Travelling by train is part of the daily ritual for those who travel to college or work. But tourist train traveling is also popular and has many advantages. Imagine a trip to the sea without jam. Get on board, have a seat and without any hold-up along the way, travel to your destination or even better book a sleeping car, have a nap and when you wake up, you’re there! Also, if you often go to concerts or games, whether you are traveling alone, with friends or family, consider the possibility of traveling by train.
If you go on a journey that will last several days, check which ticket is most profitable for you, whether you’ll reserve a seat, pay a ticket for higher class and whether you have any ground for a discount. Price of a return ticket for some destinations is almost the same as the price of a ticket in one direction.
There are several types of tickets – advance, off-peak, anytime, season and rovers and rangers – so ask around to see what best suits you. During international travels journey can be interrupted, but must continue on the same station where you stopped your trip (a stopover is usually validated at the station, they write it on your ticket) or on some other station which you haven’t already passed. Inter-rail ticket can be purchased for the whole Europe or for only one country, and you can also choose the duration of the trip.
For an uncommon holiday think about the trains which have a little bit out-of-the-way routes, like:
Trans-Siberian railway – in a nutshell, runs between Moscow and Beijing throughout the cities of Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, along the Baikal Lake, and through Ulan Bator. On the way you can gaze upon typical Siberian villages, traditional cities as well as untouched nature.
Deccan Odyssey goes across India, the land of the Maharaja, through the cities Ganapatipule, Pune, Aurangabad and Goa.
Eastern & Oriental Express – the first train that drove passengers from Singapore through Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. It is called the most elegant train of Southeast Asia. The interior of the coach was inspired by Asia, and Far Eastern motifs prevail. The sophisticated luxury is complemented by local materials.
Bernina Express or Red Train (Switzerland) – the ride on this train allows you to enjoy beautiful scenery. Across viaducts and overpasses, through tunnels built in the Alps, train rises from the valley, running between glaciers and mountain peaks, and then descends to Pontresina and St Moritz. The ride starts in Tirano, the last stop on the route that goes from Milan all the way to St Moritz.