When I was a kid, we visited a town called Jasper in the CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAINS for the first time. We have visited Jasper before, but this time was special. We decided to take the train this time. I felt more at one with nature even though we were chugging right by. The scenery we got to see was different than what I saw from the highway. Since then, I have wanted to take more train trips. We discussed Traveling By Train Reasons. I had even selected a romantic hotel. I still dreamed of traveling by train through Europe someday.

We decided to put off Costa Rica and instead travel around Europe by train for five weeks. Our trip took us to big cities, medieval villages, and landscapes so pristine and beautiful they looked like paintings. Taking the train is a romantic experience.

Reasons Why We Love Train Travel

Trains were always winning in our comparisons of train travel to flying. Possibly because it takes me back to a simpler time, I can’t quite put my finger on why I enjoy it so much. When the opportunity arises, we prefer to travel by train over other modes of transportation. Here are some reasons we love traveling by train!

Train Travel is Comfortable

Flights are not one of my favorite pastimes. The reason isn’t that I’m scared of it, but because I hate feeling trapped. I’m squeezed into an uncomfortable chair that barely reclines. The seat in front of me is in my lap, so I can’t stretch my legs. In addition to being physically trapped, I soon become trapped by my own guilt, unsure if I am the one who’s entitled to the armrest or not. We discussed Traveling By Train Reasons. A train has a lot more space than an airplane. There is ample legroom in the seats (and they are usually more comfortable). On many trains, the seats are arranged facing one another with a table in the middle.

Travel by train is flexible

It is not necessary to make a reservation on trains, so you can just show up, purchase a ticket, and board. There is also a wide range of departure times. There are multiple trains per day to most destinations, with the most popular destinations having at least one train per hour, if not more. There are numerous rail networks in Europe, so you have many options for travel. Rail links are available even in the smallest towns.

Taking the train is hassle-free

You don’t need to wait in line for security. The train station is open 24/7 so you can board as soon as you arrive. There were nobody scanners, no x-rays, or searches of our luggage. We discussed Traveling By Train Reasons. It’s not necessary to arrive hours before departure, as with airlines. We actually got on the train just as the doors were closing behind us on our first trip! I also found it easier to pack for a train trip than for an airplane trip. You won’t have to worry about being charged for overweight baggage since there are no weight limits.

Travel by train is efficient

When it comes to efficiency, I’m all about it. In fact, I refer to myself as an efficiency coordinator in a joking manner. I expect everything to happen on time. Airlines don’t seem to respect my time when it comes to flying. We have unfortunately become accustomed to delayed departures and even canceled flights.

A second benefit of taking the train is that it takes you right into the center of the city. Most of the major attractions are within walking distance of the stations. You save time and money by not having to take cabs to your destination.

Traveling by train is relaxing

You can sit back and enjoy the scenery while you’re on a train (take a look at our ride along the beautiful ALASKA RAILROAD).  The railroad gives you a chance to view the countryside in a way that you can’t do while driving along the highway. Traveling by train is also a more social experience. Passengers were able to exchange travel stories and learn about each other’s home countries easily, passing the time with them.

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