Rail travel guides and books
A good travel guide can be invaluable in helping you plan your trip and make the most of your time and budget. According to Lonely Planet, their Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2024 list includes top affordable destinations that give travelers the best value for their budget. Guides can also help you avoid tourist traps and discover hidden gems that you might not have found otherwise. Moreover, a travel guide can provide you with valuable information about the local culture, customs, and etiquette, which can help you avoid any cultural faux pas.
Here are some suggestions for rail travel:
All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide. All Aboard—first published in 1995 and revised and updated in May 2023, is much more than a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train travelers. Written for veteran train travelers and those considering their first rail journey, it will keep any trip on track with its insightful travel tips and information about how North American railroads operate.
Britain from the Rails: A Window Gazer’s Guide. Expert railway enthusiast Ben Le Vay returns with a new edition of his much-acclaimed guide to discovering Britain from the rails. This latest edition adds new lines and destinations in Britain’s fast-changing railway while updating the guide to the classic greats. Thoroughly updated, it includes a complete, fascinating guide to the new Borders Railway in Scotland, plus details of the new route from London to Oxford and expanded coverage of the eccentric Jolly Fisherman line in Lincolnshire and the charming Cotswold line from Oxford to Hereford. Also included are more details of the Far North line from Inverness to Wick and Thurso. ‘Now, finally, the network has a book to be proud of!’ So said one reviewer of the first edition. Branch lines and ‘secret railways’ are covered, and so are popular routes such as the glorious East Coast main line to Scotland and the Great Western to Penzance.
This is an absolute “must” for European rail travelers: European Rail Timetable. This terrific reference comes out yearly in Summer, Winter, and Spring editions. The guide’s Rail Extra feature offers transport-based information presented country-by-country, including schedules for selected tourist railways.
Europe With Eurail 2024: An Essential Travel Guide To Explore Europe Trip By Train travel. Europe has something to offer every traveler. And with the Europe with Eurail guidebook, you’ll have all the information and resources you need to create your unforgettable journey.