Once you’re on board, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the journey. We would like to share some tips about traveling with trains in general. Here we go:
Find a seat – If you have a seat assignment, locate it and plop yourself down. If you’re traveling without a seat reservation you can claim any of the unreserved seats. If these are in short supply, take a closer look at the reservation tags posted above the seats or on compartment doors. Each tag shows which stretch of the journey that seat is reserved for. You may well be getting off the train before the seat owner even boards. In our case, when you arrive on the train station you only need to find our stand and our staff will take care of the rest.
Stow your luggage – Simply carry it on and heave it up onto the rack above the seat or wedge it into the triangular space between back-to-back seats. in our case you only need to pack the bags and bring them to the station we take care of the rest. In our case you give the luggage to our stand and we will take care of it to wait for you in every hotel where you overnight. Pack a smaller bag for the things you need in the train.
Take wet wipes, toilet paper and sanitizer with you – some of the trains have some don’t, don’t take a risk. And in conditions of pandemic it’s always a good idea to have some. In our case, the trains that we use are equipped with all hygiene essentials, and all the protocols in case of pandemic are observed.
Use train time wisely. The time you spend on long train rides can be an opportunity to get organized or make plans for your next destination. Read ahead in your guidebook, write journal entries, delete yesterday’s bad photos, double-check your connection information with the conductor or organize your daypack. If the train has power outlets (rare but becoming more common), charge your gadgets. In our case we have prepared activities so your kids will be busy during the drive.
Pack a snacks – For the best dining value and variety, stock up at a local deli, bakery, supermarket, or wine cellar before you board; most train stations offer at least one of these. Food sold on the train costs more, with options ranging from a basic coffee and sandwich cart to a more extensive bar car or sit-down dining car. In our case all main meals are included (expect in the free days), however you can pack some snacks if you like.
Strategize your arrival – Use your guidebook to study up on your destination city while you’re still on board — it’s far more time-efficient and less overwhelming to arrive in a station already knowing how you plan to reach the city center (or your hotel). In our case transfers from the train station to the hotels or sights are organized by us. You don’t need to worry about anything.
Get ready for arrivals – As you approach your destination, have a ready plan for when you get off the train. Know what you need to accomplish in the station before heading out — e.g., looking up the schedule (and perhaps making seat reservations) for the next leg of your train trip, picking up a map from a trackside information office, hitting an ATM buying a transit pass, grabbing provisions from a grocery store (especially if you’re arriving late, after most city-center shops and restaurants have closed). If you’ll depart from the same station later, pay attention to the layout. In our case the tour guide is with you from the begging of the trip till the end.
To learn more of how to travel in conditions of pandemic read HERE.