Traveling In The European Union
Many people think that taking the rail is the only reasonable way to travel between countries. Unfortunately, the rails aren’t always reasonable, especially when you think about it in depth.
The first problem that comes to mind when thinking of traveling with by train is that not all of your destinations are on a train route. Often, the train will get you to the general vicinity, but you are left having to figure out how to get from that point to your intended destination. Another issue with taking trains is that the schedule is not always conducive to when you want to travel. Taking an early train may mean you miss the included breakfast at your lodging. Taking a later train means that you may miss most of an available day for sightseeing too… NO THANKS!
A more reasonable way to travel is by hiring a private car and driver, which is a growing trend among European visitors. It is not practical to rent a car in one country and then use it to explore other countries, due to numerous regulations that are imposed. Professional sightseeing and shuttle companies have already had drivers reviewed and rigorous background checks done. They ensure compliance with the European Union (EU) regulations. The companies have obtained necessary certifications to pass from country to country, and are familiar to the staff at various checkpoints.
Having a private driver is not unlike having a personal tour guide. Driving your own car, riding a train, or taking other modes of public transit do not allow opportunity to learn as you go. These drivers are locals who have been in and around each of the EU countries repeatedly. They know the best places to see, the best times to arrive and avoid large lines and over-sized crowds, as well as how to navigate back streets to bypass nasty traffic jams.
Finally, having a private driver gives you the opportunity to request one who speaks your preferred language. Drivers will sit and wait while you get out and sight see and may even take photos for you. You can converse easily about sites along the way, requested tourism stops, or to communicate numerous other pieces of information. Conversely, taking a public transit system means waits of up to 1 ½ hours for a taxi or train or bus. You may not be able to find assistants who speak your language. Waaaayyyyy too much time will be spent trying to communicate and wait for transit, whereas private shuttle services bypass all of those issues. Your biggest concern will be trying to decide where to go next 🙂