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Train types in Italy

A range of Italian trains will transport you across the whole of Italy and its islands, and to and from other European countries by day and night. The majority of the Italian network is operated by Trenitalia. Use the Eurail train timetable  or Trenitalia timetable to check times for trains in Italy.

Regional trains in Italy

Italy’s regional and InterCity trains operate frequent services across the whole of Italy, including routes through the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. It’s on these trains that you’ll meet Italians going about their daily lives.

Regional trains in Italy:

Trenord regionale trains cover the central northern region of Lombardy (Lombardia), which borders Switzerland.

InterCity trains connect key cities like Rome, Milan, Venice and Florence. They are relatively fast and make fewer stops than regional trains.

The Leonardo Express  is an airport express train that runs between Rome and Fiumicino Airport. This train has 1 st  class seats only, so to make use of it you need to travel with a 1 st  class Eurail pass.

On the Eurail timetable InterCity trains are listed as “IC”, and Trenitalia regional trains as “R”. Trenord regional trains are only shown on the Trenitalia timetable and not on the Eurail timetable. They are named “Regionale”. Regional trains do not require seat reservations. Reservations are however mandatory for InterCity trains during high season (May – September) and public holidays.

High-speed trains in Italy

Le Frecce trains (formerly known as Eurostar Italia) are Trenitalia’s modern and comfortable high-speed trains that get you to all the popular Italian cities. All trains have: air-conditioning, large luggage racks, power sockets for electronic devices, plus refreshments and usually a restaurant car.





30/09/2017

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How to see Italy by train #southern #travels

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How to see Italy by train

In a new book, Tim Parks says that to get under the skin of Italy, you must board a train. Whether an ultra fast service to Rome or a time-warp dawdler to Milan, all national life is there.

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Here are a few complications that may occur if you take the 18.36 Regionale Veloce on a Sunday evening from Verona (Porta Vescovo) to Milan (Centrale). Your underlying problem is that this is a small station where the fast through trains from Venice to Milan don t stop.

You could get a local to Verona Porta Nuova, the main station on the other side of town and then a fast Frecciabianca; but if some delay hardly unusual prevents you from making your connection, you ll be left holding a ticket that is valid only for that one reserved-seats-only train. Not good.

Or you could go to Verona and wait for another regionale. However, the westbound Milan departures seem timed to depart just seconds before your train arrives from the east. You ll be caught waiting nearly an hour.

Given this situation, you feel rather grateful that there are still four slower trains a day from Venice right through to Milan, stopping in Verona Porta Vescovo. Regionale Veloce, means fast regional, but is actually a slow train. Let s say, the faster of the slower trains. On which you can t reserve a seat even if you want to.

It costs 11.55 (£10) to go 150km in just under two hours. A giveaway by British standards. The Italians still have the concept of social pricing, even if their rail system is monstrously in debt. The Frecciabianca costs 23 (£19.50). This could be why the regionale, when it arrives, is so grotesquely packed.





25/09/2017

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Complete Guide To Train Travel In Europe #travel #deals

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Complete Guide To Train Travel In Europe

Traveling by train is the quintessential method for touring Europe and rightfully so. It s romantic. It s inspiring. Some might say it s almost magical. And to those of you who don t live in a country where train travel is prominent, it s a little mysterious. The rail network is extremely developed and train service is very reliable (unless there are strikes). Trains in Europe are not perfect, but many people consider it the best way to travel. This Train Travel 101 guide will explain everything you ll need to know about train travel and you ll learn some helpful tips.

Sections Of This Guide

Advantages To Rail Travel In Europe

Disadvantages of Rail Travel in Europe

The train schedules can be a little confusing, especially for beginners, but it is easy to learn. Also, a lot of large cities, and a few small towns, have more than one train stations (Paris has six!). It s not uncommon to arrive in one station and leave from another. I ve shown up at the wrong station a number of times, so be sure you read your tickets carefully.

It is also possible to change stations during a single journey. For example, traveling from London to Lyon, France via the Eurostar. The Eurostar stops at the Paris North station but then you have to travel to the Paris East station to catch the train from Paris to Lyon, because there are no direct trains from London to Lyon. This transfer would require a cheap metro (subway) ride.

Striking is a national pastime in Europe.  It happens a few times a year (or more if the people aren t happy), and you ll usually know about them a few days in advance. You ll just have to deal with them if they happen.

How To Buy Train Tickets Get The Best Price

Buying train tickets can be a little complicated. Finding the best price is even more complicated. Unfortunately there is no single website that can find the best ticket prices for all of Europe. It does take a little work and planning, but this guide will walk you through the process for getting the best deal possible. If you re interested in information about Eurail passes click here.

Buy Your Tickets Online:

You ll get the best deals on tickets if you buy online. BUT . you need to buy them directly from each country s site. For example, if you re traveling in France you should buy the tickets from the French Rail website www.voyages-sncf.com. This way you won t have to pay all the extra fees that you would if you booked through a travel agent. Generally, these tickets can t be mailed outside of Europe, so they have to be picked up at a train station.

You can also buy tickets from the North American distributor, RailEurope. Rail Europe is a joint venture between the French National Railways and the Swiss Federal Railways, and they were created to sell rail tickets to non-Europeans. Unlike most European rail systems, Rail Europe will mail tickets outside Europe. Unfortunately, there is a good chance you ll have to pay a lot more for a ticket. These sites often don t display any current specials and sometimes they only show the more expensive tickets. It s not unheard of for tickets to be 2x-3x more expensive when purchased through Rail Europe. Although. sometimes the ticket prices are nearly identical to European prices, so it might be easier to buy them through Rail Europe in these cases. Make sure to check both Rail Europe and the country s website and compare prices.

But (see why this can get confusing), the Rail Europe UK site will usually find the best deals, but tickets have to be picked up in the UK.

Individual Country s National Rail Websites

¹ Domestic tickets (i.e. trips that are wholly within the country) are always the same price, regardless of when purchased, and never require a reservation. Therefore, it is easiest to buy at the station. However, these countries often have a separate international high-speed train system (e.g. Belgium has slower regional trains and high-speed Thalys trains that link major Belgian cities to other international cities).

Important Notes:

  • Booking tickets online in Eastern Europe is tougher/not possible. It is usually best to purchase them at the station or at a local travel agent. Ask your hostel or hotel and they ll tell you where to locate an agent.
  • Double check the rules about ticket how you can retrieve your tickets. If the rail company won t mail you the tickets then you ll have to pick them up at a station in that country. This presents a problem if you bought your Paris to Barcelona ticket from the Spanish Rail site because you can only pick the ticket up in Spain. Some countries are starting to allow you to print your own tickets but many don t.
  • When you pick up your tickets at the station you usually need to use the same credit card you used to book/purchase online. There are many automated ticket machines in train stations and it is possible to get your pre-purchased tickets there. Although, some only take the chip-and-pin cards (not used in the US) so swipe cards might not work. You can always give it a try first, but you might have to go up to the window to get your ticket.

Plan Your Rail Journey:

The Germans are known for being extremely precise and orderly, so it is no surprise that they produce the most in-depth train schedule for all of Europe. Visit www.bahn.de and input your desired journey. You won t be able to buy tickets (unless you re buying tickets for German train travel) but you ll be able to see the schedule of just about every train in Europe. This is great for complex journeys that other websites can t process. Once you know all the train schedules you can break the trip down by country. If you re traveling from Paris to Budapest for example, book a train from Paris to Munich using the French Rail site. Then use the German site to book a train from Munich to Budapest (this is a simple hypothetical situation it maybe be possible to book this journey from the French rail site).

bahn.de is also great because it gives you all the extra, and often very important, information about each train (if a reservation is required, if there are sleeping/food/bar cars, etc ).

Book Tickets in Advance:

Tickets are able to be purchased 90 days (sometimes 60) before departure, although Eurostar tickets are available 120 days in advance. There is a limited amount of cheap tickets and they obviously sell-out the quickest.

There will usually be a huge price difference when you buy in advance. The Eurostar offers a one-way ticket from London to Paris for about $60 if you book well in advance. That same ticket will cost $140 if booked only a few days in advance and $225 if booked the day before/day of.

It is important to remember that most regional trains (non-high speed trains) don t change in price based on when you purchase them (i.e. they are the same price no-matter when you purchase them). Just purchase a ticket at the ticket window or ticket machine.

Youth Discount (under 26):

All you young whippersnappers under 26 will probably get a discount on most train travel. Although, the discount you receive by booking well in advance is usually cheaper than the youth discount. It does come in handy when you re traveling spur-of-the-moment.

Night Trains:

If you re traveling a long distance it could be wise to take a night train. Almost every major city has daily connection to other major cities. Night trains require a reservation. You also have the option to reserve a small bed in a sleeping car. The most common configurations are 6 bed rooms and 2 bed rooms. The rooms are comfy (small) and you ll most likely be sharing the room with strangers. A bed will cost about the same as a hostel bed and should be reserved ahead of time. You save a day of sight-seeing by taking the night train, and you arrive at your destination rested and ready for a new city.

Final Words About Point-to-Point Tickets:

As stated above, buying tickets in advance is the best way to save, but this also limits your ability to be flexible/spontaneous. This is especially true since many of the truly cheap train tickets are non-refundable.  For optimum flexibility it might be best to buy a rail pass. For example, when I was in Krakow a lot of the hostelers were talking about Budapest and it sounded really interesting. It wasn t part of my schedule but luckily I had the flexibility to change my plans Budapest turned out to be one of my favorite cities.

Each person s travel plans are different. Someone traveling for 9 months is going to have a totally different strategy than someone who is on a strict 2 week time limit. This is where solid planning comes into play.

How To Use Train Tickets

Note: You can sometimes buy your ticket on the train (although you ll pay extra) but you must seek out an employee quickly. You ll receive a large fine if they come around checking tickets and find that you don t have one.

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20/09/2017

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Canadian Train Vacations – Discover Canada by Train #budget #travel #magazine

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It was the attention to detail by Fresh Tracks Canada that took all of the worry out of this trip.

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What can I say except that the entire trip was as flawless as any trip could be.

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We are definite fans of Fresh Tracks Canada! We felt very well cared for with ‘no worries’.

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The detailed itinerary was so well thought out that all of our questions were answered by reading it.

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Thank you so much for the hard work, the detailed itinerary, and letting us know that we could call if needed. We love Canada!

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Thank you and your team for putting together an amazing trip – one that we will treasure and remember.

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Your planning was the best. If you have anyone who is in doubt, just have them email or call me.





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Amsterdam to Paris Train Tickets by Thalys at Euro Railways #travel

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From Amsterdam to Paris Train Tickets

Amsterdam to Paris by Thalys, Premier High Speed Trains

Thalys is the red high-speed train connecting Paris to Brussels in 1 hour 22 minutes, and Cologne and Amsterdam in just 3h14. Since 1996, Thalys has been truly a multicultural operator to achieve success in the international high-speed rail business in four countries. Thalys success story is both commercial and technical. transporting over 100 million rail passengers and successfully introducing on-board WiFi in 2008 and a new train management system, in 2009.

Comfort 1 (1st class):

Comfortable seats, quiet and extra space in which to read, work, surf the Internet, etc.

Delicious and varied meals served at your seat.

WiFi connection.

On-board booking of your taxi (only available for Paris or Brussels). Our on-board teams will take care of your taxi booking. You will be welcomed in the station when you alight from the train.

The Salon, a private space on board offering ideal conditions for working. You can work efficiently at 300km/hr.

At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

With individual electric sockets, use and recharge your electrical equipment during your journey.

WiFi connection.

Thalys Welcome Bar

At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

On competitive fares, you can ride on Thalys for a relaxing day in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne as well as for Charles de Gaulle airport, Antwerp, Den Haag, Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol).





08/09/2017

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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.





27/08/2017

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Our Mission.

The mission of RCCD Distance Education (formerly Open Campus) is to extend access to learning through distance education. Objectives: To facilitate learning at a distance, Distance Education provides:

  • Educational technology to the colleges, faculty, and students to support the delivery of online-based courses and services
  • Professional development and training for faculty
  • Expertise and experience
  • Blackboard management, production and problem solving.

As of April 21, the Open Campus department has changed its name to Distance Education. We thank you for your patience as we work to complete the changes to website by the middle of summer.

What Are Online Based or Distance Education classes?

Online-based courses, also called Distance Education classes, may take two different forms:

Online classes are taken exclusively over the Internet. Please note that, while some online courses provide all instructional content over the Internet, others may require some on-campus meetings. Please see the course schedule or WebAdvisor for more information.

Hybrid classes meet both on campus and online. Think of them as a combination or blending of online classes and face-to-face classes.

In a hybrid class, you will attend meetings on campus during the dates and times listed in the schedule of classes. Since the on-campus portion of hybrid classes could take place at any of our three colleges (Riverside City, Norco or Moreno Valley), hybrid classes are listed in the schedule by the college where the on-campus meetings will take place.

Are there Face-to-Face classes that use the Internet?

Web-Enhanced classes are traditional face-to-face classes that are supplemented with course websites and the use of Internet resources. Unlike hybrid or fully-online classes, all web-enhanced class meetings take place on campus.

Where Do I Start?

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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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Train Travel in Mexico #murdock #travel

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Before its government made cuts several years ago that all but shut down the system, Mexico had a national rail network. Today, in addition to three scheduled train services throughout the country, travelers in Mexico can purchase tickets on private charter trains as well as inter-city rail services in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.

Chepe

Ferromex is the only remaining operator of scheduled passenger trains in Mexico. Its Chepe service, which visit Mexico’s famous Copper Canyon, consists of 10 weekly trains between the northwest Mexican cities of Chihuahua and Los Mochis on two types of train, First Express and Economic Class. Both are sold as one-way only. They stop in El Fuerte, Temoris, Bahuichivo, Cuiteco, San Rafael, Posada, Diviserado, Pitorreal, Creel, San Juanito and Cuauhtemoc.

Tequila Express

The Tequila Express is the second scheduled route Ferromex operates, this one between Guadalajara and Amatit n in Jalisco state in the southwestern part of the country. The service, which Ferromex bills as a “tour,” is offered only twice per week, although the company sells these journeys as round trips rather than one-way tickets. There are no stops between cities.

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20/08/2017

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Train Tickets USA #cheap #flying #tickets

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Train tickets USA

Train. Why traveling by train is smart choice? Just check online for train tickets USA or even train tickets Europe. There are great choice of cheap train tickets. Train ticket prices depends of comfort level You want during great train travel.

There are many reasons why people travel, whether for business or pleasure, and there are many ways to go. You can fly to your destinations, getting there in record time, but you miss out on any interesting things along the way. It really doesn t matter if your pilot comes over the loud speaker now and again pointing out that you are now going over some landmark, like the Grand Canyon for example, because at 30,000 feet, it just looks like a big scar on the landscape, and you might as well be seeing it from space.

Many people travel by car on vacations, trying to get to some far off attraction like a resort amusement park with the kids, but this presents many difficulties. Even if the trip isn t that long, you have to deal with the kids the whole way, and you can only do so many activities cooped up in the car. Another major problem with driving is even if you are going through some grand National Forest, or passing great scenery along the way, does the driver ever get to really see any of it? Of course not, they are too busy navigating, dealing with dumb drivers, and by the time they arrive at the destination, all the driver wants to do is crash and burn. What s the fun in that?

Why not travel in style, see sights that you would never see driving or flying, and have some real fun along the way?

You can do this simply by taking a train ride, as a unique alternative. There are many trips that are offered by going with train tickets USA, and if you plan your trip ahead of time, it is relatively the same price as a plane ticket, and much more economical than trying to drive, especially if you consider gas prices.

Imagine traveling to your destination, or even traveling just for the sake of traveling on some of our nation s railways. Trains can go where no roads can go, and take you to places you never dreamed were in America. It isn t hard to get tickets to any destination you want, and there are so many different packages and train tours that you wouldn t even imagine, not just in the USA, but also around Canada as well. You can even get the same kind of packages that Eurorail passes in Europe offer, paying for a tickets along a certain route, and being able to get on and off whenever and wherever you like.

There are many different reasons why taking a train is far better than any other kind of travel.

One is that you don t have to drive there yourself, so everyone gets a chance to look out the window and enjoy the scenery. It is faster than taking a car, and far more pleasurable than a plane. In many cases, you don t have to wait in long lines, because in this busy day and age, many forget just how cool a train can be. There are many accommodations on trains from private bunk cars, restaurant cars, and some even have special cars with clear ceilings for panoramic viewings.





10/08/2017

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Train Tours, Train Tour, Train Vacations, Train Tour Packages, Train Travel

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Train Tours

Train tours take you back to the golden era of luxury train travel, with dining cars set with fine linen and observation cars offering panoramic views of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Trains can travel where cars cannot, so you can marvel at scenic vistas that would otherwise be inaccessible.

On some itineraries, youll stay on board the train overnight. Long after watching the sun fall below the horizon, settle into your own private sleeping stateroom. While you sleep youre carried to the tour’s next stop. Other tours utilize the train only for transportation between destinations. When each day’s train travel ends, passengers disembark and stay in hand-picked hotels. Classic train tours include the Rocky Mountaineer in the Canadian Rockies, Amtraks trips to Glacier National Park and the Blue Train in South Africa, among others.

Aside from the fully rail-focused train tours on this page, there are also escorted tours that feature a train component. Some might include one or two days on a historic train as part of a longer tour itinerary. And on other escorted tours, a short train ride on a famous railway might be offered as an excursion during one of the days activities — the train excursion could last only a few hours or so. To view escorted tours that include a rail experience, click here.

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These vacations are classified according to the quality of accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities, and the level of service delivered.

= Budget vacations that typically range from $50 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.

= First class vacations that typically range from $80 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.

= Deluxe vacations that typically range from $200 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.





09/08/2017

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Train Tours of Italy #travel #by #bus

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Train Tours of Italy

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With railroads connecting a vast number of cities throughout the country, Italy is relatively easy to explore via train. Besides connecting much of the country, the railroads are cheaper than taking a flight. Depending on how much control you want to have over your trip, you have the option of taking a guided rail tour with set destinations or creating your own itinerary on a self-guided tour where you choose the cities you want to see.

Tauk Tours

Tauk Tours is a family owned and operated travel company that has been doing business since 1925. Tauk has received numerous awards over the years, including the 50 Tours Of A Lifetime award from National Geographic Traveler and the Readers Choice Award from Travel Weekly. This company has several rail journeys of Italy with complete with full itineraries, hotel accommodations and meals. One of their most popular options is a week-long tour that travels through Rome, Capri and the Amalfi Coast with a visit to the ruins of Pompeii and an after-hours guided visit to the Vatican museums. If you are taking the family, their kid-friendly tour incorporates activities such as pizza making in Pisa and mask making in Venice. Their lodging options include the Hotel Majestic Roma, Grand Hotel Quisisana and the Le Agavi Hotel.





09/08/2017

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The surprising comeback of train travel. #cheap #flights #and #car #rentals

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    In the past 10 to 15 years, passenger rail has seen a resurgence in ridership Nearly 31.6 million passengers, a record, boarded Amtrak trains in 2013 Rail comeback led by increase in train travel in Northeast, Midwest and Western U.S.

It’s been 21 years, and John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York.

The green hills and vibrant leaves just below the elevated track make the trestle one of the prettiest scenes on the 57-year-old’s trip. For more than two decades, the senior business analyst has been traveling about 67 miles for work from his home in Cornwall to lower Manhattan. His total commute time is 2½ hours each way.

It may seem like a lengthy commute, but Moore says he prefers this mode of travel.

“Compared to a bus or a car, it’s much more spacious and comfortable,” he says. As soon as Moore boards, he can start work, or socialize with the friends he’s made on the train over the years, or even stretch out his legs and spend a few hours reading a novel.

Moore is not the only one dedicated to passenger rail. There has been a 51% increase in ridership from 2001 to 2013 on Amtrak rail lines alone, according to Jim Mathews, the president of National Association of Railroad Passengers. More business travelers, students and people from the Northeast, Midwest and Western United States are turning to trains for their work and vacation travels.

Matt Hardison, a spokesman for Amtrak, the national rail operator, says the longstanding rumors from the 1980s that passenger rail is dying have changed. In the past 10 to 15 years, rail travel has seen a significant rise in ridership. “Rail has seen a real renaissance in the last decade,” he says. “It’s been a great time to be here. People are turning to rail for inter-city travel.”

From October 2012 to September 2013, “Amtrak welcomed aboard nearly 31.6 million passengers, the largest annual total in its history,” according to its website. Some rail stations are brimming at capacity, Hardison says. For example, Pennsylvania Station in New York sees 650,000 passengers a day buzzing through. The Northeast Corridor, Amtrak’s busiest railroad, has more than 2,200 trains operating on the Washington-Boston route each day.

Hardison attributes the shift toward train ridership to the increase in traffic throughout many metropolitan cities in the United States. “In the Northeast, there’s congestion on the streets because of cars and buses and there’s even congestion at airports.” He says people in many of America’s busiest cities are looking for alternative ways to travel more efficiently.

For Moore, traveling via train not only reduces commuting stress, but it also allows him and his wife, Maureen, to live in a more serene environment that is far away from the fast-paced city lifestyle. “We moved to Cornwall specifically because I could take a train to work. It allowed us to live more than 50 miles outside the city and still commute comfortably to work every day,” he says.

Rediscovering freedom in travel

The portrayal of trains as an old-fashioned mode of transportation isn’t a realistic reflection of the hundreds of thousands of people who use them daily, according to Mathews, NARP’s president. “The community that travels on trains travel for many reasons. One is just for nostalgia. But there are a lot of people who travel from D.C. to New York and you won’t find a lot of those people traveling for nostalgia,” he says. “They are in suits and ties, where time is money, and they can work for 2½ hours.”

One of those in a suit and tie was Vice President Joe Biden. who for decades traveled by train between Washington and his home in Wilmington, Delaware, while he served on the Senate.

Although a growing number of people are commuting daily by train like Biden once did, there are also those who prefer to ride trains for leisurely travel to see more of the landscape and to relax.

Jack Donachy says he and his wife, Barbra, are among those people. Donachy says they’re restless souls always seeking a new adventure. Recently, they moved to Mongolia to teach English. But throughout their lives they have had an affinity for trains, riding the Skunk Train in Northern California and traveling via rail throughout Japan and Europe.

Donachy, 55, fondly remembers a train ride he took in Japan during spring 1981. He had just been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving out his enlistment. He was traveling by train from Yokosuka, where he was stationed onboard the USS Blue Ridge, to Narita International Airport.

“I had a window seat and was allowing my mind to wander with the rhythm of the train. Suddenly, a switch flipped inside my head and I realized that even though I’d spent the last two years in Japan, I was seeing — really seeing — the country for the first time,” he says.

Zooming past the newly planted rice fields, schoolchildren in uniform, and homes tucked away against hillsides, he was inspired to come back to explore the country.

“I don’t think I would have had that experience, that sudden ‘connected-ness’ with the country, had I been riding any other mode of transportation. There is something incredibly liberating and thought-inducing about being on a train,” he says.

In fact, Donachy went back to school to receive a degree in creative writing and headed back to Japan, where he lived for seven years, immersing himself in the country’s beauty and culture.

Donachy says the draw for him and his wife to travel by train is independence. “The true luxury is freedom,” he says. “There are no seat belts and for most of the journey you are free to walk around, or have a glass of this or that, or read, or go to the dining car for something to eat, or simply stare out the window and allow thoughts to wander.”

That freedom is a rare commodity in today’s travel culture, Mathews says. “We let airlines treat us really badly. Whether you have to sleep curled up in a ball because you got bumped from your flight or they lost your luggage along the way, we roll with it. But we don’t let trains do that to us,” he says.

Mathews says because trains are not readily incorporated in aggregated discount travel sites like Kayak and Priceline.com, the average traveler does not realize trains are a transportation option that can be cheaper and more accommodating than taking a flight.

“I think if people stop flying over our country and start seeing our country and how large it is and how beautiful it is, they’ll get it,” he says. “It’s hard to have a train ride across the country and leave that and not be a patriot.”





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Rick Steves: How to tour Europe by train

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    Europe s well-organized rail system makes touring by train a breeze Travelers should calculate whether a rail pass or individual tickets are a better deal Taking overnight trains could cut down on hotel costs

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Great European train stations stir my wanderlust. In Munich, about to catch a train, I stand under the station’s towering steel and glass rooftop and study the big schedule board. It lists a dozen departures. Every few minutes, the letters and numbers on each line change as, one by one, cities and departure times work their way to the top and then disappear. I’m surrounded by Europeans on the move–businessmen in tight neckties, giddy teenagers, families, porters pushing handcarts.

For many tourists, the pleasure of journeying along Europe’s well-organized rail system really is as good as the destination. Train travel isn’t as flexible as driving, but it’s less stressful. I’d rather watch the landscape instead of fixing my eyes on the road. On a train, I can forget about parking hassles, confusing road signs, bathroom stops, or Italian drivers.

A train traveler’s biggest pre-trip decision is whether to get a railpass, point-to-point tickets, or a mix of both. It pays to do the math by adding up the approximate ticket costs for your itinerary. European rail fares are based primarily on distance traveled, so if you’ll be on the train for just short trips, point-to-point tickets are usually a better match.

The more miles you’ll cover on the train, however, the more likely it is that a railpass makes sense. The Eurailpass is the most common multi-country pass, and many countries sell railpasses good for use in their country only. Most railpasses give you a certain number of train travel days to use within a longer “window” of time (for example, any ten days within a two-month period). You can sprinkle these travel days throughout your trip (ideally to cover long rides), and pay out of pocket for short trips.

Online schedule sites can help with planning. Each country’s national rail company has its own website, but the site operated by Deutsche Bahn, the German rail company, has schedules for virtually all of Europe and can be the best place to start (www.bahn.com ).

Riding the rails is much the same all over Europe. Ticket windows handle your ticket and reservation needs; or you can usually buy a ticket at a travel agency to spare yourself the long lines. Be sure, when necessary, that your ticket or railpass is validated before boarding. Many express trains require an advance reservation; it’s smart to ask.

Wondering whether to splurge for first class? Nearly every train has both first- and second-class cars–each going at precisely the same speed. First class is cushier, generally with three seats across and fewer passengers. Second class comes with four seats across and more people. But today’s trains are so comfortable that the new second class feels as slick as the old first class–at a third to half the cost. I don’t bother to pay the premium for first class except during very busy times, such as holiday weekends.

Schedule boards in European train stations have all the information you need to be on your way: departure times, routing, destinations, and track numbers. (Photo: Cameron Hewitt)

When you’re on the platform, look for the posted train composition charts that show the order of cars (first class, second class, and dining car) for your train. With this chart, you’ll know where to wait on the platform so that when the train stops, you’re already positioned to step right onto your car.

Nowadays, the old clackity-clackity rhythm of the rails has been replaced by the nearly silent swoosh of bullet trains. These super-fast trains are making European rail travel more time-efficient than ever.

Take the speedy Eurostar train, which barrels between Paris and London in about 2.5 hours via the Chunnel. Within minutes of departure, the train is zipping at 180 mph across the French countryside. The train travels so fast that, where the tracks parallel the highway, the cars you pass seem to be standing still.

Sleeping while rolling down the tracks can save time and money. With night trains, you can easily have dinner in Paris, sleep on the train, and have breakfast in Venice, Munich, or Madrid. If a train ride is six hours or longer, it’s worth considering whether a flight or an overnight train is more convenient.

Sleeping cars require a paid reservation beyond the regular ticket price, but for less than the cost of a simple hotel bed, you get your own bunk with clean linen and an attendant who monitors who comes and goes as you sleep. What you miss in scenery is more than made up for by the entire extra day you gain for sightseeing.

Trains remain the quintessentially European way to go, and are the best option for romantics. Across the Continent, train stations are being remodeled into gleaming transportation hubs. Whether old or new, each station is a temple of travel. Just pick a platform. and explore Europe.

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Luxury Train Travel

The ultimate luxury in train travel in the USA, Canada, Russia, Europe and worldwide with exclusive use of private rail cars including guest management and comprehensive on-board services.

Private rail car rentals cost from US$9,000 per day.

Luxury Train Travel in USA Canada

From movie PR launches to corporate events or family gatherings, private train charters offer a very special and timeless way to travel in style.

In the USA, private rail cars are most frequently added to scheduled Amtrak trains. America has the greatest number of private rail cars for hire. As such, the Amtrak rail network offers you wide range of travel and vacation choices.

The rail cars you choose will depend on a number of factors such as the length of your journey and size of your party:

  • Business car (lounge, dining area, kitchenette, bedrooms)
  • Coach (seats and some tables)
  • Lounge (easy chairs and bar)
  • Sleeper (bedrooms / bunks only)
  • Sleeper / lounge

Some rail cars have an open rear platform or an observation dome, and

occasionally, both.

Luxury Train Travel in Europe

Our luxury and VIP train travel services make the best private train charters in Europe available to international clients, producing seamlessly memorable journeys.

We arrange private railroad trips on trains such as the Venice Simplon Orient Express, Northern Belle, Royal Scotsman and British Pullman. We provide private carriages on all these services if booked well in advance, but they are part of the brochured trips of course and not on private timetables. We can do the same on all luxury trains in Europe, e.g. The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

We also arrange private train charters on scheduled services and for small or large groups throughout Europe on request.

Worldwide Charter

We operate private railcar chartering elsewhere in the world including Russia, Australia, Brazil and India. The cars you can charter in each country are unique – please contact us for more information.

One example of a unique private rail car for rental is the Prince’s Carriage in Morocco which can run attached to scheduled services or independently as a special “royal” train across the Moroccan rail network.





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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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Hop On Hop Off European Train Travel

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The first class car in Italy

I lean my head back on the seat and gaze out the window as I gently rock back and forth. The landscape accelerates by me in a blur and I allow my brain to explore it’s dark depths. I think, “this could be anywhere, it looks like Illinois, Nebraska, or Wisconsin. I continue to suspend logic and reality letting my mind wander with the rocking. Then my eyes catch a glimpse, I sit up more alert and focus in on it -a castle high on a hill in the distance. It has multiple towers and levels set in this picture perfect landscape and my brain is now processing the fact that there’s no way I am in America but I’ve been traveling so fast – it’s hard for me to keep up where I am these days.  A wave of happiness swept over me as I realized I would have never seen this if I had been on a plane flying between European countries.

It has always been a goal of mine to take the train around Europe and now finally when I’m well past the age of backpacking Europe, I find myself riding around Europe for 2 months on a Eurail pass. Since I was going to be traveling around to various cities as the “Go with Oh” Blogger. I needed a way to get from city to city and rail was the first and only thing that came to mind.

You ll fall in love with train stations in Europe

I m a train lover in fact I ve had a fascinating history with trains as I worked for a railroad in my first job out of college.  I used to think that a Eurail pass was this free-wheeling, hippy-ish way to travel; you had one ticket and just hopped on and off trains much like those city Hop on-Hop Off tour buses. However when I received my Eurail packet in the mail back in the States, I eagerly opened it up and quickly realized that I had a lot to learn. There was a whole booklet on how to activate and utilize your pass. There were rules, restrictions, and guidelines; this is not the vocabulary of hippies.

Big sigh hippy dream dies…but still excited.

My first order of business was to understand what exactly the pass got me. I had the Eurail Global Pass that allowed me to travel first class anywhere in Europe for 15 travel days over the course of 2 months; it was sort of the ‘mack daddy’ of Eurail passes, so this was a good start. However as I read on I learned that I couldn’t just hop on any train anytime (if I expected to get anywhere in a timely manner), instead many trains between countries required reservations and reservation fees.

My Route

I had planned to go from Rome to Venice to Vienna, to Berlin, to Paris, to Barcelona, with a few local jaunts mixed in.

Things you should know about the Eurail Global Pass

Reservations

Yes you still have to make reservations in most circumstances.  You will definitely need a reservation for any overnight train.  In order to make this reservation and research process eaiser   don’t throw that seemingly silly old school paper train schedule book away when they send it to you. It was my Bible for the initial research I needed to do to even consider a reservation. One would think that paper schedules are passé…but not for riding the rails across Europe. You can find a few sites with the schedules for the mainstream train routes. but since you are covering a variety of countries and train systems, there’s not really a great single place to go and figure this stuff out across countries. Plus – much of the time when I needed to do the research, I didn’t have wifi available. So – hold on to the booklet – you’ll look retro and cool paging through time tables – trust me.

My sleeper compartment from Berlin to Paris

I used the book to figure out what trains I wanted to take and get the general timeframes, and then as I was near a station in a major city I would stop in and book the seat whenever I could. I did this for night legs (required), but I would highly recommend to reserve long legs across countries even if they are during the day. There is normally an extra fee – but you will know you have a seat.

Follow all of the rules, even if they seem stupid

For many local routes you don’t even need to get a ticket as your pass serves as your ticket. However – you do need to fill in the date and location of your travel on your paper ticket by hand with a pen before the conductor comes around to ‘take’ your ticket. Yes, I know what you are thinking – this seems rather silly and absurd in this day and age. Ahem…follow all of the rules even if they seem stupid. And note that even if you have a ticket because you reserved a seat and had to pay a few extra Euros for that seat – you still need to have the date filled in on your global pass. This scribbling on your pass is essentially your ticket, and if you forgot to fill in the information on your pass because you were running to catch the train, then you are SOL. The conductor can actually fine you as without the scribble you are technically on the train without a ticket. Yes, this happened to me once, and the conductor luckily just gave me a stern look of disapproval and a warning. Phew.

First Class travel

As you reserve, make sure that you get your first class designation and seat. The Eurail passes are first class passes, and this my friends makes your life so much easier – take advantage of it! However do know that the quality of first class varies drastically between countries and trains. When I went from Venice to Vienna there was a leg of it that was on the bus, and even my bus seat was first class. It came with more room, and free coffee!

My first class bus seating from Venice to Vienna

A Couple of Tips

If you are going by train, then my best piece of advice is leave the rolling suitcase at home. Take a backpack as it’s so much easier to get on and off the trains as well as around the stations. Many of the stations in Europe are not accessible accept by stairs. Trust me on this – you will be happier.

You can reserve an international ticket even if you are not in the country you are reserving for. I was in Rome and I knew I needed to do an overnight train from Berlin to Paris in 4 weeks and I needed to reserve it now. I simply went to the Rome Termini, stood in line for a bit and then they helped me book my ticket between Germany and France.

Overnight trains can be expensive – even with the Eurail pass, but often you can still cover the distance in the day and actually get to pay less and see more. I saved 75 Euro by taking the day train from Paris to Barcelona – and I was sitting in 1st class!

Overall I loved exploring Europe by rail, it was a great way to see the countryside and avoid annoying airports and security!

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04/08/2017

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The Espace Vitalite Chenot spa is the only one outside of Europe. It uses an east-west mix of Chinese medicine and modern methods and is set in a luxe, traditional Turkish Hammam.

Mark Smith’s Man in Seat 61 website (seat61.com ) is crammed with trip-planning advice. His roster of recommended routes starts in the U.K.

“I suggest London to Fort William by Caledonian Sleeper. travelling direct from the Big Smoke to the wonderful West Highlands of Scotland. With your own cozy bedroom, you’ll be breakfasting in the lounge car as deer bound away from the train the next morning,” he says.

Then there’s the continent. “Some say the Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano is the best train ride though the Swiss Alps; others say the famous Glacier Express pips it at the post. You’ll just have to do both,” he suggests, adding that Venice to Munich via the Brenner Pass. Zurich to Milan via the Gotthard Pass and Paris to Nice. with its rocky coastline finale, are also major routes with scenic swathes.

But don’t forget Eastern Europe. “Take the train from Belgrade to Bar or Podgorica in Montenegro. There’s breathtaking mountain scenery, including a precarious crossing of the world’s highest railway viaduct. It’s a daylong ride costing just €20 – buy your tickets at the station.”

Rail-specializing travel journalist Jools Stone (railwaystays.com ) also favours Scotland, recommending the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig for “spectacular glens, lochs and all that gorgeously desolate boggy Highlands landscape.” Hopping to the continent, he suggests Norway’s fjord-studded Flam Railway and Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway. which scales the Eiger to Europe’s highest train station.

Looking for some vintage railway decadence? “The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is the ultimate luxe train. Food and service is unsurpassed but it’s the stunning interiors – the Poirot factor – that swings it,” says Stone, adding that Austria’s lesser-known Majestic Imperator train is an equally lavish but lower-cost alternative.

Once you’ve found your dream route, it’s time for ticketing. Smith offers some choice advice for keeping budgets on track.

“Don’t assume you need a rail pass. I often see Canadians taking €29 train journeys with $800 rail passes. Europe’s long-distance trains often operate like budget airlines, with cheap fares for prebooking on a no-refunds, no-changes basis,” he says, adding that buying tickets three months ahead is the way to go.

But where to book?

“There isn’t a single website selling all routes and services at the cheapest prices. The golden rule is to book online at the websites of relevant operators. If a service is run jointly by neighbouring countries – as many are – go to the website of the national rail operator for the country where your journey starts: You’ll pay cheap advance-purchase fares, usually without booking fees. Most offer print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.”

For many North Americans, Smith adds, the ease of European long-distance train travel can be surprising. “There’s no check in – apart from on Eurostar. You just walk off the streets and onto the train. If you’re on board at departure time, you go with it – if not, you get left behind.”

And while luggage allowances are generally less draconian than flying, Stone adds it makes sense to prepare. “Space will be limited in all but the most lavish cars. Have one luggage rack-friendly case for day-to-day essentials: change of clothes, a good book, a trusty corkscrew and your camera are all you really need.”

It’s this kind of relaxed approach – the foundation of great train journeys – that should also apply during planning. “Be realistic about how much ground you’ll cover,” Stone says. “Resist the temptation to hit every capital. And remember that high-speed doesn’t always mean better – slower journeys are often the most scenic.”

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Europe — By Plane or By Train?

Europe ‘s extensive network of railroads was once the only affordable option for folks traveling around the continent, but lately the rails have lost their supremacy. Discount airlines like Ryanair and easyJet have made jetting around the continent quicker and cheaper; in fact, Ryanair often offers sales with fares as low as 8 GBP (about $13.36 USD).

With fares this cheap, does it make sense even to consider traveling by train anymore? The answer: It depends. For one thing, the discount airlines aren’t actually quite as cheap as they appear. Even if you do net an incredibly affordable flight, government taxes and fees bump the price up to at least $25 or $30.

Then come the airlines’ own fees. On Ryanair, there are so many that the airline has put together a handy table so you can see at a glance what you’ll be charged for checked bags (with higher rates during the summertime and December holiday “peak” periods), online check-in, priority boarding, even purchasing a flight (you’ll pay an “administration fee” of 6 GBP unless you make your booking with a MasterCard prepaid debit card).

EasyJet charges similar fees for checked baggage and for booking with certain types of credit or debit cards.

One more factor to take into account? Discount airlines tend to fly into secondary airports that are an hour or more outside of the city you’re trying to visit. Trains, on the other hand, typically arrive in or near the center of town, and usually link up easily with the city’s mass transportation system.

We tested fares on easyJet, Ryanair and Rail Europe to see who had the lowest price, the most convenient connections and the quickest journey. See below to see how each travel provider stacked up on three common European itineraries.

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London – Paris – Rome – London

This popular itinerary was our first test subject since London is the cheapest gateway to Europe for most Americans. It’s important to note that London has four different airports, and that most Americans will fly into Heathrow or, less commonly, Gatwick. The discount airlines, meanwhile, fly from Stansted, Luton or Gatwick, not Heathrow — so be sure to allow plenty of time to transfer between airports if your itinerary so requires.

The Winner: EasyJet edged out Ryanair for first place based on convenience and total travel time. EasyJet offers direct flights for each leg of our itinerary, so booking was a breeze, and the travel time was a little less than six total hours in the air. The price with taxes: $317.94 (if purchased with a Visa Electron card — which is not available to Americans), $332.64 if purchased with a Visa debit card or $341.53 (if booked with another type of credit card). These prices include one checked bag on each flight, prebooked on the easyJet Web site. (Check your bag at the airport and the fee doubles.) EasyJet’s site was easier than Ryanair’s to use, allowing us to search “all London airports” when booking.

Note: For our three flights, we had to fly in and out of six different airports — Charles de Gaulle and Orly (Paris ), Luton and Gatwick (London), and Fiumicino and Ciampino (Rome ).

The Runner-Up: Ryanair offered somewhat similar pricing to easyJet — $309.59 with a single checked bag up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) or $376.35 with a single checked bag up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds) — but, surprisingly, offered no direct flights from London to Paris. Because the search function on Ryanair.com won’t make connections for you, we were forced to try out a variety of connecting cities one by one. We found the best deal on flights from London Stansted to Glasgow Prestwick and then on to Paris Beauvais, but the extra flight and layover boosted our total travel time significantly. A few other caveats: Beauvais is probably the least convenient airport for Paris-bound travelers, requiring a shuttle bus ride of over an hour to get into the center of the city. And while Ryanair.com was easy to use, there was no option to search all London airports; instead, we had to test each of the three individually.

The Loser: The train was the clear third choice for this itinerary since the cities involved are so far apart. The total estimated time of all three legs was a vacation-eating 28 hours — and the price couldn’t compensate for the transit time, adding up to $412 per person.

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Rome – Florence – Venice – Rome

This itinerary is a common one for first-time visitors interested in seeing Italy’s highlights. We assumed here that our test traveler flew from the United States into Rome, usually the cheapest Italian gateway city for Americans. Because of the relative proximity of the three cities involved, this turned out to be a much more train-friendly itinerary than our first test case.

The Winner: Eurail won this round by a landslide, offering the shortest trip and most convenient itinerary. The lowest available price was $137 for this itinerary, with a travel time of 12 hours. Cut the travel time down to seven hours (by taking high-speed express trains) and the price goes up to $313. Eurail was the only option of the three that served all three of the cities we wanted to visit (Ryanair and easyJet fly into Pisa, not Florence). One final perk of taking the train? In most cases you’ll arrive at a train station near the center of each city, with quick, easy connections by subway to hotels and sightseeing.

The Runner-Up: Neither airline really shone in this comparison, with no direct flights between any of the cities on our itinerary. However, Ryanair gets our vote for runner-up because we did eventually manage to piece our itinerary together with 17 hours of flights and layovers. (That doesn’t even take into account how early you need to arrive at the airport before your flights to get through security!) The initial fare quote was $298.82 for six flights — 65 bucks more than the fast trains — and that’s not including the checked bag fees. Checking a single bag for all of those flights will set you back an additional $222.36 to $266.52 (depending on weight and whether you travel during peak or off-peak seasons), for a total price up to $565.34.

The Loser: EasyJet loses out because we couldn’t find a way to get between Pisa and Venice on our selected travel date; we tried layovers in several different cities, but the flight times were simply incompatible. Our only choice would have been to stay overnight in the connecting city — or to have skipped Florence altogether and just flown on the convenient, nonstop flight from Rome to Venice.

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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.

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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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    Before its government made cuts several years ago that all but shut down the system, Mexico had a national rail network. Today, in addition to three scheduled train services throughout the country, travelers in Mexico can purchase tickets on private charter trains as well as inter-city rail services in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.

    Chepe

    Ferromex is the only remaining operator of scheduled passenger trains in Mexico. Its Chepe service, which visit Mexico’s famous Copper Canyon, consists of 10 weekly trains between the northwest Mexican cities of Chihuahua and Los Mochis on two types of train, First Express and Economic Class. Both are sold as one-way only. They stop in El Fuerte, Temoris, Bahuichivo, Cuiteco, San Rafael, Posada, Diviserado, Pitorreal, Creel, San Juanito and Cuauhtemoc.

    Tequila Express

    The Tequila Express is the second scheduled route Ferromex operates, this one between Guadalajara and Amatit n in Jalisco state in the southwestern part of the country. The service, which Ferromex bills as a “tour,” is offered only twice per week, although the company sells these journeys as round trips rather than one-way tickets. There are no stops between cities.

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    13/07/2017

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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 .

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    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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    Traveller s Guide: Germany by train #inn #travel

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    Traveller s Guide: Germany by train

    A single Eurostar ticket will now take you as far as Munich. The implications for British travellers are profound, says William Cook

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    Eurostar is in its 20th year, and at last has started doing something that many travellers would have expected years ago: selling tickets from London to cities in Germany. The tickets include the Eurostar segment to Paris or Brussels and the connecting sector with Deutsche Bahn (German Railways).

    The project is starting on a small scale: you have to choose from six German cities. Aachen, Bonn, Cologne and Dusseldorf all start at £49.50 single; Frankfurt from £79.50; and Munich from £97.50. The trip to Munich takes 10 hours from London, but you can reach Aachen in under four.

    While Deutsche Bahn has long offered a wide range of destinations with print-at-home tickets, the fact that Eurostar is now selling Germany on its website and by phone is likely to spur a lot more interest in travelling to this fascinating nation by train.

    And this is only the beginning. From 2016, Deutsche Bahn will be running direct services to Germany from St Pancras, making a train trip from London to Cologne almost as easy as a journey to Glasgow.

    Long term, the political implications are profound. Historically, it’s always been easier for Britons to travel around Britain than it has been for us to go abroad. Even foreign air travel hasn’t changed this much, what with the time and trouble it takes to get to (and through) the bigger British airports. How will it change perceptions – and political persuasions – once Londoners can get to Frankfurt as easily as they can get to Edinburgh? In countries such as the Benelux states, where local trains criss-cross borders, national boundaries now seem almost irrelevant.

    Where to go: Germany by train





    07/07/2017

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    Train Travel in Europe – Each Country Offers Special Deals #cheap

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    Train Travel in Europe

    Rick Steves on a train winding through the Swiss alps.

    I ll assume you re a seasoned train traveler who already knows about the Eurailpass (over 20 countries), and the new Eurail Selectpass (3 to 5 adjacent countries). If this is news to you, get a free copy of my Guide to European Railpasses at www.ricksteves.com/rail or see train travel options online at ricksteves.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/europe-rail-pass-list/.

    Each European country offers its own railpass (such as BritRail), usually a good value if you re traveling solely within that country. Rail-and-drive versions give you the convenience of a train for long hauls and the freedom of a car for exploring the countryside. Most railpasses are sold outside of Europe at U.S. travel agencies.

    If you d rather buy tickets as you go (a.k.a. point-to-point tickets), note that in most countries you can often avoid a time-consuming trip to the station by getting tickets, reservations, supplements, and couchettes (berths on overnight trains) at local travel agencies. Regardless of your age, you can save money and meet more people by traveling second class.

    France. The France Rail Pass offers three days of travel anywhere in the country even cheaper for seniors (added days cost extra, valid for a month). The super TGV trains, running at 170-220 miles per hour, put most of the country within day-tripping distance of Paris. But even with a France Railpass, reservations are required for these bullet trains. Discount fares on point-to-point tickets are available for youths, those over 60, married couples, families, and anyone traveling during off-peak hours. Validate (composter) all train tickets and reservations in the orange machines located at the platforms.

    Germany. If you have a Eurail, Euro, or German Rail Pass. you ll get bonuses such as the Romantic Road bus tour (discounted 60 percent with pass) and free river cruises on the Rhine, Mosel, and Danube rivers. Germany offers deals on point-to-point tickets if you travel at off-peak hours. The Sch nes Wochenende (Beautiful Weekend) ticket gives groups of up to five people unlimited travel on non-express trains all day Saturday or Sunday. The Guten-Abend (Good Evening) pass offers unlimited travel on non-express trains any evening from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.

    Great Britain. BritRail Passes come in every conceivable variation (consecutive day, flexipass, regional combinations, discounts if you re under 26 or 60 plus, etc.). If you re going all over Britain, get a standard class pass since many of the smaller train lines don t even offer first class cars.

    Regular point-to-point tickets on the country s great train system (15,000 departures from 2,400 stations daily) are the most expensive per mile in all of Europe. If you go roundtrip (leaving after 9:30 in the morning) or buy in advance, you ll save big. A clerk at any local station (or the helpful folks at Tel. 08457-484-950, 24 hours daily) can figure out the cheapest fare for your trip. For the biggest savings on longer journeys, book a Bargain Return ticket at least seven days in advance. You can order online at www.thetrainline.com ; be sure you know what you want because it s tough to reach a person if you need to change a ticket. To pin down dates and times, visit www.networkrail.co.uk.

    Families, seniors, and young people can get a 33 percent discount on most point-to-point tickets if they purchase a card for about at the station (valid for a year). Ask for a Family Railcard. a Senior Railcard. or Young Persons Railcard (photo required for this card only; available to youth ages 16-25 or older students with an ISIC ).

    Italy. Traveling with point-to-point tickets in Italy is cheap, rewarding those who make an effort to communicate with local ticket agents. Spring for first class in summer for the better air conditioning. The high-speed TAV (Treno Alta Velocita) trains run frequently between main cities and require reservations. Italy has two major railpasses: the Italy Rail Pass. These are sold locally at train stations and travel agencies. But if you re using either pass on a fast train, you ll still need to pay for the reservation.

    Groups can also consider the Tariffa Mini-Group, a 20 percent discount on point-to-point tickets for three to five people traveling together (except in July, August, and holiday seasons). You ll get it only if you ask for it.

    If you re young (under 26) or age 60 plus, consider buying cards that give you 20 percent off second class or first class tickets (Carta Verde for youth, Carta d Argento for seniors, good for six months).

    Newsstands sell up-to-date regional and all-Italy timetables (ask for the Orario Ferroviaro per Tutta Italia to get the schedule that covers all Italy). On the web, check www.trenitalia.com. You must validate virtually everything (ticket, reservation, supplement, or couchette) in the machines at the station.

    Scandinavia. Scandinavia Rail Passes are expensive and selected Eurail passes, specifying just the countries you wish to visit, are often a better option.

    Spain. Spain s pricey Rail Pass. given the uneven quality of their trains and tracks, isn t a great value. If you re on a tight budget, skip the overnight Hotel Trains that connect Barcelona or Madrid to Lisbon, Paris, Zurich, and Milan. Railpass holders (of Eurail, Euro, or Spain passes) get a half-price discount, but the prices are still high. To sidestep this expensive luxury, change trains at the Spanish border (at Irun on Paris runs, at Cerbere on the eastern side). You ll connect to a normal night train with couchettes on one leg of the trip. This plan takes more time, plus two days of a flexipass. To save time in Spain, consider buying tickets or making reservations at the national RENFE train offices located in over 100 city centers. Or for info and reservations, dial RENFE s number from anywhere in Spain (Tel. 90-224-0202).

    Spain s fastest train, the AVE (Alta Velocidad Espanola), whisks travelers between Madrid and Sevilla in less than three hours. AVE is 85 percent covered by the Eurailpass. Point-to-point tickets for long-distance trains are priced differently according to their time of departure. Peak hours (punta) are most expensive, followed by llano and valle (quietest and cheapest times). Overnight trains (and buses) are usually less expensive than the daytime rides.

    Switzerland. Those traveling in the Swiss Alps can use their Eurail-pass to get discounts (but not free passage) on some private trains and lifts in the mountains. If you want to focus on Switzerland where many scenic rides are not covered by railpasses (see the Swiss Rail Pass ), consider the various regional Alps passes sold at Swiss train stations. The Swiss Family Card (not Robinson) allows kids under 16 to travel free with their parents, even on the high mountain routes. This card is available for at major Swiss train stations, or free upon request if you order certain Swiss Passes in the U.S.

    Europe s most scenic train ride is the Glacier Express, crossing southern Switzerland from Martigny to Chur. Most of the route is covered by Eurail and Euro passes, except for the Brig-Disentis segment (which is covered by most Swiss passes).

    Whatever you choo-choose, whether a railpass or tickets, I wish you a smooth, affordable trip. Happy travels!





    05/07/2017

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    Top 10 European Train Trips – Travel – National Geographic #best

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    European Train Trips

    From the July/August 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler

    Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the Economist. But rail travel in the United Kingdom and on the Continent is also about experience: gaping out the window at Alpine glaciers, savoring gourmet cuisine in a restored last-century dining car. Accordingly, our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!

    Route: Montreux to Broc, Switzerland

    Duration: 9 hours, 45 minutes, roundtrip

    This charming train running in summer and fall climbs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, population 1,600, home to the cheese of the same name. Tour the cheese factory and the local castle, have lunch, then reboard the train and continue on to Broc. There you’ll bus to the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory, tucked between Lake Gruyères and mountain peaks, for free samples, before making the return trip.

    Route: Chur, Switzerland, to Tirano, Italy

    Duration: 4 hours, 14 minutes

    This narrow-gauge, vertigo-inducing train takes on seven-percent inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges—reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. The word “express” refers to the availability of short-notice seat reservations, rather than the train’s velocity as it courses through the Alps south from Switzerland’s oldest town to a charming Italian town of just under 10,000 people. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Route: Paris to Madrid

    Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes

    Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the rails, and wake the next day as you arrive in Madrid, rested and ready to tour the third-most-populous city in the European Union. Grand class includes a welcome drink, gourmet dinner, breakfast, and an in-room bathroom with shower.

    Route: Inverness, Scotland, to Gwynedd, Wales

    Duration: 15 days

    Discover the United Kingdom’s historic fortresses on this itinerary combining a two-week BritRail pass with the Great British Heritage pass. You’ll get entry to 580 attractions, as you hop off for local touring. Start in Inverness, Scotland, near Loch Ness, to tour Urquhart Castle. Continue south to Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace triumphed over the English in 1297, and on to Edinburgh Castle. English sights include Dover Castle, with its wartime tunnels. In Gwynedd, Wales, tour Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site where the investiture of Prince Charles was held.

    Duration: 19 days

    This fabled route, an icon of Russian culture, crosses eight time zones to connect the Russian capital with a port on the Pacific Ocean. On board, poor mingle with rich, young with old, foreigners with locals. Social barriers disappear as passengers share a unique rail experience—and shots of $3-a-liter vodka. You can book a private car via a tour operator for added comfort; schedule any number of side excursions from trekking and scuba diving to city tours.

    Route: Flam to Myrdal, Norway

    Duration: 1 hour

    A must-do on any tour of fjord country, the Flam Railway, rising from a village on the shores of Aurlandsfjord, mounts a steeper climb than any other non-cog, normal-gauge railroad in the world. In just 12 miles, the train climbs over 2,838 feet to reach the mountain plateau of Myrdal in under an hour. See the Rjoandefossen waterfall with a free drop of 459 feet, and the Kjosfossen waterfall, plunging 305 feet, where the train makes a photo stop during the summer.

    Route: Munich to Nuremberg, Germany

    Duration: 1 hour

    Want to go fast? This high-speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. “It’s amazing to watch the landscape change so quickly,” says Gillian Seely, a Boston resident who traveled widely by rail while living in Europe for 22 years. “The train is completely quiet inside,” she says. “Vibrations are barely enough to cause ripples in your strong German coffee.” In December, visit various German cities via the ICE rail network to take in traditional Christmas markets selling seasonal foods, handmade gifts, and gluhwein, a mulled spiced wine.

    Route: London to Venice

    Duration: Two days, one night

    Step aboard the VSOE, as the train is known, and the calendar turns back to the 1920s and ’30s, the golden age of rail on the Continent. The operator spent $16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication; passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner: at a minimum, suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women; black tie and gowns encouraged. Awake to the sight of the snowcapped Alps and learn the story behind each of the restored carriages.

    Route: Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro

    Duration: 10 hours, this leg

    Explore the heart of the former Yugoslavia via a Balkan Flexipass (which offers unlimited travel for five, ten, or 15 days through Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey). Start in Belgrade, with its glitzy all-night club scene, hop off at any of various stops to shop or overnight, then board a later train to continue on to sleepy Bar, an ancient town influenced by various conquering cultures on the sun-swathed Adriatic. “Relax, and budget extra time for the inevitable delays,” says Chris Deliso, a travel writer who lives in Macedonia. “The trains are run-down, and the local characters you meet are salt-of-the-earth types.”

    At the top of the food chain among European trains is the Danube Express, a private train with classical elegance, modern conveniences, and fine dining. On this route, which begins in Budapest after your flight from London, you penetrate the heart of Transylvania and enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Eventually you approach Istanbul along the Bosporus, where the Topkapi Palace marks the skyline.





    05/07/2017

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    Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe #travel #republi

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    Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe

    Forget flying around Europe. At 30,000 feet it s impossible to truly experience the continent s remarkable landscapes. Rather than being shuttled around in a plane that only allows a birds-eye view, train trips immerse travelers in the terrain. There s a reason why trains are often thought of as the most romantic mode of transportation: riding the rails makes you feel more connected and in tune than air travel ever could. Instead of feeling like a chore, as flying often does, train travel can be an experience in itself. In fact, there are plenty of scenic train rides in Europe that are worth the trip just for the view. The following are top rated train trips, and from the rolling hills of England to the craggy Alps of Switzerland, each one offers travelers something different.

    6. United Kingdom

    The rolling, green hills and moors that are often associated with Yorkshire make this one of the most scenic train trips in Europe. When entering the northern parts of England. travelers will catch glimpses of the rugged coastline along the North Sea. During the 4 1/2-hour train ride, English speakers will notice a distinct difference in passenger accents as the train gets closer to Scotland. Although the common language is English, it can be hard to decipher as the Scottish brogue gets thicker and thicker.

    5. Holland

    Amsterdam to Groningen (best in April)





    04/07/2017

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    Italy Train Travel – Italian Railroads Guide #discount #travel #insurance

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    Taking the Train in Italy: Railroads Simplify Your Italian Vacations

    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

    Many Good Reasons to Consider Traveling by Train in Italy

    Italy is a major luxury travel destination, but getting from place to place can be not so luxurious.

    Taking the train throughout Italy is the comfortable, insider way to get around. Here s what Italian railroad travel can provide:

    • Ease of Day Trips. Italy s extensive and frequent rain routes make it easy to stay in one town and explore another town for the day. This may also be a vacation-saver during high seasons. For example, say Venice s hotels are booked up, or their rates are soaring. You can day-trip to Venice by staying in nearby Vicenza, Padua or Verona and taking to explore Venice s canals.
    • Picture Windows, No Distractions. Train passengers enjoy Italy s stunning mountain, sea, and countryside vistas out their windows — without the stress of traffic or the distraction of navigating with road maps or street signs.

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    • Easy Packing. Italy has a way of loading visitors up with shopping bags and with bottles: of wine, olive oil, limoncello, grappa . or other Italian gourmet pleasures that you acquire during your trip. By taking the train instead of flying from city to city, you can skip the hassle of having to fit all your stuff into your luggage flights (that is, until your bubblewrap-intensive flight home).
    • Meeting the Locals. Italians make frequent use of the inter-city trains; it s not unusual for Italians to live in one city and commute to another for work or university. So visitors who take trains will always find a lively cross-section of locals riding the rails. Insider tip: If your train has a café car, head there to savor an espresso and some people watching.

    On the flip side, trains along the popular tourist routes (Florence-Rome, Venice-Florence, etc.) are popular with North American travelers. So you if you re longing to speak English — or want to exchange travel tips — you may be in luck.

    Italy s Rail System: The Basics

    Italy s national rail network (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) runs a total of about 15,000 miles up and down The Boot. Service is operated by Trenitalia. Train types:

    • Frecciarossa / Frecciargento: These new high-speed trains provide fast service to both major city centers as well as smaller towns in some regions. This high-speed network is still growing, but one popular current route links Milan (in the north) to Salerno (on the Amalfi Coast), with stops in Bologna, Rome and Naples along the way. Seat reservations are required in first class (for a nominal fee.) Insider tip: These trains typically feature free wifi access. First-class passengers are also entitled to one complimentary beverage and free newspapers.
    • Eurostar (ES or Treni Eurostar Italia): Premier train service between major cities. (Note that this is not related to the English Channel Eurostar .) Advance seat reservations are required on all Italian Eurostar trains.
    • Intercity / Intercity Plus: Linking both large and second-tier cities, these relatively fast trains run the length of The Boot. Reservations are required on Intercity Plus trains (the fee is included in the ticket price), while only some Intercity trains take reservations. Trains have both first and second class cars. Insider tip: Because these routes are popular with commuters and tourists alike, second class cars tend to fill up. So it may be worth going first class to ensure you get a seat.
    • Regionale: These less-expensive local trains tend to run around work and school schedules, so can fill up fast. Most regional routes only have second-class seating.

    Getting Tickets:

    Italian train passengers can purchase tickets a variety of ways:

    • At the train station, either at a ticket window or via an automated machine. Ticket window attendants are usually very helpful (and speak some English), so just ask if you have any questions.If your train requires a seat reservation (as on first-class Frecciarossa and all Italian Eurostar trains), be sure to purchase those supplements, as well.
    • Online at the user-friendly Trenitalia site. There s an English version, and the site often features great deals on select routes.
    • Rail Europe also sells single point-to-point tickets through its website. (These tickets must be purchased ahead in the US, so you d have to plan ahead)
    • At a travel agent (look for the viaggi sign). There s no commission charged.

    Once you have your hard-copy ticket, you must validate it at one of the yellow boxes located along the tracks before boarding the train. Conductors will ask to see tickets, and penalties for not validating can be stiff. (Passes bought via Rail Europe trains have a different validation procedure.)

    Strikes (scioperi) are announced in advance. They re listed online, and it s not a bad idea to check.

    If you will be traveling on multiple trains while in Italy, or anticipate traveling to bordering countries as well, purchasing a Rail Europe pass, also called a Eurail Pass, may be an ideal option.





    17/06/2017

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    How to get cheap train tickets #travel #weather

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    How to get cheap train tickets

    We are now in the unenviable position of having some of the highest rail fares in the world and it’s set to get worse. The Government continues to increase regulated fares (which include season tickets and overnight returns) above inflation each year. In fact, fares are now rising twice as fast as incomes.

    The good news is there are still some bargains to be had if you know where to look. With literally millions of combinations of tickets available it can be a minefield to find the best deal, so here are some tips to help you find the right fare – along with ways we’re campaigning to make the system fairer.

    If you can plan your journey in advance, book your ticket as soon as possible. Tickets go on sale up to 12 weeks before the date of travel (find out how far ahead you can currently book ) so the earlier you can book the better deals you’ll be able to find. Be warned though, always check the terms and conditions of your ticket carefully before you commit to buy, as advance tickets restrict you to travelling on the train you book on so there’s no room for last minute changes of plan.

    “If you buy your ticket from a railway booking office, buy it during a quiet time of day. If there’s no queue, booking clerks will usually happily spend 15 minutes trying to knock off a further few quid for you” – Jamie Graham

    What we’re campaigning for: advance tickets should be sold closer to the time of departure – it’s technically possible, so why not?

    The right ticket

    Making sure you have the right ticket is vital. Advance tickets can be cheap, but tie you to specific dates and times. Anytime tickets are the most flexible, allowing you to travel on any train at any time. Off-peak tickets don’t tie you to a particular train on your outward journey, and you can usually return within one month of the day you buy your ticket – but you can’t travel during peak times, and beware, these vary significantly across the network. Check the cost of both singles and return tickets as sometimes buying two single tickets for each leg of your journey is cheaper than a return.

    What we’re campaigning for: if you buy an advance ticket but then miss your train, the money you’ve already paid should be deducted from any new ticket you have to buy.

    “It’s often cheaper to buy two or more tickets to make a journey, breaking the journey up into shorter ones. This is called split ticketing and you don’t have to get off the train where you change tickets. There are internet sites that do this automatically for you and book your tickets without charging booking or card fees, such as TrainSplit.com ” – Nick

    If you travel regularly and qualify for a railcard (see if you could benefit – it’s more than just students and seniors!) it’s worth investing in one. They generally save you around a third and could work out cheaper even if you only use it for one journey.

    What we’re campaigning for: reward passengers who travel regularly with a national railcard open to everyone, or a frequent traveller loyalty card.

    If you’re buying your ticket online don’t use a third party website as they will charge you extra. We like East Coast’s best fare matrix, and don’t forget Megatrain’s £1 tickets on selected routes. But be aware; sometimes the very cheapest tickets are only available from a particular train company’s website so always start at National Rail Enquiries. which will help you find the train you need and then direct you to the appropriate fee-free website to buy your ticket.

    What we’re campaigning for: websites should tell customers how many tickets are available at certain prices, so people don’t go hunting for fares that don’t exist.

    “Travelling abroad by rail and sea can be quick and affordable if you travel overnight. For £29 people can travel from London Liverpool street to any station in the Netherlands, or from the UK to Ireland” – Paul Bright

    Not in a hurry?

    Slower trains can be cheaper than faster ones (hint: tick ‘include slower trains’ on the National Rail Enquiries site) and a non-direct route may be cheaper than the most direct one. So if you’re not in a hurry, spending a bit longer on the train can save you pounds. Equally sometimes buying a ticket for each individual leg of your journey can be cheaper than buying one through ticket and you won’t have to change trains. If you’re buying at a ticket office, make sure to ask specifically about these options. And avoid ticket machines at the station – they often don’t sell you the cheapest available ticket.

    What we’re campaigning for: you should always be clearly offered the cheapest ticket – whether you buy online, at a ticket office or from a ticket machine.

    Of course if you’re using the train to commute to work five days a week you’ll have less flexibility about when you can travel and season tickets are normally the best choice. You can get weekly, monthly or annual tickets. Season ticket prices go up on January 2nd so you can save big by buying your next one before the prices go up.

    What we’re campaigning for: not everyone works full-time, so there should be carnets or special season tickets that make commuting affordable for part-timers.

    We’ve been campaigning hard for affordable rail fares: join our campaign for Fair Fares Now .





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    Czech Republic Train Travel & Things to Do #best #travel #store

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    Train types in the Czech Republic

    Rail Network

    Czech Railways or České dráhy or (CD or ČD) is the main railway operator of the Czech Republic.

    The train is a common means of transportation in the Czech Republic. Most Czech cities, towns and many villages have train stations. They are interconnected well enough to make train travel a convenient way of getting from one place to another. International train services to the Czech Republic run from most points in Europe, with direct connections from Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary.

    Intercity, Eurocity (IC, EC) – pretty modern longer distance train, stops in major cities only

    Supercity (Pendolino) – fastest new trains, operates between biggest cities (compulsory reservation)

    Prague is the main railway center. The most important train stations are:

    Hlavní nádrazí (Main Station). The biggest station. It has ticket offices, a train information centre and a Prague information service.

    Nádrazí Holesovice (Holesovice Station). This is usually the terminus for trains from Berlin and other destinations to the north.





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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.

    Questions or concerns?

    Click here to contact us





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    BritRail Passes for UK Train Travel #travel #review

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    Official shop of the British Tourist Board

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    Amtrak Discounts: A Guide to Cheaper Train Tickets #travel #link

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    Amtrak Discounts: A Guide to Cheaper Train Tickets

    Use these promo codes and dedicated links to save up to 20% on your train ticket and up to 30% on a companion fare.

    By Sascha Segan

    Gas prices are headed up again, but Amtrak fares are holding steady — making our nation’s rail service a smart bet for your spring or summer getaway.

    If you can plan ahead, there’s no reason to pay full price for most Amtrak tickets. Previously, you could enter promotion codes during the payment process on Amtrak.com . You can still do that with some discounts, but most price cuts now require you to book your trip through a dedicated link. Either way, you’ll still save 15%-20% on every ticket.

    We’ve found so many Amtrak discounts that we’re segmenting them by region. You’re likely to find discounts for most popular routes with two gaping exceptions: There aren’t many discounts for the east-to-west cross-country routes, and there aren’t many discounts specifically for New York City.

    Nationwide Amtrak Discounts

    Before you start clicking links, make sure to check Amtrak’s Weekly Specials, on sale between Tuesday and Friday each week. These are deeply discounted fares (often up to 80% off) that can be for any train in the country. It’s a grab bag, but you might get lucky. Check them out here .

    There’s an ongoing 25% discount (with a 14-day advance purchase) for Northeast Regional trains, the popular line that runs from Boston to D.C. The lower fares automatically turn up when you search, and they’re lower than most of the alternatives here. This means the alternatives are better for non-Northeast Regional trains, or for purchases between 3 and 14 days in advance.

    Membership has its privileges. If you’re a senior citizen, U.S. military, or a member of AAA, Veterans’ Advantage, ISIC, Student Advantage, or the National Association of Rail Passengers, you can get a discount on Amtrak fares just by clicking the right box on Amtrak’s purchase page. High school juniors and seniors traveling with an adult can get a 50% discount by buying their tickets at www.campusvisit.com . NARP doesn’t have any membership requirements beyond the $35 annual fee, and it nets you a 10% discount.

    All of these deals have some blackout dates: April 22, 24 and 25, May 27, July 1-2, Sept 2. and 5, Oct. 7, Nov. 22-23, and Nov. 26-28. None of them work with the high-speed Acela Express train. And all of them require you to buy your tickets 3 days in advance, so plan ahead.

    New England Amtrak Discounts (ME, MA, VT, RI, CT)

    Vermont really wants people to come by train. If you’re visiting Vermont from outside the state, book here for 20% off any trip through Oct. 31. But if you’re traveling within the state, book here for a flat $12 fare on any in-state trip, through Dec. 31.

    If you’re traveling on the Downeaster train between Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon/evening, you can get two tickets for the price of one by using discount code V773. That’s good through July 1, 2011. Up to two children can also ride free on that train with one paying adult if you use discount code V581 .

    Massachusetts -bound travelers: For any train to Massachusetts (but not trips leaving Massachusetts) on the Downeaster, the Northeast Corridor, or the one daily train from Albany, you can get 20% off by booking here. Good for travel through Dec. 15, 2011.

    For trips to/from Rhode Island. save 15% by booking here. Good for travel through Dec. 31, 2011.

    For trips to/from Connecticut. save 20% by booking here. Good through March 31, 2011.

    Mid-Atlantic Amtrak Discounts (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA)

    Traveling in New York State. or to Montreal. You have two good options. First, try booking with this link. which gets you 20% off any in-state (or Montreal) ticket for travel through May 31. If you’re riding the Adirondack train (that’s the Montreal train) on a Thursday-Sunday before April 28 and if the resulting fare is higher than $89 round-trip, use this link for an $89 Adirondack round-trip instead.

    If you’re traveling to/from Philadelphia before July 13, use this link to save 15% off each ticket.

    But if you’re traveling to/from Philadelphia between July 15 and Dec. 20, use this link to save 30% off a second ticket, which is like saving 15% off each ticket if you travel as a pair.

    For 30% off a second ticket to/from Wilmington, DE. book here. Good for travel through Dec. 20, 2011.

    For trips to/from Baltimore, MD. get 30% off a second ticket by booking here. Good for travel through Dec. 20, 2011.

    For trips to/from BWI Airport, MD. get 30% off a second ticket by booking here. Good for travel through Dec. 20, 2011.

    For trips to/from Washington, D.C.. get 30% off a second ticket by booking here. Good for travel through Dec. 20, 2011.

    Southeast Amtrak Discounts

    There aren’t many discounts in the Southeast right now, unfortunately. I’ve seen North Carolina discounts in the past, though, so keep your eyes out for future changes.

    For trips to Orlando, Winter Park, and Kissimmee, FL on the Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains, you can get 15% off an adult fare by using discount code V104. Good for travel through Dec. 31, 2011.

    Midwest Amtrak Discounts

    Note that many of these discounts only cover short-distance trains — except for the St. Louis link, you can’t use them for the long interstate routes.

    For trips to or from most Michigan cities on the short-distance Blue Water, Pere Marquette, and Wolverine trains, you can get 15% off by booking here. Good for travel through April 30, 2011.

    For trips to or from any city in Illinois on the short-distance Carl Sandburg, Illini, Illinois Zephyr, Lincoln Service, and Saluki trains, you can get 20% off by booking here. Good through April 30, 2011. Note that this won’t get you a discount on long-distance trains that don’t originate in Illinois or Missouri.

    For trips to or from St. Louis. MO on any train, you can get 20% off by booking here. Good for travel through May 2, 2011.

    For trips to any city in Missouri on the short-distance Missouri River Runner train, you can get 15% off by booking here. Good for travel through April 30, 2011.

    West Coast Amtrak Discounts

    The Portland and Seattle versions of the “Chinook Book” coupon book include a 25%-off coupon for Amtrak Cascades trains, which run through Oregon, Washington, and up to Vancouver, B.C. The book costs $20, so it’s hard to make that math work if you’re just doing it for the Amtrak coupon. But the book has hundreds of coupons for either Portland or Seattle merchants that you might find otherwise helpful.

    The East Bay and Silicon Valley, CA versions of the Chinook Book include buy-one-get-one-free coupons for the Capitol Corridor train. The same concerns as above apply; it might make sense if you intend to use more of the local coupons. You can find the full list of coupons at www.chinookbook.net .

    For trips to Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc, Surf, Guadalupe, and Santa Maria, CA on the Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin trains, you can get 20% off by clicking here. Good through Dec. 19. 2011.

    For trips to Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles, CA on the Pacific Surfliner or Coast Starlight trains, you can get 20% off by signing up here. Good for travel through Dec. 31, 2011.

    Have you uncovered any other great Amtrak discount codes?





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    Amsterdam to Paris Train Tickets by Thalys at Euro Railways #exodus

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    From Amsterdam to Paris Train Tickets

    Amsterdam to Paris by Thalys, Premier High Speed Trains

    Thalys is the red high-speed train connecting Paris to Brussels in 1 hour 22 minutes, and Cologne and Amsterdam in just 3h14. Since 1996, Thalys has been truly a multicultural operator to achieve success in the international high-speed rail business in four countries. Thalys success story is both commercial and technical. transporting over 100 million rail passengers and successfully introducing on-board WiFi in 2008 and a new train management system, in 2009.

    Comfort 1 (1st class):

    Comfortable seats, quiet and extra space in which to read, work, surf the Internet, etc.

    Delicious and varied meals served at your seat.

    WiFi connection.

    On-board booking of your taxi (only available for Paris or Brussels). Our on-board teams will take care of your taxi booking. You will be welcomed in the station when you alight from the train.

    The Salon, a private space on board offering ideal conditions for working. You can work efficiently at 300km/hr.

    At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

    With individual electric sockets, use and recharge your electrical equipment during your journey.

    WiFi connection.

    Thalys Welcome Bar

    At the Thalys Welcome Bar, a wide selection of drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

    On competitive fares, you can ride on Thalys for a relaxing day in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne as well as for Charles de Gaulle airport, Antwerp, Den Haag, Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol).





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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.





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

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    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.





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    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 .

    If you are more visually oriented, then our Rebel Mouse page called Europe Travel Tips and Ideas features many of our European destinations, events, apps, and other travel related news and pictures.

    Here s what you need to know about traveling Europe on the train–from planning your trip to buying tickets to getting the most for your travel dollar.

    European trains are fast, clean, convenient and take you from city center to city center. You might be amazed at all the places you can travel to, including the small cities and villages .

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    Buy Your Train Tickets with a Smartphone App. James Martin

    Lots of folks want to get their hands on tickets before they leave on vacation. You risk loosing them, of course. But today there are some fairly safe ways to purchase tickets in advance.

    DB Bahn also offers a variety of ways to use your smart phone to purchase tickets. You can either register with the site and get tickets to print out before you travel, or keep the tickets on your smart phone. As long as the battery is charged, you can show the conductor the phone with the bar code and that, plus your id card, is your ticket to ride.





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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).

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    Agatha Christie pointed out the romance of travelling by train. And while we may not want to shell out on the luxury of the Orient Express, we can at least indulge ourselves in a touch of exotic travel by rail in Europe — without breaking the bank.

    An InterRail Pass  provides unlimited travel on Europe s trains for a given period in up to 30 countries (non-EU citizens, use Eurail Pass instead).

    Once, the InterRail Pass was used predominantly by students with time on their hands during university vacations and the desire to travel cheaply. But today, in these green times, it has become a fashionable mode of travel for all – and the pass provides maximum flexibility.

    Here s how it works. You buy a pass for a single country or a Global pass for up to 30 countries depending where you wish to visit. The card is valid for travel within a given period — say, any five days in a ten day period or any day for 22 days or a month. You can travel as often as you like — and you re free to change your itinerary at any time.

    Typically, a pass allowing you to travel every day in 22 days in up to 30 countries costs £377/€484. I bought a pass allowing me to travel 10 days within a 22 days period and I paid £291/€374. [prices updated on 26 June 2015]

    After you have bought the pass, the only extra costs are a small seat reservation fee (slightly more for overnight trains). These can be paid for in advance if you know your itinerary, or on arrival at the station if you want to be spontaneous.

    In fact, spontaneity is one of the great joys of the InterRail scheme. To be able to change your plans without paying a surcharge is a big benefit.

    Rail is the new hip mode of travel. Not only do you avoid the slog of lengthy immigration and security checks at airports, you travel city centre to city centre. At the same time you re doing your bit for the environment (trains have low carbon emissions) and you see the countryside rather than getting an airborne artist s impression of it from 30,000ft. And along the way you meet the locals and sample the different lifestyles of the countries you visit.

    There s also much to be said for travelling outside the main holiday season. The trains and cities are less crowded and you can usually get into your favourite museum without having to wait in line at the door. Head north and east for the snow, south for the sun.

    I set off on a 16-day rail trip around Europe and I discovered there was a certain pleasure in not knowing precisely which route I was going to take. When I arrived in Brussels. one possibility was to head north to Scandinavia, but so grim were the weather prospects there at the time that I decided to head east to Cologne, home to one of Europe s finest cathedrals, before travelling on to Berlin.

    Fast Intercity-Express (ICE) trains by Germany s DB Bahn (c) flickr/Nelso Silva

    There, I dallied for a couple of days, soaking up the unique atmosphere of a city which, although technically reunified, is still very much a place of two distinct parts. Even with the Wall gone, there are constant reminders in East Berlin of the discarded political experiment.

    For many, of course, seeing the effects of that failed experiment is part of the appeal. Many of the city s finest sites, including the iconic Brandenburg Gate, are in what used to be East Berlin.

    From Berlin, my InterRail pass carried me south to Prague and Vienna and then on to the incomparable delights of Venice, where I spent three days ogling some of the most beautiful buildings on the planet. In this extraordinary place you cannot walk for a minute without being bowled over by something that s really worth a stop, whether it s St Mark s Square or the magnificent outline of the Church of Santa Maria della Salute.

    With my cultural cup already more than half full, I decided Venice was a good point to begin the journey home.

    I caught a fast train to Milan. not so much for a spot of retail therapy but to see La Scala and climb the steps to the roof of the cathedral for a breathtaking view of the Alps.

    From there I made my way to Zurich and finally to Paris where, with a kir in hand at a pavement café on the Champs Elysees, I reflected on the whistle-stop tour. I had visited seven countries in 16 days, travelled throughout in comfort and every train left on time. Truly, transport of delight.





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    Europe’s 12 best train trips: you’ve got to try at least

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    The Espace Vitalite Chenot spa is the only one outside of Europe. It uses an east-west mix of Chinese medicine and modern methods and is set in a luxe, traditional Turkish Hammam.

    Mark Smith’s Man in Seat 61 website (seat61.com ) is crammed with trip-planning advice. His roster of recommended routes starts in the U.K.

    “I suggest London to Fort William by Caledonian Sleeper. travelling direct from the Big Smoke to the wonderful West Highlands of Scotland. With your own cozy bedroom, you’ll be breakfasting in the lounge car as deer bound away from the train the next morning,” he says.

    Then there’s the continent. “Some say the Bernina Express from Chur to Tirano is the best train ride though the Swiss Alps; others say the famous Glacier Express pips it at the post. You’ll just have to do both,” he suggests, adding that Venice to Munich via the Brenner Pass. Zurich to Milan via the Gotthard Pass and Paris to Nice. with its rocky coastline finale, are also major routes with scenic swathes.

    But don’t forget Eastern Europe. “Take the train from Belgrade to Bar or Podgorica in Montenegro. There’s breathtaking mountain scenery, including a precarious crossing of the world’s highest railway viaduct. It’s a daylong ride costing just €20 – buy your tickets at the station.”

    Rail-specializing travel journalist Jools Stone (railwaystays.com ) also favours Scotland, recommending the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig for “spectacular glens, lochs and all that gorgeously desolate boggy Highlands landscape.” Hopping to the continent, he suggests Norway’s fjord-studded Flam Railway and Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway. which scales the Eiger to Europe’s highest train station.

    Looking for some vintage railway decadence? “The Venice Simplon-Orient Express is the ultimate luxe train. Food and service is unsurpassed but it’s the stunning interiors – the Poirot factor – that swings it,” says Stone, adding that Austria’s lesser-known Majestic Imperator train is an equally lavish but lower-cost alternative.

    Once you’ve found your dream route, it’s time for ticketing. Smith offers some choice advice for keeping budgets on track.

    “Don’t assume you need a rail pass. I often see Canadians taking €29 train journeys with $800 rail passes. Europe’s long-distance trains often operate like budget airlines, with cheap fares for prebooking on a no-refunds, no-changes basis,” he says, adding that buying tickets three months ahead is the way to go.

    But where to book?

    “There isn’t a single website selling all routes and services at the cheapest prices. The golden rule is to book online at the websites of relevant operators. If a service is run jointly by neighbouring countries – as many are – go to the website of the national rail operator for the country where your journey starts: You’ll pay cheap advance-purchase fares, usually without booking fees. Most offer print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.”

    For many North Americans, Smith adds, the ease of European long-distance train travel can be surprising. “There’s no check in – apart from on Eurostar. You just walk off the streets and onto the train. If you’re on board at departure time, you go with it – if not, you get left behind.”

    And while luggage allowances are generally less draconian than flying, Stone adds it makes sense to prepare. “Space will be limited in all but the most lavish cars. Have one luggage rack-friendly case for day-to-day essentials: change of clothes, a good book, a trusty corkscrew and your camera are all you really need.”

    It’s this kind of relaxed approach – the foundation of great train journeys – that should also apply during planning. “Be realistic about how much ground you’ll cover,” Stone says. “Resist the temptation to hit every capital. And remember that high-speed doesn’t always mean better – slower journeys are often the most scenic.”

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    The first class car in Italy

    I lean my head back on the seat and gaze out the window as I gently rock back and forth. The landscape accelerates by me in a blur and I allow my brain to explore it’s dark depths. I think, “this could be anywhere, it looks like Illinois, Nebraska, or Wisconsin. I continue to suspend logic and reality letting my mind wander with the rocking. Then my eyes catch a glimpse, I sit up more alert and focus in on it -a castle high on a hill in the distance. It has multiple towers and levels set in this picture perfect landscape and my brain is now processing the fact that there’s no way I am in America but I’ve been traveling so fast – it’s hard for me to keep up where I am these days.  A wave of happiness swept over me as I realized I would have never seen this if I had been on a plane flying between European countries.

    It has always been a goal of mine to take the train around Europe and now finally when I’m well past the age of backpacking Europe, I find myself riding around Europe for 2 months on a Eurail pass. Since I was going to be traveling around to various cities as the “Go with Oh” Blogger. I needed a way to get from city to city and rail was the first and only thing that came to mind.

    You ll fall in love with train stations in Europe

    I m a train lover in fact I ve had a fascinating history with trains as I worked for a railroad in my first job out of college.  I used to think that a Eurail pass was this free-wheeling, hippy-ish way to travel; you had one ticket and just hopped on and off trains much like those city Hop on-Hop Off tour buses. However when I received my Eurail packet in the mail back in the States, I eagerly opened it up and quickly realized that I had a lot to learn. There was a whole booklet on how to activate and utilize your pass. There were rules, restrictions, and guidelines; this is not the vocabulary of hippies.

    Big sigh hippy dream dies…but still excited.

    My first order of business was to understand what exactly the pass got me. I had the Eurail Global Pass that allowed me to travel first class anywhere in Europe for 15 travel days over the course of 2 months; it was sort of the ‘mack daddy’ of Eurail passes, so this was a good start. However as I read on I learned that I couldn’t just hop on any train anytime (if I expected to get anywhere in a timely manner), instead many trains between countries required reservations and reservation fees.

    My Route

    I had planned to go from Rome to Venice to Vienna, to Berlin, to Paris, to Barcelona, with a few local jaunts mixed in.

    Things you should know about the Eurail Global Pass

    Reservations

    Yes you still have to make reservations in most circumstances.  You will definitely need a reservation for any overnight train.  In order to make this reservation and research process eaiser   don’t throw that seemingly silly old school paper train schedule book away when they send it to you. It was my Bible for the initial research I needed to do to even consider a reservation. One would think that paper schedules are passé…but not for riding the rails across Europe. You can find a few sites with the schedules for the mainstream train routes. but since you are covering a variety of countries and train systems, there’s not really a great single place to go and figure this stuff out across countries. Plus – much of the time when I needed to do the research, I didn’t have wifi available. So – hold on to the booklet – you’ll look retro and cool paging through time tables – trust me.

    My sleeper compartment from Berlin to Paris

    I used the book to figure out what trains I wanted to take and get the general timeframes, and then as I was near a station in a major city I would stop in and book the seat whenever I could. I did this for night legs (required), but I would highly recommend to reserve long legs across countries even if they are during the day. There is normally an extra fee – but you will know you have a seat.

    Follow all of the rules, even if they seem stupid

    For many local routes you don’t even need to get a ticket as your pass serves as your ticket. However – you do need to fill in the date and location of your travel on your paper ticket by hand with a pen before the conductor comes around to ‘take’ your ticket. Yes, I know what you are thinking – this seems rather silly and absurd in this day and age. Ahem…follow all of the rules even if they seem stupid. And note that even if you have a ticket because you reserved a seat and had to pay a few extra Euros for that seat – you still need to have the date filled in on your global pass. This scribbling on your pass is essentially your ticket, and if you forgot to fill in the information on your pass because you were running to catch the train, then you are SOL. The conductor can actually fine you as without the scribble you are technically on the train without a ticket. Yes, this happened to me once, and the conductor luckily just gave me a stern look of disapproval and a warning. Phew.

    First Class travel

    As you reserve, make sure that you get your first class designation and seat. The Eurail passes are first class passes, and this my friends makes your life so much easier – take advantage of it! However do know that the quality of first class varies drastically between countries and trains. When I went from Venice to Vienna there was a leg of it that was on the bus, and even my bus seat was first class. It came with more room, and free coffee!

    My first class bus seating from Venice to Vienna

    A Couple of Tips

    If you are going by train, then my best piece of advice is leave the rolling suitcase at home. Take a backpack as it’s so much easier to get on and off the trains as well as around the stations. Many of the stations in Europe are not accessible accept by stairs. Trust me on this – you will be happier.

    You can reserve an international ticket even if you are not in the country you are reserving for. I was in Rome and I knew I needed to do an overnight train from Berlin to Paris in 4 weeks and I needed to reserve it now. I simply went to the Rome Termini, stood in line for a bit and then they helped me book my ticket between Germany and France.

    Overnight trains can be expensive – even with the Eurail pass, but often you can still cover the distance in the day and actually get to pay less and see more. I saved 75 Euro by taking the day train from Paris to Barcelona – and I was sitting in 1st class!

    Overall I loved exploring Europe by rail, it was a great way to see the countryside and avoid annoying airports and security!

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    As air travel becomes increasingly tiresome and pressure to go green increases, a key concern is the perceived cost of switching from short-haul flights to rail. Can you really travel to Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain or Amsterdam as cheaply by train or ferry as by budget airline? The answer is that yes, you pretty much can, if you know where to look.

    First of course, it pays to be realistic about the cost of flying. The advertised prices look tempting, but the actual fare is often higher. Add airport tax and Air Passenger Duty (APD), and remember that Heathrow, Stansted and Luton can cost around 26 return from London by train. The airport at the other end of the flight may be 5-10 return by bus or train from the city it serves. Have you a baby or small child? Infants go free on trains and ferries, but may attract both a fare and APD by air. Have you any large bags? These now cost around 7 each way per bag on some budget airlines, but there’s no such problem with trains or ships.

    Within the UK, saver fares for the train are often no more expensive than flying once you consider these added costs. London to Edinburgh or Glasgow costs 98 by train, city centre to city centre. That’s not a limited-availability special offer, that’s the regular saver return price. The saver has unlimited availability, so no need to book in advance, you can turn up and buy it on the day of travel. It’s refundable if you choose not to use it, and flexible as you can hop on any train outside the Monday-Friday business peaks. Compare this with a non-refundable, fixed-itinerary airfare that might be billed as 25 each way, but once you add 20 APD, a 26 return train ticket from London to the airport, 5 for the bus at the other end and 7 each way for you bag, you’re talking over 100. In fact, if you book in advance and choose your moment you can pick up a London-Edinburgh advance train ticket for as little as 15, or put another way, 2 more than the train ride to Heathrow. The best place to check British train fares is at nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 48 49 50.

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    France

    If you’re travelling to France, head for eurostar.com. Here you can buy through tickets to major French cities by Eurostar and French high-speed TGV, for example London to Bordeaux from 99 return, and London to Marseille, Perpignan or Nice from 109 return. From November 14, Eurostar plans to offer some cheap through tickets to Paris from places such as Manchester, York, Leeds and Leicester, with one simple change at the new St Pancras International station.

    The rest of Europe

    For Switzerland, Italy or Spain, check out raileurope.co.uk (or call 0870 8 371 371). Here you can book both your Eurostar ticket from London to Paris and many cheap deals offered by the European railways. Buy a London-Paris ticket from 59 return, then nab a ticket from Paris to Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel or Zurich from as little as 15 each way. You can even treat yourself to first class, from 38 each way.

    If travelling to Italy, a couchette on the overnight train from Paris to Florence, Venice or Rome can be yours for as little as 26 each way. If you’re bound for Spain, a bed for the night on the excellent trainhotels from Paris to Madrid or Barcelona costs just 52 each way if you book in advance. And frankly, an afternoon Eurostar to Paris then an overnight sleeper to the Mediterranean won’t take much more time out of your schedule than a late afternoon flight plus a room for the night – and isn’t that a hotel bill saved, too?

    There are similar deals from the UK to Germany, Austria and even Poland, see seat61.com or call German Railway’s UK office on 0871 8 80 80 66.

    You’ll not only find train travel affordable, you might just find it adds a new, more relaxing dimension to your trips away, free from airport queues and flights.

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    inlandrailway.com is affiliated with a number of leading online sellers of train tickets . for a variety of train services worldwide.

    It is not itself, part of some huge, multi-national, travel industry corporate, but was founded by people keen on the train travel sector and wanting to see it play a greater role in the travel industry, in the 21st Century. However, be assured, we do represent some of the very best names in the online train tickets seller marketplace.

    In addition to these train travel links, we’re also linked to a number of leading leisure and travel service providers . so please check out those great offers too.

    The site is open for use by individual travellers, as well as those in the corporate and travel management markets.

    Take a look, at the great variety of train services our sellers offer tickets for . including, some of the most famous “named” train services in the world! Many of the trains cover local, regional and inter-city services. Many feature quality dining cars and other online facilities, including sleeping cars on overnight or multi-day services.

    Increasingly, there’s great interest in riding many of the new generation high-speed rail services and many of these are also covered by our industry leading online train ticket sellers .

    So, welcome to our site and now make tracks on a great train adventure today.





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    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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    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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    U. S. Train Travel #travel #to #germany

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    U.S. Train Travel

    If you are not in a rush to get to your destination, and would like to see some of America’s countryside, take a train!

    Inter-city train travel in the United States is provided by Amtrak, which has routes all over the United States. You can check all of the schedules and fares at Amtrak.com, or call (800) USA-RAIL. And don’t forget to check our Train Deals section before booking to see if there’s a special to your destination.

    Amtrak’s fastest service is on its Acela Express trains in the Northeast corridor, which travel up to 150 miles per hour.

    Top 10 Reasons to Travel by Train

    Popular Routes and Trains

  • The Auto Train links Washington D.C. with Orlando and is a great way to get to Florida with your car! You travel in a typical Amtrak passenger car, while your car or motorcycle rides in an enclosed car carrier at the end of the train.

  • The Ethan Allen Express, which runs from New York City to Rutland, Vermont, is a perfect choice to see the fall foliage of New England — as is the Adirondack, which travels between New York and Montreal .

    U.S./Canada Rail Passes

  • The Crescent takes you from New York to New Orleans (via Atlanta ) and operates on a daily basis.

  • Amtrak’s Silver Service and Palmetto trains whisk you from New York to Miami and everywhere in between.

  • The California Zephyr links Chicago to the West, winding its way through the Rocky Mountains for one of the most scenic train rides in the country.

  • The Coast Starlight travels between Los Angeles and Seattle and is another very popular and scenic train trip — it features floor-to-ceiling windows in its Sightseer Lounge.

  • The Southwest Chief links Los Angeles and Chicago, taking passengers through the stunning landscapes of Arizona and New Mexico.

    If you’re looking for a shorter ride, Amtrak is hardly the only game in town. Check out TrainWeb’s list of local railways throughout North America.

    The World’s Most Spectacular Train Trips

    Travel Tips

    Read your ticket for information regarding reservations, services and bonuses.

    As with air travel, be prepared to deal with cancellations and delays.

    If you are traveling overnight and need rest, plan on getting a sleeper car.

    If you need a sleeper car, be sure to make your reservations well in advance.

    Dress comfortably. Also, bring an extra sweater and comfortable shoes.

    Find out the hours of the dining car and schedule your meals accordingly.

    Avoid close connections.

    Don’t leave luggage unguarded on the train or in the station.

    On night trains, secure baggage to the rack with a small bicycle lock.

    Keep your valuables in a concealed money belt when sleeping on trains.

    Purchase earplugs at any pharmacy to help you get a good night’s sleep.

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    06/04/2017

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