6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids #cheap

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6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

Train travel in Europe is almost always affordable, comfortable, and safe, making it the ideal way to get around Europe with kids. Given the choice, I ll opt to sit back and relax instead of attempting to navigate by car in a foreign country any day, and my kids would thank me for it. On trains, kids are not confined full time to seats like in cars or on planes and the scenery is much easier to see out the window. All this said, traveling by rail in Europe can be confusing. Here s what you need to know when planning to travel in Europe by rail with kids. Here are some ideas for finding a baby sitter while traveling

6 Tips for Traveling by Rail in Europe with Kids

1. You can travel by train in Europe with rail passes or specific destination tickets. Which to buy? It can depend. In rural areas and small towns, often non-reservable, or open destination tickets are the only option. If nothing else, plan for these accordingly. For some high speed trains, even families with applicable rail passes must purchase reservable tickets. Generally speak, however, if you re traveling from city to city or country to country, you re almost always better off with a rail pass. Note: France is an exception. Learn more about rail travel in France .

2. Plan your itinerary before purchasing tickets. This seems like a no-brainer, but with rail passes, it s possible to purchase Global or Select country passes, then decide where to go later. While spontaneity still has a place in travel with kids, you can t compare ticket pricing options effectively if you don t know where you re going. Start at country rail travel sites like TrenItalia for Italy, and add up the price of your tickets a la carte. Then head to Eurail and see if a Global, Select. or Country pass will save you money (and allow for some spontaneity). Or, you can let Rail Europe do the work for you: you put in your itinerary, and they decide which rail options suit you best. Rail Europe is generally trusted among travelers to provide competitive pricing, so this is a viable option. When mapping out your itinerary and selecting your rail pass, keep in mind that you ll need to pay even for countries you re only passing through, not stopping in.

3. Decide whether to travel first class or second class. Second class is fine (think airline coach), but first class is not much extra per ticket and includes various perks such as wifi or light meals, depending on the train. Often, only first class tickets are reservable, worth the extra price for the peace of mind alone. However: if you have teens, you may be forced to travel second class or pay extra for adult passes. Why? Youth ages 13-25 are eligible for discounted pass prices with Eurail (approximately 35% less than adult), but only on second class tickets. If your family will be traveling first class, teens will need adult tickets (or you could make them sit alone in second class, I suppose, which might be warranted… kidding, of course). The good news: children ages 4-12 are always 50% discounted, no matter the class, and children under age 4 are always free.

4. Decide on your number of travel days. When selecting which Eurail pass is right for you, you ll need to select between a number of travel days. Bear in mind: these days do not refer to the number of days you re on vacation, but the number of actual rail travel days. You can save considerably by traveling by rail only once every 3-4 days instead of every day, and your kids will feel more rested as well.

5. Bring snacks, toys, and games for train travel. A train day can be a day to rest and recoup after busy travel and sightseeing days. Let kids spread out with games and books, or use the electronic plug-ins you ll have at your disposal in first class. Bringing food on the train is always cheaper than purchasing on-board, and the luggage and carry-on allowances are much less strict than during air travel, making packing a meal easy.

6. Know the difference between sleep compartments. Overnight trains are a great way to save daylight for sightseeing, and are a great adventure for kids. However, it s helpful to know what to expect. In second class, you usually have the choice between sleeping compartments (small compartments of bunks that are gender specific) or couchettes, which are cabins with 4-6 beds that are non-gender specific (perfect for families). In first class, you ll almost always encounter single or double sleeping compartments, which means more room, but the necessity for families to split up for children to be accompanied by adults.

Photo credit: German Saavedra R. and AroundTuscany.





07/01/2018

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Greece Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Greece – Rail Europe

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Ride the Rails in Greece

Although Greece has dramatically upgraded its rail infrastructure, it s wise to travel only on the major lines. Though safe, the local rails remain slow and tough to navigate (especially for the neophyte). Exceptions? Very touristy routes like Athens to the port city Piraeus (only 20 minutes by suburban train).

We recommend the InterCity or InterCityExpress trains. From Athens, you can journey to the very hip city of Thessaloniki (check out the fashion and the food) and onwards towards Katerini (home to several archeological digs). From there travel to ancient Corinth in just ninety minutes, and then to the port of Patras. Final destination? Argos, arguably Greece s oldest city, and the ruins of the Heraeum temple where the goddess Hera was revered.

Most IC and ICE trains offer decent comfort in second class, but first class is still preferable (except on very short journeys). On longer trips, on-board food services are good and reasonably priced.

Seat assignments vary by train and route. If you purchase a ticket for travel within Greece from Rail Europe, you will receive an ticket without a reservation. If a seat reservation is required or If you re traveling with a pass (e.g. Eurail Pass, Balkan Pass), you may book your reservation locally since they re only available within Greece. Use the OSE (Greek railways) offices in the main cities. They re less crowded and more helpful, and the reservation is free.

And if your travel plans include visiting both Italy and Greece, consider the Eurail Attica Pass. This pass includes round-trip ferry travel between Italy and Greece, plus travel to the Greek islands once you re there.

For more information on Greece contact the Greece Tourist Board .





21/12/2017

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Rome Florence Venice vacation package independent air rail hotel all inclusive

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$1,559+ 8-Day Rome Florence Venice Independent Vacation Package with Air, Rail, and Hotel

Visit Rome, Florence Venice 2 nights in each city, travel independently by rail between Rome and Venice, with round trip Italy airfare, this all inclusive Italian cities package by rail is the best Rome Florence Venice independent Italy Vacation Package.

This 8-day Rome Florence Venice all inclusive independent vacation package includes hotel, round trip Italy airfare*, and travel by rail between Italian cities to make it easy for you to see three of Italy s most captivating cities on one trip. Italy trains are comfortable, fast amd reliable making traveling by train in Italy between Rome, Florence, and Venice a great way to go.

On your Rome Florence Venice vacation package explore independently or join an assortment of convenient and affordable optional tours such as an evening tour sightseeing Rome illuminated fountains and piazzas, a walking tour of the dazzling renaissance city of Florence sightseeing this outdoor art gallery, or a romantic gondola serenade along the canals while sightseeing Venice. Whether it s your first Italy vacation or a return visit to old favorites, ItalianTourism.us Rome Florence Venice independent Italy vacation package by rail offers an ideal opportunity to spend a great vacation in bella Italia while we take care of the details, with flights, hotels, and reserved rail seats all prearranged for you.

Independent Rome Florence Venice Vacation Package with Air Includes:

  • *Roundtrip air:  NYC-Rome, Venice-NYC, or NYC-Venice, Rome-NYC
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  • 6 nights hotel accommodation:
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    • 2 nights Florence
    • 2 nights Venice
  • Transportation between cities via standard rail with reserved seats. At additional cost upgade to first class available.
  • At additional cost hotel upgrade available
  • Breakfast daily




02/12/2017

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UK Rail Travel – Cheap Train Fare in UK – UK

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Rail travel in the United Kingdom is one of the most convenient ways to see the country without the hassle of renting a car. Rail travel can also be time and cost effective, depending on your travel plans and travel needs. Although the popular Eurailpass is not valid in Great Britain, the United Kingdom has devised some money saving rail travel passes of their own. Since the UK is one of the most industrialized nations in the world, UK rail travel is quite safe, and train schedules are widely available on the web.

Cheap train fare in UK is available through the purchase of a BritRail Pass. This pass will provide unlimited travel between England. Scotland and Wales with no restrictions. For anyone planning to make an extended vacation in the UK and see all three areas, this is a great way to take advantage of cheap train fare in UK. Passes are priced based on time (a week pass, month pass, etc).

Another option for cheap train fare in UK is the BritRail England Consecutive Pass. This UK rail travel pass will allow travelers to unlimited rides for a consecutive number of days, depending on your travel plans. This is an excellent choice for travelers who want to do their sightseeing all at once. You can buy these UK rail travel passes for as few as 4 days, or as many as 30.

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The BritRail FlexiPass is the best choice for travelers who want more flexibility with their train travel. This is the best way to travel by rail if you”d like to intersperse your travel by rail with stops in cities and villages. You can travel by rail with one of theses cheap rail travel options for as few as 4 days, or as long as 2 months.

You can also purchase specific passes for the countries within the United Kingdom, if you plan to travel exclusively within one country. Scotland, England, and Wales all offer their own UK trains passes and also offer excellent deals and cheap rail travel options.

On top of being a cost effective way to see many tourist attraction in the UK, travel is also a great way to get a feel for the country side. From the rolling hills of Scotland to the bustle of England, trains provide a peaceful way to see the land. Many tracks travel within view of English castles and Scottish castles, as well.

The first UK trains operated in northeast England. On September 27 th. 1825 the Stockton and Darlington Railway opened its doors to become Britain”s first passenger railway. The first route covered nine miles and traveled about 15 miles per hour; taking a total of about 2 hours. Since then, UK trains move quite a lot faster and cover many more miles. UK trains are a great way to save money and time when traveling through the United Kingdom.





14/11/2017

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Travel Cheap by Rail Amtrak s Rail Pass

California Zephyr pulling into the station at Granby Colorado

Amtrak has a U.S. Rail pass for as little as $439.  That will get an adult 8 segments (stops) in 15 days.  It s an affordable way to see the country with enjoy riding a train as part of the travel experience.  My husband and I traveled from Baltimore to Truckee, CA using this U.S. Rail Pass. It was easy, inexpensive and much less stressful than driving or flying.  Our eight segments were Baltimore Washington, Chicago (the Amtrak hub), Granby CO, Grand Junction CO, Truckee CA, Chicago, Washington DC, Baltimore.  We did it in under two weeks and spent nine nights in three fantastic western towns.

Coach on Amtrak is Way Better than an Airplane or Bus

The rail pass gets you a coach seat.  On one of the sightseeing trains, a coach seat has electrical outlets, private reading lights, drop-down trays, and chair that reclines like a Lazy-Boy recliner rather than just a mere tip backward like a bus or train.  If you can sleep in a Lazy-Boy, you can sleep on a train.  Your bags are only a short walk away, and there s no drama with security.  You just get up, walk downstairs, find your bag and get what you need.  Also, you can bring a ginormous bag and not worry about the airlines fining you for oversize luggage.  The bathroom and your luggage are in your railroad car.

We didn t stay in our coach seats except for when we wanted to nap, sleep or read.  On these cross-country trains there s a big sightseeing car next to the dining car.  It s wall-to-wall windows with swivel chairs and booth-type diner seating.  It s very comfortable and allows you to see on both sides of the car.  It s a great place to meet new people.

Sight Seeing Car on Amtrak s California Zephyr

What are Segments How to Craft Your Rail Trip

The cheapest adult rail pass is $439 and allows up to 8 segments to be taken in 15 days.  A segment is a stop, and reservations must be made for each stop because the trains don t stop at stations when there s nobody set to be dropped off or picked up.  I went to Amtrak website and viewed the online train routes and schedules to chose our segments.  All trains meet in Chicago, so we headed there to pick up the California Zephyr.  Then I chose Granby Colorado as our first stop on the Zephyr because it was the stop closest to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The next segment I chose was Grand Junction, Colorado because we wanted to see the Colorado National Monument and tour Colorado s wine country.  Our final stop was Truckee, California because we wanted to see the Sierra Nevadas, Donner Lake, Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River.    We stayed three nights in each place.  Count in the total of four days to travel and we came in just under our fifteen day allotment.

Understand that once you purchase the rail pass, you must reserve the segments with an Amtrak agent.  This can be done by phone.  DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS ONLINE.  The online system doesn t play well with Amtrak.  I first did mine online and it was a fiasco.  The process went perfectly when I called the reservations line and made the reservations.

Eating on the Train

Lots of people bring their own food and eat at their seats, and there s a snack bar for drinks and vending machine style snacks.  But the dining car, while pricey ($20 per person w/ tip for dinners) is a worthwhile experience at least a few times on the trip.  The food we had was good and we were seated with other couples.  We met so many interesting people.

Here s the menu for the California Zephyr the train that goes from Chicago to San Francisco and known as the most scenic rail ride in the North America.

Rail Passes Can Be Upgraded

Truth be told I hate sleeping in a recliner.  So I inquired about upgrading to a sleeper (roomette) once we were on board.  We were able to get a sleeper for $210 for the one night from Chicago to Granby.  The roomette is only as big as two rail seats facing each other with one foot of space between the door and the seat.  Both seats fold down to become a bed, a top bunk folds down for a second bed and curtains are drawn for privacy.  The price of the roomette also includes your meals, a porter (who will bring you your meals if you d rather skip the dining car), coffee, newspaper, bottled water and access to the shower.

Prices for sleeping accommodations on a train are sold similarly to the way airlines sell tickets.  Book far in advance and you re likely to get the best deal.  Book 3 days before departure and you ll pay the highest price.  But, book while you re on board and you may get a great deal because the rooms are empty.  That s what happened for us.  So if you re willing to take a chance and NOT get a good deal, ask for the upgrade once you re on board.

It s perfectly marvelous sleeping on a train.  Even the top bunk (which I swear is the size of a wide ironing board) is a comfortable experience.

The Wise Men Ruby Canyon in Colorado as seen from the California Zephyr

Why Take the Train?

Take the train for the added travel experience.  There s almost nothing good about flying these days except speed.  Car travel can be exhausting, stressful and expensive.  And traveling long distances in the US by car often puts the driver on Interstate Highways and Turnpikes where the majority of scenery is comprised of concrete, asphalt and steel highway signs.

But trains snake through the American landscape, sometimes going places where there are no roads.  On the route from Denver to Truckee there are parts of the mountains and desserts that almost no one sees unless they re traveling by train or paddling down the Colorado River.  A train ride is relaxing.  It s a mode of transportation that becomes part of the travel experience instead of penance leading up to the travel experience.

Two Things I Wish I d Known Before I Booked My First Rail Trip

RESERVE A CAR

We reserved a car in Granby because we knew we wanted to drive through Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding areas.  But we didn t rent a car in Grand Junction and Truckee because we were staying right in town and figured we d spend lots of time in the town and use the public transportation system.  This was dumb.  Renting a car for a few days is cheap, especially considering the flexibility it gives you.  Car rental companies will often meet you at the station with your rental car even in very small towns.  Having the car hired and the hotel booked in advance makes a perfectly smooth transition.

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My husband and I loved our rail vacation and hope to ride the Adirondack, Coastal Starlight and the Sunset Limited in the near future.





11/11/2017

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Rail Europe Trains – Eurail Passes Rail Europe #usa #travel

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Eurail Pass from Rail Europe: Is it a Good Deal?

By Veronica Mullen, Guest Author

Karen Tina Harrison has been a New York City-based lifestyle journalist for her entire career. She has covered travel since the last millennium, with luxury travel assignments that have taken her around the globe. Read more

Weighing Rail Europe versus Local Train Tickets

Many luxury travelers choose trains as the most convenient, most scenic, and least stressful way to see Europe. For visitors committed to this classic, eco-friendly mode of travel, Rail Europe is an alternative to buying local railroad tickets in individual European countries.

You could look at Rail Europe as today s version of the 19th-century Grand Tour of Europe.

So how do you decide whether to go local or with Rail Europe? Going via Rail Europe:

  • Whisks you across borders. If you re planning on taking trains in more than one European country, Rail Europe s single tickets and passes are a logistical boon, saving time, confusion, and stress. Rail Europe services over 30 countries
  • Allows for spontaneity. Rail Europe makes it easy to travel in impromptu and adventurous style. This is a joy to footloose travelers; for travelers who prefer staying in one region or country in a set agenda, it would not be the best option

Bottom line:  For travelers planning to visit several countries, Rail Europe can end up being a considerable money-saver.

Still, planning ahead is essential. Rail Europe tickets must be bought in advance and delivered to you in North America before you fly to Europe. (However, individual point-to-point tickets and multi-train passes can be bought online no matter where you are.

Rail Europe offers numerous types of passes. Handy, interactive tools on Rail Europe s website help you decide which options might be best for your trip.

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Factors to consider: whether you have a set itinerary, may be taking more than three trains, or are looking for date flexibility.

Some of Rail Europe s most popular types of passes:

  • Eurail Select Pass: unlimited travel on national rail networks to three, four, or five bordering countries for five, six, eight, 10 or 15 days. It s valid for two months, whether high season or off-season
  • Eurail Global Pass allows unlimited travel on the entire rail networks of 30 countries (see list below). The Eurail Global Pass is available in two options: the Consecutive Pass, good for 15 days, 21 days, one, two or three months; or the Flexipass, good for 10 or 15 days of consecutive or non-consecutive travel within a two-month period
  • An Italy-only Eurail Italy Pass is also available for visitors to Italy who are taking Italian trains and may want to cross the border into France, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, etc.

Beyond the reach and duration of its tickets, Rail Europe offers several service classifications:

• Premier: These tickets are the best class of service. Seats are first class. In certain cases, these also grant access to the station lounge. Under some circumstances they can be exchanged if unused

​• Comfort: These are first-class tickets, but cannot be exchanged and do not provide access to station lounges

• Freedom: Seats are standard or second class. These tickets can be exchanged but do not allow access to station lounges

• Economy: These tickets cannot be exchanged and do not provide access to the station lounge. Seats are standard or second class

Rail Europe offers various combination tickets that include airport transfers; that cover both train travel and car rental, tour packages, and others. Endless options mean that your ticket is highly customized.

Countries Served by Rail Europe:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England (via Eurostar through the Chunnel )
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Wales

For more information about Rail Europe:

  • Rail Europe s website
  • Rail Europe by phone: 800.622.8600 in the US; 800.361.7245 in Canada
  • Rail Europe on Facebook
  • Rail Europe on Twitter
  • Rail Europe s partner in Italy, Trenitalia




06/11/2017

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Classic Italy by Rail #best #deals #on #airfare

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Classic Italy by Rail

Day 3 – Fairytale Venice, The City of Canals

Day 4 – Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance

This morning you depart Venice and take a high-speed train to Florence. What a great way to travel as you watch picturesque hill towns, lush vineyards and beautiful wineries pass by. Upon arrival, walk in the footsteps of great rulers, artists and philosophers as you explore Florence, the breathtaking capital of the Italian Renaissance, on the included walking tour. The city is steeped in the achievements of great minds who found inspiration here. A visit to the famous Academia Gallery is included where you’ll get an up-close view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, ‘David’. Undoubtedly the world’s most famous sculpture, the museum also houses five other Michelangelo sculptures the four unfinished Prisoners and St. Matthew and a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections. After the tour, enjoy your free time shopping for Italian leather goods, art and crystal as lovely reminders of your journey through Italy. This afternoon, continue on to Montecatini, home for the next three nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 5 – Montecatini and Siena

After breakfast enjoy an included excursion to Siena. This is one of Italy’s most popular destinations, known for its fine cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year in the Piazza del Campo. Your local guide will walk with you through this beautiful Tuscan town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you discover the highlights of the city, including the Duomo of Siena, the 12th-century cathedral that serves as a splendid example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. See the Palazzo Pubblico, once City Hall, now an art museum, showcasing its famous frescoes or climb the “Torre del Mangia”, the tall bell tower overlooking the Piazza del Campo. Siena is also known for its glazed terracotta pottery as well as locally produced wines and olive oil. Be sure to taste the delicious gelato and panforte, a cake made with honey and candied fruits. You’ll have free time for lunch on your own and shopping for local specialities before returning to Montecatini this evening. (B)

Day 6 – Pisa, The Leaning Tower

This morning, depart on an included excursion to Pisa, best known for the bell tower of the cathedral, the “leaning Tower of Pisa”. Your local guide will explain the history of this beautiful town as you walk around the Piazza dei Miracoli and see the architecture and historic walls of this medieval city.

Return to Montecatini for an afternoon at leisure. It’s the perfect time to stroll through the city center or visit a spa with the curative water and healing springs for which the town is famous. (B)

Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and a guided visit to the Coliseum. Built between 70-80 AD, the Coliseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering and remains the largest amphitheater in the world. The tour ends at the hotel. (B)

Day 8 – Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel





20/09/2017

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Autumn is here but don t mope and moan about it get on a train and see a bit more of good old Blighty! Come rain or shine now’s a great time to book cheap train tickets and get away while you can! Prices may have gone up recently, but buying your train tickets early could save you literally hundreds of pounds. We re often asked where can I find the cheapest train tickets? so we’ve put together the golden rules on how to save money on train travel plus we’ve collected the best money-off deals around.

Current travel deals!

As well as finding cheaper tickets on their websites, individual train companies also often have loads of fantastic deals on offer. Many of these will be sent out each week in a special newsletter, so it’s worth signing up to see how much you can save.

Southeastern:

  • Get 2 for 1 entry on loads of top London attractions including London Zoo, London Aquarium and Madame Tussauds.
  • 2 for 1 Kent offers, with 2 for 1 deals on entry into Canterbury Cathedral, and Leeds Castle among others.
  • Get a weekender ticket which allows passengers to travel over the weekend at a reduced cost.

East Coast:

  • Special offers on top attractions, shows, and restaurants in London;

For loads more great deals check out their special offers page, and sign up to their newsletter to be the first to hear about any new deals.

First Great Western:

  • 2 for 1 offers on top attractions in London
  • 2 for 1 offers on restaurants, hotels and attractions in loads of historic cities including Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Salisbury.

Sign up to their newsletter to be the first to read about any special offers!

Cross Country:

  • WIN free train tickets! Exclusive to registered customers, every time you sign in and buy tickets you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win FREE train tickets.
  • Get 2 for 1 meals with the Gourmet Society, or 25% off food and drink at thousands of top restaurants.

For further deals sign up to their newsletter.

Red Spotted Hanky: For fantastic savings and benefits start using Red Spotted Hanky. It s a great new site that lets you book your train tickets quickly and easily and saves passengers an average of 51% compared with buying the tickets in the station on the day of travel.

On top of all that, there are no extra fees for booking or delivery (apart from next day delivery) and you can earn loyalty points that can then be used to knock money off the cost of future tickets!

There are seven golden rules to bear in mind when looking to save money on train tickets:

Rule One: Buy early and avoid the walk-on fares

Complicated ticket names are a thing of the past there are now just three categories for all tickets, (whether they are single or return, standard or first class): Advance, Off-peak and Anytime.

Advance tickets are where the real savings can be made. If you can avoid it, never turn up on the day you wish to travel and buy your ticket there and then, book early and you can avoid the extortionate walk-on fares.

  • The best time to book is between 10 and 12 weeks before you plan to travel this is when tickets are first released and the prices are at their lowest.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t book that early. Surprisingly, some advance tickets are actually still available at a reduced rate up to 6pm the night before, so you can still make significant savings.
  • The good news is that you can use any railcards on advance tickets, making the price even cheaper!

The only downfall to buying an advance ticket is that you’ll be tied to a specific time, date and train. So if you’re willing to be less flexible you can slash your costs.

Rule Two: Buy online for extra savings

NationalRail.co.uk is the best place to start planning your journey, as it covers all train routes. You can find out prices, the quickest routes, train times and even book your tickets all through this site.

If you can, find out which train company you’ll be travelling with and check the websites of the operators and third party retailers (like the Trainline or Raileasy) for special offers. There’s also a great discount site run by National Rail called Days Out Guide which is worth checking – they’ve got a free newsletter that delivers all the latest deals and offers straight to your inbox.

Find all the contact details and websites for UK train operators on the National Rail website.

Ticket Alerts

Sign up to online ticket alerts to be the first to know when Advance tickets go on sale:

  • Cross Country
  • East Coast Trains
  • The Trainline

Online Discounts

There are also often online discounts and website only special offers so check out the train companies websites to pick up any extra discounts.

Here are some of the major online booking sites:

  • East Coast Trains: They cover travel along the east coast from London to Edinburgh passing through York, Leeds and Newcastle. There don’t charge any booking fees, and you can get a 10% discount for buying online.
  • Megatrain: If you book early enough there are sometimes £1 fares (plus 50p booking fee) up for grabs through Megatrain, they cover destinations from Inverness to Penzance so you may well pick up a great bargain.
  • The Trainline: Has a £1 booking fee and charges a flat fee of £3.50 for credit card payments. This fee can be avoided if you book by debit card.
  • Raileasy: Has a £1 booking fee on a purchase over £10 or a £2 fee for purchases under £10, plus a 50p debit card fee. However, because it charges 2.5% for credit card purchases instead of a flat fee, it will be cheaper than The Trainline for smaller credit card purchases.
  • SouthernRailyway: Has a £5 return ticket for bookings made far enough in advance and £1 off-peak travel for kids under 15. Three or four friends can travel for the price of two, saving everyone 50%.

If you can be flexible The Trainline has a best fare finder. To use it you need to enter your destination and when you re thinking of travelling. The tool will then find you the cheapest day and time to travel.

You can choose to see results for up to three months depending on how flexible you are. This clever little tool is perfect if you’re more concerned about how much you want to save rather than when you go and is perfect for students who can use it to decide when the best time to visit home and friends without forking out a fortune.

Rule Three: Check your ticket options

Single vs Return

Sometimes it may actually be cheaper to buy two singles rather than a return ticket. When you re booking compare the price of two singles to a return ticket and make sure you re not paying more than you need to. If you can’t be bothered to do this yourself, National Rail will do it for you, automatically suggesting the cheapest combination of tickets.

Season Ticket s

You can use the season ticket calculator on the National Rail website to work out how much a season ticket will cost you. You can buy them at any station but you need to take a recent passport-sized photograph along with you.

You can buy a season ticket for seven days (you get unlimited travel between certain points for a set price), one month (cheaper than four seven day season tickets) or for over one month (up to one year). If you travel everyday this almost always works out as the cheapest option, so check all your options before you buy.

Keep an eye out for expected price rises and try to renew it before the new prices take affect.

Special tip for  Eurostar travellers

If you travel to Paris or Brussels or one of the other Eurostar destinations for business, you may find it cheaper to get two return tickets instead of just the one. Strange, yes, but in some cases it works. If, for example, you want to go to Paris on a Tuesday morning and come back on a Wednesday night, the Eurostar computer will be able to tell that you re probably a business client and it won t show you the cheaper tickets.

However, if you book a return ticket to Paris on the Tuesday morning returning two weeks later, and then a separate one coming back on Wednesday night and returning a week or so later, each time it will assume that you re a tourist and will show you the cheapest tickets. You could find that not only are the two tickets cheaper than the one but you can offer the unused returns to friends. Actually, some people have even sold the unused portions because the tickets themselves are rarely checked. It s just your passport they look at.

Of course you may find that the prices are the same, but it’s definitely worth checking out to see if the tickets are much cheaper.





10/09/2017

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Ask the experts: Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, suggests the most cost-effective options for a rail tour of Europe.

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FAQ: Is there a moneysaving pass which would allow us to spend 10 days or so touring European cities by train, with a flexible itinerary. We are both in our sixties will this make it cheaper?

Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, replies

But for flexibility and the possibility to change your plans whenever you wish, the most straightforward and cost-effective way of organising your trip is to buy an InterRail Pass. These are open to European citizens (or to anyone who has lived in Europe for more than six months) and are available to buy as early as three months before departure.

Within the ‘Global category, you can buy a flexi ticket which gives you unlimited travel on a set number of days within a 10 or 22-day time period. Or you can buy a continuous ticket which allows you to travel every day within a specific time period (either 15 days, 22 days or a month).





10/09/2017

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The Camp 18 dining room, with its log cabin ambiance and civilized rustic décor, offers a variety of seating options from small tables for two on up to a large dining table for a small crowd.


Leave a bit of extra room – or a lot – for one of the famous Camp 18 cinnamon rolls. They make a sinfully delicious side trip to breakfast or any other meal, and when fresh from the oven, they’re almost irresistible.

An all new 2016 restaurant menu is online – please check it out here!

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Welcome to the home page for the Camp 18 Restaurant, located in Elsie, Oregon. Camp 18 could easily be your most popular stop on your way to and from the Oregon Coast via State Highway 26 between Portland and Seaside / Cannon Beach. Camp 18 is the result of enormous efforts by Gordon Smith and the late Maurie Clark, both near-legendary figures in the northwest logging scene.

Camp 18 is a log cabin-type structure built by Gordon Smith and friends. Its architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques and features, for example, an 85-foot ridgepole that’s the largest such piece in the United States and weighs approximately 25 tons. There’s plenty of RV-size parking in the lot.


Although it lacks a few small details, the almost-fully-rigged 161-foot spar tree is a signature piece on the Camp 18 equipment roster.


Expect to see lots of cool wood carvings throughout the Camp 18 facilities. The eye-catching marvel is a definite place to stop while driving Highway 26 in the Pacific Northwest. If you are visiting local communities like Seaside, Astoria, Cannon Beach, Nehalem, Wheeler or Portland, it’s a short and beautiful drive to Elsie!

The stunning main building and its eye-catching array of logging-related historic artifacts and artwork are hard to miss as you travel the Sunset Highway (26). It’s always worth your time to stop by, enjoy a good meal, browse the displays and learn more about our northwest logging heritage.

The Camp 18 log-cabin style restaurant has an interesting history you can read about. A beautiful Event Conference room is also available for rental!

If it’s a good meal you crave you can’t beat the food menu at Camp 18. To see a sample of the expansive offerings, click here .
From a hearty breakfast to lunch favorites to dinner entrees that satisfy any appetite, the “logger style meals” are tasty and wholesome.

We hope you enjoy your visit!


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Switzerland Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Switzerland – Rail Europe

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Scenic train routes criss-cross Europe’s touristic pacesetter

When thinking green, think Switzerland. It s arguably one of the world s most environmentally-conscious countries, and that no doubt explains why train travel there is so eco-friendly. Most trains use ultra-clean hydroelectricity, and some even generate energy-saving electricity when traveling downhill. Every Swiss town is connected to the train system. And, the system also coordinates with an extensive bus network so you can easily journey to the most out-of-the-way finds. Trains can take you from Zurich airport to the top of the Jungfraujoch and its stunning views to the German Black Forest and the French Vosges.

The most popular Swiss routes include, of course, the famous scenic trains: the GoldenPass. the Wilhelm Tell Express, the Bernina Express or Glacier Express smoothly snake in Swiss alpine fields, cross mountain streams on spectacular bridges, all while train travelers enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy Swiss Alps. Choose a Grand Train Tour of Switzerland or Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Hotel Package to make the most of your Swiss journey.

These high-altitude rides are must-views, but one of our favorites is the 30-plus mile Centovalli Express, linking Domodossola, Italy to the Swiss Ticino region. The arrival in Locarno and Lago Maggiore, from the mountain, tops off this fascinating, sensory experience, which includes the clanging of cow bells, the faint smell of wood, and the soothing sounds of mountain streams.

Swiss Travel Passes are most definitely the way to go, unless you just want a quick Swiss Transfer Ticket from the airport to another city to hit the slopes, naturally. Passes not only provide access to the SBB railway mainline network, but also dozens of local, private companies that operate mountain trains, cable cars, and buses. An added bonus: free entrance to most Swiss museums.

For more information on Switzerland contact the Switzerland Tourist Board .

Be sure to see Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland.

Visit the Catholic and Protestant church of Interlaken.





27/08/2017

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Italy Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Italy – Rail Europe

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Get on Board in Italy

Italy has always been a favorite for American travelers, many discovering their heritage, not to mention their palates. It also happens to be an easy country to travel by train.

When traveling domestically, always go for a first class ticket. Although second class is very good on the Frecce and Italo trains, the first class trains connecting north and south are even better if you want to savor the wonderful views of Italian landscapes. For other local and regional services, first class is a must.

The most traveled routes include Rome to Florence (with fast and frequent service) and Venice (beautiful views). And, good to know if you land in Rome from North America, Fiumcino Airport is far from the city, but well-connected by the Leonardo da Vinci Express train. Plus, you can ride this train with any Eurail pass that included Italy (first class only; just use one travel day).

As in all European countries, some trains opt for open seating while others require pre-booking. But, there s no need to worry if you ve purchase your ticket from Rail Europe. We ll get you a pre-assigned seat every time it s possible. And, if you don t get one, it means you can sit anywhere. If you already have a pass, and know where you want to travel, we ll tell you when you need a pre-assigned seat and will gladly book it for you. And now Rail europe offers the same Italian train tickets and fares in North American as are sold in Italy, including access to a vast schedule selection. For your convenience, e-ticketing options are also available.

Italy s rail network is also extremely well connected to the rest of Europe: from Milan and Turin. the Frecciarossa travels through the Alps to Lyon. while TGV goes to Paris. Incredibly comfortable trains connect Italy with Switzerland. (Florence and Venice to Geneva or Zurich are the most popular routes.) Travel overnight and you ll go even further with Thello trains linking Milan or Venice to Paris. And, you can also ride CityNightLine to various Northern European cities. You ll rest in a comfortable compartment well equipped with private shower and toilets.

Traveling by train in Italy is marvelous: truly, there s nothing more romantic than a lasagna-indulgence in the dining car, two hours after having left Rome. Then gliding though fishermen villages while the sun falls into the Mediterranean Sea. Good tip: when in Bari, take a fast ferry to Dubrovnic in Croatia. and enjoy a nice addition to your Italian experience.

And if your travel plans include extending your journey to Greece, consider the Eurail Attica Pass. This unique pass includes round-trip ferry travel between Italy and Greece, plus travel by ferry to the Greek islands once you’re there.

For more information on Italy contact the Italy Tourist Board .

Venice’s magnificant Grand Canal at dusk.





25/08/2017

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Ultimate Guide to European Rail Passes

Aug 20, 2014 | Updated Oct 20, 2014

Whether you’re a twenty-something backpacker or retirees who’ve finally made the time to see the world, traveling across Europe by rail is a right of passage. The major cities are home to romantic, grand stations while the countryside is dotted with charming little depots. Train travel has been a staple of extended European vacations for decades, as it is often the easiest way to navigate the continent and allow for plenty of flexibility in your itinerary. Depending on the kind of trip you’re taking, you’ll either want to buy a rail pass, which is valid for travel in several countries for a specific number of days, or point-to-point tickets. But how to decide? Here’s what you need to know to plan your rail excursion.

RAIL PASS TYPES There are many different types of rail passes that you can purchase, and you’ve probably heard about Eurail and its Global Pass, Select Pass, Regional Pass, and One Country Pass. The Eurail Global Pass allows continuous travel to 24 countries throughout Europe (although it doesn’t cover some regions like Great Britain or Poland, nor does it cover travel aboard Eurostar’s London to Paris/Brussels train or any Paris to Italy night trains.). You can buy a continuous pass for 15 or 21 days; one, two, or three months; or a flexipass version that’s good for 10 or 15 days of travel within a two-month period.

With the Select Pass you pick four bordering countries–some of which, like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) are grouped together and are considered one country for the sake of the pass–and you can travel for five, six, eight, or 10 days within a two-month window.

A variety of Regional Passes are available that offer train service between popular routes like France and Italy, the Benelux states, and Germany, as well as France and Spain. (See the full list of regional Eurail pass options. ) You can purchase four-to 10-day passes that can be used within a two-month window.

And, of course, you can purchase a One Country Pass for travel within one country, like Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden. Take a look at the list of One Country Passes .

FIRST AND SECOND CLASS TRAIN CARS European trains offer first- and second-class cars. First-class cars generally have roomier seats, wider aisles, and extras like air-conditioning. Business travelers or those hoping to catch a few winks tend to book first-class tickets. Second-class cars often cost up to a third less than first-class tickets and they are quite comfortable, although generally more crowded. Many rail passes force anyone over the age of 26 to purchase a first-class pass, while anyone under that age has the option to buy a pass for either class.

RESERVED SEATING: IS IT A MUST? Some popular routes–like Eurostar’s London to Paris/Brussels itinerary–do require that each passenger reserve a seat. That’s also often the case if you want to travel on a high-speed train. However, the vast majority of trains don’t require advance seat reservations. Visit the Deutsche Bahn online schedule to check to see whether or not a reservation is required for the trains you’re hoping to ride. Advance seating reservations can be free, a few dollars per person, or as much as $35. You can make your reservations at any train station in Europe or in advance through many U.S.-based train pass service agencies.

WHAT’S BETTER: A RAIL PASS OR POINT-TO-POINT TICKETS? If you’ve never traveled Europe by train, there’s a lot of information to process. It can be difficult to know if it’s a better deal to buy a rail pass or simply go for a series of point-to-point tickets. To decide, write a rough draft of your itinerary. Which countries will you visit and when? Which will you travel to by train? How many train trips do you expect to take? Visit sites like Eurail and Rail Europe that offer maps, schedules, and fares for more than 50 European train companies. Or, consult these country-specific train companies:

Generally speaking, a pass may be worth it if you plan to spend a lot of time on trains and are visiting many different countries. Remember, some countries have better train coverage than others. If you’re exploring Ireland or Greece, for example, a rail pass would probably do you no good since you likely won’t be able to get to all of your desired destinations by train.

Andrea M. Rotondo is a writer based in New York City. She covers cruise and luxury travel trends for Fodors.com, Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic, and other websites and magazines. She also teaches travelers how to leverage their frequent flyer miles at FrequentFlyerToolkits.com.





12/08/2017

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08/08/2017

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Italy Rail Passes and Train Tips from Rick Steves #book #airline

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Italy Rail Passes and Train Tips

By Rick Steves

Are rail passes a good value for Italy?

Not for most people think carefully before buying a rail pass, especially if your trip doesn t extend beyond Italy. Most train travelers in Italy spend each rail-travel day taking relatively short rides on the Milan Venice Florence Rome circuit. For these trips (most of which cost less than $60 for a second-class ticket), it s cheaper to buy point-to-point train tickets than a rail pass (since most cost more than $60 per day). Furthermore, a rail pass doesn t provide much hop-on convenience in Italy, since many trains require paid seat reservations. as indicated in train schedules (see below for more Italy-specific reservation advice).

All that said, keep in mind that per-day costs are lower for longer-term rail passes so if you ll be doing a lot of Italian train travel, a pass may indeed pencil out (especially if you re venturing beyond Italy on a larger European trip).

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06/08/2017

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Europe by Train – Planning your Trip by Rail in Europe

By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

Europe s rail system is extensive–and the trains are getting faster all the time, in order to compete with budget airlines. My preference, when I m not driving around in the countryside, is biased toward trains over airlines. The seats are more comfortable, all luggage can be carried on, and you get taken city center to city center.





04/08/2017

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Cheap European rail tours

Ask the experts: Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, suggests the most cost-effective options for a rail tour of Europe.

12:30PM BST 05 Jul 2013

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FAQ: Is there a moneysaving pass which would allow us to spend 10 days or so touring European cities by train, with a flexible itinerary. We are both in our sixties will this make it cheaper?

Sophie Butler, consumer travel expert, replies

But for flexibility and the possibility to change your plans whenever you wish, the most straightforward and cost-effective way of organising your trip is to buy an InterRail Pass. These are open to European citizens (or to anyone who has lived in Europe for more than six months) and are available to buy as early as three months before departure.

Within the ‘Global category, you can buy a flexi ticket which gives you unlimited travel on a set number of days within a 10 or 22-day time period. Or you can buy a continuous ticket which allows you to travel every day within a specific time period (either 15 days, 22 days or a month).





02/08/2017

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Rail passes information

Buying a rail pass is a great idea if you re travelling around Europe by train or even just within one or two European countries. They offer flexibility and value for money, particularly if you plan on travelling extensively.

There are 2 main types of pass that you can choose from:

  • A global pass which allows you to travel in and between up to 30 participating countries (see note below).
  • A one, two, three, four or five country pass which may prove to be cheaper, although this is dependent on which ‘zone’ of country you choose. Some of this multi-country combination passes are only available to non-European residents.

How it works

  • You can choose to have consecutive days travel within a given period.
  • Or choose a certain amount of travel days within a given period (flexi pass).

There are different pass types based on where you live:

  • If you are normally resident within Europe, you should buy an InterRail pass – but remember that the pass is not valid for travel in your own country.
  • If you are from outside of Europe then you should buy a Eurail pass; this is valid across Europe with the exception of the UK which has a BritRail pass range.

More information on InterRail passes

These are for European residents only, but note that you are not permitted to travel within your own country with an InterRail pass.

The 2 products available within the InterRail range are the Global Pass and the One Country Pass.

The different passenger types are:

  • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
  • Adult (26-59) – First and second class
  • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
  • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the adult price

You also need to choose from a consecutive pass (i.e. all days within a month) or a flexi pass (i.e. 8 travel days within a month).

More information on Eurail passes

These are for non-European residents only – they are valid in all participating countries, notably excepting the UK where the BritRail pass is the equivalent product.

There are different products within the Eurail range:

  • Global pass – all participating countries
  • Select pass – 3, 4 or 5 bordering countries (excludes France)
  • Regional pass – 2 bordering countries
  • One country pass (excludes France)

There are 4 different passenger types:

  • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
  • Adult (26-59) – First class only
  • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
  • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the accompanying adult price

If 2 or more people travel together (up to a maximum of 5) there is a saving on the price of a Eurail pass, but remember that everyone must travel together at.





02/08/2017

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Bath

A Meticulously Preserved Roman Spa-t

There s a lot to love about London. And there s a lot to be said about leaving London for the quiet of the countryside. In just over an hour by train, come visit a spa town that is so rich in history, it s one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region. And while you no longer can sit in the thermal, curative waters of Bath, you ll still leave refreshed and renewed.

Bath features both Georgian architecture, a perfectly preserved Roman temple and spa and Britain s only natural hot springs. Cross the Pulteney Bridge designed after the covered bridges of Florence over the river Avon to the Roman Baths where centurions soaked their warrior aches away.

Bath is ranked as one of the most visited towns in England. Soak up all that this lovely town has to offer by purchasing the Bath City Hop-On,Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour ; a 24 hour hop on hop off sightseeing tour. Let the bus climb those famous British rolling hills while you decide which of the local offerings you want to take a closer look at. Like the gorgeous Royal Victoria Gardens. Opened in 1830 as a breathing space for the occupants of these very dreary localities, today there s nothing dreary about the surroundings. Overlooking the Royal Crescent, this park offers something for everyone a golf course, tennis court and the largest playground in the area, perfect for the kids.

Another family favorite is a visit to mysterious, ethereal Stonehenge. Now thought to be an ancient burial ground, these prehistoric, circular stones have dazzled travelers for years. Take the requisite photos of trying to knock one of these mammoth structures over. You can visit both Bath and Stonehenge, plus tour the 900-year-old Windsor Castle on our appropriately named Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge Tour. These bus tours leave daily from London and while you may not be doing much strolling you ll get a great overview of what this beautiful region of England has to offer.

With your BritRail England Pass. go further into the southwest corner of England for more quintessential British charm. In the Cotswolds. homes look like they could be made out of gingerbread on this rolling countryside. The word wolds actually means gentle hills. And that s exactly what you ll find. This lovely landscape has inspired artists and writers, including John Singer Sargent and Henry James.

Bath and the rest of this region are filled with history and majesty. Quaintness you can quantify. It s not London. But it s just as easy to love.

Contributed by: Kathryn, who works with our web department, has traveled extensively throughout Europe utilizing all forms of public transportation!





01/08/2017

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Greece Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Greece – Rail Europe

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Ride the Rails in Greece

Although Greece has dramatically upgraded its rail infrastructure, it s wise to travel only on the major lines. Though safe, the local rails remain slow and tough to navigate (especially for the neophyte). Exceptions? Very touristy routes like Athens to the port city Piraeus (only 20 minutes by suburban train).

We recommend the InterCity or InterCityExpress trains. From Athens, you can journey to the very hip city of Thessaloniki (check out the fashion and the food) and onwards towards Katerini (home to several archeological digs). From there travel to ancient Corinth in just ninety minutes, and then to the port of Patras. Final destination? Argos, arguably Greece s oldest city, and the ruins of the Heraeum temple where the goddess Hera was revered.

Most IC and ICE trains offer decent comfort in second class, but first class is still preferable (except on very short journeys). On longer trips, on-board food services are good and reasonably priced.

Seat assignments vary by train and route. If you purchase a ticket for travel within Greece from Rail Europe, you will receive an ticket without a reservation. If a seat reservation is required or If you re traveling with a pass (e.g. Eurail Pass, Balkan Pass), you may book your reservation locally since they re only available within Greece. Use the OSE (Greek railways) offices in the main cities. They re less crowded and more helpful, and the reservation is free.

And if your travel plans include visiting both Italy and Greece, consider the Eurail Attica Pass. This pass includes round-trip ferry travel between Italy and Greece, plus travel to the Greek islands once you re there.

For more information on Greece contact the Greece Tourist Board .





25/07/2017

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Greece Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Greece – Rail Europe

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Greece

Ride the Rails in Greece

Although Greece has dramatically upgraded its rail infrastructure, it s wise to travel only on the major lines. Though safe, the local rails remain slow and tough to navigate (especially for the neophyte). Exceptions? Very touristy routes like Athens to the port city Piraeus (only 20 minutes by suburban train).

We recommend the InterCity or InterCityExpress trains. From Athens, you can journey to the very hip city of Thessaloniki (check out the fashion and the food) and onwards towards Katerini (home to several archeological digs). From there travel to ancient Corinth in just ninety minutes, and then to the port of Patras. Final destination? Argos, arguably Greece s oldest city, and the ruins of the Heraeum temple where the goddess Hera was revered.

Most IC and ICE trains offer decent comfort in second class, but first class is still preferable (except on very short journeys). On longer trips, on-board food services are good and reasonably priced.

Seat assignments vary by train and route. If you purchase a ticket for travel within Greece from Rail Europe, you will receive an ticket without a reservation. If a seat reservation is required or If you re traveling with a pass (e.g. Eurail Pass, Balkan Pass), you may book your reservation locally since they re only available within Greece. Use the OSE (Greek railways) offices in the main cities. They re less crowded and more helpful, and the reservation is free.

And if your travel plans include visiting both Italy and Greece, consider the Eurail Attica Pass. This pass includes round-trip ferry travel between Italy and Greece, plus travel to the Greek islands once you re there.

For more information on Greece contact the Greece Tourist Board .





25/07/2017

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What is The Japan Rail Pass?

The Japan Rail Pass is the most popular and enjoyable way for travellers to see Japan.  With 7, 14 and 21 day options for both economy and luxury classes you’ll discover why this is considered a ‘must-have’ for visitors to Japan. Visit our JR Pass page to secure yours.

Japan Information Morning

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month JTB holds a Free Japan Information Morning in our Sydney and Melbourne offices. These mornings cover Japan and JTB products focusing on our popular Fully Escorted Tours. Starting at 10:00am, morning tea is provided. RSVP is essential as numbers are limited. Call Sydney or Melbourne to reserve your place.

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JTB Australia invites you to experience Japan, one of the most exciting and diverse holiday destinations in the world. Japan’s exotic sights and flavours will delight your senses while the country’s rich history and depth of culture will simply fascinate you.

Experience Japan by strolling through traditional villages or large metropolises where you will find temples and shrines to explore, creating a mixture of the past, present and even the future and tantilise your taste buds with a myriad of choices of Japanese cuisine.

Experience Japan’s modern, efficient rail system, one of the best in the world. A short train trip from the heart of Tokyo can take you back in time to a world of rice paddies and exquisite temples in the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara.

Experience time honoured traditions such as tea ceremony or immerse yourself in the famous culture of “Onsen” hot spring baths.

If you are looking for cultural or historical treasures, or simply stunning natural beauty, you will find it in this amazing land called Japan.

JTB has been selling travel for over 100 years and has been in Australia for over 50 years. Nobody knows Japan like we do.





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UK Train Tickets: Britrail Discounted Fares

Rail Plus now offers discounted instant purchase Britrail tickets!

  • Britrail discounted tickets allow you the chance to purchase the best available price for each journey, discounts of between 15% and 60% on Britains National railway network.
  • All tickets are e-vouchers and instant purchase. Refund and reissue conditions are strict and to find out more please click here.
  • The fares come in three types each with different conditions as below:

Anytime Fares

With these fares you can travel on any train at any time of the day, any day of the week on your chosen date of travel. Seat reservations are not included with this fare.

Off-Peak Fares

These tickets are priced lower than ‘Anytime’ fares, but are only available for travel on Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak services on chosen date(s) of travel. Remember, you can travel with all these tickets at any time on weekends and public holidays. However time restrictions apply:

They are valid any time at weekends, and after 10:00am on Monday-Fridays. They are also not valid on trains leaving London (or Reading, Watford, Luton or Stevenage) between 16:00-19:00 Mondays-Fridays. Seat reservations are not included with this fare.

Advance Fares

These tickets are single (one-way) tickets for selected journeys available in First Class and Standard Class, offering the best available price for each journey, discounts of between 15% and 60%. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are subject to availability. Advance tickets go on sale up to 12 weeks before travel. The tickets come with an automatic seat reservation .

How to collect your ticket

Booking a train has never been easier

To book an individual train you can use our live booking engine above. Simply type in your departure and arrival city along with a date and time. Please note, trains may not come up in your search if your travel date is too far in advance. Britrail discounted Advance fares can only be booked 12 weeks in advance .





08/07/2017

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Transformation of rail travel in the north

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Plans to give rail passengers in the north of England more seats, more services and a brand new fleet of modern trains were unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today (27 February 2015).

Documents published today set out how bidders for the new Northern and TransPennine franchises will be required to provide plans to:

  • replace outdated Pacer trains
  • introduce a brand new fleet of modern trains
  • tackle crowding
  • invest in stations
  • accommodate over 19,000 more commuters in Manchester during the morning peak
  • add over 200 new train services every day across both franchises
  • provide over one-third more capacity across both franchises
  • introduce free wi-fi

The publication of the invitations to tender is the first step in the transformation of train travel between the northern cities. It is also a significant step in the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

This is an historic moment for the north. Improving rail links in the region has been much anticipated. These old trains have been rattling across rails in the north for over 30 years; a constant source of complaint which have held the region back.

As part of my Northern Futures initiative I asked the people of the north what they wanted to build a stronger economy and transport was top of the list. So I fought hard to replace pacer trains as soon as possible.

Today’s plans include a new fleet of trains and improved services that will better connect our great northern towns and cities. Modernising rail in the north will encourage business, boost tourism and give commuters the journey they deserve; one that is fit for a 21st century metropolis.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

This is great news for passengers across the north, who will finally get a rail service that matches up to the booming economy in this region. That means more seats, more services and a brand new fleet of modern trains. Unlike the last Northern franchise in 2004, which included limited plans to invest in services or meet demand, this deal will maintain investment and grow to fit the needs of passengers for years to come.

Together with the £1 billion investment we are making to improve the region’s railways and our plans to link east and west through HS3, our railways are making the region an economic powerhouse.

Chair of Rail North Sir Richard Leese said:

We know from the consultation that passengers want to see a step-change in the quality of train vehicles, stations, more trains on Sundays and at off-peak times, and longer trains at busy peak times to ease overcrowding – and thanks to the hard work put in by Rail North, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

But this is only the starting point; the invitations to tender specify the minimum required from the new franchisees, and Rail North will continue to push for greater enhancements in future years which will help deliver regional economic growth by helping people get to jobs faster, in comfort and affordably.

Full details of what the bidders for the 2 new franchises are required to deliver are set out in the invitations to tender for the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises. These set out the minimum level of improvements bidders hoping to secure the next franchises will need to include in their detailed proposals.

View the individual station benefits on our interactive map.

The key improvements the government wants the bidders for the Northern franchise to include are:

  • removal of the existing Pacer trains
  • ordering at least 120 new-build carriages
  • modernising every train operating on the Northern franchise
  • doubling the number of services on many routes on the Northern franchise
  • providing more services for commuters, during off-peak times and on Sundays
  • investing at least £30 million to improve stations along the Northern franchise route
  • creating a Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF ) to invest around £13.8 million to deliver benefits for passengers
  • introducing free wi-fi on all Northern trains by 2020 at the latest

The TransPeninne Express franchise provides longer distance intercity-type services, connecting the major cities of Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Hull, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as Manchester Airport.

The key improvements the government wants the bidders for the TransPeninne Express franchise to include are:

  • introducing extra capacity for passengers through more carriages, increased frequencies or more services
  • proving earlier and later services and more services on Sundays
  • creating a CCIF to invest around £2.8 million in passenger benefits
  • considering options for new services such as links between Liverpool and Scotland, Crewe to Manchester Airport and extending Newcastle services to Edinburgh
  • working with Network Rail to ensure the electrification of the cross-Pennine Manchester to Leeds route is delivered effectively
  • introducing free wi-fi on all TransPennine Express trains by 2020 at the latest

In August, the government announced which companies had been shortlisted in the competition to run the 2 franchises.

For the Northern franchise, these are:

  • Abellio Northern Ltd
  • Arriva Rail North Limited
  • Govia Northern Limited

For the TransPennine Express franchise these are

  • First TransPennine Express Limited
  • Keolis Go-Ahead Limited
  • Stagecoach TransPennine Express Trains Limited

A public consultation was launched in June, asking for the views of passengers and stakeholders on how the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises should be improved. Alongside the ITTs. the government is publishing a summary of the responses to its consultation .

Bidders for the TransPennine Express franchise have until 28 May 2015 to submit their bids. For Northern, the deadline is 26 June 2015.





06/07/2017

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Rail Travel Tours #how #to #find #cheap #airline #tickets

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ALL ABOARD with Rail Travel Tours!

Rail Travel Tours invites you to enjoy our relaxing rail travel packages, where the research has been done with you in mind, to keep exploring Canada by rail.

Primarily using rail transportation to view the different regions of Canada our guests learn about the distinct culture and heritage in the area you will be traveling with us.

Enjoy the legendary trip Across Canada between Toronto and Vancouver or explore the Northern Manitoba rail network to Churchill, Manitoba on a memorable vacation to Churchill, Manitoba.

Thrill to views of the fall colours of Ontario by rail on our original fall foliage viewing tours through some pristine wilderness. Our tours with great shopping opportunities, hotels with great locations and amenities, visits to attractions, memorable scenery and more are of interest to all ages, including mature adults and seniors as there are no hills to climb-the train does all the heavy lifting!

Let our knowledge of Canada’s world renowned rail routes work for you. Those who reserve with us receive an industry leading detailed travel information kit with route guides, tickets, hotel check in vouchers, suggestion on attractions, sights and activities, maps, info and more.

Our detailed final itinerary has hints and suggestions for the benefit of your trip that we have learned over the years in our experience and listening to our customers.

Guided tours feature knowledgeable guides that detail the routes traveled and assist our guests so they get the most out their Rail Travel Tour experience.

We look forward to sharing our passion for Canada by rail when you travel with us and remember “Others may sell you a seat; we provide an experience.”





04/07/2017

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Italian rail holidays and train travel to Italy

Italian rail holidays and train travel to Italy

Travelling by train to Italy and rail holidays within Italy are increasingly popular experiences, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic countryside of Europe change in front of your eyes – as you cross northern France, head through the Alps and then into the plains of northern Italy, the joy of travelling by rail is unbeatable. Expressions Holidays can tailor-make your train journey to Italy, choosing trains at suitable times and including stays in luxury hotels along your route. Use our suggested itineraries as a starting point then modify them according to your requirements.

Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.

How you travel to Italy by train

Travelling by rail from the UK to Italy starts on the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris. You may wish to stay for a night or two in the French capital in one of our centrally located charming hotels,  or you may prefer to board the train to Italy straight away. There are either daytime rail services from Paris to Milan and Turin, or overnight sleeper trains from Paris to Milan, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Parma, Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Brescia and Rome.

On an overnight train journey from Paris to Italy you may travel in a two berth sleeper, three berth sleeper, or 4 and 6 berth couchettes. Sleeper cars offer a washbasin with power socket, toiletries bag, air-conditioning, room bell, deadbolt lock, wake up call if required, welcome drink and snack in cabin and newspapers. The couchettes offer air-conditioning as well as a welcome drink and snack in cabin.

Another option is to travel to Paris and then on to Switzerland and stop in Zurich, Basel or Lausanne for a night. You then continue your journey to Italy the next day, giving you breathtaking scenery as you cross the Alps.

For a really special experience, we can arrange a journey on the elegant and sophisticated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. either one way or both ways.

Once you arrive in Italy you may choose to explore without the use of a car, or you may collect a hire-car to use of for the duration of your holiday. For example you may choose to travel by train to Florence. collect a hire-car and then spend a week travelling around the region before returning your car to take the overnight train back to Paris.

Suggested holidays

We have put together some suggested rail holidays that incorporate travelling to Italy by train and then staying in one or two locations. These suggested holidays include journeys to Florence, Venice Rome. the Amalfi Coast. Sicily. Tuscany. Piemonte and the Italian Lakes (Lake Como. Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore ).

As well as these suggestions, we can also tailor-make rail holidays by combining a train journey with a stay at any of our hotels in Italy. We will simply price the holiday as we would normally, replacing the cost of flight with the cost of train travel. You may either choose to travel one way by train and one way by air, or to travel by train both ways.

We can also arrange rail journeys within Italy. travelling between destinations on a multi-centre holiday.

For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view our train guide .





17/06/2017

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Growth of Rail Travel in UK #asia #travel.com

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Growth of Rail Travel in UK

I am currently writing a Revision Guide for OCR Economics A Level. For this, I ve been doing some research into transport markets.

Three interesting graphs from Social Trends vol 40.

Cost of Rail Travel

Interesting to note that the cost of train and buses has increased much faster than overall cost of using cars (this overall cost includes MOT, Purchase, tax, petrol, running costs e.t.c.). The figures go until 2009, so don t include recent surge in price of petrol. But, it shows that the growth in rail travel has occured despite rising prices.

Why Has Demand for Train Travel Increased Despite Higher Prices?

Time is Money. On many journeys, increased road congestion has led to longer journey times in the car. On the other hand rail journeys have been improved by electrification of some lines and improved signalling. Therefore, the shorter journey time has made it relatively more attractive.

Parking Restrictions in City Centres. Parking restrictions in many cities make trains more effective as you don t have to worry about parking. It is perhaps no coincidence 70% of train journey begin or end in London. The city with the worst congestion and best rail links.

Income Elastic Demand. Rising incomes have led to a bigger % rise in demand for trains. From the train travel statistics you can spot the two periods of recession in the early 1980s and early 1990s. (though the current recession didn t cause a fall in demand for rail travel as rising oil prices, encouraged more people to go by train)

Improve Service Reliability. A combination of privatisation and better technology has led to more reliable trains and better quality. (At least according to Railtrack )

New Technology Age. In the age of the laptop, a train can be effectively a mobile office. If you commute by train, you make more efficient use of times.

Rail, Light Rail and London Underground.

If you look at statistics for London Underground and light rail (e.g. Manchester) the statistics are more impressive.





14/06/2017

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Getting Around Europe by Rail #my #travel

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Europe by Train – Planning your Trip by Rail in Europe

By James Martin. Europe Travel Expert

James Martin is a writer, photographer, and webmaster who has traveled extensively in Europe since 1977 and hasn’t tired of it. He has lived and worked as an archaeologist in Italy and Greece and has studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. He’s been living part-time in northern Italy for seven years, and writes about the experience at Wandering Italy and on the Wandering Italy Blog. His experience there has induced him to author the mobile app called Tuscany for Foodies. Even more recently, he’s authored, with Paola Loi, the mobile app called Sardinia Inside Out.

You can learn about some of the other things I’m doing these days in his Google Profile James Martin .

Europe s rail system is extensive–and the trains are getting faster all the time, in order to compete with budget airlines. My preference, when I m not driving around in the countryside, is biased toward trains over airlines. The seats are more comfortable, all luggage can be carried on, and you get taken city center to city center.





13/06/2017

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First Rail – FirstGroup plc #asia #travel.com

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First Rail

One of the most experienced rail operators in the UK and the only one to run every sort of railway – long distance, regional, commuter and sleeper operations – we carried 280m passengers in 2014/15.

We operate two UK rail franchises – Great Western Railway (GWR) and First TransPennine Express – and one open access passenger rail service – First Hull Trains. We also operate the Tramlink service on behalf of Transport for London and the Heathrow Connect service with Heathrow Airport.

As one of the most experienced operators in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to work with our partners to add value and improve services. Since 2005 our franchises have received more than 250 awards, including Great Western Railway, the current Rail Business of the Year, highlighting work done in partnership with Network Rail to keep the west moving after unprecedented flood damage in 2014; and for the Building a Greater West marketing campaign. First TransPennine Express has recently been awarded Investors in People Gold status and in 2014 became the first rail company to win the British Quality Foundation UK Excellence Award.

We have proposed and delivered over 650m capital investment into our franchises since 2006. Since we began running rail operations, we have introduced more than 740 additional vehicles across our various franchises, which has also led to the creation of new depot facilities and jobs.

Even through the recession our rail services have delivered growth. For example, at First TransPennine Express passenger levels have doubled since 2004 cutting taxpayer subsidy as a proportion of passenger revenue as a result. We are embracing new technology to enhance the customer experience. The customer app for our operating companies has been downloaded more than one million times; we are working with councils to introduce smart ticketing and we have led one of the largest roll outs of free Wi-Fi on the UK rail network. In 2014 FirstGroup gave train passengers the first ever opportunity to earn Nectar points when booking their journeys online with a UK rail operator.

Across all our operations, we are working in partnership with industry partners and local stakeholders to provide better rail services, keep people moving and communities prospering across the country.

We have a great track record in rail that has proven successful through different generations of rail franchising and across a range of passenger rail operations. We remain committed to retaining a leading position in the thriving UK rail market which has seen spectacular growth thanks to privatisation, far outstripping economic growth. The UK rail network s performance is unmatched in other sectors and is the envy of Europe, with higher passenger kilometres travelled and passenger satisfaction scores than Germany, Holland or France.

Key facts

    280 million passengers in 2014/15 2,800 diesel and electric rolling stock vehicles 585 stations operated by FirstGroup Around 8bn passenger miles travelled last year

Great Western Railway (GWR)

GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, carrying more than 103 million passengers every year across the Great Western rail franchise area, which includes South Wales, the Westcountry, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

We will run the franchise until at least April 2019, bringing our experience of managing the route over many years to ensure the successful delivery of the major programme of infrastructure upgrades on the network. The 7.5bn Great Western Mainline modernisation programme is the biggest investment on the route since Brunel. During this time we are introducing new or refurbished trains on every part of the network meaning additional and more frequent services, reduced journey times and more seats, particularly on key commuter routes.

Click here for more information about GWR

First TransPennine Express

First TransPennine Express provides vital connections between key cities in the North of England and Scotland, helping to create the Northern Powerhouse, as part of a national investment of more than 1bn in the North s railways.

First TransPennine Express operates inter-city services on three main routes:

North TransPennine – including Newcastle to Manchester Airport, Middlesbrough to Manchester Airport, Scarborough to Liverpool and Hull to Manchester Piccadilly

South TransPennine from Cleethorpes via Doncaster and Sheffield to Manchester Airport

North West and Scotland from Windermere, Barrow in Furness and Blackpool North via Preston and Bolton to Manchester Airport; Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme to Manchester Airport

We will run the franchise until April 2016 and during this time we are bringing in new trains which will provide 700 additional seats between York and Liverpool every day. We are pleased to have been shortlisted to bid for the new TransPennine Express franchise, and will submit a proposal to deliver significant improvements for customers and value for money for the taxpayer.

Click here for more information about First TransPennine Express

First Hull Trains

Our open access operation, First Hull Trains, is consistently one of the UK s most popular train companies, according to independent surveys. Since we started services in 2000 First Hull Trains has filled a vital gap in the market, making 90 journeys a week between London, Hull and intermediate stations, and transporting more than 800,000 people annually a ten-fold increase since inception. We are proud to support Hull s status as the UK s City of Culture 2017.

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13/06/2017

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Discounts on Senior Rail Passes with BritRail, Eurail and Interrail #travel

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Discounts on Senior Rail Passes

UK and Europe Senior Deals

Why is train travel so popular with seniors? There are several ways to answer this question:

  • Train travel is less stressful
  • No early flight check-ins
  • Avoid fatigue from driving long distances – or driving in unfamiliar surroundings
  • Comfortable and civilized accommodations
  • Great discounts for seniors

In addition, traveling with a rail pass has a number of great benefits; from the breathtaking scenic views, the convenience of arriving in city centers, the overall fast and frequent service, the flexibility it provides for any itinerary and its environmentally friendly advantages.

British Rail Senior Passes

Seniors, 60 years or older, visiting the UK can save with BritRail’s Senior Discount, receiving approximately 15% off the First Class adult fare on a:

A BritRail FlexiPass and BritRail Consecutive Pass allow for unlimited train travel in England, Scotland and Wales, while a BritRail England FlexiPass or BritRail England Consecutive Pass is best if your focus falls on England, the heart of Britain, home to nine distinct regions including London.

Seniors can also bring the grandkids along thanks to BritRail’s Family Discount, as one child between the ages of 5 and 15 travels free when accompanying senior BritRail pass holders. Additional kids get up to 50% off the regular adult rate and children under 5 travel free and do not need a ticket.

Seniors will especially love first class seating, as it features larger seats, picture windows, more space for both passengers and baggage and is usually less crowded. On many routes First Class offers extras, including free tea and coffee. Some routes even offer free snacks and newspapers. Certain long haul routes have table or buffet services. First Class is always at the London end of the platform which eliminates any long walk at the Londonterminal! Most commuter routes radiating from the big cities have First Class accommodations and avoiding the crowd is especially noticeable on trains during busy rush hour.

Europe Senior Rail Passes

Only a few select countries offer senior rail pass fares, but several passes offer a ‘Saver’ fare for groups of 2 to 5 people, where each passenger receives up to 15% off on the normal adult price. Saver passes are often offered in first or second class but this ultimately depends on the pass chosen.

The following are senior rail pass options for non-European residents:

Eurail Ireland : Seniors 60 years or older can purchase a Eurail Ireland Pass in first or second class and receive a discount on the adult fare. That’s an approximate savings of 15% of the adult fare in first or second class!

Eurail Romania : Seniors 60 years or older can purchase a Eurail Romania Pass in first class and receive a discount on the adult fare. That’s an approximate savings of 20% of the adult fare in first class!

Balkan Flexi Pass . Seniors 60 years or older can purchase a Balkan Flexi Pass in first class and receive a discount of approximately 20% off the adult fare. The Balkan Flexi Pass offers unlimited rail travel in the following countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey.

The following are senior rail pass options for European residents:

Interrail Global Pass Senior : Seniors 60 years or older can purchase an Interrail Global Pass Senior and experience train travel in 30 European countries. That’s an approximate savings of 10% of the adult fare in first or second class!

Senior Discount Passes





12/06/2017

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Cheap Train Tickets and Rail Passes #travel #life #insurance

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Cheap Train Tickets

Liverpool and The Beatles – A train trip from London

If you are a planning on purchasing cheap train tickets online, chances are you may need flights to get to your initial destination. By using our consolidator flights . you can save up to 60% off of regular published airfare. Just locate the consolidator form at the top of any page and enter your itinerary. You can then see how much you can save on flights to the destination where you will use your train tickets.

In the United Kingdom . the BritRail Pass will take you anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. There are passes available for groups as well as for just traveling in London and Southern England. Passes can also be purchased for ferries to Sottish Islands and Irish Sea crossings.

When traveling throughout Italy via train, you will be using the Italian Rail system that is operated by Trenitalia which has a network covering over 3,500 miles of track with almost 360,000 train trips a year.

If you are visiting Japan . the Japan Railpass is the most economical way to travel throughout the country by rail.

In Canada . Via Rail Canada provides service throughout the country. VIA offers a discount card called the Prйfйrence Reward Program which offers special promotions and enhanced services.

If you plan on taking a train in Europe with a pet . check out this important web site for tips on purchasing European train tickets for your four legged companion. If you are planning on taking your cat or dog in the Euro-Tunnel or on ferries between France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom, you’ll want to review this very important Pet Passport Information .

There are many important things to check out before you purchase your train tickets online, like the State Department’s consular information sheets which can provide important information regarding your destination. Finally, the U.S. passport services office provides citizens with information on obtaining, replacing or changing a U.S. passport.

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11/06/2017

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Buy European Rail Passes, Eurail – InterRail #i2000 #travel

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Rail passes

Rail passes information

Buying a rail pass is a great idea if you re travelling around Europe by train or even just within one or two European countries. They offer flexibility and value for money, particularly if you plan on travelling extensively.

There are 2 main types of pass that you can choose from:

  • A global pass which allows you to travel in and between up to 30 participating countries (see note below).
  • A one, two, three, four or five country pass which may prove to be cheaper, although this is dependent on which ‘zone’ of country you choose. Some of this multi-country combination passes are only available to non-European residents.

How it works

  • You can choose to have consecutive days travel within a given period.
  • Or choose a certain amount of travel days within a given period (flexi pass).

There are different pass types based on where you live:

  • If you are normally resident within Europe, you should buy an InterRail pass – but remember that the pass is not valid for travel in your own country.
  • If you are from outside of Europe then you should buy a Eurail pass; this is valid across Europe with the exception of the UK which has a BritRail pass range.

More information on InterRail passes

These are for European residents only, but note that you are not permitted to travel within your own country with an InterRail pass.

The 2 products available within the InterRail range are the Global Pass and the One Country Pass.

The different passenger types are:

  • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
  • Adult (26-59) – First and second class
  • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
  • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the adult price

You also need to choose from a consecutive pass (i.e. all days within a month) or a flexi pass (i.e. 8 travel days within a month).

More information on Eurail passes

These are for non-European residents only – they are valid in all participating countries, notably excepting the UK where the BritRail pass is the equivalent product.

There are different products within the Eurail range:

  • Global pass – all participating countries
  • Select pass – 3, 4 or 5 bordering countries (excludes France)
  • Regional pass – 2 bordering countries
  • One country pass (excludes France)

There are 4 different passenger types:

  • Youth (under 26) – Second class only
  • Adult (26-59) – First class only
  • Senior (60 and over) – First and second class
  • Child (4-11) – First and second class and 50% of the accompanying adult price

If 2 or more people travel together (up to a maximum of 5) there is a saving on the price of a Eurail pass, but remember that everyone must travel together at.





11/06/2017

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British Rail Travel Overview #all #inclusive #travel

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British Rail Travel – The Fast, Easy Way to Get Around

By Ferne Arfin. United Kingdom Travel Expert

Ferne Arfin, your Guide to UK Travel, is an American abroad. A freelance writer, guidebook author and native New Yorker, she has lived in the UK for many years. A writer all her life, Ferne started out as a newspaper journalist in Boston. She wrote corporate literature, advertising copy and public relations before seeing the light and turning her attention to full time journalism and travel writing. Now, with her constant traveling companion Wallace – a very discerning and well traveled West Highland Terrier – she spends as much time as she can discovering new places around the UK.

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UK trains are the easiest and, usually, the fastest way of getting around England, Scotland and Wales. The Brits love to complain about their trains, but the truth is that:

  • unless you are a commuter riding the rails during the rush hour – when seats may be at a premium,
  • or you need to get some place so tiny and remote that three changes of train are required,

you are likely to find British rail travel convenient and a remarkably spontaneous way to get around.

You can get there from here

The UK rail system has been around a long time, so the network is well established and extensive. Most major towns are connected to London and to each other by either direct services or links to regional hubs. Smaller communities may have less frequent service or may require changing trains a few times but chances are there s a train station nearby.

Tickets are easy to buy and useful journey planning tools are available online. If you are visiting the UK from abroad and think you will make more than two or three train trips, you can buy a variety of BritRail passes before you leave home. They offer, savings, unlimited travel during specified periods and other perks and benefits.

Insider tip: Check a detailed map when you are planning a complicated rail journey. You may find that a community with more frequent or direct UK rail service is just a few miles or an inexpensive taxi ride away from one that can only be reached twice a week by changing trains six times!





11/06/2017

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Austria by Rail #airfares #cheap

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Austria by Rail

BB-Austrian Railways offer attractive ticket options for travelling through Austria by train.

Travelling times between major Austrian cities:

Vienna – Salzburg = less than 2,5 hours with BB railjet

Salzburg – Innsbruck = less than 2 hours with BB railjet

Innsbruck – Bregenz = starting from approx. 2,5 hours

Vienna – Graz = 2 hours 38 min.

Graz – Linz = starting from approx. 3 hours

Graz – Innsbruck = starting from approx. 6 hours

Discover Austria from just 9*!

The BB SparSchiene ticket is ideal for those who plan their trips in advance. Travel 2nd class from Vienna to Graz, for example, from just 9* per person and way. Please note that these tickets can only be booked online and that they are valid for a specific train, a specific day of travel and in one direction. The number of tickets is limited. Exchanges and refunds are not permitted.

*Can be booked up to 3 days in advance. No additional VORTEILSCARD discount. Current terms and conditions of SparSchiene Austria apply. For further information and to book, visit: www.oebb.at

Combine your rail travel with a ski pass in winter or entrance to local attractions and events in summer. From culture to family offers and experiences, choose the combination that suits your holiday plans!

For further information and to book, visit: www.kombitickets.railtours.at

To cover all of Austria by train we recommend the Interrail Austria Pass. giving you unlimited BB travel for 3, 4, 6 or 8 non-consecutive days of your choice within a month.

Get to Austria in an affordable and comfortable manner – while you are asleep! Board the afternoon train in London and travel to Cologne with one change in Brussels. From there you can take the BB overnight train to Vienna, where you arrive refreshed and ready for your city tour the following morning.

Example: London-St. Pancras – Brussels-Midi – Cologne – Vienna





11/06/2017

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Switzerland Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Switzerland – Rail Europe

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Switzerland

Scenic train routes criss-cross Europe’s touristic pacesetter

When thinking green, think Switzerland. It s arguably one of the world s most environmentally-conscious countries, and that no doubt explains why train travel there is so eco-friendly. Most trains use ultra-clean hydroelectricity, and some even generate energy-saving electricity when traveling downhill. Every Swiss town is connected to the train system. And, the system also coordinates with an extensive bus network so you can easily journey to the most out-of-the-way finds. Trains can take you from Zurich airport to the top of the Jungfraujoch and its stunning views to the German Black Forest and the French Vosges.

The most popular Swiss routes include, of course, the famous scenic trains: the GoldenPass. the Wilhelm Tell Express, the Bernina Express or Glacier Express smoothly snake in Swiss alpine fields, cross mountain streams on spectacular bridges, all while train travelers enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy Swiss Alps. Choose a Grand Train Tour of Switzerland or Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Hotel Package to make the most of your Swiss journey.

These high-altitude rides are must-views, but one of our favorites is the 30-plus mile Centovalli Express, linking Domodossola, Italy to the Swiss Ticino region. The arrival in Locarno and Lago Maggiore, from the mountain, tops off this fascinating, sensory experience, which includes the clanging of cow bells, the faint smell of wood, and the soothing sounds of mountain streams.

Swiss Travel Passes are most definitely the way to go, unless you just want a quick Swiss Transfer Ticket from the airport to another city to hit the slopes, naturally. Passes not only provide access to the SBB railway mainline network, but also dozens of local, private companies that operate mountain trains, cable cars, and buses. An added bonus: free entrance to most Swiss museums.

For more information on Switzerland contact the Switzerland Tourist Board .

Be sure to see Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland.

Visit the Catholic and Protestant church of Interlaken.





29/05/2017

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Ireland Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Ireland – Rail Europe

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Ireland

Get on Board in Ireland

Ireland is a compact country, and it usually doesn’t take more than three hours to travel between two Irish cities. Trains run at a good speed, much faster than driving, especially if you re slightly bemused navigating from the left side.

Intercities services link Dublin to most cities, and there are a few cross-country services that skip the capital altogether. The brand-new trains on the Dublin to Cork line offer the most frequent and modern service, and it s worth opting for a first class seat (Comfort). Although not included in your ticket price, some rails (like the Enterprise between Dublin and Belfast ) offer food service at your seat. And, it s so worth paying a little extra to savor smoked salmon that once traveled the very rivers your train is passing by.

The most popular rail journeys include Dublin to Belfast, Cork or Galway. Galway, considered by many Ireland s cultural heart, is also its third largest city, and the journey from coast to coast is breathtaking indeed. Its churches (like St. Nicholas, founded in 1320 and thought to be visited by Colombus) and museums (the works of James Joyce are here, naturally) make it a city worth exploring, even if you can just spare a day. But then again, this is Ireland! Extend your stay and take a boat to the often travelogued Aran Islands.

Good to know: in spite of the small size of the cities, Irish Rail offers frequent service on its main lines, typically at hour or two-hour intervals. So you ll have lots of flexibility, and can easily schedule early morning, late afternoon, or day return trips.

For more information on Ireland contact the Ireland Tourist Board .

Beautiful Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

The beautiful campus of Dublin’s Trinity College.





29/05/2017

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Japan Travel, Rail Passes, Tours, Hotels, Flights & Packages #cheap #flights

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What is The Japan Rail Pass?

The Japan Rail Pass is the most popular and enjoyable way for travellers to see Japan.  With 7, 14 and 21 day options for both economy and luxury classes you’ll discover why this is considered a ‘must-have’ for visitors to Japan. Visit our JR Pass page to secure yours.

Japan Information Morning

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month JTB holds a Free Japan Information Morning in our Sydney and Melbourne offices. These mornings cover Japan and JTB products focusing on our popular Fully Escorted Tours. Starting at 10:00am, morning tea is provided. RSVP is essential as numbers are limited. Call Sydney or Melbourne to reserve your place.

JTB Australia

JTB Australia invites you to experience Japan, one of the most exciting and diverse holiday destinations in the world. Japan’s exotic sights and flavours will delight your senses while the country’s rich history and depth of culture will simply fascinate you.

Experience Japan by strolling through traditional villages or large metropolises where you will find temples and shrines to explore, creating a mixture of the past, present and even the future and tantilise your taste buds with a myriad of choices of Japanese cuisine.

Experience Japan’s modern, efficient rail system, one of the best in the world. A short train trip from the heart of Tokyo can take you back in time to a world of rice paddies and exquisite temples in the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara.

Experience time honoured traditions such as tea ceremony or immerse yourself in the famous culture of “Onsen” hot spring baths.

If you are looking for cultural or historical treasures, or simply stunning natural beauty, you will find it in this amazing land called Japan.

JTB has been selling travel for over 100 years and has been in Australia for over 50 years. Nobody knows Japan like we do.





29/05/2017

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Best Amtrak trains in the USA

Many great long-distance trains operate in the United States, often travelling through wild, spectacular scenery not easily accessible any other way. Ideal for a holiday or as part of your round the world journey. Maps and complete guides on how to travel by train can be found in USA by Rail where the following are among the most highly recommended routes.

The Coast Starlight

This is one of Amtrak’s most scenic trips for travel by train and a particular favourite with young people. A party atmosphere frequently develops, starting in the lounge car and spreading throughout the train as it journeys between Seattle and Los Angeles. You see snow-covered mountains, forest valleys and long stretches of the Pacific shoreline.

The California Zephyr

One of the world’s great journeys, taking two days and nights to travel by train between Chicago and San Francisco, crossing farmland, prairie, deserts, rivers and the Rocky Mountains. Western pioneers came this way, as did gold prospectors, the Pony Express and the first telegraph line. The Zephyr follows America’s earliest transcontinental rail route for much of its 2,420-mile journey.

The Texas Eagle

From Lake Michigan to the Alamo, the Texas Eagle makes a journey of more than a thousand miles down the centre of America, travelling from Chicago through Lincoln land then crossing the Mississippi before continuing through the Ozarks to Arkansas and Texas. Pine forest and lakes north of Dallas give way to cattle country as you approach San Antonio, where through coaches to Los Angeles join the Sunset Limited.

The Empire Builder

America’s northern plains were mostly wilderness until the freewheeling tycoon James J Hill built his Great Northern Railway between St Paul, Minnesota, and Seattle. Amtrak’s Empire Builder takes its name from the train called after him, which ran on this route during the heyday of rail travel, and it crosses the Mississippi River then travels more than 2,200 miles past wheat fields, cattle ranges, forests, mountains and spectacular glacial lakes.

The Southwest Chief

Amtrak’s fastest rail journey from Chicago to the Pacific is along part of the Santa Fe Trail first used by Native Americans then by Spanish conquistadors, mule caravans, wagon trains and stage-coaches. You travel 2,230 miles through eight states, passing wheat fields, ranches, missions, pueblos, mountains and deserts. Sometimes the canyons you go through are only a few feet wider than the train.

The Sunset Limited

The only way to travel from coast to coast on a single train. After going north from Orlando to Jacksonville in Florida the train heads west into two sunsets. You see the swamps of bayou country and flirt with the Mexican border before crossing Texas ranges to the mountains, deserts and orange groves of California.





17/05/2017

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Italy Rail Passes and Train Tips from Rick Steves #travel #shop

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Italy Rail Passes and Train Tips

By Rick Steves

Are rail passes a good value for Italy?

Not for most people think carefully before buying a rail pass, especially if your trip doesn t extend beyond Italy. Most train travelers in Italy spend each rail-travel day taking relatively short rides on the Milan Venice Florence Rome circuit. For these trips (most of which cost less than $60 for a second-class ticket), it s cheaper to buy point-to-point train tickets than a rail pass (since most cost more than $60 per day). Furthermore, a rail pass doesn t provide much hop-on convenience in Italy, since many trains require paid seat reservations. as indicated in train schedules (see below for more Italy-specific reservation advice).

All that said, keep in mind that per-day costs are lower for longer-term rail passes so if you ll be doing a lot of Italian train travel, a pass may indeed pencil out (especially if you re venturing beyond Italy on a larger European trip).

Train Fares: Italy





12/05/2017

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First Rail – FirstGroup plc #cheapest #flights

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First Rail

One of the most experienced rail operators in the UK and the only one to run every sort of railway – long distance, regional, commuter and sleeper operations – we carried 280m passengers in 2014/15.

We operate two UK rail franchises – Great Western Railway (GWR) and First TransPennine Express – and one open access passenger rail service – First Hull Trains. We also operate the Tramlink service on behalf of Transport for London and the Heathrow Connect service with Heathrow Airport.

As one of the most experienced operators in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to work with our partners to add value and improve services. Since 2005 our franchises have received more than 250 awards, including Great Western Railway, the current Rail Business of the Year, highlighting work done in partnership with Network Rail to keep the west moving after unprecedented flood damage in 2014; and for the Building a Greater West marketing campaign. First TransPennine Express has recently been awarded Investors in People Gold status and in 2014 became the first rail company to win the British Quality Foundation UK Excellence Award.

We have proposed and delivered over 650m capital investment into our franchises since 2006. Since we began running rail operations, we have introduced more than 740 additional vehicles across our various franchises, which has also led to the creation of new depot facilities and jobs.

Even through the recession our rail services have delivered growth. For example, at First TransPennine Express passenger levels have doubled since 2004 cutting taxpayer subsidy as a proportion of passenger revenue as a result. We are embracing new technology to enhance the customer experience. The customer app for our operating companies has been downloaded more than one million times; we are working with councils to introduce smart ticketing and we have led one of the largest roll outs of free Wi-Fi on the UK rail network. In 2014 FirstGroup gave train passengers the first ever opportunity to earn Nectar points when booking their journeys online with a UK rail operator.

Across all our operations, we are working in partnership with industry partners and local stakeholders to provide better rail services, keep people moving and communities prospering across the country.

We have a great track record in rail that has proven successful through different generations of rail franchising and across a range of passenger rail operations. We remain committed to retaining a leading position in the thriving UK rail market which has seen spectacular growth thanks to privatisation, far outstripping economic growth. The UK rail network s performance is unmatched in other sectors and is the envy of Europe, with higher passenger kilometres travelled and passenger satisfaction scores than Germany, Holland or France.

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    280 million passengers in 2014/15 2,800 diesel and electric rolling stock vehicles 585 stations operated by FirstGroup Around 8bn passenger miles travelled last year

Great Western Railway (GWR)

GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, carrying more than 103 million passengers every year across the Great Western rail franchise area, which includes South Wales, the Westcountry, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

We will run the franchise until at least April 2019, bringing our experience of managing the route over many years to ensure the successful delivery of the major programme of infrastructure upgrades on the network. The 7.5bn Great Western Mainline modernisation programme is the biggest investment on the route since Brunel. During this time we are introducing new or refurbished trains on every part of the network meaning additional and more frequent services, reduced journey times and more seats, particularly on key commuter routes.

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First TransPennine Express

First TransPennine Express provides vital connections between key cities in the North of England and Scotland, helping to create the Northern Powerhouse, as part of a national investment of more than 1bn in the North s railways.

First TransPennine Express operates inter-city services on three main routes:

North TransPennine – including Newcastle to Manchester Airport, Middlesbrough to Manchester Airport, Scarborough to Liverpool and Hull to Manchester Piccadilly

South TransPennine from Cleethorpes via Doncaster and Sheffield to Manchester Airport

North West and Scotland from Windermere, Barrow in Furness and Blackpool North via Preston and Bolton to Manchester Airport; Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme to Manchester Airport

We will run the franchise until April 2016 and during this time we are bringing in new trains which will provide 700 additional seats between York and Liverpool every day. We are pleased to have been shortlisted to bid for the new TransPennine Express franchise, and will submit a proposal to deliver significant improvements for customers and value for money for the taxpayer.

Click here for more information about First TransPennine Express

First Hull Trains

Our open access operation, First Hull Trains, is consistently one of the UK s most popular train companies, according to independent surveys. Since we started services in 2000 First Hull Trains has filled a vital gap in the market, making 90 journeys a week between London, Hull and intermediate stations, and transporting more than 800,000 people annually a ten-fold increase since inception. We are proud to support Hull s status as the UK s City of Culture 2017.

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04/05/2017

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Cheap Rail Travel to Europe

Voyages Sncf UK is the UK’s leading specialist in tickets and passes for European rail travel. They are the UK representative of the French National Railways (SNCF) and have helped millions of travellers secure train travel for nearly a century.

So if you are planning a trip to or through Europe by rail. This is the place to get the expert advice that you need to find the best ticket or pass options for your trip.

Rail Travel to Europe

Rail travel to Europe can become quite complicated with all the different countries, train systems, pass and ticket options available. That is why you need to take expert advice on the available options to ensure that you get the best pass or ticket deals available for your desired routes.

Voyages SNCF are specialist in train travel for Europe and all information is in English making it much easier to understand the options available to you. To get the cheapest train fares you need to book in advance, there is a handy guide to getting the best fares on European trains, so make sure you are in the know! Take a look at for different options, especially if you are planning extended travel plans around Europe and don’t forget to have a quick read of the relevant ticket and rail pass guides before you make a final decision.

When you go to the website you will arrive on the European routes and rail tickets page where you can fill in a form detailing your requirements so you can search for availability and price. There is also an option to select a rail pass of choice or even to look for a hotel. While you are there don’t forget to check out any special deals on offer and you might also find it is beneficial to sign up for the ENEWSLETTER so that you get advance notification of all the latest deals and benefits.

Rail travel to France really is a good option and if you want to take your car with you then you should take a look at the Motorail services, to see what routes are available.

Rail travel in Europe is a great way to view the countries you are visiting, it really takes the stress out of the journey. You can sit back, relax enjoy the scenery play games read a book or use the on train facilities while someone else does the driving.

What could be nicer and as an added bonus the trains often take you through countryside and routes you would not otherwise see if you took a different travel option.

Avignon:

Eurostar Direct Avignon Service this service runs from London St Pancras International. Fares start at 119 for a high speed return journey.

Classes and Facilities on Trains

Different operators offer different services for their travel classes and can call the classes by different names as well. For a full breakdown of what the different classes are called by the different operators and what those classes include, go to Voyages-Sncf Class of Travel to check out the differences.

If all else fails and you cannot find the train service you are looking for then there is always the man in seat 61. what he doesn’t know about train travel isn’t worth knowing.





02/05/2017

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Britain Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Britain – Rail Europe

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Britain

Britain on Track

Britain s railway heritage is second to none, with no shortage of attractive journeys. From the delights of day trips from London, to further trips to discover the pastoral areas of England, castles and unspoiled countryside in Wales, or the scenic splendor of the lowlands and highlands of Scotland. And since British trains don t require reservations, you can board any train as long as you have a valid ticket or rail pass.

Traveling with a rail pass is easy and affordable. Review the BritRail Pass options and select one that matches your itinerary. Train travel is also usually faster, safer, and less stressful than the alternatives. Plus, there are convenient, frequent departures and comfortable trains between all of England s main cities. London, Manchester, York, Chester and Birmingham provide easy connections, as well as linking to Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, and Cardiff in Wales. Travel out of London for a great day trip to the mysterious Stonehenge, literary Stratford-upon-Avon, or soothing Bath in as little as an hour-and-a-half.

A beautiful train ride from London will take you to the glorious, mountainous Lake District in Northern England, home to an outstanding National Park with stunning scenery and an idyllic way of life. Or travel southwest to Devon and Cornwall, lovely farming and fishing centers with numerous seaside resorts.

Wales offers castle-rich Cardiff in the south and impressive wildlife in the north. Another great day trip, Cardiff can be reached from London in about two hours and offers frequent service. Chester is the gateway to northern Wales with connections to London, Manchester and Birmingham.

In addition to being Scotland s capital, Edinburgh is a major transportation hub and convenient train ride away from London. An entryway to some of Scotland s most rugged and spectacular scenery, why not travel north to Inverness or the Kyle of Lochalsh? You might even want to add Aberdeen or Perth to the top of your list, also easily reached by train.

All of Britain awaits you by train. So settle back, relax, and enjoy the cozy train ride and explore England, Scotland and Wales. For information on Britain please contact the tourist board at VisitBritain.com .

Enjoy beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland at night.





01/05/2017

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Japan Travel, Rail Passes, Tours, Hotels, Flights & Packages #travel #magazine

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What is The Japan Rail Pass?

The Japan Rail Pass is the most popular and enjoyable way for travellers to see Japan.  With 7, 14 and 21 day options for both economy and luxury classes you’ll discover why this is considered a ‘must-have’ for visitors to Japan. Visit our JR Pass page to secure yours.

Japan Information Morning

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month JTB holds a Free Japan Information Morning in our Sydney and Melbourne offices. These mornings cover Japan and JTB products focusing on our popular Fully Escorted Tours. Starting at 10:00am, morning tea is provided. RSVP is essential as numbers are limited. Call Sydney or Melbourne to reserve your place.

JTB Australia

JTB Australia invites you to experience Japan, one of the most exciting and diverse holiday destinations in the world. Japan’s exotic sights and flavours will delight your senses while the country’s rich history and depth of culture will simply fascinate you.

Experience Japan by strolling through traditional villages or large metropolises where you will find temples and shrines to explore, creating a mixture of the past, present and even the future and tantilise your taste buds with a myriad of choices of Japanese cuisine.

Experience Japan’s modern, efficient rail system, one of the best in the world. A short train trip from the heart of Tokyo can take you back in time to a world of rice paddies and exquisite temples in the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara.

Experience time honoured traditions such as tea ceremony or immerse yourself in the famous culture of “Onsen” hot spring baths.

If you are looking for cultural or historical treasures, or simply stunning natural beauty, you will find it in this amazing land called Japan.

JTB has been selling travel for over 100 years and has been in Australia for over 50 years. Nobody knows Japan like we do.





20/04/2017

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Rome Florence Venice vacation package independent air rail hotel all inclusive

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$1,559+ 8-Day Rome Florence Venice Independent Vacation Package with Air, Rail, and Hotel

Visit Rome, Florence Venice 2 nights in each city, travel independently by rail between Rome and Venice, with round trip Italy airfare, this all inclusive Italian cities package by rail is the best Rome Florence Venice independent Italy Vacation Package.

This 8-day Rome Florence Venice all inclusive independent vacation package includes hotel, round trip Italy airfare*, and travel by rail between Italian cities to make it easy for you to see three of Italy s most captivating cities on one trip. Italy trains are comfortable, fast amd reliable making traveling by train in Italy between Rome, Florence, and Venice a great way to go.

On your Rome Florence Venice vacation package explore independently or join an assortment of convenient and affordable optional tours such as an evening tour sightseeing Rome illuminated fountains and piazzas, a walking tour of the dazzling renaissance city of Florence sightseeing this outdoor art gallery, or a romantic gondola serenade along the canals while sightseeing Venice. Whether it s your first Italy vacation or a return visit to old favorites, ItalianTourism.us Rome Florence Venice independent Italy vacation package by rail offers an ideal opportunity to spend a great vacation in bella Italia while we take care of the details, with flights, hotels, and reserved rail seats all prearranged for you.

Independent Rome Florence Venice Vacation Package with Air Includes:

  • *Roundtrip air:  NYC-Rome, Venice-NYC, or NYC-Venice, Rome-NYC
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  • 6 nights hotel accommodation:
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  • Transportation between cities via standard rail with reserved seats. At additional cost upgade to first class available.
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15/04/2017

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Turkey Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Turkey – Rail Europe

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Turkey

Get on Board in Turkey

Turkey is the European gateway to Asia, and probably one of the most exciting and romantic countries in the world, even for the most ho-hum traveler.

Istanbul was once the end-station of the Orient-Express, taking travelers from London and Paris to the Bosphorus Strait, one of the world s most strategic waterways. Today, there are services from Beograd, Thessaloniki, Bucharest, or Sofia. Allow a good twenty hours for these trips (sixteen for Thessaloniki). The Istanbul station (also known as Haydarpasa) still exudes the grandeur of its early days, but don t expect anything resembling luxury services.

Trains are not an ideal way to experience Turkey (bus is preferred), as train travel is slow, and limited. However, there are a couple of routes where trains are a very viable, safe option: Ankara to Istanbul, and lines on the European side. Moreover, the anticipated completion of the Istanbul to Ankara hi-speed line will dramatically reduce journey time between these two cities (just three hours).

Always travel first class in Turkey. At a local station, you can book a single or a double compartment in a sleeping car on night trains; both offer good comfort on major routes.

For travelers with more than their share of moxie, Turkey tempts delightful discoveries. Journey east by train, and explore the Middle East. And although train travel to Iraq has been suspended, there s still a weekly service to Tehran and Damascus with the Trans-Asian Express. Just allow a good (ahem?) sixty-six hours to reach the Iranian capital.

Rail Europe doesn t offer train tickets for Turkey. We do recommend you purchase a Balkan Pass, which also provides flexible travel in Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Romania. And now, Turkey is automatically included if you purchase a Eurail Global Pass. And it s also an option if you purchase a Eurail Select Pass. Don t forget to make your reservations locally.

For more information on Turkey contact the Turkey Tourist Board .





11/04/2017

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Switzerland Train Travel: Learn About Trains in Switzerland – Rail Europe

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Switzerland

Scenic train routes criss-cross Europe’s touristic pacesetter

When thinking green, think Switzerland. It s arguably one of the world s most environmentally-conscious countries, and that no doubt explains why train travel there is so eco-friendly. Most trains use ultra-clean hydroelectricity, and some even generate energy-saving electricity when traveling downhill. Every Swiss town is connected to the train system. And, the system also coordinates with an extensive bus network so you can easily journey to the most out-of-the-way finds. Trains can take you from Zurich airport to the top of the Jungfraujoch and its stunning views to the German Black Forest and the French Vosges.

The most popular Swiss routes include, of course, the famous scenic trains: the GoldenPass. the Wilhelm Tell Express, the Bernina Express or Glacier Express smoothly snake in Swiss alpine fields, cross mountain streams on spectacular bridges, all while train travelers enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy Swiss Alps. Choose a Grand Train Tour of Switzerland or Grand Train Tour of Switzerland Hotel Package to make the most of your Swiss journey.

These high-altitude rides are must-views, but one of our favorites is the 30-plus mile Centovalli Express, linking Domodossola, Italy to the Swiss Ticino region. The arrival in Locarno and Lago Maggiore, from the mountain, tops off this fascinating, sensory experience, which includes the clanging of cow bells, the faint smell of wood, and the soothing sounds of mountain streams.

Swiss Travel Passes are most definitely the way to go, unless you just want a quick Swiss Transfer Ticket from the airport to another city to hit the slopes, naturally. Passes not only provide access to the SBB railway mainline network, but also dozens of local, private companies that operate mountain trains, cable cars, and buses. An added bonus: free entrance to most Swiss museums.

For more information on Switzerland contact the Switzerland Tourist Board .

Be sure to see Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland.

Visit the Catholic and Protestant church of Interlaken.





31/03/2017

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Rail Travel in the Czech Republic #cheap #hotel #deals

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Rail Travel in the Czech Republic

Many Czech trains have connections in Prague. (Photo: prague 2 image by Pontus Edenberg from Fotolia.com )

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The Czech Republic boasts one of the densest railway networks in all of Europe, with easy accessibility even in small towns. Whether traveling only within the Czech Republic or leaving the country, travelers will find frequent trains with several daily connections at cheaper prices than those found in Western Europe.

Routes

Czech Railways serves cities and towns throughout the Czech Republic, from Prague s Hlavni Nadrazi station to stops in small countryside towns, with ample connections. In less than seven hours, travelers within the Czech Republic can reach just about any part of the country via railway. And with 30 train crossings found along the Czech Republic s border, travelers can easily reach surrounding European countries as well. Most international trains arrive at Hlavni Nadrazi station.

Types of Trains

Tickets

Travelers can purchase tickets at any Czech Railways train station ticket office or travel agency. Although it s possible to buy a ticket from the conductor immediately after boarding a domestic train, international trains leaving from within the Czech Republic require reservations. Keep in mind that most Czech ticket sellers don t speak English, so you should have the name of the destination you re headed for as well as your desired departure date and time. Ticket prices depend on the distance traveled.

Considerations

Czech railway conductors are generally strict about tickets. If you haven t purchased one before boarding, you must do so before the conductor comes through your train car to check tickets or face a fine. And according to Lonely Planet, Czech Railways conductors have been known to try to get foreigners to pay a fine by claiming there is something wrong with their ticket. Never pay any fine or extra fee aboard the train without first obtaining a written receipt (doklad).

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28/03/2017

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With ever more high speed trains, it is now possible to reach many cities in a day from London – choose from Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Berlin and many more. Our specialist knowledge in complex international itineraries makes it so much easier for us to take care of your travel plans be it to Istanbul or St Petersburg!

With a new generation of International Hotel trains now in service you can travel with comfort and style – single, double or 4 berth sleepers with air-conditioning, showers and WCs are all available – the delights of Europe have never more accessible.

If you travel on holiday, be it a short break, to a second home, sports event, concerts or even taking your own pet with you, the train will take you all the way. Leave the airport stress behind, making a relaxed start to your trip. Thanks to the wide range of fares and availability, you can budget for an economy or luxury trip as required. Erail Travel Ltd is fully licensed for all European rail journeys and has the latest computerised booking and ticketing systems.

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28/03/2017

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    Travelogues of specific Amtrak routes:
  • Travelogues for Multiple Routes
  • Acela Express – Trains #2100s: Washington,DC-Boston,MA
  • Acela Regional – Service on the Northeast Corridor (renamed to Regional)
  • Adirondack – Train #68 & #69: Montreal,PQ,Canada to New York,NY
  • Ann Rutledge – Train #303-304: Chicago,IL to Kansas City,MO
  • California Zephyr – Train #5 & #6: Chicago,IL-Emeryville,CA
  • Capitol Limited – Train #29 & #30: Washington,DC to Chicago,IL
  • Capitols – Trains #700s: San Jose,CA-Colfax,CA
  • Cardinal – Train #50 & #51: Chicago,IL to Washington,DC
  • Cascades – Trains #700s: Eugene,OR to Vancouver,BC,Canada
  • City Of New Orleans – Train #58 & #59: New Orleans,LA to Chicago,IL
  • Coast Starlight – Train #11 & #14: Seattle,WA-Los Angeles,CA
  • Crescent – Train #19 & #20: New York,NY to New Orleans,LA
  • Desert Wind – Train #35 & #36: Chicago,IL to Los Angeles,CA (discontinued 1997)
  • Downeaster – Train #680-689: Boston,MA to Portland,ME
  • Ethan Allen Express – Trains #200s: Rutland,VT to Washington,DC
  • Empire Builder – Train #7 & #8: Chicago,IL-Seattle,WA
  • Empire Builder – Train #27 & #28: Chicago,IL-Portland,OR
  • International – Train #364-367: Chicago,IL to Toronto,ON,Canada (discontinued 2004)
  • Illinois Zephyr – Train #346-348: Quincy,IL to Chicago,IL
  • Kentucky Cardinal – Train #850-851: Chicago,IL to Louisville,KY (discontinued 2003)
  • Lake Cities – Train #352-353: Chicago,IL to Pontiac,MI (renamed to Wolverine)
  • Lake Shore Limited – Train #48 & #49: Chicago,IL-New York,NY
  • Lake Shore Limited – Train #448 & #449: Chicago,IL-Boston,MA
  • Maple Leaf – Train #63 & #64: New York,NY to Toronto,ON,Canada
  • Metroliner – Train #100-201: Washington,DC to New York,NY
  • Mt Adams Talgo – Train #752 & #753: Seattle,WA toPortland,OR (renamed to Cascades)
  • Mt Baker Intl – Train #760 & #761: Seattle,WA to Vancouver,BC,Canada (renamed to Cascades)
  • National Chief – Train #15 & #16: Washington,DC to Los Angeles,CA (never implemented)
  • NortheastDirect – Service On The Northeast Corridor (renamed to Acela Regional)
  • Pacific Surfliner – Trains #500s & #700s: San Diego,CA-San Luis Obispo,CA
  • Pere Marquette – Train #370 & #371: Chicago,IL to Grand Rapids,MI
  • Pioneer – Train #25 & #26: Chicago,IL to Seattle,WA (discontinued 1997)
  • San Diegans – Trains #500s & #700s: San Diego,CA-San Luis Obispo,CA (Now Pacific Surfliner)
  • San Joaquins – Trains #700s: Bakersfield,CA-Oakland,CA; Bakersfield,CA-Sacramento,CA
  • Silver Meteor – Train #97 & #98: New York,NY to Miami,FL
  • Silver Palm – Train #89 & #90: New York,NY to Miami,FL (replaced by Palmetto)
  • Silver Star – Train #91 & #92: New York,NY to Miami,FL
  • Southwest Chief – Train #3 & #4: Chicago,IL-Los Angeles,CA
  • Sunset Limited – Train #1 & #2: Miami,FL-Los Angeles,CA
  • Texas Eagle – Train #421 & #422: Chicago,IL to Los Angeles,CA
  • Three Rivers – Train #40 & #41: Chicago,IL to New York,NY
  • Twilight Shoreliner – Trains #66, 67, 76: Boston,MA to Newport News,VA (replaced by Federal)
  • Vermonter – Train #55 & #56: Washington,DC to St.Albans,VT/Montreal,PQ,Canada
  • Wolverine – Train #350-351: Chicago,IL to Pontiac,MI
    • Travelogues of other Amtrak rail journeys:




    28/03/2017

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