Europe’s cheapest trains take off this Christmas

Written by Staff Writer at CNN Flying isn’t the only way to get to Europe. Inspired by the experiences of its travelers , Swiss rail operator Trenitalia has launched its “Eat, Travel, Enjoy” travel…

Europe's cheapest trains take off this Christmas

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Flying isn’t the only way to get to Europe. Inspired by the experiences of its travelers , Swiss rail operator Trenitalia has launched its “Eat, Travel, Enjoy” travel sales, highlighting a selection of journeys including cruise packages, gastronomy enthusiasts and head-to-head driving routes.

1 / 11 Carnival Cruise Line, World Cruise Roundtrip, Holland America Line, 1 year (board): 12,950, but includes: A 30-day Carnival Cruise Line membership, two single supplements (to maximize cabin comfort), two private Cuban destinations tours, four guides on board, special dining privileges, a photo service and a 20% booking discount for guaranteed round-trip passage. Credit: Carnival Cruise Line via CNN

“Within the last few years, the number of connections that a train can provide has drastically changed,” says Richard Mercer, Trenitalia’s SVP commercial. “You don’t need to necessarily go on an overnight journey to reach destinations. A train can move from one to four times as fast as a plane. The quality of the journey has certainly improved too.”

That’s the case when you travel to destinations like Riga, Latvia, where it’s common to hop in and out of trains with ease. Take, for example, the Eurand! online shopping promotion , which allows customers to book Eurand!’s five different trains to Latvia on its website, including the Alexandra, Adriatic Express, Gregoire’s Holiday, TGV and Eurostar. With one-day tickets cost just $24 ($24 for one train, $44 for a VIP train), this offers city-dwellers a good opportunity to take a weekend, or short getaway.

“Many people love to travel, but they don’t have the desire to book a plane ticket,” Mercer says. “Europe’s only rail operator is introducing them to unforgettable experiences, but you don’t have to book a plane ticket. Getting a one-way ticket on a train is simple, easy and most of all, affordable.”

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