This summer, Americans are flocking to Europe in record numbers and seeking out unforgettable travel experiences while there. But with inflation top of mind for many Americans, one of the easiest, most affordable and memorable ways to explore Europe is by rail. Recently, Lifestyle Expert Bethany Braun-Silva partnered with Trainline to discuss the top European destinations this year, travel tips, and the benefits of seeing Europe by train.
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Europe is definitely a top destination for many travelers this summer, with demand even outpacing pre-pandemic levels.
But prices for airfare have skyrocketed and many Americans find it difficult to drive in Europe – from navigating which side of the road to drive on to trying to read traffic signs in a different language. This has led many American travelers to look for easier and more affordable travel alternatives while abroad.
Train travel has had a major boom in recent years and has become the go-to form of travel in Europe for Americans, with affordability, ease of travel and sustainability being the chief drivers – plus the views from the train are both breathtaking and unforgettable, while being a perfect option for families, solo travelers, business, or leisure trips.
U.S. downloads for Trainline, the No. 1 train booking app in Europe, are up 108% this year, telling us travelers are eager to see Europe by train this summer.
With Trainline, Americans can explore Europe from the palm of their hand – making it simple to book all your train travel needs. Plus, you can book your train travel through Trainline in English and pay in USD, so there is no need to worry about a language or currency barrier when traveling!
Here are Bethany’s tips for navigating Europe by train this summer:
Tip #1: Book in Advance - Train tickets in Europe are usually at their cheapest price when they first go on sale. Booking early will get you the best deal, or you can choose to get a ticket with the ultimate flexibility for those times when you might want to change your travel plans last minute.
Tip #2: Travel Off-Peak – Most train tickets across Europe tend to be more expensive during morning and afternoon rush hour. If you can, be sure to look for tickets outside of these times to see if you can snap up a lower price.
Tip #3: Don’t Skip Connecting Trains – While taking a connecting train might make some American travelers uncomfortable, don’t shy away from them. You may arrive at your destination a little later than high-speed or direct services, but for those with a little extra time on their hands it’s a great money-saver – and you get to see even more of Europe along the way!
For more information, download the Trainline app or visit Trainline.com.
About Bethany Braun-Silva
Bethany Braun-Silva is the former editor at Parenting.com, one of the most trusted resources for parents online! Bethany has worked for Understood.org, Big Apple Parent Magazine, CafeMom, RedTri, Mommy Poppins, OK! Magazine, Hollywood Life and various other parenting publications. She can often be seen interviewing celebrity parents and of course at her local playground with her two boys.