One of the best ways to explore this amazing continent is by using the amazing railway system. Of course many people choose to fly because of the convenience and the great deals that many of the budget airlines offer the traveller. However if time is on your side and you want a much more scenic experience and maybe want to visit more than one country then the train might be a more relaxing option.
The ideal way to do it is by buying a European rail pass which allows you to travel to multiple locations and is extensive reaching all the way from Portugal as far East as the Romanian capital Bucharest. Obviously a trip of this magnitude is going to take a lot of planning but is relatively straightforward. The only drawback is that the rail pass does not include the United Kingdom but all other major European countries are covered.
When first planning your trip you are going to need a starting point and from then on it is relatively easy. An example of how effective the network is a train from Paris can have you in Rome in around twelve hours. Now once you have decided where you want to go you can search online for your pass. You will also need to decide how many countries you want to visit as there are 1, 2, 3 and 4 country passes. Which pass you decide on obviously depends on your budget and the amount of time you have. The only stipulation here is that the countries must border each other but careful planning will take care of that.
For the more adventurous there is a Global Pass which allows the traveller to explore five or more countries. Prices for this pass start from around three hundred euros so is relatively cheap. Other passes start from around one hundred and thirty euros. A popular itinerary for the global pass takes in thirteen cities in eight countries starting in Paris. It then goes through Holland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Monte Carlo and Spain. A long trip but well worth it. For a trip of this size you are going to need at least a month and budget accordingly.
So if you are looking for something a little more relaxing and want to take in as much of Europe as possible the best way to do it by train.