If you’re an eco-conscious traveler or a hopeless romantic, trains are definitely the best way to travel around Europe. Sure, the occasional low-cost flight might save you time and money, but nothing competes with the thrill of gliding out of Paris and into Amsterdam a few hours later or roaming around the Swiss Alps en route to Italy.

We’ve put together a quick guide on how to travel Europe by train, covering all the essentials to help you plan a wonderful vacation on rails.