Bus travel vs Train travel
Which is a better way of traveling around Europe?
Bus travel between Europe’s big cities can be a cheap way of getting from A to B, but it’s rarely the quickest way to travel and is often subject to last-minute delays and cancellations. Trains are a fast, comfortable alternative to budget bus travel, and with a Eurail Pass you can even enjoy unlimited travel across Europe using just one ticket at a fixed price.
Depart from a convenient location and wait in comfort
Train stations are easy to get to and have everything you need for your journey.
Most cities in Europe don’t have a dedicated coach station. That means the facilities for waiting passengers are limited and delays to your service due to traffic often can’t be communicated.
It can be difficult to find where your bus departs from, especially as many cities have multiple pick-up points in different parts of town. If you have a question, you’ll probably have to call customer service.
At train stations, you can wait for your train in comfort and safety, with plenty of places to sit down, eat and drink or buy supplies for your journey.
Departure boards and announcements will provide detailed up-to-date information on your train, from when it leaves to where it stops and which platform it departs from. If you have any questions, station staff will be able to help.
Enjoy frequent and reliable services to a much wider choice of destinations
A Eurail Global Pass covers over 40,000 destinations across Europe.
A bus ticket will take you from A to B, but if you want to go any further you’ll have to book each leg of your journey separately. This can be risky, as unpredictable delays caused by traffic on the roads can mean missing your connection, costing you a lot more.
If you want to visit smaller towns on your trip as well as the big cities, you’ll find yourself having to make long stopovers due to limited services or figure out the rest of the journey yourself.
Whether you’re travelling to big cities or small villages, with a Eurail Pass you just book one ticket to cover all your travel, plus a few seat reservations depending on where you want to travel.
What’s more, your Pass gives you total flexibility; just turn up and jump on whichever trains suit your plans.
It doesn’t matter if you miss your train – you can just hop on the next one!
Swap motorway traffic for spectacular scenery
Why travel at 50km/h when you could travel at 200km/h?
Brussels - Paris
Oslo - Stockholm
Amsterdam - Berlin
Sit back and enjoy a more comfortable journey
Enjoy more leg room, no luggage restrictions and a much smoother ride.
On board a coach, you share a smaller space (and a smaller toilet!) with other passengers. You won’t be able to get up and stretch your legs or move to a quieter carriage, and there may not be any food or drink available.
You’re likely to encounter restrictions on how much luggage you can take, and you’ll be asked to hand over big bags or suitcases to be put in the hold.
If your bus is an overnight service, you’ll have to sleep in your seat. So much for sweet dreams!
With much more space on board the train, you’ll have room to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery and the freedom to get up and stretch your legs.
You can choose to travel in 1st or 2nd class, and things like reclining seats, power sockets, wifi and refreshment services are fairly standard features on board high-speed trains and many regional trains too.
There are generally no luggage restrictions, and there are plenty of places to store your bags safely with you on board. On night trains, you can reserve a bed for a good night’s sleep.
Make the most of your Eurail benefits and discounts
From youth and senior discounts to free travel for kids, Eurail has plenty of extra perks.
Discounts on bus travel vary depending on the operator, but on many lines there are no discounts for youths or seniors.
If you’re travelling with a small child, some bus operators won’t let them travel unless you bring your own child seat – that’s another thing to add to your packing list.
Point-to-point bus tickets are valid for one journey and that’s it – no additional perks or discounts are included.
With Eurail if you’re 27 or younger, you can save up to 25% on standard adult prices with a Youth Pass. And if you’re young at heart, adults aged 60 and over can save 10% with a Senior Pass
Bringing the kids along too? Children up to 11 can Interrail for free, making a rail pass perfect for family holidays.
And that’s not all – with over 100 benefit partners, your Pass gets you plenty of freebies and discounts across Europe.