How to Party on a Train Ride Through Europe
Traveling through Europe
on a train usually provides scenic views at a slower pace than airplane rides. Whether taking a day trip or an overnight ride, you can have fun on a train while remaining safe and lawful. Reserve a couchette or fill a compartment so your party does not disturb other passengers. Enjoy your party with food and friends.
Types of Trains
Have a slumber party inside a couchette or sleeper compartment on a EuroNight overnight train. A couchette is a closed-off compartment with either four or six beds stacked into two bunks. Sleepers are larger and more expensive rooms that may have a washbasin, private shower and toilet in addition to beds with sheets. For day-trippers, try a EuroCity line when traveling between European nations and a InterCity train trips within a country.
Train station in Berlin, Germany.
Make sure you have a train for your party by purchasing tickets early or online. Ticket counters are available at train stations for direct or connecting trains to your final destination. The Rail Europe website offers discounted rates based availability and advanced purchases. Eurail sells package deals that allow unrestricted travel from one to 20 countries over the course of 10 days to three months. While every ticket allows passage on the corresponding train, not all tickets guarantee a seat.
Most trains do not set a weight or number limit on your luggage. Bags are not checked or placed in a separate car, but rather large suitcases and bags may be placed on racks above seats or at the ends of a coach car. You may take party items from your stored bags during the train ride. Pack your passport and any other necessary forms of identification---like visa documents, a driver's license or travel and health insurance information---if traveling abroad.
Food and Drink
The snack car in an Italian Eurostar train.
Organize a wine tasting party with your traveling companions. Pack two or three bottles of local wine and a variety of cheeses to snack on. Travelers may bring and consume food and drinks---including alcoholic beverages like beer and wine. Long-distance and overnight trains typically have either a full-service restaurant car or a smaller bar car with light menu items. Many trains contain trolleys selling snacks and drinks throughout the train. Larger train stations will have individual vendors, fast-food restaurants, bakeries and even supermarkets.
Dress up and have a dinner party in the train's restaurant car. Bring a laptop or portable DVD player and enjoy movie night at a reasonable sound level. Pack cards or board games for a game night themed party. A party game called mafia, or werewolf, is ideal for long trips with groups of five people or more. Find out if someone has a birthday or anniversary coming up and surprise them with a cake and presents.
Matt Becht is a freelance filmmaker from Cleveland, Ohio. Becht’s college curriculum included courses in English composition, creative writing, and scriptwriting. He began writing professionally in 2009, and has been published in eHow, Trails.com, Travels.com and Golflink.com. Becht holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.
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