Consider alternative ways to travel

Our common currency and cross-border networks makes rail travel seamless in Europe

European Year of Rail

This year is the European Year of Rail and there’s no better way to explore our continent than by train. Our common currency, open borders and cross-country networks means that rail travel is often the most efficient way of getting around Europe. With strict hygiene procedures and reduced capacity across many networks, low-risk travel is possible.

Europe’s extensive rail networks include high-speed trains, local and international trains, night trains, scenic trains, and InterCity services. Interrail passes are a cost-effective way to see the continent – one ticket allows unlimited travel in up to 30 countries.

Alternative means of transport

For journeys across the sea, ferry services can get you quickly from A to B, whether you cruise the Mediterranean, island-hop in Scandinavia or cross the English Channel on a ferry. Alternatively, explore Europe’s inland rivers, tributaries and canals on a river cruise or barge, it’s one of the most leisurely ways to travel within the continent.

For the ultimate low-impact adventure, consider cycling. Europe is largely bike-friendly with dedicated cycling lanes and routes. Flying is a quick and easy way to travel between countries in Europe, and a simple way to reach remote areas. For short flights, consider taking the train or bus to your next destination as a more sustainable way of travelling. Alternatively, consider offsetting your carbon emissions for each flight.