The connections between numerous European metropolises are often cheaper and faster than by plane. Especially on the routes listed here, it is economically completely senseless to get on the plane.
Especially if the personal travel destination is in the city center. Airports are usually far out of the center, while the train station is in the heart of the city.
In addition, annoying security checks and the abandonment of luggage are eliminated.
London-Paris in 2h 20Min from €52
Thanks to the Channel Tunnel, a train journey from London to Paris takes less than two and a half hours. Tickets are available from €52 in the standard category if purchased in advance. Short-term purchases are around €120. Business Class is significantly more expensive and costs around €250. There are 9 connections daily between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Chic station building in the heart of the city
The starting station in London is the centrally located St. Pancras station, whose impressive main building dates back to the Victorian era.
From here, there are excellent local transport connections to all the important hubs in the English capital. In addition, there is a good culinary and cultural offer in the immediate vicinity.
If you arrive by plane, you would have to pay a transfer fee of around €20 for the Heathrow Express to the city center.
In Paris, the Eurostar stops at Gare du Nord station. This terminal station is centrally located in the 10th Arondissement and offers connections to the most important metro and bus stations that take you to the sights of the city in a few minutes. While Charles de Gaulle Airport is approximately 45 minutes from the center.
From Berlin to Prague in 4h 15 Min. for 18,90€
The Czech EuroCity (EC) connects the German capital with Prague several times a day. If the ticket is bought several months in advance, it only costs €18.90. Without a Bahncard, mind you. BahnCard 50 holders only pay €15.70.
But even with a ticket purchase just a few days before the start of the trip, prices under € 30 are possible.
For affordable prices, passengers get wonderful Czech hospitality and gastronomy in the on-board restaurant. As well as a wonderful view along the Elbe.
Another highlight is the vivid lobby in Prague Central Station. A piano is available for hobby pianists and there is a creative atmosphere. It only takes 10 minutes to walk to the old town of Prague. While the airport is about 40 minutes by taxi from the city center.
Amsterdam-London in 4h 10 Min. for 48€
The Eurostar travels to Amsterdam several times a day from the central London St Pancras station. Cheap tickets for the standard class are available from € 48.
The direct connection without changing takes only 4h 10 minutes. While the variant with a change in Brussels-Zuid takes 40 minutes longer.
The Eurostar stops right at Amsterdam Central Station. From there it is only a 5-minute walk to the nightlife district around the old church. As well as a 10 minute walk to the city center.
From Cologne to Brussels in 1h 43Min. for €18,90
The journey from the Rhine metropolis to the Belgian capital takes less than 2 hours. Both the French Thalys and the ICE run several times a day on the route.2nd class tickets are available from €18.90.