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 […]
I finished a rail trip through Europe using a Eurailpass. It was a great deal. Had I purchased a separate ticket for each segment, particularly at last-minute fares, my rail travel alone would have cost over 2,000 Euros. Here is some advice for planning a European rail trip.
Those of us who frequently travel by train in the US have heard these or similar words countless times, announced by the conductor over the train’s public address system before every station stop, on Amtrak as well as many commuter and regional railroads. They are certainly repetitive, and can be annoying if you are trying to sleep on a train while passing through several intermediate stops.
Sure, trains don’t have the flexibility to go anywhere at any time that the automobile offers. Flying is, of course, faster for longer trips. But, there are many other considerations why train devotees say that riding the rails is a true travel experience, while everything else (except for cruise ships) is mere transportation. Here, in the mind of this train partisan, are the top five.
The Canadian, operated between Toronto and Vancouver by VIA Rail Canada, a government-owned corporation that is akin to the US’s Amtrak. Although Canada has invested even less in passenger train development than the US, the Canadian holds a special place in the national imagination, and is even featured on the back of Canada’s $10 bill. It is one of North America’s finest passenger trains.
The Cardinal is not a big train – just one sleeping car, three coaches, and a diner – and it runs only three days a […]