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Map of Europe and information about the continent

Europe is the sixth largest continent by land mass (approximately 3,997,929 square miles or 10,354,636 square km). Only one continent is smaller and that is Australia. The population is about 739,300,000 individuals, which makes it the world’s third most populated and it boasts some of the oldest civilizations of any continent.

Travelling Europe is one of life’s pleasures and due to the above mentioned civilization age, it boasts one of the oldest tourism industries also. Being so long established Europe caters well for every type of traveller.

Europe is made up of 20 countries. The smallest is Vatican City, which is virtually only a suburb of Rome. The largest country is Russia, although if we are talking about Wester Europe, then that would be France.

So if you are travelling a good map of Europe is necessary. We do live in a time of smart phones that have GPS functions but it is still a good idea to have a paper map of Europe as a backup. They fold up to be quite small, so every backpacker should have on one in her or his backpack. If you find yourself outside of signal range or if the battery in your GPS or phone empties, you still have a way of knowing where you are.

The diversity of cultures in Europe is one of the key reasons it is such a popular tourist destination. If you are looking for lazy summer beaches then Croatia, Greece, Spain and France are just some of the best hot spots for that type of travel. If Skiing is your thing then you might want to get out the maps of Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and Slovenia. These countries have some of the best skiing in the world and some places you can ski all the year round.

When looking at a topographic map of Europe you will notice that it is very mountainous and much of the wilder places are covered in arboreal forests. So if hiking is your thing then Europe is only quite willing to cater to your needs.

Some of the oceans and Seas that border the continent are as follows. The Barents Sea, Arctic Ocean and Norwegian Sea are to the north. The North Sea and Baltic Sea’s are more or less in the middle of the map. The Atlantic Ocean and the Greenland and Celtic Sea’s are off to the west of the continent. The Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean Sea’s lie to the south. The Black and Caspian Sea’s lie more or less to the east. Other naturally occurring borders are Ural Mountains and the Ural River and the Caucus Region (a group of countries, the best known of which are Armenia and Georgia).

Some Political information about Europe

There are about 50 countries that make up the continent of Europe. The largest being Russia and the smallest being Vatican City. Most countries in Europe belong to the European Union and use the Euro as currency. Click on the links below to learn more about each country.

Other physical features of the continent of Europe

The main rivers are the Danube, Rhine, Volga, Seine, Ural and Loire. The longest being the Danube. The main mountain ranges are The Alps, Pyrenees, Ural, Caucus and the Carpathian mountains. The highest mountain in Europe is situated in Russia and is called Mt Elbrus, it is 5642 meters high although the highest in Western Europe is Mt Blanc which is situated in France.

Map of Trees Per Square Kilometer in Europe

trees-per-square-km-europe

This great little map shows just how wooded the countries of Europe are. One of the general trends we can see is that the northern countries of Europe tend to have more trees. Although there are a few exceptions one being Portugal and some of the Baltic countries like Slovenia and Croatia.

The most heavily forested countries in Europe are Finland, Sweden and the aforementioned Slovenia. there are some notable mentions like Montenegro, Russia, Albania and Estonia.

As would be expected, Iceland has a very low concentration of trees. Due to it being a country of mostly volcanic activity, topped with ice and snow. The countries that are a bit of a surprise for having such a low tree population are England, Scotland, Whales and Ireland. When thinking of these countries you generally conjure up images of green countryside, although the green in this case must be hedges, plains and farmland.

Map of Refugee Routes into Europe

Map of regugee Routes into Europe

 

We have provided a map of some of the refugee routes into Europe. Refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Libya and Iraq have had to mobilize and move out of their respective countries due to the escalation in violence. We at map of Europe will be developing a series of maps that we are hoping will help refugees flee the awful violence that is happening in their homelands. We are also hoping to educate non-refugees as to the plight of these poor people.

There has been a lot of scare mongering in the mainstream media and in our own little way we are trying to offset this with some rational discussion. We do understand that some individuals fleeing these war zones are not refugees but the overwhelming majority are and these people need to be treated with some respect and sympathy.

Europe : Google Earth and Google Maps

Europe Google Maps
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Europe Google Maps
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Here at MapOfEurope.com we are big fans of Google Earth and Google Maps. While we like the static nature of our maps, especially for quick reference. We recognize that the interactive nature of both Google Earth and Google Maps can be at times invaluable. Recently we were looking at the map of Europe on both Google Earth and Google Maps and thought wouldn’t it be handy to have a static version of both. So we did just that, we took screenshots of the Google map and have uploaded them to the site. While they are not detailed maps, they are handy for a very quick reference. They show most of the relevant countries.

If this proves popular we will even do static maps of all the individual countries of Europe. We might even extend this to the rest of the world. So stay tuned. If there are any particular countries that you are interested in seeing in this format? let us know. We are happy to help.

Blank Map Of Europe

a Blank Map Of Europe

Here is a blank map of Europe. Unlike most other blank Europe maps we have made the oceans blue to distinguish them from the actual continental mass.

The assignment here is to try and name all the countries. You can either do this in a program like MS paint or you can print the map out and then hand write all the country names in.

Rail Map Europe

A rail Europe map

Rail Europe tickets are a great alternative to flying. Imagine taking in the breath taking views of the European Alps, the Med, the Adriatic, the Greek Isles and much more. Travelling by train in today’s day age will allow you to have a proper holiday. It will allow you relax and reflect while you speed towards your destination in complete comfort and style. No worries about luggage size. Take all the gear for the whole family on that ski trip and not worry about excess baggage fees. No bookings are essential; you can purchase your ticket at any time. Turn up at the train station and start your holiday. No more worrying about flight schedules. If you miss one train! Catch the next!

The best way to buy a rail Europe ticket is get a Eurail Global Pass some people refer to them incorrectly as Eurorail Passes but it basically means the same thing. These can be bought as 10 day to 3 month passes. 3 month passes being the best value but of course are the most expensive as well. Have a look at the rail Europe map in the centre of the page and see if it the countries and cities you are interested in visiting for your vacation are included. They should be as most Western European countries are covered by these railway passes.

The rail systems that are covered by most train passes include.

  • Eurostar – is a high-speed passenger rail service connecting London with Paris and Brussels. All its trains traverse the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, owned and operated separately by Euro-tunnel.
  • German rail (Deutsche bahn) – is the German national railway company. 3 different railway companies were merged to form this company. 1) Deutsche Reichsbahn of East Germany, 2) VdeR . it had railway assets in West Berlin, 3) Deutsche Bundesbahn of West Germany.
  • British Rail (British Railways) . Is an amalgamation of the .big four. 1) Great Western Railway, 2) London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 3) London and North Eastern Railway, 4) Southern Railway.
  • Swiss Federal Railways . Is the official railway of Switzerland.

How does it compare to a driving holiday? Well Driving can be fun but it can also be stressful. So depending on what kind of holiday you are looking for, will depend on what mode of transport you choose. Most train stations are at the heart of a European metropolis centre. So shopping, cafes, the art galleries and museums are usually not far away and usually within walking distance. The rising cost of fuel is starting to make an impact in both the airline industry and the driving holiday set. With a train the economies of scale mean that fuel has a smaller impact on price. A Europe rail pass is also so versatile. Extending holidays is no drama and adding locations to your holiday is as easy as turning up on a new train platform.

Travelling Europe by train is a great cheap alternative to flying. You will have more chances to meet like minded travellers and to take in the natural and urban beauty of Europe. Buying rail tickets in Europe is easy. You can get them over the internet or go to almost any railway station. So if you are thinking about travelling Europe by train make sure you do your research, you will be happy you did.  Oh and one more thing make sure you search online for a Rail Europe coupon code. It will make travelling the railways of Europe that much cheaper.

Map of Central Europe

A map of Central Europe

There is no common standard of what actually constitutes Central Europe, in fact many of the countries that are defined under this title also form part of Eastern & Western Europe. For the purposes of this article I am going to define the following countries as forming Central Europe, which is the current definition held by the United Nations:

  1. Austria
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Germany
  4. Hungary
  5. Liechenstein
  6. Poland
  7. Slovakia
  8. Slovenia
  9. Switzerland

There are plenty of sights to see within Central Europe and I am going to take you through a number of them right now. Although of course whilst wandering around you will discover many other wonderful sightseeing opportunities.

  1. Almost everything located within Berlin, Germany is a sight in itself. A particular favourite amongst tourists is climbing the Reichstag Dome.
  2. Of course, no trip to Germany is complete without experiencing wonderful German Beer. The best way to do this is to go to the Beer Hall located in Munich. The Olympic Park is also located incredibly close by and is worth a visit.
  3. Also in Germany you can take the chance to visit ‘The Eagles Nest’ which was a location where Hitler helped to direct the German War.
  4. For the more adventurous amongst people there are plenty of natural sights to see when you hike through the mountains of Switzerland or drive through the rolling countryside gazing at many of the beautiful lakes around the area.
  5. Poland was almost destroyed during World War 2, particularly Warsaw. Take a look around the modern architectural wonders in the city which almost has been completely rebuilt but still in a more medieval style.
  6. There are plenty of concentration camps located within Poland. One of the most popular of course is Auschwitz. The reality of war really hits home when you visit one of these concentration camps.
  7. A particular favourite of those travelling to Central Europe to sightsee is travelling up ‘Castle Hill’ for fantastic views over Budapest, capital of Hungary.
  8. The ‘Rhine River’ travels through most of the countries in Central Europe and a cruise along this will take you to some of the best vineyards in the world. Perfect for wine lovers.

There really is so much to do for sightseeing in Central Europe. Whether you are looking to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Europe by hiking through mountains or driving through the countryside, or whether you want to experience the rich history which is evident in almost every major town located within Central Europe.

In my opinion if you are going to go sightseeing in Central Europe you should do it properly, for that reason take a chance to visit all nearby countries such as France, Spain and Belgium. Only then will you be able to get the full European experience. Plenty of cheap flights will take you to any of these destinations, after that it is simply a matter of hiring a car and hitting the open road.

Russia Loves Donald Trump

Russia loves Donald trumpMost other G20 countries around the world favor Clinton over Trump but not Russia. looking at the image above you can see that Clinton has a lead over Trump in almost every other G20 country. unsurprisingly Clinton has the biggest lead in Mexico, the country that the Donald wants to wall of from the USA. Even china prefers Clinton over Donald but not Russia.

I guess the Russians love their flamboyant, over the top, strongman heads of state. In some ways the Donald is like America’s version of Putin and so it makes sense that the Russians would gravitate towards him.

One interesting point is that Canada is near the bottom of approving of Hillary over Trump. Being 3rd from the bottom is probably showing that Canada is not totally won over by the Clinton marketing machine and is more conservative than they are given credit for.

Map of Brussels Maalbeek Metro Station to Airport

Brussels Maalbeek Metro Station to Airport

By now you have probably heard of the tragedy that has unfolded in Brussels, Belgium. There has been a bombing at Maalbeek Metro Station and the Brussels airport. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in retaliation for the capture of Mohamed Belkaid. He was one of the get away drivers in the Paris attacks last year.

Belgium is a tolerant society that has welcomed many migrants from other parts of the world. So it is beyond belief that some of those welcomed would commit such an atrocity. Our hearts go out to the people of Belgium and the victims and their families.

Here we have published a map that shows the distance between the two attacks.

Map of How to Say Yes in the Countries of Europe

map of how to say yes in Europe

The image above shows how to say hello in all the countries of Europe using the most common languages in each country. However below we have put together a list of all the different dialects of European languages we could find. There are some discrepancies. There are a few Russian dialects that are actually outisde of Europe. An example is Tartar. While technically an Asian dialect we have come from a position that if a country (ie Russia) is in at least partly in Europe, then we list all of it’s internal dialects and languages.

·         Albanian (Albania, Yugoslavia) ·         Po
·         Alsacian (Alsace France) ·         Ja
·         Altai (Russia) ·         Eye
·         Anglo-Saxon (England) ·         Gese
·         Anglo-Saxon (England) ·         Gise
·         Arberesh (Hora e Arbereshevet Italy) ·         O
·         Arberesh (Sicily Italy) ·         Arra
·         Armenian [Eastern] (Armenia) ·         Ha
·         Aromunian (Greece, Balkans) ·         E
·         Asturian (Spain) ·         Si
·         Bashkir (Russia) ·         Eye
·         Basque (France, Spain) ·         Bai
·         Belorussian (Belarus) ·         Tak
·         Bosnian (Bosnia and Hercegovina) ·         Da
·         Bosnian (Bosnia and Hercegovina) ·         Aha
·         Breton (Brittany France) ·         Ya
·         Breton (Brittany France) ·         Eo
·         Brigidian (western Ireland) ·         Quai
·         Bulgarian (Bulgaria) ·         Da
·         Catalan (France, Spain, Andorra) ·         Sí
·         Chukchee (Russia) ·         I
·         Chuvash (Russia) ·         Chapla
·         Cornish [Kemmyn] (Great Britain) ·         Usi
·         Cornish [modern] (Great Britain) ·         Eah
·         Cornish [unified] (Great Britain) ·         Usy
·         Cornish (Great Britain) ·         Ya
·         Corsican (Corsica) ·         Si
·         Corsican (Corsica) ·         Iè
·         Croatian (Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina) ·         Da
·         Czech (Czech Republic) ·         Ano
·         Czech (Czech Republic) [informal] ·         Jo
·         Danish (Denmark, Greenland) ·         Ja
·         Danish (Denmark) [to negative questions] ·         Jo
·         Dutch (Netherlands, America, Asia) ·         Ja
·         English [old English] (old Britain) ·         Giese
·         English [old English] (old Britain) ·         Gea
·         English [old English] (old Britain) ·         Yea
·         Erzya (Russia) ·         Nama
·         Estonian (Estonia) ·         Jaa
·         Estonian (Estonia) ·         Jah
·         Estonian (Eastern Kodavere Estonia) ·         Jahki
·         Estonian (Prangli Estonia) ·         Neh
·         Estonian [Old Estonian: archaic] (Estonia) ·         Neh
·         Finnish (Finland) ·         Kyllä
·         Finnish (Finland) [informal] ·         Jep
·         French (France) [to negative questions] ·         Si
·         Frisian (Netherlands) ·         Ja
·         Friulian (Italy) ·         Sì
·         Gagauz (Moldova) ·         Yola
·         Galician (Spain) ·         Si
·         Gallo (Britany Northern France) ·         Yen
·         Gallo (Britany Northern France) ·         Yan
·         Gascon (France) ·         Oc
·         German (Central Europe) ·         Ja
·         German (Cent.Eur.) [to negative questions] ·         Doch
·         German (Bavaria Germany) ·         Jå
·         German [Thuringian] (Thuringia Germany) ·         Na
·         German [Swabian] (Germany) ·         Jå
·         Greek [Hellenic] (Greece, Cyprus) ·         Ne
·         Greek [old] (former Greek Empire) ·         Né
·         Griko (Salento Italy) ·         U’mme
·         Hungarian [Magyar] (Hungary) ·         Igen
·         Icelandic (Iceland) ·         Já
·         Ingush (Russia) ·         Hwa’a
·         Inuttut [Greenlandic] (Greenland) ·         Aap
·         Irish (Ireland) [it is] ·         Isea
·         Italian (Central Europe, E Africa) ·         Sì
·         Kalmyk (Russia) ·         E
·         Karelian (Finland, Russia) ·         Da
·         Karelian (Finland, Russia) ·         Kyllä
·         Khakas (Siberia Russia) ·         Ya
·         Komi-Permyak (Russia) ·         No
·         Komi-Permyak (Russia) ·         Nu
·         Komi-Zyryan (Russia) ·         Da
·         Koryak (Russia) ·         O
·         Ladin (Italy) ·         Sci
·         Langue d’oïl [old] (France) ·         Oïl
·         Latin (ancient Rome, Vatican) ·         Ita
·         Latin (ancient Rome, Vatican) ·         Itavero
·         Latin (ancient Rome, Vatican) [true] ·         Certe
·         Latin (ancient Rome, Vatican) [right] ·         Recte
·         Latvian (Latvia) ·         Ja
·         Lithuanian (Lithuania) ·         Taip
·         Lithuanian (Lithuania) [very informal] ·         Aha
·         Lithuanian (Lithuania) [very informal] ·         Mhm
·         Livonian (Latvia, Estonia) ·         Nä
·         Low Saxon (Eastern Friesland) ·         Ja
·         Low Saxon [Northern] (Lowlands Germany) ·         Jaa
·         Low Saxon [Northern] (Fehrs Guild ·         Germany)Ja
·         Low Saxon [Westphalian] (Germany) ·         Jau
·         Ludian (Russia) ·         Muga
·         Luxemburgish (Luxemburg) ·         Jo
·         Macedonian (Macedonia) ·         Da
·         Mae [Emwae] (New Hebrides Island) ·         Ido
·         Mae [Emwae] (New Hebrides Island) ·         Io
·         Maltese (Malta) ·         Iva
·         Manx (Britain) [yes indeed] ·         Abbyreh
·         Manx (Britain) [yes indeed] ·         Gynourys
·         Manx (Britain) [yes indeed] ·         Shedyjarroo
·         Manx (Britain) ·         Seadh
·         Mari [Hill Mari] (Russia) ·         Manye
·         Mari [Meadow Mari] (Russia) ·         Anye
·         Mari [Meadow Mari] (Russia) ·         Iye
·         Mari [Meadow Mari] (Russia) ·         Tuge
·         Middle English (old England) ·         Yis
·         Middle English (old England) ·         Yus
·         Monegasque (Monaco) ·         Sci
·         Nenets (Russia) ·         Nyeya
·         Nganasan (Russia) ·         Yy
·         Nganasan (Russia) ·         Tê
·         Norwegian [Nynorsk, Bokmaal] (Norway) ·         Ja
·         Norwegian [Sortlandsk] (Sortland Norway) ·         Jo
·         Palatinian (Southwestern Germany) ·         Jo
·         Piedmontese (Piemonte Italy) ·         Eoj
·         Plattdeutsch (Germany) ·         Jo
·         Polish (Poland) ·         Tak
·         Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil) ·         Sim
·         Provencal [Occitan] (France) ·         Òc
·         Provencal [Occitan] (France) ·         Oí
·         Prussian [old] (Prussia) ·         Ja
·         Romani [Vlax] [Gypsy] (Europe) ·         Va
·         Romani [Sofia Erli] (Bulgaria) ·         Va
·         Romani [Romany] [Gypsy] (Europe) ·         Hai
·         Romanian (Romania) ·         Da
·         Romansch (Switzerland) ·         Gea
·         Russian (Russia) ·         Da
·         Russian (Russia) [informal] ·         Aga
·         Russian (Russia) [slang] ·         Nu
·         Saami [Davvi Saami] (Scandinavia) ·         Joo
·         Saami [Davvi Saami] (Scandinavia) ·         Lea
·         Saami [Davvi Saami] (Scandinavia) ·         Delea
·         Saami [Inari Saami] (Scandinavia) ·         Gal
·         Saami [Inari Saami] (Scandinavia) ·         Kal
·         Saami [Skolt Saami] (Scandinavia) ·         Naa
·         Saami [Skolt Saami] (Scandinavia) ·         Kaéll
·         Sardinian (Italy) ·         Eja
·         Sarnami (Suriname, Holland) ·         Hañ
·         Savonian (Ylä-Savo Finland) ·         Jotokkiisa
·         Scots (Scotland) ·         Aye
·         Scots [Ulster Scots] (Northern Ireland) ·         Ay
·         Scottish Gaelic (Scotland) ·         Gudearbh
·         Scottish Gaelic (Scotland) ·         Aidh
·         Serbian (Bosnia, Yugoslavia) ·         Da
·         Setu (Southern Estonia) ·         Jah
·         Shor (Russia) ·         Eze
·         Sicilian (Sicily Italy) ·         Si
·         Slovak (Slovakia) ·         Áno
·         Slovenian (Slovenia) ·         Da
·         Slovenian (Slovenia) ·         Ja
·         Sorbian (eastern Germany) ·         Haj
·         Sudovian [Jatvingian] (Baltic region) ·         Jâ
·         Sursilvan (Switzerland) ·         Gie
·         Svan (Georgia) ·         Aadw
·         Swabian (Central Europe) ·         Jå
·         Swedish (Sweden, Finland) ·         Ja
·         Swedish (Sweden) [to negative questions] ·         Jo
·         Tatar (Russia) ·         Aye
·         Turkish (Turkey, Northern Cyprus) ·         Evet
·         Tuvan (Russia) ·         Iye
·         Udmurt (Russia) ·         Ben
·         Udmurt (Russia) ·         Bon
·         Udmurt (Russia) ·         O-o
·         Udmurt (Russia) ·         Y-y
·         Ukrainian (Ukraine) ·         Tak
·         Valencian (Spain) ·         Si
·         Veps (Russia) ·         Ka
·         Võru (Võrumaa Estonia) ·         Jah
·         Võru (Võrumaa Estonia) ·         Ja
·         Votic (Russia) ·         Da
·         Votic (Russia) ·         Jaa
·         Welsh (Wales) ·         Ie
·         Welsh (Wales) ·         Oes
·         Welsh (Wales) [past tense] ·         Do
·         Yiddish (Europe) ·         Ye
·         Yiddish (Europe) ·         Yo

 

Donald Tusk Tells Migrants to Stay Away From Europe

Refugee crisis EuropeThe migrant crisis in Europe is heading towards disaster. With estimates of 16 million refugees fleeing the war in Syria and many hoping to make a new home in Europe, Donald Tusk has blatantly told economic migrants to stay away.

Do not come to Europe, Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing. Greece or any other European country will no longer be a transit country.

He made the statement at a news conference in Greece and shows how the systems that are in place to deal with refuges has been stretched to the limit. It would appear that the refugees have made reduced the tolerance for other migrants. The European Union in an effort to stem the tide of refugees have blocked passage from Greece. Thousands of refugees camped on the Greek/Macedonian border have been left with no chance of moving on into central Europe. This has lead to violent clashes in the camps.

Even though his speech was aimed at migrants rather than refugees It does signal a hardening of policy towards people moving out of the Middle East and Africa. Tusk also visited Turkey hoping to talk the authorities into doing more but with over 2 million refugees being accommodated in Turkey, there is little more Turkey can do. The Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoğlu has reiterated the need to create a safe zone in Syria itself.

Greece is suffering from an economic meltdown and the added strain the refugee crisis is placing on the country could see it sink further into the quagmire. The Council of the European Union will be meeting on Monday to try and come up with solution to the crisis. Many Europe watches believe that at best they may deliver some stop gap measures to reduce the tide of refugees.

Spanish Taxi Drivers Block Central Madrid Protesting Uber

Taxi drivers protest against uber
Madrid cab driver protesting against Uber February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Over a thousand taxi drivers have blockaded the center of Madrid on Thursday. Letting off flares, firecrackers, smoke bombs and blowing horns.

They are protesting plans to allow companies like Uber and Cabify to compete in the market place.

Currently Uber is not allowed to operate in Spain but the Spanish authorities are considering opening up the taxi market to more competition. The legality of companies such as Uber are in question all around the world. One major hurdle being insurance for passengers within the car.

The regulatory body in Spain the CNMC is going to publish a non-binding recommendation sometime next week. They are expected to recommend that ride-handling apps be allowed to operate within Spain.

The taxi sector around the world tends to be a heavily regulated sector and in Spain it is no different . Which leaves Taxi drivers at a disadvantage. For apps like Uber to not completely destabilize the current status quo, a compromise will need to be made. In some parts of the world an “Uber tax” has been implemented to allow governments to grow a treasure chest that will help taxi drivers to transition into the new economy. Hopefully this will be part of the CNMC’s recommendations.

Map of Kosovo

map of Kosovo

Here we have a map of one of the newest republics of Europe. The Republic of Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008 and has been a hotly disputed territory ever since. With a population of about 1.8 million citizens and a land size of about 10,908 km2, it is one of the smallest also. The capital of the republic is Pristina and the population is heavily dominated by Albanians. They make about 92% of the population and most follow the religion of Sunni Islam. However freedom of religion has been laid down in the new constitution. The Albanians know what religious persecution can do and want to avoid this in the future.

Map of Train ride from London to Singapore

map of train ride from London to Singapore

Can you really get all the way from London to Singapore by train? Not really. There are parts of the route that you will have to take a bus. The parts small and can be ignored and if you look at the map, it is parts of South East Asia that ruin the dream. Even obstacles like the English Channel no longer require you to get off the train, so it is kind of a shame that you can’t take the whole route on train.

Should this deter you from trying it? Hell no! This is one of those once in a lifetime experiences, that should be ticked off the bucket list. Even if you are only make it to Beijing, the trip is a definite must. Although you do have to ask yourself if I am going to make it all the way from one end of Europe to far end of Asia by train, why not go all the way to Singapore and be done with it?

Travelling by train is on of life’s most under-appreciated experiences. We live in a world of 16 hours by jet to any part of the planet and a world that is increasingly about instant gratification. A train journey that spans continents, gives you a chance to relax the mind and the body while appreciating some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet. It truly is a beautiful and life affirming experience.