Planning a European vacation? Instead of mastering a clutch or navigating the “right” side of the road, take advantage of the continent’s extensive railway network. Most large towns and every metropolis have stations connecting travelers with their destinations in just a few hours. European trains are famously fast, clean and conveniently drop visitors in their destination's city center, unlike airports which are often located on the outskirts of town and require additional transportation. With many routes running hourly, travelers can customize itineraries to fit in every must-see destination.
Travel Feb 25 - Aug. 31 between top destinations such as London, Paris and Brussels for as little as $160 each way. Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail passes and train tickets to North American travelers, just announced an exclusive 20% discount on Eurostar Standard Premier tickets.
Standard Premier cars, called "Comfort Class" on the Eurostar site, give travelers spacious reclining seats with generous legroom, complimentary newspapers and light meal service.
Reaching speeds of 186 mph, trains complete most routes in approximately two hours. Short journey times make fabulous day-trips possible. Imagine starting your day with breakfast at the 5-star Royal Garden Hotel in London’s swanky Kensington neighborhood and checking in at the 4-star Le Meridien Etoile, just one block from Porte Maillot Metro station, before lunch at a Parisian cafe. In addition to over 100 destinations across the continental, Eurostar offers seasonal services whisking ski bunnies to Bourg St. Moritz in winter and beach bums to the south of France in summer.
Explore more of London and Paris with 10% off Rail Europe's city cards. The London Pass and Paris Pass offer VIP access to iconic attractions in both cities, and discounts on local ground travel and at participating restaurants and shops.