5 Things That Will Make a Long Train Ride Feel Shorter
Leah Walker January 22, 2019

When it comes to traveling and picking your desired method to go from Place A to Place B, most people will pit convenience against comfort. And while planes definitely are the most convenient way to go, many travelers would go for comfort and hence choose trains over any other means of transport. Reasons are more than obvious. Trains offer more leg room – which tall people would find mostly appreciative – whereas the elbow room needs not to be neglected.

The train cabins themselves offer more room than their airplane opposites and moving around is definitely easier which strikes one back to the convenience side as well. However, when it comes to time-consuming, trains have little to boast with and long train rides can be extremely difficult to bear. From the mental point of view above anything else.

And in order to help you make your train time shorter than it actually is, down below is the list of suggestions that I hope some of you might find helpful.

Explore the Train

From their very own nature, trains are means of transportation designed to bring comfort and help you move with ease. Trains have fantastic restaurants where you are able to get your favorite meal – or even better try some new food – sip some wine and enjoy.

A train restaurant is a perfect place for meeting new people as well. Chances are there are more people going to the very same place you are headed and sharing experiences about your trip can be invaluable.

In the end, there is much more to a train than the restaurant. Walk through and observe. Bring your camera as well and have a look through the window – especially if you’re traveling by day. You will thank me later for those wonderful pictures.

Absorb Yourself in a Good Book

Just in case you are not exactly an outgoing type, no worries. There is a perfect way to shut out the rest of the world and create your very own. A good book – and preferably one about Paris – will take you places you’d rather be at the moment and help you escape the train room in a second.

A great story is a perfect substitute and knowing that trail travel does not get you dizzy like cars and buses, it’s possible you enjoy a perfect reading session. There, a long train ride is a perfect opportunity to finally finish that book you hadn’t had time for.

Play Games

Ludo, snakes, ladder, scrabble, chess, cards. All these are the first thing that crosses my minds knowing they come in travel sets and are a fantastic way to cut time through travel. If you’re not traveling alone, games are a great way to spend quality time with your travel buddy. And even if you’re by yourself, here is a great opportunity to play some games with that new friend you made in the restaurant.

No, we haven’t forgotten the introvert type. Take out your mobile (or tablet) and choose from the variety of games I’m sure you already have on your device. You can always go online to play whereas those who really want to spice it up can try casino games. Online casinos have gone a long way of late and a wide variety of table game options such as those listed at Live Casinos will let you enjoy a real casino ambience from the comfort of your home – and train in this case. Before you dig in, though, you need to make sure it’s legal to play them in your residing country – as well as the transit one.


There are so many other things you can do online while travelling but a train ride is always a good time to do things you usually don’t have enough time for – or simply find them tedious. You will have little excuse when it comes to doing that research on a diet your friend told you about last week. Alternately, you can always get in touch with her/him through a message or a voice call for a live chatting session. It will feel as if you were back home, sitting together in that corner coffee shop.

Watch the Commuter

Movies are always a safe choice. But when it comes to The Commuter, I already hear some of you screaming – “Are you kidding me?”. Well, actually, I’m not. Liam Neeson’s 2018 hit film is the perfect choice for a train ride. It is an hour and 45 minutes long drama which will get you completely immersed into a murder conspiracy involving a man who just wants to be left alone on his daily train commute back from work.

It’s actually much deeper than that and – as always – involves personal dilemmas and some life choices derailing you. Sorry for the pun. But in the end, Liam Neeson is a safe choice when it comes to action-packed movies. And with you on the actual train yourself, you know it makes perfect sense to watch it just now.

Leah Walker

Leah has a marketing management company specializing in strategy, content creation and implementation for luxury brands and destinations. She's also a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. Leah documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. She sometimes freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, USA Today 10 Best, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel and wine ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's lived in Paris for four years, and was awarded additional time with a Passeport Talent visa renewal. Though, her talent for speaking French is abysmal.

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