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Frommer's Europe by Rail


Book Description

Youíll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommerís. Itís like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go -- theyíve done the legwork for you, and theyíre not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommerís Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of shopping, and nightlife. Youíd be lost without us!

Whether youíre a first-time visitor doing the grand tour or a seasoned traveler planning a multi-country itinerary, Frommerís Europe by Rail is a must. The official guidebook of Rail Europe, this user-friendly volume has everything youíll need to plan a successful train trip through Europe, from descriptions of the best scenic lines and high-speed rail routes to detailed information on reservations procedures and all of the rail passes available to visitors. Weíve also included a wide array of options in a variety of price ranges, from large hotels and world-renowned dining rooms to charming guesthouses and simple cafes. Thereís something here for every taste, interest, and budget.

Just because weíre covering such a wide territory doesnít mean that weíve skimped on the details. Youíll find an astounding depth of accurate, up-to-date information, including timetables, detailed city and route maps, exact prices, open hours, metro stops, rail pass options, train station amenities, train interior photos, and more.

Weíll take you to Europeís major cities and most charming towns, where we offer complete sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife coverage and review the best accommodations and dining for the rail traveler. But we donít stop there. Weíve designed easy-to-follow point-to-point itineraries that help you make the most out of your time in Europe, including special itineraries that highlight Europeís best dining, architecture, scenery, and historic castles. With Frommerís Europe by Rail youíll tour the medieval towns of Flanders, the chateaux of the Loire Valley, the sunny resorts of the Costa del Sol, the hill towns of Tuscany, and the spectacular scenery of the Alps.

Itís all accompanied by color maps that have been carefully keyed to the text. Youíll also find a glossary of handy rail terms, the latest trip-planning advice, money-saving tips, and a free color fold-out rail map!

About the Author

Darwin Porter, a native of North Carolina, was assigned to write the very first edition of a Frommerís guide devoted solely to one European country. Since then, he has written many bestselling Frommerís guides to all the major European destinations. In 1982, he was joined in his research efforts by Danforth Prince, formerly of the Paris bureau of the New York Times, who has traveled and written extensively about Europe.

Suzanne Rowan Kelleher is a freelance travel writer and the former Europe Editor of Travel Holiday magazine. She has traveled extensively in Ireland, is married to an Irishman, and currently lives in County Dublin. She is the author of Frommerís Ireland and a co-author of Frommerís Europe from $70 a Day.

Native New Yorker Joseph S. Lieber lived in Hungary for several years in the early 1990s. He presently practices law in Boston and is the co-author of Frommerís Budapest & the Best of Hungary. Christina Shea served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary and subsequently directed Peace Corps language-training programs in Lithuania and Kyrghyzstan. Sheís the author of the novel Moiraís Crossing (St. Martinís) and a co-author of Frommerís Budapest & the Best of Hungary.

George McDonald has lived and worked in both Amsterdam and Brussels as deputy editor of the KLM in-flight magazine and as editor-in-chief of the Sabena in-flight magazine. Now a freelance journalist and travel writer based in Germany, he is the author of Frommerís Amsterdam and Frommerís Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg, and a co-author of Frommerís Europe from $70 a Day.

Hana Mastrini is a native of the western Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary who became a veteran of the ďVelvet RevolutionĒ as a student in Prague in 1989. She began contributing to Frommerís guides while helping her husband, John, better understand his new home in the Czech Republic.

Donald Olson is a novelist, playwright and travel writer. His play, Beardsley, was produced in London. He is the author of England For Dummies, which won the Lowell Thomas Travel Writing Award for Best Guidebook in 2002. He is also a co-author of Frommerís Europe from $70 a Day. He has contributed travel stories to the New York Times, National Geographic Books, and many other national publications.

New-York based Sascha Segan is a freelance journalist who has lived on three continents and spent quite a lot of time riding the rails of Europe. He has worked for Expedia Travels magazine,, and The Guardian in the U.K. He is currently a columnist at and is the author of Frommerís Fly Safe, Fly Smart.

Born in Chicago, Theodora Tongas traveled around her parentsí native Greece many times as a child. After earning a masterís degree in journalism from Northwestern Universityís Medill School of Journalism, she went to work as a reporter for the Associated Press in Athens, and has lived there ever since. With Athens as her base, she has toured the entire mainlandóand many islandsóby plane, train, and automobile.


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