Europe train travel can be an exciting adventure, especially for those who want to enjoy the country-side. The most dramatic thing about in Europe is that there is a whole range of trains in Europe to choose from. From the TGV, which is one of the fastest trains in the world to those using standard and narrow rail gauges, you can get a taste of modernity, encapsulated in medieval serenity while traveling through trains in Europe. Trains in Europe are mostly electrified and use both AC and DC sources for deriving energy.
To ease rail travel between various European countries, the Euro-rail system was implemented, which later came to be known as the Eurail. The Eurail group is Netherlands based and operates mostly from Luxembourg. It is basically a conglomeration of various European rail and shipping companies and provides passes to the residents of carious countries for rail travel in Europe. The Eurail passes and the Inter-rail passes give the traveler an almost unlimited scope of traveling in Europe at a fixed fee per day, which is generally very nominal. Passes have various rules and laws associated with them. For example, there are passes that would provide unlimited travel per day for a particular charge, and there are others that would limit the travel to a certain number of days. Eurail passes provide you for free travel on all ordinary trains that are in association with the organization. There are some special trains which might be needing reservation before you could travel on them. The Eurostar, the TGV, Thalys and some night trains having sleeping compartments would require a small reservation fee before you could travel by them. Trains like EuroCity trains do not require any additional charges if you have the Eurail pass. Only non-residents of Europe can avail Eurail passes.
Train directions should be taken care of before traveling. It might be possible that the train you took for going in a particular direction might not be the same way back. Make sure that you have the time table with you and that you have counter-checked the train direction with fellow passengers. There are some historic rail routes such as trans-Manchurian and Trans-Mongolian, which can be checked out if you have enough time on your hands.
This post was written by admin on November 2008