Here is one of the Travelers United series of videos covering rail transportation. View more videos about train and plane travel at the Travelers United video channel on YouTube.com.
My aunt and I spent a wonderful two-week sightseeing vacation in Switzerland. The trip was a package tour that allowed us to experience the Alps by rail, and was my aunt’s treat as her gift to me for my birthday. I am a train travel devotee and have traveled extensively throughout North America on trains, but this was my first opportunity to ride intercity and regional trains in Europe.
Train travel in Europe is a bargain and, best of all, it’s easy — No need to adjust to driving a reverse standard on the opposite side of the road. No hassles about parking. No reason to stop for bathroom or fuel breaks. No need to break the bank with a rental car and petrol.
Any travelers who enjoy train travel at all owe it to themselves to ride The Canadian at least once in their life. Do it sooner rather than later, as the very favorable exchange rate (about 75 US cents buys one Canadian dollar) makes everything north of the border considerably more affordable.
European train services range across five to six different types of service that vary based on the length of the route and the comfort and level of service offered on board, from the luxury, speeding TGVs to plodding local service. Nearly all European trains have on-board restrooms (almost universally marked with the initials “WC”), but […]