What are your plans for the summer? Will you be traveling to Europe? New rail routes have made cross-continent travel more convenient than ever.
With a wide network of high-speed trains connecting major cities and regional trains making even the tiniest villages accessible, train travel has long been a popular option in Europe. However, if you're planning on visiting many locations inside a country or between countries in Europe, rail travel is now more attractive than ever.
Flight delays, long security lines, and missing luggage were just some of the travel woes passengers had last summer due to airport mayhem across Europe. Furthermore, France has banned domestic flights of less than 2.5 hours in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. In the years to come, it's feasible that many more nations may follow suit.
Train travel in Europe is convenient since it allows you to skip the airport, and it's also cheaper and more pleasant than flying. When you include in the time it takes to get to and from the airport, there are certain routes that are really faster than flying. Plus, the number of train lines across Europe is only expected to increase.
Some of Europe's most impressive new long-distance rail routes are as follows:
Vienna to Paris: With the NightJet train, you can now travel from Vienna to Paris in 14 hours with tickets starting at €30. The train stops in Salzburg and Munich and features amenities such as roomy seats, wireless charging stations, free WiFi, and bicycle storage.
Brussels to Berlin: Launching in May 2023, the European Sleeper train will take travelers from Brussels to Berlin via Amsterdam in under 11 hours, with fares starting at €49.
Milan to Paris: The Frecciarossa high-speed route connects the fashion-forward cities of Milan and Paris in just under 7 hours. Tickets for the journey start at €29.
Madrid to Valencia: With the Ouigo service, travelers can now get from Madrid to Valencia in just 1 hour and 45 minutes for as low as €9. In 2023, Ouigo will expand its service to reach other destinations in Southern Spain, including Cordoba, Sevilla, and Málaga.
Barcelona to Madrid: The Iryo rail service connects these two major cities in Spain in just 2.5 hours, with fares starting at €18.
Ljubljana to Budapest: The Hungarian Railways train takes travelers from the capital of Slovenia to the capital of Hungary on a scenic ride through Graz, Austria, in 7.5 hours with fares as low as €16.
Paris to Berlin: This TGV route is expected to launch in early 2024, connecting travelers directly from Paris to Berlin for the first time, in 7 hours.
Think about using trains as your main mode of transportation while in Europe, and take advantage of the new connections that have made crossing the continent even less of a chore.