newbie eager to learn about train hopping in europe (1 Viewer)

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hello everyone, glad to be here. I've been looking for a forum like this for a while. I'm from Rome and I'm planning with two friends of mine to get to northern Europe on freight trains next summer, I did my researches about it: I kinda know what i'ts like to hop on a train and I also know where the yard we're gonna use is. I know nothing more because in Europe unlike US and Canada train hopping is not so popular. I'm here to see if someone knows this topic better than me or can at least give a place to start.
 
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Have you watched Shiey's videos on YouTube? I learned a bit about European Hopping off of his channel...not really a how to, more just seeing what its like.

I'm not aware of too many Euro hoppers on here ATM...?
 

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I did watch his videos before coming here, actually those videos are the thing that made me think train hopping was possible. I got alot of informations on northern italy, the hard part is getting there because there is one single line that goes north. I also saw nobody going from or to Rome (maybe because it's not worth it dunno) so it's unknown territory unless I find someone who already did it.
Anyway I'm stuck. I suppose I'll do better researches when covid ends. Any EU hoppers in here?
 

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Eurohopper here, living in canada at the moment tho. Your biggest challenge will be the borderpolice checking trains for refugees, probably on the swiss border... dont know how much info Im allowed to give outside of the trainhopping forum, but feel free to send me a message.
 
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Honestly, sometimes your best bet is to do it while overprepared and see what happens because you may be in new territory. That said, Europe doesn't really have a dedicated CC or guide to which cars are rideable (to my knowledge), but I guess same discretion applies to any train - find something safe to sleep on with a solid floor. You likely won't be in the middle of nowhere because Europe is so dense, but it will also be very short distances for slow rides you can just pay a few Euros to go faster for anyway via commuter rail, as most rails share the same space there. IMO, the only reason it'd be worth it is if you're on a freight-only track.

As with anything, be smart, safe, and patient. You will find some Eurohopping videos if you dig around on YouTube.

 

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