I paid $560 for a 7-day Eurail pass to country hop by train in Europe. I took 8 rides between 6 cities and it was so much better than flying.
I recently traveled by train in four European countries using a Eurail pass.
I preferred the experience of country hopping by train to flying to each place.
Traveling by train was cheaper, and more comfortable and eco-friendly than flying would have been.
I recently spent two weeks traveling by train through four European countries with a Eurail pass. I thought it was so much better than flying to each place.
Eurail passes grant travelers unlimited access to most European trains for a set number of days. Some trains only require a Eurail pass, while others, including overnight trains, incur an additional discounted price.
It was my first time using Eurail, and I bought a week-long pass for $477. I used it to get from Germany to Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as to travel locally in those places.
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I paid additional fees on top of my Eurail pass for two overnight trains, and when I upgraded from coach to first and business class on three rides. Each added fee was between $10 and $45, depending on the trip duration.
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In total, I took eight train rides between six different cities over a seven-day period for $560 with the added fees.
According to a quick search on Google Flights, if I flew between each city in economy class instead, I would have paid a total of $640.
Source: Google Flights
Not only were trains cheaper than flying, but overall, I found them to be more comfortable. With Eurail, I could afford to ride in first and business class in large, plush seats. Those cabins were too expensive for me on a plane.
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I also booked a bunk in a shared cabin on an overnight train. I could lay flat and get some sleep, which would have been much more difficult on a red-eye flight in coach.
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Additionally, trains were easier and quicker to board than flights. Rather than going through a lengthy check-in and security process at the airport, I could just walk right onto the train platform.
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And on trains, I didn't experience one of the most annoying things that happens to me when I fly: the ear-popping that often lingers for a couple of days.
Plus, with large windows overlooking picturesque scenery, I thought my train rides offered views of each country that I wouldn't see from a plane.
Lastly, I appreciated that traveling by train is the most sustainable way to get around Europe, according to Trainline.
The train booking company told Insider that cars and planes create 74% of Europe's transport carbon dioxide emissions, while the entire rail network adds up to less than 1%, as of January 2022.
For me, traveling by Eurail pass proved to be cheaper, comfier, and more eco-friendly than flying. I would definitely do it again.
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