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If you are planning to travel around Europe and time is not that important, then airline travelling can be avoided. Being much more expensive and having so many complications nowadays regarding luggage and passenger checking it is much better to think in alternative travelling methods that end up being cheaper and also more environmentally friendly. Travelling by train is a great choice that you should definitively consider while planning to travel across Europe.
Train is the common choice of backpackers and young students that are planning to travel around Europe, especially during weekends, short breaks or holidays. Several business people also choose this option, being it cheaper yet comfortable and even sort of luxurious if you plan to travel in first class, available on most commercial train companies across Europe. Even family trips can be planned considering trains as the principal mean of transportation taking into consideration the child fares and kid facilities most operators count with.
From Albania to Ukraine, most European countries can be easily reached by train nowadays. There are lots of companies providing the service all around Europe and it is quite easy to check routes and operators using the Internet. You can then buy tickets at home if you count with a credit card either by the Internet or also making a phone call to one of the many operators available.
It is very recommendable to check well your whole trip before buying tickets and then just have in mind that European train reservations open 60 days or for some trains 90 days before departure and that you cant buy tickets before reservations open. Be sure to choose the correct classes, check well for offers and calculate where you will like to stop for a while to maybe take some tours or just spend the night at a nice chalet.
Also have in mind that on most cases, when the page with train times appear it defaults to the cheapest type of seat, couchette or sleeper available in that class. Use the options button or option to toggle around and be careful when changing classes as the options you selected previously will be lost. It is a simple process really but one must be careful nevertheless to make sure your trip ends up being just as planned.