True Welcome to ShowMeTheJourney

Welcome to ShowMeTheJourney

‘The journey not the arrival matters’ – T.S. Eliot

Welcome To ShowMeTheJourney

Our mission at ShowMeTheJourney is to simplify European train travel, so at the heart of what we do are our unique travel guides.

JOURNEY GUIDES             STATION GUIDES

COUNTRY GUIDES            TICKET GUIDES

EUROPEAN TRAIN GUIDES


But you also perhaps want to discover more about who we are, what we have done and why?

Otherwise you wouldn't be here, but we are needless to say, very pleased that you have called in.

So either click the links below to jump to the answer or spend 10 mins of your time to discover all you need to know.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE     OUR INSPIRATION

CONTACT US                       FUTURE PLANS


And as it's also up you how you use ShowMeTheJourney, here's some links to some other things we have done, which should be particularly useful.

HOW WE CAN HELP AND INSPIRE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TRAIN TICKET BOOKING GUIDES

THE LANGUAGE OF TRAIN TRAVEL

 

ShowMeTheJourney is dedicated to the magical experience of being transported from one destination to another, the sights and places you will see, the people you will meet and the glimpses into other people's lives and culture.

You can start planning your journey by train from the most popular cities in Europe HERE...or carry on reading....

Nobody ever talks about the romance of taking a bus or plane, but if you take a train there’s the possibility of being awed by landscapes, technology and design - all of which can give train travel the wow factor.

Hence the big idea of ‘wouldn’t it be useful if people could easily look up journey information on their smart phones - and on their tablets and PCs etc too?

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WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON SHOWMETHEJOURNEY:

All of the types of info we spent more than a year researching are shown on our SITE MAP.

We have made and the interactive version HERE which gives insights into how to use the info, so that you too can take your ideal journeys,

What We Have Tried To Do:

Even we are not so train obsessed as to believe that every train journey is wonderful, some rank very low down on the wonderful life experience scale.

However, others are helping to relieve the stress of the commute and other local trips into city centre.

Our focus is on the journeys which will take you where you have longed to go.

Many of these journeys will also make you sit back in your seat and smile as a whole new world flashes by - here are some of our favourite European express train journeys

But in addition to inspiring you to make a journey for the sake of it, which is one of our favourite life experiences, we can provide help with the practical stuff.

Amongst our many nuggets of European train journey information are guides on how to buy the optimum train tickets - and our attempt to tell you all you need to know about using rail passes in Europe.

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OUR INSPIRATION:

Our founder, Simon Harper, had previously indulged his love of train travel thanks to a day job of editing and managing multiple award winning websites.

Planning those trips in foreign lands was always an epic task – because every country takes a unique approach to train travel.

Hence the light bulb moment of why not use the digital media skills acquired for something useful - namely making the planning of train travel as simple as possible.

And for it to be available in the palm of your hand – so that it can be accessed while you’re on the move.

To bring this vision to life and to check the information which took more than a year to research, he embarked on a swathe journeys, some of which he had travelled many times before, but most were singled out for their potential to be fabulous!

This time around he made notes, checked timetables, explored every corner of stations and both chatted to, and observed the behaviour of his fellow travellers.

Simon Harper going by train
Travelling more than 25,000 kilometres around Europe by train was made more bearable, by an obsessive quest to make as many scenic journeys as possible.

All of the images on ShowMeTheJourney were captured on his travels in the expectation that they will make you want to hop on a train and begin your journey right now!

So as you'll see we have done our utmost to be as accurate as we can across the site.

Though journeys can always be subject to temporary and last minute changes, so a top tip is to always confirm your journey by using the links provided.

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Contact ShowMeTheJourney:

If you want to get in touch with Simon he can be reached at simon@showmethejourney.com

He'd particularly love to to hear from you if you have any ideas about how we can improve the website, including the destinations we should add next, or if you have spotted an error that we need to correct!

However, just for the moment please don't ask about specific journeys and tickets, the means to answer those queries will be coming soon - we promise!

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FUTURE PLANS:

This is only the beginning -  we're desperately trying to avoid a start of the journey pun, but in time we'll need your help to make ShowMeTheJourney as good as we think it could be.

So near the top of the To Do List are the means to enable you to do that.

Also on the ‘To Do’ list is adding similar bespoke journey info for alternatives to taking the train, we'll admit that other options can be worth considering sometimes.

Plus the addition of more journeys in more countries between more places – Ireland, Finland, Greece etc, we haven’t forgotten you.

And in time the ambition is to also include journey information beyond Europe.

We keep being asked when ShowMeTheJourney will be finished and the simple answer is ‘Never’.

But for the moment please avoid asking how do I get from A to B, a bespoke travel planning service is also coming soon and if you follow SMTJ on Facebook you can keep track of what journeys have been added – they could be where you want to go!

and finally for now...:

We also want to ShowMeTheJourney as easy to use as possible.

Taking a train should be a lot simpler than it often is and ticketing is the source of many of the complications.

Hence making the many, many quirks of online ticketing easier to understand, has involved on occasion, writing a LOT of not particularly thrilling text, but we truly wish that didn’t need to be the case.

To help with that, step by step booking guides have been produced – and again there are as short as they could be - the 10 or more steps you might need to take when making a booking often can’t be helped.

And yes this page now has probably too much text on it too - hence the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS are here - but we enjoyed writing it and hopefully you’ll enjoy the fabulous journeys that await you.

And we finish with a huge thank you to the team at Cergis who managed to take a somewhat crazy idea and turn it into this and for Ceri Thomas at Jetlabs for his hours of patience in creating the design.

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