I’ll be honest….we don’t have much experience with train travel in Europe. We have taken a train from the cruise port into Rome as well as from the airport in Amsterdam into the city and then a local one for a day trip from Rome to Sienna and from Florence to Luca. We have wanted to expand our train travel experience – the kids seem to do it all the train and if they could, why couldn’t we?
With our upcoming trip we will be taking a bus between two locations as well as several trains including an overnight train. We need to be in Prague and I just couldn’t find a flight on the date that I wanted however, there was a flight to nearby Nuremberg and that is what we are going to do. We fly overnight on KLM and will be able to spend the day in Amsterdam. A short train ride into the city and we’ll enjoy strolling around, sitting at some of the outdoor cafes and I hope being able to visit the Rijk Museum since it was closed the last time we were in Amsterdam. Later that day we’ll take a commuter hopper flight to Nuremberg.
We have booked a hotel room at a Holiday Inn Express that is near the train station. After doing a little touring during the morning and afternoon we’ll get on a bus to Prague. Bus travel wasn’t something that I had thought of until it was suggested to me by members on Trip Advisor. Apparently the bus has a direct route to Prague while the train is longer since there is a change of trains with a layover at one of the stops. So, we are doing the train. We purchased our tickets online from a Czech site to save money. It was suggested that we do that since the Germans tend to have transportation strikes and we didn’t want to risk it.
Our cruise on the Danube finishes in Budapest and after we spend some extra time there we’ll head to Venice. This is where our real dilemma happened. Do we take the night train from Vienna to Venice or do we take the ten hour train ride during the day and see all the beautiful scenery? After going back and forth we decided that we wanted the extra time in Venice as we had only scheduled two nights there.
After we leave Venice, we’ll be on the final leg of our trip but still more train rides to come. We’ll take the train from Venice to Milan with perhaps a stop in Verona to see the famed, but fake, Juliette balcony in Verona. Once in Milan we’ll be taking regional trains to go up to Lake Como and Lake Maggiore and, if I can talk Blogger Hubby into it, the World’s Fair in Milan this year.
We are fairly new to train travel and we could not have done all this without the help and guidance of Mark who is known as The Man in Seat 61 All he asks for all his help is a donation, if you can, to UNICEF’S Syrian Appeal. He knows train travel all over the world and is willing to share his knowledge and expertise. Not only did I read his blog but I also emailed him more than a few times. He told me how far out I should purchase the tickets from, which sites and about how much it would be.
What has been your experience use the train around the world?