Long-Distance Train Travel: Things To Think About Before And During Your Trip

Train travel is increasing exponentially in popularity. With more and more people boycotting planes and air travel, they are now turning to long-distance trains so they can still enjoy the same destinations- even if it means it takes a few hours longer to get there.

Train travel is particularly popular in the UK. With many places connected by reliable train links, people are enjoying the freedom and relaxation that comes with this mode of travel. However, it’s still important to stay safe during your journey and avoid all admin-related stress before. Here’s how.

Preparing for your journey

Train travel can be very expensive, so as soon as you know about an upcoming trip, book your tickets in plenty of time. Then, once you have booked your tickets, look into how you are going to get to the station, as you need to factor this journey in when planning your whole trip.

Make sure you arrive in plenty of time for the train. If this means getting a slightly earlier bus or train to the train station, do it. Your connection might be delayed, in which case you’ll have some buffer to allow for this and still be on time.

Safety whilst at the station

Train stations are busy, crowded and sometimes volatile places, so it’s good to be on your guard whilst waiting for your train. To begin, don’t cross the yellow lines along the platform. These keep you at a safe distance from passing trains – some of which go through at top speeds.

If you see suspicious activity at the station, stop a police officer and report it. The transport police are always there if you need them. Finally, keep an eye on your things at all times, and keep your valuables close to your body to decrease the chances of theft.

Safety on board the train

Now that you’re on the train and whizzing towards your destination, don’t become complacent. It is still important to take care of all your belongings on the train. If you’re travelling with someone or a group, ask them to watch your bag if you need to go to the food carriage or the toilet.

Always listen out for announcements too. These will notify you of any changes (if any) in the route or any delays that are affecting the service.