THE TRIP

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Europe By Train -

Out­ward: In­ter­rail

The au­thor trav­elled us­ing an In­ter­rail Global Pass ob­tained through Voy­ages-sncf.com (0844 848 5848) that al­lows 5 days of travel within a 15-day pe­riod. Prices from £245 (stan­dard class) and £326 (first class). Passes are also avail­able in other du­ra­tions. Seat reser­va­tions are needed on high-speed and overnight trains, start­ing at £5 per jour­ney de­pend­ing on route and car­rier.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion

Highly rec­om­mended is the 25hours Ho­tel Langstrasse (25hour­sho­tels.com) in Zurich which of­fers a spe­cial Trainspot­ting Suite and is just a 10-minute walk from the sta­tion. Prices from 260CHF (£190) per night.

Get­ting around

The best way to ex­plore most cities is on foot, but in Paris con­sider tak­ing the Metro. Prices from €1.90 per jour­ney. Car­nets (10 jour­neys) avail­able for €14.50.

Food & drink

In Lon­don the au­thor filled up on break­fast at the Plum and Spilt Milk (plumand­spilt­milk.com) which serves a mix of hearty, healthy and sweet break­fast op­tions un­til 11am.

While in Paris, La Closerie des Li­las (closeriedeslilas.fr) is a must for Hem­ing­way fans. Also rec­om­mended is the cof­fee shop at Shakespeare and Com­pany op­po­site Notre Dame.

Try Le Train Bleu in Basel for Swiss cui­sine right next to the sta­tion. In Zurich the restau­rant in­side the 25hours Ho­tel Langstrasse of­fers an en­tic­ing mix of ori­en­tal and world cui­sine.

When wan­der­ing in Venice fol­low your nose – and the lo­cals – to find the best cof­fee away from the tourist traps.

Re­turn: Ori­ent Ex­press The au­thor trav­elled on

Bel­mond’s Venice Sim­plon-ori­en­tEx­press (bel­mond.com; 0845 077 2222) go­ing from Venice Santa Lu­cia sta­tion to Lon­don Vic­to­ria. Prices from £2,129pp (solo trav­ellers should call to get the best deal on sin­gle com­part­ments as some op­tions not avail­able on­line). Price in­cludes all meals and se­lect drinks.

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