matter where you take the train, there are some things you
need to be aware of to make train travel easier and safer.
Consider the following, but remember that you don't need to
be paranoid to be safe. Just be cautious and alert:
- get on the train
early and choose your seat or compartment with care
- pay attention
to who you are or will be sitting with. If you are female,
try to sit in a compartment with other women in it. Don't
be afraid to move if the dynamics change after you sit down.
- keep all your
valuables with you, either in a daypack or in your travel
pouch/money belt. Some trains require you to put your backpack
on a luggage rack that may not be close to where you can
- don't automatically
trust the train staff as they may be bribed or 'in' on any
scams or thefts
- as a general
rule, you shouldn't give anyone your train pass for any
reason. However, one of our readers pointed out that on
some trains in China, your ticket is taken when you board
the train, replaced with a small, metal disk. Once at your
destination (up to 40 hours later, depending upon your destination),
they return the actual ticket, which must be presented before
one is allowed from the train station.
- stay alert and
expect the unexpected. You may be robbed when you let your
- get a lock for
your backpack. Although thieves could cut your pack to get
into it, most will not, and a lock will delay them. As well,
a locked bag will be passed up for one that is not.
- use a belt or
strong shoelace to keep your door shut if you are in a compartment
- if traveling
with people you trust, take turns sleeping in shifts so
someone is always awake
- get on the train
early or make train reservations ahead of time to ensure
availability. You definitely need to make reservations for
- buy food and
water to take with you rather than pay high prices while
on the train
- trains in Europe
run on military time, from 0 to 2400 hours. The morning
is easy because the time is simply 0 (12:01 AM) to 1200
(12:00 noon). In the afternoon, just keep adding on to 1200
for each hour. For example, 1300 is 1:00 PM, 1400 is 2:00
- in Europe, as
with many countries in the world, be aware that cities on
your guide or at train stations are not spelled in English
(but often sound the same). For example, Copenhagen is spelled
K�benhavn, Rome is spelled Roma, etc.
- Eurail doesn't run in Britain, but BritRail does
Rail - official web page for the German rail system.
Also has information for other European countries.
- the famous inter-Europe train service. Find information
and train-travel tips and book tickets online.
Rail Information - extensive list of rail services all
- the lightning-fast route from London to Paris or Brussels
through the Chunnel. Includes current prices as well. The
site loads slow, but it has all the info. you'll need.
Connection- besides selling passes online, these guys
can help you decide which pass is best for you depending
on the number of countries you will be visiting
- Australia's railway system