A Welsh train journey has been voted one of the best in the world by the famous Lonely Planet guide.
The travel authority had published its first-ever dedicated guide to continental rail travel and the rail travel loop since Llandudno to Porthmadog appears in the top five in Europe.
The new guide helps explain the best ways to travel by train on Europe’s complex rail network with detailed maps, information on major stations and the best places to stay nearby.
There’s also advice on ticketing, what to expect from a sleeper train experience, and advice for different types of travellers, including families and people with disabilities.
The Wales route is listed among five of the “Best Scenic Journeys Across Europe”.
He says of theLlandudno to Porthmadog Loop : “Some of the finest narrow gauge railways in the world can be found in Wales and two of the best can be combined in a loop to take in the mountains and coastal scenery of Snowdonia.
“Catch a service from Llandudno Junction – with its main links – in the Conwy Valley to Blaenau Ffestiniog and change to the famous Ffestiniog Railway, a distinctive steam line that winds 13 miles to the coast at Porthmadog .
“Return via the sublime Welsh Highland Railway steam service below the summit of Snowdon to Caernarfon where you can catch a bus to Bangor and the main line.”
Other routes offered include the route from Locarno in Switzerland to Domodossola in Italy, the Oslo-Bergen route in Norway and the Black Forest Railway in Germany.
One of the book’s authors, Tom Hall, said: “There are few more pleasurable experiences for the traveler than traveling through Europe by train safely knowing that you are on cleaner means of transport. and more rewarding.
“With an ever-changing landscape of cities and towns, mountains, seas and to feast your eyes on – or a siesta in a comfy seat or even a night on the rails. Taking the train is the perfect option for the modern traveler looking for adventure, convenience and a greener alternative to flying.
“By hopping between high-speed lines you can get to almost anywhere in Western Europe and for the price of a few extra hours of travel, high-speed rail offers a fabulous alternative to the stress and ecological worries associated with short flights. couriers.”
The Lonely Planet guide to rail travel in Europe costs £19.99.
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