Planning a European trip by rail can feel daunting. In this travel talk, Rick Steves’ Europe rail expert Gretchen Strauch explains all you need to know about Europe’s railways. Gretchen explains what a rail pass is and how it works, walks through the steps of figuring out which rail pass (if any) is best for your trip, and shares tips on reading timetables, buying point-to-point tickets, reserving seats on premium trains, finding your way to the correct platform (and the correct train car), sleeping on night trains, and making your train travels smooth and fun.
Planning a trip to Europe by rail? You’ll find lots of free travel information — including many of the tools and resources mentioned in this talk — and can buy rail passes and point-to-point tickets at https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/transportation/trains
Recorded on March 3, 2018 • Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Center
Written and Presented by Gretchen Strauch
Produced by Cameron Hewitt
Filmed and Edited by Zen Wolfang
Photography by Gretchen Strauch, Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves, and others
Graphics by Heather Locke and Rhonda Pelikan
Special Thanks to Laura Terrenzio
© 2018 Rick Steves’ Europe, Inc.
European Rail Skills with Gretchen Strauch | Rick Steves Travel Talks