Video: Maximizing train travel through Europe

Dustin Smith
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Trains are one of the best ways to explore Europe. They’re central, reliable and well-connected. But, before you board, make sure you're getting the best deal and the most points for your journey.

Tip 1: Get bonus points for ticket purchase

A number of rewards credit cards offer bonus points on travel-related purchases but not all consider train tickets a “travel purchase.” Use a card, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, when buying your tickets and you'll get two points for every dollar spent.

Tip 2: Use a card with trip insurance

While trains are usually reliable in Europe, they do experience delays and cancellations. If you get a card that offers trip reimbursement, like the Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard, you can get reimbursed in case of a cancellation and save yourself the hassle of arguing in a foreign country for your money back. 

Tip 3: Book an overnight train

On long stretches of your trip, a great way to save money and travel time is to book an overnight train. Sleeper trains run between many of Europe’s larger cities, and although it may seem pricey at first glance, compared to the price of a plane ticket plus the cost of a hotel room, it may be worth it.

Tip 4: Look for discounts

Many companies offer discounts for youth and seniors. Check the ages: You may still be a youth and not know it.

For example, in some countries, youth is considered under 30 and senior discounts are available at age 60. Also, some train operators offer discounts to large families, and by booking ahead of time, you can also nab cheaper tickets before they get sold out.

For many travelers, journeying through the beautiful European countryside on a train is just as pleasurable as the destination and much less stressful than flying or driving.

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Updated: 04-20-2019