-trip Eurail pass that was valid for a two-month period.
It's worth noting that while this ticket is known in Europe as an Interail pass, it's only available to European residents and comes with certain restrictions. The Eurail ticket is a way better deal in my opinion.
Here is how I used my 10 trips:
The Eurail pass comes in different prices and in different configurations but gives you the chance to travel throughout Europe pretty freely. For 10 days of travel in 2 month time, the cost for my ticket was 459 Euros (approximately $503), which is an amazing deal. The trains are extremely comfortable and quiet, with free WIFI available, and "quiet zones" designated for those who prefer a more peaceful journey. At each station, there are information stands with English-speaking employees who are able to assist you if you need help, but the app is really user friendly and you can plan your trips and then activate once you are standing on the platform. This makes traveling really flexible and stress free. To secure a seat, you can obtain a reservation for as little as 5 euros (with some being more expensive). However, I have only made reservations in Italy and Switzerland, as I was always able to find a seat otherwise.
How to make your train trip it the most comfortable:
Train travel with kids (I got this information from the website, so please don't quote me on this):
If a train trip in Europe is in your future I hope this article helps a little. I for one, can not wait to come back and and tackle other parts of Europe. I think I want to spend more time in Italy, explore Greece and finally spenn some time in Spain.
If you have any question feel free to contact me.
Before founding Bake Austin, Pascal Simon earned her degree as a Pastry Chef from the prestigious Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. A mother of two, Pascal is passionate about cultivating the next generation of bakers and welcomes children from all schooling backgrounds, whether public, private or homeschooled.