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Train travel though Europe is quite easy in my opinion. I decided to try a solo trip travelling by train from Salzburg in Austria ending up ten days later at Warsaw in Poland. I booked my first train between Salzburg and Vienna online and printed off my booking and reservation. The travel cost for first class was just under thirty five euros and I was very pleased. It was very comfortable.
Then I had to booked my further travel directly at the stations. This was fine, but I never got asked if I wanted first class. I was automatically given a basic seat. This was fine between Vienna and Bratislava. This journey was only an hour. The cost for a single ticket was eleven euros and twenty eight cents.
The train journey between Bratislava to Warsaw took over seven hours. I knew this before as with my mobility issues this was going to be my rest day. And I did need it, as my other knee is starting to play up too.
I really wanted to go 1st class again. And it was not until I had checked the ticket back at the hotel. It is all in Slovak and German, so I had to use my translate program on my telephone. I realised again I was in 2nd class. The price difference was only ten euros. And I would have been happy to pay that. But my ticket in non refundable. So there was not much that I could do. My seat and cost for a single ticket was twenty four euros. So when I came across my seat, I had no view and the gangway. And there was already three people in the carriage. So this was fine for a couple of hours. .
And I did keep getting up to exercise my bad knees by walking up and down the carriage
And as we travelled through the Czech Republic, the train started to get empty. And I realised by the time we got to Poland it was going to have six people in it. I found three empty carriages and though why not. And that is what I did. I had a six seat carriage all to myself until the second to last stop in Poland. And I was more than happy. Also keep your ticket, as mine was checked three times, by three different ticket attendants. And they did not mind that I had moved seats. If they empty what is the harm ?
Would I travel by train in the future. Yes but not this long. The three hours between Salzburg and Vienna I think is enough for me. And I was so tired when I arrived in Warsaw. That I passed out for nearly nine hours. It was a experience that I have now had and I pleased that I did this all on my own and have a crutch aswell. I know what my limits are !