We Miss the European Rail System

Being back in the United States for a couple of months now, there are several things that we miss about our time in Europe. One of the most profound things that we miss is the train system and how easy it was to use, the places we could get to, and the relative low cost of travel. We took the train all over Germany as well as to travel to some nearby countries such as France and Nederland. One story that we have relayed many times to our friends here in the States is sitting in a restaurant on a Wednesday evening and saying to one another, “Where do you want to go this weekend? What about Paris?” and then booking tickets for a four-hour train ride. It is just that quick and easy to pick a destination and purchase a ticket. Even our train ride through Romania was easy and convenient, although it did come with memories of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. For this week’sĀ Cee’s Which Way Challenge, we thought that we would share a few photos of some of the trains and train stations that make us wish that there was a better transportation system here at home.


Train Arriving to the Station


Romanian Train Station


Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)


Food Car


Cargo Train at the Station


Station Entrance


Train Coming into the Station


View from the Train in Romania


First Class Cabin


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14 Responses to We Miss the European Rail System

  1. I do love the train system here šŸ™‚ Even the bus system isn’t so bad in Europe!

  2. That was what my daughter missed most when she got back from Prague. She said it was so easy to go anywhere she wanted, whenever she wanted.

  3. Ja, same here!. That is one of the reasons I love travelling in Europa!

  4. Bea dM says:

    So much more relaxing than having to drive!

  5. Definitely miss the train system in Italy! When we got back to the U.S. I looked into taking a train to New York and the ticket prices compared to Italy’s train were so outrageous!

  6. Of course, the rail system in the US, a victim of decades of neglect and underfunding, is a national disgrace. However, travel in sleeper class in what long distance trains do exist, is surprisingly enjoyable. I went cross country from New York to San Francisco and then north a few years back, and cam back across Canada (Via Rail was even better). Stadt here (links at the top of the page): https://mytimetotravel.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/the-lake-shore-limited/

  7. DDfoodtravel says:

    I completely agree with you! My husband and I both love how quick & easy it is to travel in Europe thanks to their amazing rail system. We both think it’s such a convenient way to travel and the best part is you don’t need to drive. If you haven’t been, we suggest traveling to Japan, although you might not want to return to the states! šŸ˜€ Their trains are quick comfy & always on time!

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