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- Posted:Friday, July 17, 2009
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I've also suggested that cheap travel is crucial and the rail services on offer in Europe are a great way to get around. And the most famous of these is surely the Eurostar. For many backpackers flying from place to place is just too expensive, so high-speed rail can be a great way to get around on a budget.
And it seems I'm not alone in thinking so, as passenger numbers in the first half of the year increased by four per cent compared to the same period in 2008. People from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands were reported to increasingly be heading to the UK - taking advantage of the weak pound against the euro.
Richard Brown, chief executive of Eurostar, reckons that you get more than just a train journey if you opt for the service, as he said: "We are committed to transparent prices without hidden charges and to fares that offer good value. We even give customers tips on activities in our destinations which are extremely cheap or even free."
That last point could be particularly useful for when you're staying in hostels in Europe, as it's always handy to have some insider knowledge of the best things to see and do when visiting somewhere new. All this comes not long after Eurostar made a push to convince anyone heading to Amsterdam to consider taking the train, arguing that it's a lot less hassle than flying.