It’s crazy how we can hop on a plane and be on another continent in merely nine hours. But think of all the things you’re missing out on by travelling this way! When adventuring through a place as diverse and amazing as Europe, it’s definitely worth your while (and your money) to board a train and stay on the ground.

Cruising through Europe’s extensive network of railway lines, you’ll find yourself in the midst of the tiniest of villages, bustling cities and the overwhelming beauty of countryside in between – so you’ll definitely want to fight for a window seat.

You can say good-bye to ridiculous baggage allowances, getting to the airport two hours before your flight and lengthy customs checks or airport transfers. Instead, say hello to extra legroom, comfortable seats, a culinary experience and the opportunity to be immersed in the culture of the places you’re travelling to. Travelling by rail wins every time!

If you’re not sure where to start the booking process, G Adventures has you covered. They offer a variety of trips with tons of freedom and flexibility built in, including exciting train journeys that have your meals, accommodations and highlights of each spot mapped out, so you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you check some must-see experiences off your bucket list. Here are a few to get you started.

Budapest To Istanbul

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For the true explorer at heart, you’ll be in pure bliss as you walk in the footsteps of the Romans and experience a blend of cultures from Europe, the Middle East and Asia on this railroad excursion.

Your journey begins in Budapest where you’ll have the opportunity to meander through this magical city, relax in a thermal bath and take part in the amazing culinary delights that it has to offer. Don’t miss the forbidden forests and fairy-tale villages along this route, and allow yourself to be immersed in the culture, traditions and everyday life of the people that live here.

With a group of no more than 16, you’ll get an intimate rail experience through Eastern Europe, while making new connections that will last far beyond this trip. From hiking to the hilltop village of Arbanasi, to exploring “Dracula’s Castle,” to wandering through one of the oldest cities in the world (Veliko Tarnovo) and exploring Istanbul, you’re in for a serious cultural treat.

Northern Lights And The Arctic Circle By Rail

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You’ll want to bring your parka for this one! Begin your nine-day journey in Oslo, a city in the midst of Norway, and enjoy a day getting to know your travel comrades as you check out a museum, explore the Akershus Fortress or wander the streets for those ‘grammable moments.

After getting your feet wet in Scandinavian culture, you’ll head out into the snowy mountain range towards Northern Norway. In between Oslo and your final destination, Tromsø, you’ll get to see the country by train, ferry and of course, your own two feet.

This is a trip meant to be taken in colder months, when you’ll surely fall in love with the charming Scandinavian towns along the route. Take part in snowy activities like snowshoeing and dog sledding (or even reindeer sledding!), opt for an evening concert at the Arctic Cathedral, or gaze at the breathtaking Northern Lights. Accommodations range from your standard hotel, to two nights in a fishing cabin, to a cabin nestled in a winter wonderland and one sleep on an overnight train – trust us, it’s comfy!

Budapest To Sofia

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You’ll begin this exciting journey in Budapest where you’ll meet the group of new friends who you’ll be sharing this grand experience with over the next 10 days. There you’ll have the opportunity to visit Buda Castle, soak in the city’s famous thermal baths (pack your suit or pick one up at the local shops!) and experience the charm of this Eastern European city firsthand.

The train will then take you down through the Romanian countryside, where you’ll have plenty of free time to explore many small traditional towns, such as Sighișoara, where you can wander the cobblestone streets and explore a historic medieval citadel.

As you make your way closer to Sofia, be sure to observe the incredible changes in the architecture as it becomes more and more exotic, including the round Ottoman mosques that are scattered throughout the city.

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While all three of these trips, along with G Adventures’ other excursions, come with a pre-set itinerary that highlights the must-sees of each location, there’s still plenty of free time to explore on your own.

Your Chief Experience Officer is always there to offer suggestions for alternative sites that might better suit your interests. So get your train ticket and get packing - it’s time to ride through Europe in style!