The rail network in Europe is extremely developed and intricate, allowing for cross-border travel within the continent. However, the train system can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be!
Below is our guide on how you can seamlessly navigate your way through train travel in Europe.
HOW TO BUY TRAIN TICKETS:
There are multiple websites that sell train tickets. One popular site is Rail Europe. As the leading worldwide distributor of European rail products, Rail Europe is the only one-stop-shop for planning and booking European train travel and sightseeing products. However, train tickets purchased from Rail Europe are more expensive than others sites. The site I’ve used to purchase my ticket from Prague to Berlin is GoEuro. A train ticket from GoEuro costs as low as $36 USD whereas the same ticket for the same day would cost $100 USD on Rail Europe.
BEFORE YOU GO:
WHAT TO EXPECT:
USING YOUR TRAIN TICKET:
- Validate Ticket: Some train tickets will need to be validate prior to boarding the train. There are machines at the station. Just stick your ticket in and you should hear the machine stamping it. However, some train tickets will be validated by the conductor once you’ve boarded the train as in my case when traveling from Prague to Berlin. To be safe, check the platform for stamping stations or ask a fellow passenger nearby. They’re usually friendly and willing to help!
- Locate Your Seat: Look on your ticket o see which train car you are assigned to, then find your seat number. If there is no assigned seating, then find the car with the correct class. Generally, this will be marked or first or second class. Then find any open seat.
- Keep Your Ticket Out: Keep your train ticket within easy reach. After the train leaves the station, a ticket checker will be coming by to validate your ticket. This may happen a few times during the course of the journey depending on how far you are traveling.