Exploring Europe by Rail

Lauren Curd

One of our specialist areas here at Medway (now trading as Pettitts Travel) is bespoke European rail holidays, either travelling by train all the way from the UK, or flying to the continent and then enjoying a multi-centre holiday across one, two or a few countries, travelling by rail between locations.

A tree-lined canal in Amsterdam in the autumn

As train stations are usually located right in the heart of a city, rail travel is a fantastic choice for travelling between city destinations as visitors can arrive smack-bang in the centre of the action, cutting out wasted hours spent transferring between airports and hotels. After all, time is precious on a multi-centre holiday so you want to make sure you have plenty of time to explore! Rail travel is also more environmentally-friendly and, when travelling in peak season, often friendlier on the pocket than air travel when booked in advance. On board trains in Europe, travellers can relax in comfort with a good book as the ever-changing scenery passes by the train window. For longer journeys, overnight sleeper trains offer shared couchettes that provide an affordable way for families to travel together and private cabins, some with en-suite facilities, meals included and even room service.

Below are a few of some of our most popular destination combination for rail holidays in Europe, to inspire you with the endless possibilities of bespoke rail travel.

Rome, Florence and Venice by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Paris, train from Paris to Rome via Turin, train from Rome to Florence, train from Florence to Venice.

Lake Garda, Verona and Venice by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Paris, train from Paris to Desenzano via Geneva and Milan. Verona is only 20 minutes away and Venice is only 1.5 hours away from Lake Garda by train so both destinations can be easily added to this itinerary.

Brussels, Cologne and Berlin by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Brussels, train from Brussels to Cologne, ICE train from Cologne to Berlin.

Basel, Zurich, Chur, Lucerne, Meiringen and Interlaken by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Paris, TGV from Paris to Basel, train from Basel to Zurich, train from Zurich to Chur, Glacier Express and local train from Chur to Lucerne, train from Lucerne to Meiringen, train from Meiringen to Interlaken.

Paris, Milan, Verona and Rome by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Paris, train from Paris to Milan, train from Milan to Verona, train from Verona to Rome.

Cologne, Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Nuremburg by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Brussels, train from Brussels to Cologne, train from Cologne to Vienna, train from Vienna to Budapest, train from Budapest to Prague, train from Prague to Nuremburg.

Paris, Nice, Monaco and Antibes by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Paris, train from Paris to Nice, day trip by train from Nice to Monte Carlo, day trip by train from Nice to Antibes (Juan-les-Pins).

Madrid, Seville, Jerez, Granada, Cordoba and Barcelona by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Paris, train from Paris to Madrid, train from Madrid to Seville, day trip by train from Seville to Jerez, train from Seville to Granada, train from Granada to Cordoba, train from Cordoba to Barcelona.

Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Nuremberg and Cologne by Rail

Eurostar from UK to Brussels, train from Brussels to Berlin via Cologne, day trip by train from Berlin to Potsdam, train from Berlin to Dresden, train from Dresden to Nuremberg, train from Nuremberg to Cologne.

 

**This blog post was previously published on Medway Leisure Travel, now trading as Pettitts Travel**