We’ve barely had time to recover from the dizzying amounts of champagne we shared over the Christmas and New Year holidays before rushing into the loving and passionate embrace of Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s here, and you haven’t planned anything yet, have you? No worries, we’re always standing by to give you advice not only for your train tickets but your love life too.
Planning love abroad with a touch of fraud
We recently got an email from a client who demanded to know who had stolen her credit card information and booked train tickets on our website. We take the security of our clients’ data very seriously (plus we love mysteries and cracking down on crime), so we didn’t waste any time investigating this situation. What we discovered is that someone not only swiped her credit card info, but went so far as to hack into her email account and then had the audacity to book a round-trip train journey to Tuscany for her, her husband, and two of their friends!
If you haven’t already guessed what happened here, Mr. Client made a failed attempt to plan a secret holiday for Mrs. Client while using their shared bank card. He not only stole her heart, but her identity too. You know what they say: one cannot love and be wise. To avoid mishaps such as this, we’d like to help you plan the perfect secret romantic getaway and get away with it.
Where to go?
Perhaps your journey will begin with a savoury breakfast in 1st class on a Thalys train and end with a dreamy stroll along the canals of Amsterdam. You could cozy up in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Vienna. If you’re the active type, why not take a long-weekend and visit the Alps and ski to your heart’s content (and of course indulge in all kinds of heart melting cheesy goodness)? Hop on the Eurostar and visit us in the City of Love but please be aware that we don’t give romantic tours of Trainline HQ at this time—our handsome developers were causing too much trouble for young couples.
If you’re thinking of taking a longer trip, why not visit a few nearby destinations or take a day trip somewhere? The quaint city of Antwerp is only 1 hour by train from Amsterdam and 50 minutes from Brussels. If you’re looking to heat things up in hotter climates, an excursion to Seville or Valencia might just be what you need! From Seville you can easily make a day trip to the coast and or go inland and visit the historical city of Córdoba.
When and how long?
Is this a weekend getaway or do you intend to take off for a week? You’ll have to drop some clues to your significant other that s/he’s going to be calling in lovesick very soon.
Save money for your honey
Plan ahead to get the best deals on rail tickets and know when each rail operator releases the timetables so that you can book accordingly. Last minute planner? No worries. We guarantee the cheapest available train tickets. Click here to find out the various release dates for tickets.
Need some more inspiration?
We’ve asked our team of rail (and love) experts to come up with a few suggestions of their own. Here are our favourite picks for some nice romantic trips:
- Paris to Amsterdam by train: 2nd class from €71, 1st class from €114
- London to Paris train: 2nd class from €100.50, 1st class from €150
- Amsterdam to Antwerp: 2nd class from €35.40, 1st class from €49
- Berlin to Copenhagen: 2nd class from €39, 1st class from €69.90
- Milan to Rome: 2nd class from €32.90, 1st class from €43.90
- Seville to Córdoba: 2nd class from €9.90, 1st class from €20.05
- Paris to Chamonix-Mont Blanc: 2nd class from €70.20, 1st class from €74.20
- Paris to Zermatt: 2nd class from €149.20, 1st class from €233.20
- Berlin to Prague: 2nd class from €69, 1st class from €111
And if you are still pondering where to go, why not check out all of the destinations that Trainline has to offer? Click here to view our entire rail network coverage.
Don’t leave a trail
To prevent getting caught in the act, you’ll need to make a stealthy purchase if you’ve got a shared account. Our recommendation? The prepaid debit card. This way, even if the purchase still raises eyebrows, the actual booking payment won’t show up on your statement and expose you. And if you don’t have one, then you can always pay with PayPal too!
Schedule the catsitter
Now all you have to do is tie up a few loose ends and love will find a way. Or if you can’t bear to part with your four-legged companions, why not bring them along? We offer SNCF animal tickets too!
If you’re not so romantically inclined or, like many of us, haven’t got a sweetheart for whom you can plan exciting getaways, don’t forget that you can sweep yourself off your own feet and step onto a train at any time. The course of true love never did run smooth, but trains do.