I agree with Klein's philosophy and will probably want to stay in one place, too, when I'm in my mid-seventies, but for the moment, David and I are still "darters," albeit slow-paced ones. The trip we're planning for June is no exception. We will be averaging at least four nights in most places and a week in the Alsace region of France, but we plan to visit four distinct regions in two different countries.
|London's St. Pancras train station|
Our London to Paris train trip in 2012 cost £56 instead of £112 because we bought Eurostar tickets four months in advance. (See the article about that purchase here.) A ticket from Paris to Amsterdam costs €35 if bought a couple months in advance or a whopping €130 if bought the day of travel, according to The Man in Seat Sixty-One, the best website about European train information. So, the message is clear. Buy early and take advantage of guaranteed low prices.
And with the de-regulation of France's train ticketing system, buying inexpensive tickets has never been easier. In the next post, I'll tell you all about the new ticketing site that makes train ticket purchasing a breeze.
The advantages to train travel are many beginning with the starting point. Rather than take a long taxi or bus ride to the airport, the train station will most likely be located in the center of town. That means you can spend extra time in the city instead of a waiting room. Even the wait time is less because trains require you arrive only twenty to thirty minutes ahead of departure time, not an hour.
Take all your luggage with you without worrying about being charged for overweight bags.
Pack a lunch or grab a bite from the restaurant car.
Sit back and truly enjoy your trip because you'll have room to stretch your legs while viewing fascinating scenery right outside the window.