Travel by Train in Europe
Because Zurich is the central node of the Swiss-wide train network and also runs the biggest and busiest international airport in the country, it generally is the first place where tourists arrive. And thanks to the city's close distance to tourist resorts in the Swiss Alps and its mountainous scenery, it is often referred to as the "portal to the Alps". Zurich has long been known for being clean and efficient. Due to this, it has been...
When I was living in Zürich for six months, I spent most of the weekends traveling. The Swiss railway system is the most impressing, punctual and organized I have ever seen and I can recommend everyone to travel by train in Switzerland.
Rail travel is not always the cheapest or the fastest mode of traveling, but I still love it. You can sit comfortable, have lots of time admiring the beautiful landscape, you arrive in the center of the city, you don’t have to travel a long distance from an airport and you can do stops or change route whenever you want. Thanks to the sleeping-compartments/couchettes you can also depart late at night and wake up in a new city the next day.
If you want to travel in more than one country, the Interrail card is a good choice that lets you travel throughout Europe for up to a month.
I can also recommend The Berlin-Night-Express train which takes you directly from Sweden to Berlin.
Whatever train ride you book, remember to reserve a spot as much in advance as possible to benefit from a lower price. For example, if you book a ride from Malmo in Sweden or Copenhagen in Denmark two months in advance, you can find lots of cheap tickets to the rest of Europe. Sometimes for under $50 one-way. From Germany with DB, you can travel from München to Venice (7 h) or Firenze (8 h) from $40 or from Berlin to Amsterdam (6 h) from $40.
Even though Sweden, Germany, UK, Denmark and Italy all have good train companies, the Swiss SBB is without doubt the cleanest and most convenient option. The hub for most train journeys in Switzerland is Zürich Hauptbahnhof, the city's main train station. If you happen to miss your train, don't despair. Apart from serving thousands of travelers each and every day, the railway station is quite a special place with a striking architecture, great shops, and restaurants with tasty European food.