Getting The Most Out Of Train Travel
- Check online to search for the cheapest fares – if you’re not tied down to travel at a particular time or day, you might find cheaper travel alternatives unpopular times.
- Book in advance – that’s often a great way to save a few bucks
- Buy a rail pass – rail passes are a great way to save regular train travellers’ money. If you regularly travel by train, then you need to look. Passes are available for limited periods (21 days / 15 days / 7 days) and often tied to rail journeys around a particular state or area, but hey, if it happens to be where and when you’re travelling, you could save some cash.
- Look into splitting the tickets for your journey – and don’t necessarily imagine that a return ticket is cheaper than single fare journey tickets in each direction. Prepare to be amazed.
2. Other Train Travel Tips & Tricks
- Take a snack – this depends on the length of your train journey, of course, and the type of train you’re travelling on because some rail services serve food, and some passengers don’t. It’s always best to take a snack along with you just in case, especially if you’re going to be sitting on the train.
- Keep Safe – this is mainly aimed at anyone going on a long train journey, an overnighter. Petty thieves can and do wait until you fall asleep before they rifle through your belongings or clear off with your bags completely, so it’s always best to secure any large bags with zipper locks, and even to the cable lock your bag onto the luggage rack. All of your small valuables need to be in a smaller pocket on your lap – passport, money, something like a fanny pack is a good idea, securely strapped around your body so you’ll wake up if anybody starts to interfere with it.
- Be Comfortable – your new skin-tight jeans might look great but are they going to’ be the most comfortable attire for an 8-hour train journey soft, loose clothing will be much better, I’m sure you’ll agree. If you’re concerned about looking a mess when you eventually land at your destination and meet the love of your life who you haven’t seen for weeks, then freshen up and change into new clothes just before the line nobody will tell, I promise!.
- Limit Your Bags – trains travel is not like flying or jumping in the car you have to transport the bags yourself, so bear this in mind when you choose your travelling bags and when you start filling them to the brim with stuff which “may come in handy.” Remember that you will often have to lift your kits over significant gaps onto the train so even if you have a bag with wheels you’ll still have to lift it, and a rolling suitcase is no use to you if it’s too wide to fit down the narrow aisle of the train.
- Research Your Journey – know where you’re going, what stations you will be passing through, and any changes you might have to make along the way. I know, the ideal scenario is to board the train in one station and sit there blissfully unaware of what’s happening until you arrive at your chosen destination. The following morning when the dude in the official-looking hat blows a whistle shouts “end of the line,” and you can disembark. Still, sometimes you have to change trains, and you need to know where and when to make the connections.