European Rail Breaks – why they beat flying
There are many reasons why rail breaks are popular
Published 23 July 2012 in Featured Articles
If you’re planning to get away for a few days this summer, or even sooner, then why not try a rail break? There are many reasons why they are fast becoming the nation’s favourite way of escaping over to the continent for a few days of peace, relaxation, sightseeing and fine dining.
If you’ve been working hard over the last few months, then why not treat yourself? Flying can be a real bore and your holiday can end up costing much more than you initially planned.
Here are a few reasons why taking the train for your European city breaks is the best option:
There’s no stress involved
Flying, although occasionally cheap if you book at the right time, can be incredibly stressful. Waking up at the crack of dawn, organising a lift to the airport or boarding a commuter train with all your luggage can certainly take it out of you.
Likewise, spending hours hung around a terminal, a customs line or spending your money to kill time in the duty free sections is not what you came on holiday to do.
Many rail holidays operating to hundreds of European cities depart from St Pancreas station, meaning you’ve got little more to do than board the train and unwind when taking your trip.
The hidden costs of flying
As mentioned, flying can appear cheap – but what about the hidden costs? There’s getting to the airport by taxi or train, there’s getting from the airport (which is often located on the outskirts of town) to your hotel, all of which is sure to rack up a big taxi bill.
Also, the airline you are flying with may charge extra for any checked luggage that you decide to bring. All these factors can extend your final bill to hundreds of pounds over your initial expectations.
With rail breaks, everything is taken care of. There are no hidden costs for luggage, accommodation on selected breaks is often included in the price, and the best part is that many stations are often located right in the centre of town. This means that, door to door, the journey is faster and a great deal cheaper.
Staggering range of options
Those of you who think rail breaks are only available to cities such as Paris or Berlin, think again. There are many different cities on offer; from the ultra-popular to the secluded.
If it’s high culture you’re looking for, then Venice or Rome are the answer. If, on the other hand, you are looking to experience a lesser-visited city, you could try taking a rail break to places such as Lucerne, Basel, Tours, Dijon or beyond.
With rail breaks to European cities, the only thing holding you back is your imagination.
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