Exploring Europe by train is a great way to solo travel your way around the continent. It offers a sense of adventure, freedom and a diversity of cultures as you traverse your way across a multitude of countries. If you're looking for a route for your train travel, here's a recommended one to help you explore Europe. 

Paris

A great place to start is the vibrant city of London. Packed with history, art, and buzzing nightlife, London serves as an ideal launchpad for solo travellers. From here, the transition to continental Europe is seamless, thanks especially to the convenient London to Paris train. This train ride not only whisks you between two of the world's most iconic cities in just over two hours but also offers stunning landscapes along the route.

The next leg of your journey could take you to the romantic and historic city of Paris. As you wander through its charming streets, visiting landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, you really get to see why this city is so popular. Don't forget to stop in a Parisian cafe for a macaron and a cafe au lait too. 

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Spain

From France it's really easy to travel down to Spain. For those drawn to coastal vistas, you could head to the Catalonia capital of Barcelona but it would take a few stops in-between. You could head to Marseille in France before crossing into the Catalan capital. 

The journey from France to Spain provides a dramatic change in scenery and culture and the vibrant city of Barcelona is a great choice for a destination. Known for its architectural marvels by Antoni Gaudí, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, Barcelona is also famous for its lively beach scene and the bustling La Rambla street.

Its social atmosphere is perfect for solo travellers with tapas bars and seafood restaurants offering communal seating that encourages mingling with locals and other travellers.

Zurich in Switzerland

Switzerland

Venturing beyond France, Spain and Italy, there are so many other European destinations you can choose from for diverse landscapes and cultures. Switzerland is a great destination, famous for its beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Cities like Zurich and Geneva mix city life with easy access to nature.

Solo travellers can easily take day trips into the Swiss Alps for hiking or skiing, depending on the season, returning to the city by evening to enjoy local cuisine or a cultural event.

Germany

Alternatively, heading further north brings you to the scenic landscapes of Germany’s Black Forest. Here, trails wind through dense woodlands dotted with traditional villages and historic sites.

Beyond the trails, the Black Forest is renowned for its cultural heritage. Take the opportunity to visit historic sites like the Triberg Waterfalls, the highest in Germany, or the Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum, an open-air museum that offers a glimpse into the rural life of the past. 

Embracing the solitude of the Black Forest allows for reflection and rejuvenation, making it an ideal destination for those seeking both adventure and tranquility.

Rome

After soaking up European culture, you could continue your journey by train to Italy. Rome, a city that once commanded the vast Roman Empire, is an unmissable stop on your European itinerary. Its historical sites, such as the Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Pantheon, tell the story of a city steeped in history and culture.

For solo travellers, the city’s compact size makes it manageable to explore significant landmarks within a few days, providing a deep dive into the remnants of ancient Rome and its continuing influence on the modern world.

Florence

The Rome to Florence train is an easy choice for solos. It connects two of Italy’s most picturesque cities, making it easy to delve into the Renaissance heart of Florence after exploring the ancient city of Rome. The journey itself only takes about an hour and a half and offers views of the beautiful Italian countryside.

This city, often regarded as the cradle of the Renaissance, offers a more intimate urban experience. Florence is home to an unmatched collection of Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi's dome on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The city centre is walkable and here, every cobblestone alley and street corner seems to hold a piece of history.

A must-do for any visitor is spending an afternoon wandering through the Uffizi Gallery, which houses a vast and comprehensive collection of Italian Renaissance art. Major landmarks are close enough to each other making it easy to drift from one gallery to another or enjoy a coffee at a café overlooking the Arno River. 

As evening approaches, you might find yourself on the Ponte Vecchio, the famous medieval stone bridge known for its bustling jewellery shops. Here's the perfect sunset backdrop for a reflective moment of solitude.

Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast 

From Florence, heading north could take you through the majestic Alps, while a journey southward could lead you to the Amalfi Coast’s picturesque cliffside villages. Each destination offers unique experiences that cater to the adventurous spirit of solo travellers, from hiking rugged trails to unwinding on sun-kissed beaches.

The Amalfi Coast, in particular, is a gem of southern Italy, famous for its beautiful coastal views and charming towns. As you travel along the winding roads, you'll see stunning blue waters next to steep cliffs.

Towns like Positano, with its narrow streets and colorful houses, and Amalfi, known for its historic church and lively square, offer a perfect mix of culture, history, and natural beauty. Enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant, explore hidden beaches, or simply relax in the Mediterranean sun. 

 

Final Thoughts…

As you continue exploring Europe by train, each place you visit offers its own special experiences, challenges, and joys. Traveling alone doesn't mean you'll be lonely; it often leads to richer interactions with the places and people you meet. These shared moments create surprising and deeply rewarding connections.

This journey is about more than just beautiful views and historical sites; it's a chance for personal growth and self-discovery. The key to a great solo adventure is embracing spontaneity, being open to new experiences, and trusting in the kindness of strangers. Whether you're using the efficient train system to visit cities like London, Paris, Rome, and Florence, or exploring hidden gems off the beaten path, solo travel lets you travel how you want and at your own pace.

Remember to prioritise safety, keep important items close, and stay in touch with friends and family. With these tips and a sense of adventure, you're ready for some exploring through Europe. Every city and trail offers the chance for new friendships, insights, and lifelong memories. Solo travel is about more than just the places you visit; it's also about personal growth and the stories you'll share in the future.

This trip is your entry to a continent full of culture, history, and natural beauty. Every step is a chance to learn more about the world and yourself. So pack your bag, grab your passport, and get ready for your Europe trip!