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#Igotherebytrain | Destination of the month

Europe

There is nothing more exciting than travelling around Europe by train, you can travel from Scotland to Turkey and everywhere in between - each month take a look at suggested itineraries, top tips & product suggestions for our destination of the month!

November - We love France

This month we are fascinated with France, a country where travellers enjoy incredible wine, food & cheese, arts and architecture. France has one of the most extensive and modern railway networks in Europe.

  • Travelling to and from France by Rail
    • ThelloPopular  Night Routes
      • Venezia Santa Lucia -Milano Centrale - Dijon - Paris Gare de Lyon - 13h
      • Venezia Santa Lucia -Milano Centrale - Dijon - Paris Gare de Lyon - 13h
  • Travelling within France
    • Eurail Pass - now travel in up to 31 European countries on a Eurail Global Pass including France
    • France Eurail Pass - multiple journeys within France, all included on the one rail pass
    • TGV inOui - point to point rail tickets on the French Rail Network and beyond
  • Recommended Products
      • Eurail Global Flexi or Continuous Pass - great for travellers wanting to see a number of countries in Europe by rail
      • France Eurail Pass - multiple journeys within France, all included on the one rail pass
      • Paris Visite Card - The perfect option for using the Paris Metro and exploring the city
      • Paris Museum Pass - Gives you access to over 60 Paris Museums and Monuments

Itinerary 1

  • Milan to Nice (Thello) ............................4h35m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Nice
    • Stroll along the beautiful Promenade des Anglais
    • Take a day trip to Monaco to visit its gorgeous beach and check out the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo
  • Nice to Lyon (with TGV) .........................4h30m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Lyon
    • Discover the city’s top attractions on-board the hop-on hop-off bus
    • Take a walk-through Vieux Lyon and admire its stunning Renaissance architecture
  • Lyon to Carcassonne (Intercity)...............2h46m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Carcassonne
    • Visit the restored 12th century Chateau Comtal within the medieval, walled city
    • Check out the main entrance of the walled city and imagine life in the 12th century
  • Carcassonne to Bordeaux (Intercity)..........3h
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Bordeaux
    • Tour one of France’s most stunning and famous wine regions
    • Climb to the top of the bell tower located next to Bordeaux Cathedral and take in the magnificent view of the city
  • Bordeaux to Paris (TGV) ...........................1h48m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Paris
    • Stroll the grounds beneath the Eiffel Tower before enjoying a glass of wine by the river Seine
    • Do not miss a visit to the Louvre museum

Itinerary 2

  • Paris to Bayeux (Intercity) .........................2h14m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Bayeux
    • Visit the Notre dame Cathedral of Bayeux
    • Take a trip to one of the landing beaches and learn about the events of D-Day
  • Bayeux to Rennes (TER Regional) ................3h
    • Recommend 2 nights in Rennes
    • Take the 20 minute bus ride to visit UNESCO world heritage site Mont St Michel
    • Tour the historic centre of Rennes where you will find many half-timber old dwellings
  • Rennes to Nantes (TER Regional) ..................1h15m
  • Nantes to Amboise (TER Regional) ..................2h7m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Amboise
    • Step back in time with a visit to Chateau d’Amboise or tour other castles in the Loire Valley
    • Visit the small, gothic church Eglise St Florentin where Leonardo da Vinci was originally buried
  • Amboise to Paris (TER Regional).......................1h53m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Paris
    • Stroll the grounds beneath the Eiffel Tower before enjoying a glass of wine by the river Seine
    • Do not miss a visit to the Louvre museum

October - We love Austria

This month we bring you the beauty of Austria. The country that brought us The Sound of Music and so many musical geniuses over years, Austria is a music lover's dream. 

  • Travelling within Austria
    • Eurail Pass - now travel in up to 31 European countries on a Eurail Global Pass including Austria
    • Austria Eurail Pass - multiple journeys within Austria, all included on the one rail pass
    • European East Rail Pass - includes multiple rail journeys within Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia
    • Railjet - point to point rail tickets on the Austrian Rail Network and beyond

 

  • Recommended Products
      • Eurail Global Flexi or Continuous Pass - great for travellers wanting to see a number of countries in Europe by rail
      • Austria Eurail Pass - Perfect for travellers wanting to see Austria in depth
      • European East Rail Pass - Perfect for travellers wanting to see more of Eastern Europe by rail including Austria

Itinerary 1

Itinerary 2

  • Prague - Vienna (Railjet) ............................3h57m
    • Recommend using Vienna as a base to explore locally and take day rail journeys to other destinations.
    • Recommend visiting Graz and Hallstat within Austria and perhaps Bratislava and Budapest for day trips. You can depart in the morning, spend the day exploring and return to Vienna in the evening. 
  • Vienna - Salzburg .....................................2h53m
    • Recommend using Salzburg as a base to explore locally and take day rail journeys to other destinations that were less accessible from Vienna. 
    • Recommend visiting Innsbruck and Villach within Austria and also visiting destinations such as Munich and Berchtesgaden. 
  • Salzburg - Zurich (Railjet)...........................5h24m

September - We love Germany

Rolling hills, amazing history & incredible sights are all waiting for you when you visit the UK. There is no better way to experience the UK from North to South and everywhere in between than on board one of their many rail networks. 

 

  • Travelling within Germany
    • German Rail Pass - A range of Flexi and Consecutive options to suit your travel needs
    • Eurail Pass - now travel in up to 31 European countries on a Eurail Global Pass including Germany
    • Deutsche Bahn point to point tickets 

 

  • Recommended Products
      • Eurail Global Flexi or Continuous Pass - great for travellers wanting to see a number of countries in Europe by rail
      • German Rail Flexi or Consecutive Pass - Perfect for travellers wanting to see Germany in depth
Itinerary 1:
Itinerary 2: 

August - We love the UK

Rolling hills, amazing history & incredible sights are all waiting for you when you visit the UK. There is no better way to experience the UK from North to South and everywhere in between than on board one of their many rail networks. 

Itinerary 1:
Itinerary 2: 
  • Brussels to London (Eurostar) ...........................1h48m
  • London to Salisbury  ........................................1h23m
    • Recommend 1 night in Sailsbury
    • Take a short trip to Stonehenge and let yourself be the judge of why this incredible formation exists
  • Salisbury to Bath Spa .......................................54m
  • Bath Spa to Bristol ...........................................17m
    • Recommend 1 night in Bristol
    • Have an authentic local experience and make sure you dine out at one of the many English pubs
  • Bristol to Cheltenham Spa (Cotswolds) ...............38m 
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in the Cotswolds
    • This beautiful region has amazing country side and is like walking into history with it's authentic thatched houses and many castles
  • Cheltenham Spa to Chester (via Birmingham) .....2h30m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Chester
    • Make sure you take a day trip to the stunning Lake District and maybe even visit The World of Beatrix Potter
  • Chester to Manchester ......................................58m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Manchester
    • Manchester has an incredible live music scene, so make sure you take a look at some of the events happening during your visit
  • Manchester to York ..........................................1h11m
    • Recommend 1 -2 nights in York
    • Make sure you have an authentic viking experience and don't forget to visit The Shambles with your York Pass
  • York to Edinburgh ............................................2h32m

July - We love Spain

Spain is a country full of amazing culture including music & dance, incredible food, beautiful beaches and unique architecture. The best way to experience all of it is by train! 

Suggested Itineraries:

Itinerary 1:
  • Paris to Barcelona (France-Spain Hight Speed) ....6h19m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Barcelona
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Have some time away from La Rambla to have a more authentic local experience
    • Don't miss seeing Park Guell and Sagrada Familia because of the queue pre-book here
  • Barcelona to Valencia.......................................3h09m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Valencia
    • Make sure to visit The Central Market of Valencia with over 1000 stalls! 
  • Valencia to Seville ..........................................3h58m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Seville
    • Get early access to the Seville Cathedral by pre-booking here
  • Seville to Cordoba...........................................45m
  • Cordoba to Madrid.........................................1h44m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Madrid
    • Recommend a guided tour to get your bearings
  • Madrid to Marseille (France-Spain High Speed) .7h59m
Itinerary 2: 
  • Marseille to Barcelona (France-Spain Hight Speed) .4h37m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Barcelona
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Have some time away from La Rambla to have a more authentic local experience
    • Don't miss seeing Park Guell and Sagrada Familia because of the queue pre-book here
  • Barcelona to San Sebastian.................................5h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in San Sebastian
    • San Sebastian has a bit of everything from wine & food, amazing walks, beautiful beaches to incredible architecture - make sure you see it all! 
  • San Sebastian to Pamplona ................................1h42m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Pamplona
    • Home of the San Fermin festival, learn about the history of running with the bulls
  • Pamplona to Madrid............................................3h03m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Madrid
    • Recommend a guided tour to get your bearings
  • Madrid to Avignon (France-Spain High Speed) .......7h17m

June - We love Italy

For the ultimate rail-foodie experience of Italy, check out Jess & Amanda's blog here! 

Suggested Itineraries:

One of our favourite routes is of course our Comprehensive Food Guide itinerary: Venice --> Milan --> Bologna --> Florence --> Naples --> Rome, but here are a couple more to get your creative travel juices flowing: 

Itinerary 1:
  • Zurich to Venice (with Swiss-Italy Eurocity) .........6h31m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Venice
    • Recommend a guided walking tour to get your bearings
    • Take a day trip to Verona and visit the famous Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's balcony from Romeo & Juliet)
  • Venice to Florence ...........................................2h37m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Florence
    • Make sure to visit Santa Maria del Fiore
    • Take a day trip to Pisa for some Gelato and to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Florence to Salerno .........................................3h23m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Salerno
    • Visit the famous Amalfi Coast
    • Do a tour of Pompeii
    • Head to Naples and try the original Margherita Pizza
  • Salerno to Rome.............................................1h55m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Rome
    • Get a Front of the Line Pass to visit the Vatican City and the Colosseum 
    • Try a cooking class and learn to make real Italian pasta
  • Rome to Ancona.............................................3h34m
    • Either do this as a day trip or spend 1 night
    • Use your Eurail Pass to get 20% off an SNAV overnight ferry to Split, Croatia
Itinerary 2: 
  • Nice to Milan (with Thello) .................................4h35m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Milan
    • Take a day trip or add a side trip to Lake Como
  • Milan to Bologna ..............................................59m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Bologna
    • Visit FICO Eataly World
  • Bologna to Florence..........................................39m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Florence
    • Visit Ponte Vecchio bridge for a classic Florence photo opportunity & to see amazing jewelry & art
    • Wake up early to see the Statue of David and avoid the queue
  • Florence to Rome..............................................2h02m
    • Recommend 2-3 nights in Rome
    • To get your bearings try a Hop On Hop Off Rome Pass
    • Take some down time and enjoy Apertivo Time in the evening (plus free snacks)
  • Rome to Venice................................................3h23m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Venice
    • Sample canapes and get to know the city on a Cicchetti Crawl
    • Add a bit of romance with a Gondola ride
  • Venice to Munich (direct with Brenner EuroCity)...6h39m

May - We love Switzerland

Suggested Itineraries:

The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland and Ultimate Grand Train Tour of Switzerland are our most popular journeys and are highly recommend. 

For something a bit different here are a couple of alternative itinerary options that we can tailor make:

Itinerary 1:
  • Paris to Lausanne (direct with TGV Lyria) ............3h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lausanne
    • Recommend visiting the Olympic Museum
  • Lausanne to Interlaken (via Bern) ......................2h31m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Interlaken
    • Lauterbrunnen is a great alternative stop to Interlaken
    • Recommend a day trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
  • Interlaken to Montreux on board the GoldenPass Line scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 2 nights in Montreux 
    • Take the Chocolate Train (May - October) or the Cheese Train (January - April) for a special treat
  • Montreux to Zermatt ........................................2h39m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Zermatt
    • Experience the Gornergrat Mountain Excursion
  • Zermatt to St Moritz on board the Glacier Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in St Moritz
  • St Moritz to Zurich ...........................................3h21m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Zurich
  • Zurich to Vienna (direct with Railjet) ..................7h43m
Itinerary 2: 
  • Milan to Zurich (direct route available) ................3h40m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Zurich
  • Zurich to Lucerne .............................................45m
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lucerne
  • Lucerne to Lugano on board the Gotthard Panorama Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in Lugano
  • Lugano to St Mortiz on board the Bernina Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 1-2 nights in St Moritz
  • St Moritz to Zermatt on board the Glacier Express scenic rail journey
    • Recommend 2 nights in Zermatt
    • Experience the Gornergrat Mountain Excursion
  • Zermatt to Basel (via Visp) ................................3h16m
    • Recommend 2 nights in Basel
  • Basel to Paris (direct with TGV Lyria) ..................3h03m

Coming soon:

December - We love Eurail

 

TGV Lyria Routes

Have breakfast in Paris and then enjoy lunch in Zurich with the TGV Lyria, which connects France to Switzerland in just a few hours. 

Routing (Paris - Switzerland) Travel Time Route (Geneva - France) Travel Time
Paris-Geneva 3h05 Geneva-Avignon 2h53
Paris-Lausanne 3h47 Geneva-Aix en Provence 3h16
Paris - Avignon 2h38 Geneva-Marseille 3h30
Paris - Aix-en-Provence 2h54 Geneva-Nice 6h22
Paris - Marseille 3h Geneva-Toulon 4h25
Paris-Basel 3h03 Geneva-Cannes 5h48
Paris-Zurich 4h03    
Paris - Interlaken 5h43    
Interlaken - Paris 6h00    

Paris Gare Lyon train station

TGV Lyria departs from & arrives at Gare de Lyon station, one of the six large railway termini in Paris, France. It is named after the city of Lyon, a stop for many long-distance trains departing here, most en route to the south of France. In general the station's SNCF services run to the south and east of France. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER. It is served by the Gare de Lyon metro station.

Address: 20 Boulevard Diderot, 12th Arrondissement.