Regional Trains in EuropeRegional Trains in Europe
Regional trains are the heart and soul of European train travel. They'll take you almost anywhere you want to go in Europe, from the smallest villages to the largest capitals. There are always plenty of regional trains going in every direction – so go out there and discover Europe!
What are Regional Trains
Regional trains are an excellent way to discover Europe. These trains may not always have the luxury or speed of high-speed trains, but they're still a very comfortable way to get around. There are toilets on the train and sometimes also snack trolleys. Other facilities, such as Wi-Fi, depend on the train you’re on and the country you’re traveling in.
There are many advantages of traveling by regional train.
Here are a few of them:
Where do Regional Trains Go
All roads lead to Rome, and every single one of them is worth exploring. From quaint country villages to sleepy fishing towns, there’s so much waiting to be discovered with your Eurail pass. To fully experience Europe is to travel by regional train and discover new places you might never have expected to find.
If you feel intrigued by a town as you’re approaching the station, why not get off and take a wander around. Some stations have a left luggage office or lockers so you can leave your belongings for a small fee.
Here are a few examples of wondrous places that can only be reached by regional train:
The wonderful thing about regional trains is that you don’t usually need to worry about reserving a seat. You can simply hop on and off whenever you like and if you happen to miss your train, the next one is right around the corner.
There are exceptions of regional trains that do need to be reserved in advance, such as airport services and some InterCity and EuroCity trains.
These are fast regional trains that make fewer stops and operate between the bigger cities. They appear in the Eurail timetable as "IC" and "EC" and you can usually make your reservations for them at the train station.
Do you want to avoid reservations while planning your trip? In the Eurail timetable, simply check the box that states ‘avoid trains that require reservations'.
Get Excited to travel Europe with regional trains
Read the following tips for a smooth journey:
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