According to a survey conducted by Rail Europe throughout April and May 2015, trains are by far the preferred mode of transportation when it comes to travelling through Europe.Of the 4,949 survey participants, 73% thought train travelling was the most comfortable and convenient way to see the continent as it reaches a much wider range of destinations than any other mode of transportation, including by car and coach.
According to the survey results, participants listed convenience, value for money, efficiency, environmental friendliness and the opportunity to interact with locals as the top five benefits of Europe train travel.
In terms of reasons for travelling to Europe, a whopping 84% listed holidays as the key incentive, while others go over to visit family, study and to honeymoon.
Rail Europe also reports that couples top the list of visitors (at 34%), followed by solo travellers (26%), groups of friends (23%) and finally, families (17%).
According to the rail ticket provider, Australians and New Zealanders travelling to Europe predominantly visit the UK, France and Italy respectively, with visitor numbers increasing yearly to Spain, Germany and Switzerland. Also, while individual country passes are frequently used, the most popular pass among Aussies and Kiwis is the Eurail Select Pass, which entitles holders unlimited travel to four adjoining countries.
Rail Europe tickets are distributed by Rail Plus, Rail Tickets, CIT Holidays and Infinity Rail in Australia; and Rail Plus and Go Holidays in New Zealand.