Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

If you are tired of the same type of tours and beach holidays and you are looking for inspiration for a unique and unforgettable vacation — take a look at this post about how people traveled in the 70s. A trip to Europe by train is worth thinking about, isn't it?

At the dawn of the 70s, the price of a ticket from London to Italy was only $ 24. While the train was monotonously tapping its wheels, rocking soothingly, and constantly changing landscapes flashed past the window, two strangers in the same compartment could start a conversation over slices of Bologna ham. And this conversation could last several hundred kilometers. So a new kind of travelers was born …

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

In July 1970, LIFE magazine sent a lucky photographer Carlo Bavagnoli to travel around Europe by train.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

His story was dedicated to all budget travelers — a new wave of free-spirited graduates of American colleges who want to take a sip of freedom before putting on the yoke of a worker of capitalism.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

They traveled in large groups, got acquainted, slept at train stations and played guitars while waiting for the next train.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. A mighty masterpiece of architecture on top of a cliff.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Of course, the option of traveling first class was also always available…

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

View from the window of the Mediolanum train, which swept from Milan to Munich in less than 6 hours.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

The platform of the Portuguese railway station.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

And the geese are quiet here…

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Three American students sleep during a trip from Oslo to Bergen, Norway.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Why are standard train cars not as chic now as they were at that time?

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

A Spanish train sweeps past a fishing village on its way to the Costa Brava, which was not yet spoiled by mass tourism.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

New Eurailpass discounts on second-class tickets gave 26 college graduates the opportunity to travel around Europe, including through France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, as well as a new mandatory stop on the route — Amsterdam!

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

The train passes over the bridge over the river Duero.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Checking passports at the Swiss border…

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Travelers enjoy the scenery from the seven-car Italian train Settobello.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Probably, this is hardly included in the price of Eurailpass, but it's just amazing! A barber on the French Mistral train.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

A steam locomotive from 1925, on which tourists are traveling from a vacation in the city of Blon.

Traveling through Europe in 1970 by train

Keywords: Europe | Train | Travel | Landscape | 70s

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