There are so many ways to travel around Europe these days, from short budget flights to vast motorways with miles of scenic driving potential. Why not avoid hectic airports and getting stuck in traffic jams, though, by booking a leisurely train holiday around Europe this year instead?
Whether you want to rely on the railways for your entire vacation or you’d simply like to hop over the channel on the Eurostar, there’s plenty of options that make the most of the humble locomotive.
UK to Europe train holidays
Fancy not having to get on a plane for your summer holiday? Luckily, there are some great ways to avoid air travel altogether – including taking advantage of the high-speed Eurostar trains.
Whether you want to see the romantic sights of Paris, sample craft beer in Belgium or explore the canals of Amsterdam, the Eurostar can get you there in no time at all from London St Pancras, Ashford International or Ebbsfleet International.
Why not take the Eurostar to the Dutch capital and then enjoy a few days in our Canvas Holidays South Holland campsite just outside the city?
Cross-country train holidays in Europe
If you’re keen to soak up as much of Europe as you can, travelling by rail is a great idea. Choose from luxury trains with ornate art deco interiors to modern marvels that get you from A to B in no time at all. Here are some of our favourite options:
1. Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Everyone has heard of the Orient Express and, yes, it is real! While there are numerous routes along this train line, the most iconic has to be London to Venice.
Recently voted one of the most Instagrammed train journeys in the world, it’ll see you staying in five-star accommodation and cruising past some of the most idyllic European landscapes for the cool price of £3,500. Let’s just hope there’s no murder mystery to solve during your trip!
2. Trans-Siberian Railway
Another iconic option for a European train holiday is the Trans-Siberian, the longest railway line in the world, which takes you across Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok. Book the trip during the colder months to admire miles upon miles of snowy scenery over an unforgettable 13-day journey.
3. The Glacier Express
Speed across the Swiss Alps on the more affordable Glacier Express train that ventures between Zermatt and St. Moritz. The trip takes 7.5 hours, but you’ll be staring out the window for all of them at the monumental scenery and the whopping 291 bridges the train crosses along the trail.
After your railway adventure, you can head east to stunning Interlaken for a few days of camping in Switzerland.
If you simply can’t decide where you want to go on a train holiday in Europe, why not consider an Interrail pass? Depending on which one you buy, you’ll be able to travel between different countries at your own pace. You could even mix up your rail routes with stays at some of our easy to reach campsites in countries like France, Spain, Portugal or Italy!