MY HUSBAND AND I ARE PLANNING TO VISIT THE CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, MONTENEGRO AND ALBANIA. WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOGISTICS OF GETTING AROUND, AND PREFER NOT TO DRIVE IF POSSIBLE. S. DRAKE, ESSENDON VIC
Despite the number of borders you'll be crossing, travel in Europe is relatively painless, and train is by far the best way to get around. It's fast, comfortable and cost effective, particularly if you book ahead. But while train is a great way to get from one city to another it's not so great if you want to loiter in the countryside and explore at your own pace, and Slovenia and Montenegro both reward slow travel. In particular, the coastal regions of both are not well served by trains, and they're among the highlights. If you don't want to get behind the wheel, one alternative is to base yourself in a city and take a day tour to see the sights, and Viator (viator.com) provides plenty of alternatives.
Everything you could possibly want to know about train travel in Europe is on the website of The Man in Seat Sixty-One (seat61.com)