Posts in Train Travel
5 things to know about the Eurostar between London St Pancras Int'l & Paris Gare du Nord

Eurostar tickets can be purchased 4 months in advance and become more expensive the closer you are to your travel date. I bought my tickets two months in advance from www.eurostar.com and paid as less as 29 GBP from London to Paris and 44.50 GBP from Paris to London! There is also a special price for youth under 24 years of age. Tickets can either be downloaded and printed at home from the Eurostar website or picked up at the railway station. In my case, since I had booked two passengers on one ticket, I was not able to print them at home and could only pick them up at the railway station. This meant arriving half an hour earlier to ensure I had enough time to pick them up!

2. Boarding at St Pancreas

The Eurostar between London and Paris runs between London St Pancras International and Paris Gare du Nord. Boarding at St Pancras involves scanning your tickets at the automated check-in gates, x-ray screening and passport control. Sometimes the queues are long which is why you need to ensure that you have enough time to check-in before boarding the train. My train's departure time was 8:31 a.m. and I did not have the slightest idea about the check-in process. I reached around 7:40 a.m. to pick up my tickets and meet my friend (who was traveling with me) for breakfast at the railway station. However, when we saw the long queues at the check-in gates, we had to sacrifice our breakfast and get in the queue to make it in time for our train! We eventually did get our breakfast-to-go - hot croissants with cheese and tomato with coffee, which we had in the train! I would give it atleast an hour before the train's departure time for picking up tickets and checking-in for the Eurostar.

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Edinburgh to Inverness, Scotland : Scottish Highlands

I am back with my pictures of the Scottish Highlands taken from my Nikon D810, while I was traveling by train from Edinburgh to Inverness, Scotland. The highlands dotted with castles, cattle, picket fences, wild flowers and cloudy, blue skies are breathtakingly beautiful. If you haven't already been there, I highly recommend Scotland as your next holiday destination. People are friendly, the vibration is lovely and there is beauty all around - even though the Scottish accent is hard to get at first!

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Edinburgh to Inverness, Scotland: North Sea

Hi folks! This is the first part of the picture tour that I shot with my Nikon D810, on train from Edinburgh to Inverness in Scotland. However, I have to confess that no photos can do justice to the beauty of Scotland - from seas and rivers, to the Scottish highlands, each view is breathtakingly lovely. Hopefully, I will be able to return there soon! From Inverness, I traveled first class on Virgin Trains East Coast to London Kings Cross, a total travel time of around 8 hours. This was an experience in itself and for those of you who missed this post, you will find it here.

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Edinburgh Waverley in images

Edinburgh Waverley railway station, often simply referred to as Waverley, or as Edinburgh, is the main railway station in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. For those of you who want to have an idea how this railway station looks like, here are some pictures I clicked, when I was there last time. Before boarding the train, you need to double-check what platform your train is arriving and I figured out that they don't have this information on the TV screens, sometimes not even up to 15 minutes before the train arrives; then you need to rush with your bags and have your tickets ready to be validated at the entry point of the platform otherwise the gate may not open for you!

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First Class on Virgin Trains East Coast from Inverness, Scotland to London Kings Cross

Scotland by rail is an experience to make and I strongly recommend traveling First Class on Virgin Trains East Coast from London to Scotland or back, to get the best out of your visit to the U.K. I traveled First Class from Inverness, which is a city on Scotland's northeast coast, to London King's Cross on Virgin Trains East Coast and had a journey to remember. From the moment I boarded the train in Inverness and till the time we arrived in London, a journey of almost 8 hours, I enjoyed every moment of the comfort and luxury the first class had to offer. The thing to do is to plan your journey in advance and get really cool deals on ticket prices - you will be surprised how little you have to pay for the extra first class comfort!

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First class train travel in Europe: 5 things to expect on board the Deutsche Bahn ICE, the German high-speed train

Some of the most precious moments in my life have been spent in solo travel through Europe on long distance trains. It's my retreat from the world, an almost Zen-like experience when I can be alone like this, silently concentrated on the beauty of the picture-perfect quaint European villages as they roll dreamily past...Recently I was traveling in Germany by the German high-speed train ICE (Inter City Express) and for those of you who want to know more about the Deutsch Bahn first class compartment and service aboard the ICE train, here are some pictures and some information from my very recent visit.

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Your #guide to #Eurail #travel-10 things to remember!

Did you know that even if you had a first class Eurail pass for train travel in Europe, you still might need a seat reservation on some of the trains? And did you also know that even with the first class Eurail pass, you still might need sometimes to pay for first class?!  In any case, I always prefer to reserve a seat in advance (first or second class) to make sure that I will have a place to sit especially when the trains are overflowing!

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#South #Germany by train: 10 inspiring photos

A couple of summers ago I took a train from Munich to a little village called Bermersbach in Black Forest in South Germany. I present my train journey in the form of ten photos I clicked from the train. Germany is beautiful and I strongly recommend train-travel in Europe to enjoy the beauty of the passing picturesque landscapes as one looks out of the window. P.S. The photos may have a reflection of the glass window of the train. 

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