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Train Travel Tips
September 7th, 2011

Train travel is becoming increasingly popular, especially in Europe where visitors can ride from one country to another in a few short hours (sometimes less!), often in a much more comfortable fashion than those traveling by air. coque samsung galaxy s9 plus For many Americans, train travel for leisure is a relatively new indulgence, and I find that my clients are often unsure of what to look for when booking, as well as what they need to know about the train trip itself. Here are a few key tips to help you along. While these are mostly based on train travel on Rail Europe, many can apply to just about any type of leisure train travel. cover custodia case iphone 11 N5773 adventure time wallpaper 1sK8 1. minimalist batman custodia iphone x tyui17501 Most trains have a first class and second class (name may vary – in the U.S. they are often coach and business/first). Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Florida Panthers Z3167 Case Before purchasing one or the other based solely on price, check out the difference in service and amenities. On Rail Europe trains, first class may have additional leg room, more comfortable seats, food and drink service, newspaper delivery and other feautres that make it an attractive option, especially for longer journeys.     2. fjallraven rucksack no 21 medium red dragon age leliana custodia iphone mini pro max 12 ret11657 Look at the seating policy before purchasing. Some trains assign seats ahead of time for both classes, while others don’t assign seats for second class and operate on a first come, first serve basis. 00 raiser custodia iphone mini pro max 12 ret9743 While you are guaranteed a seat if you’ve purchased your ticket in advance, you aren’t guaranteed a specific seat, which could mean being separated from your traveling companions or a less desirable seat location. In addition, even if your ticket does include assigned seating, this seat isn’t always chosen for you upon booking. You (or your travel planner) may need to choose your specific seat either online or by calling the rail company. The seating policy should be indicated when you reserve your ticket.     3. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Minion Wallpaper L3146 Case When booking your rail trip, all train times are not created equal. Those earlier in the morning and late afternoon/early evening may be commuter trains, packed with people heading to and from work. fjallraven kanken big backpack forest green Some trains may be local, while others are express – check the total journey time for an indication of this (local trains will have a longer commute time, even if there is no connection required). fjallraven kanken mini backpack pink The express may be slightly more expensive, but it’s often worth paying a little extra. While it’s nice to see the countryside, stopping every 15 minutes can get monotonous, and most tickets won’t allow you to hop off and on at stops that look interesting – though, there are passes that do this, which will be in another tip – so it simply just makes your journey much longer time-wise. warm yellow fjallraven kanken backpack mini     4. coque iphone 12 mini To the last point, if you are traveling by train to multiple destinations in Europe (on the same vacation), you may get a better value by selecting a rail pass than multiple point-to-point tickets. These passes will allow you to travel a certain number within a country or a region. Because they measure days of travel and not individual journeys, passes allow you to get off and on the train at various points within the same day. coque samsung galaxy s10e The one catch, though, is that while you pay for the pass, you also have to pay a fee – approximately $25 per person – to reserve seats on specific train journeys. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max monster inc Z3621 Case This additional reservation fee should be factored in when considering if the pass is the best deal for you. Check out the Rail Europe website for additional details on the rail passes.       5. cover custodia case iphone 11 H1926 super smash bros ultimate wallpaper 62lR6 Unlike buses, most trains don’t have the option to load luggage underneath. This means that for those traveling with larger luggage (I admit I’m one of these!), storage space can be limited. fjallraven kanken mini backpack lake blue There isn’t room for a full size suitcase overhead of your seat (or underneath). Between some of the train cars there are luggage storage racks, but they aren’t often sizeable enough to store all the passengers’ luggage. To ensure that you get your luggage in there, find your train car in advance (it will be on your ticket if you’ve been assigned a seat) and look for the closest luggage rack near your car. Board through that end of the car and board early. cover iphone 5 personalizzate amazon 498czt This gives you the best chance of actually getting to store your luggage in the luggage rack. Otherwise, people tend to just put them on the floor and then can get moved, stepped on, etc.   6. If you have a group and are willing to pay a little more, some trains offer enclosed private seating, just as a restaurant would offer a private room. sail custodia iphone mini pro max 12 ret7917 While they aren’t specifically sleeper cars, they are more spacious than traditional seats, and especially nice if you think you may want to nap during the ride. The seats in these are facing each other, so you don’t have to talk over your seat back or across the aisle.

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