Train travel can be easy and enjoyable or cumbersome for the uninitiated. Sometimes it can be a cheap option, but other times a flight with a much reduced travel time may cost the same. Do your homework if you have a preference!
|At Genova P. Principe. Choo-choo! Bye-bye Cinque Terre. Hello Nice!|
Some train travel tips:
- Read your train ticket carefully to understand which platform you need to be at, and what the departure time is. In the cities that we have train-traveled through and within, the schedules have been fairly accurate. Check if you can or need to reserve a seat. Make sure you have your ticket ready for validation.
- Don't pack too much. There are many stairs and possibly running in the hallways beneath the tracks to reach different platforms for transfer.
- Don't bring large suitcases. There is often limited space, and you may need to leave your luggage in the hallway or ends of car units.
- Bring a snack or two. Depending on the train and service level, you may have many hours before you'll have a chance to eat.
- Enjoy the scenery! Notice the differences as you travel to your destination. If you come from a flat and bland landscape as I do, you'll appreciate the rolling hills and changing architectural styles of towns that you pass through.
|Train transfer in Ventimiglia. We had a bit of time and relaxed outside of the station with a snack from a nearby cafe.|
|If you like Chinese food, you're in luck! It can be found all over Europe. This signage is just outside of Ventimiglia train station.|
|Cute little mini-truck outside of Ventimiglia train station.|
|Arrival! Bonjour Nice!|