Travel by rail is the best way to go when in Europe. There are several reasons why rail travel is better than flying or renting a car such as convenience, ease of travel and saving money. The fact is travel by rail means that you get to travel in true European style.
The convenience of travel by rail for example is that there is no need to circle around to find a parking space then have to walk from the parking space to your destination. Many cities in Europe are charging for driving in the center where most attractions are located or becoming totally auto free. There are park plus rides that are parking lots with a bus stop nearby but that still means extra travel time and extra money to spend on the high hourly parking rates. Some of these parking rates go as high as $3 an hour and offer very little in the way of parking lot security. Travel by rail gives the convenience of always getting off the train in the center of all the action and never having to pay extra to park the train! Safety of well-lit stations and 24 hours 7 days a week security.
Border checks, parking tickets and just trying to find your way around is a great hassle. The many roundabouts and crisscross confusing roads of Europe make a stressful vacation. Who needs stress on their vacation? Travel by rail on the other hand makes vacation travel easy. With the Eurail pass, you decide the destination, the time of arrival and the time of departure. Above all if you do get lost, there is a whole team of people at the train stations to help you get on with your journey. GPS can’t offer that same amount of personal services that comes from years of training to help train travelers.
Every day the news about rising fuel prices brings more news about the cost of flying. More airlines are charging passengers extra per bag. Why pay this fee more than once? When you travel by rail there are no extra fees for baggages. Not only is your baggage safely right by your side, under your seat or above you. No more lost suitcases, no more people snooping through your bags to search for nothing and best of all you can bring all the fluids and drinks you want with you. Nobody will throw your bottle of water in the trashcan. Likewise, low-cost intercontinental airlines do not include meals and often have overpriced drinks. On the contrary, travel by rail has cafes, restaurants, and bistros all with reasonable prices. Moreover, you get more leg room.