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TVG LyriaDemand for European travel is higher than ever. Travelling in Europe can be expensive, so here are five simple ways to save before even setting foot on the continent.

1. Purchase a Eurail Pass and embark on multiple-day trips. 

Eurail Passes allow travellers unlimited travel each given “day” on the pass within 24 hours from midnight to midnight. Depending on the places of interest, travellers can often visit two or three small towns in one day without rushing around. Note, however, that a journey on the Eurostar takes up the value of a full day on the Pass.

2. Take advantage of value-adds.

When booking a rail pass, travellers should note that numerous travel bonuses and discounts on buses, ferries, private railways, hotels, sightseeing tours, and WiFi come with the pass. These value-adds are updated yearly, so checking the items on offer is advisable before making accommodations, tours, and dining arrangements.

3. Avoid seat reservations where possible.

Travellers embarking on routes serviced by high-speed and regional trains can opt for the latter option to save on seat reservation costs. However, seat reservations are mandatory on all high-speed services and inter-country connections, so research or consult a travel agent to ensure the most cost-effective routes.

4. Travel during off-peak and shoulder seasons.

Travelling during the European spring and autumn will significantly help with the savings. There is also the luxury of space on trains as crowds usually swell significantly during summer and winter, so time the holiday wisely.

5. Book in advance and look out for discounts.

Travellers who plan ahead can save up to 70% off their rail bookings. Eurail passes can be booked up to 11 months in advance and three months for seat reservations. Also, keep looking for regular discounts applied across the network of services.

For more information and bookings, head to www.raileurope.com.

Rail Europe is a global travel-tech company and the reference brand for European train booking. Headquartered in Paris and a trusted partner of the travel industry and train operators for 90 years, Rail Europe’s team of experts provide technology service solutions to +15,000 travel professionals in 70 countries.

International travellers who intend to travel by train easily throughout Europe can also book their travel directly through Rail Europe’s state-of-the-art train booking website and app.

The company sells around 2.5 million European train tickets every year. Its catalogue of products focuses on more than 100 brands such as SNCF, SBB, Eurostar, Thalys, Trenitalia, Italo, DB, Renfe, ÖBB, SNCB, NS, OUIGO Spain and National Rail, and rail passes, including the Swiss Travel Pass and Eurail Passes.




Edited by: Peter Needham