Sometimes the journey is not only about reaching the destination but enjoying every minute of the commute. Though traveling by airplane saves time, hopping a sleeper train makes the voyage more fun and exciting. Grabbing a train ticket seems a better option, especially when the budget is tight and travelers cannot sacrifice the precious sightseeing.

Sleeper train gives the freedom to stretch and unwind that economy class airplanes fail to provide. When vacation is all about having comfort during traveling, enjoying the picturesque views coming through the way, and witnessing the cultural differences that can be felt only while traveling with fellow passengers, picking the train ride seems the best option.


But, at the same time, traveling in the sleeper train brings unique etiquette opportunities apart from covid19 guidelines. When bodies are closer, smells are heightened, children are louder, and noise increases, everything conspires to offend and upset the travelers. It is when following certain sleeper train etiquettes, especially if it is a long train ride, makes the journey more pleasurable and less stressful.

Federal Railroad administration takes care of travelers' safety. What travelers can do is to make the journey safe, enjoyable, and memorable for each other by following a few unspoken etiquettes.

Be Sure To Practice Good Hygiene

Taking care of hygiene inside the train is very important. No one likes to share a compartment with a tourist who smells like a rotten egg. It is not important to smell like roses and peaches all the time, but using a deodorant will suffice.

Some essential steps to maintain hygiene in the long train ride include the following-

  • Do not throw the trash anywhere inside the train. Use the trash bin!
  • After eating, do not wipe your hands on the seat. Clean them properly before leaving.
  • Do not leave behind uneaten food. Not even its packages!
  • Wipe off the spilled food and crumbs from the seat.
  • Keep the luggage tucked in the luggage area or under the seat.

Hygiene plays a huge role in long train journeys. When the train journey is around 7-8 hours, sitting beside an unhygienic person or sharing the same compartment can be stressful. So, travelers should do their part to make the voyage enjoyable for all.

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Be More Generous To Passengers On The Train

In the long train rides, travelers often end up making new friends. It takes no time for a stranger to become a great friend while traveling. However, it happens only when people are more generous and polite towards each other.

Showing gratitude and saying simple words like please, thank you, excuse me, and sorry can do wonders. When travelers are equally concerned about fellow passengers, the journey becomes memorable. Some simple things to take care of are-

  • Do not make weird sounds or hand gestures while asking anything from the passengers.
  • Keep the shoes on (the feet could be smelling)
  • Do not put your feet on others' seats.
  • Check how much space the luggage is taking. Do not occupy other seats with the luggage.
  • Do not carry food that smells and do not make annoying noise while eating.

Things that some tourists may consider unproblematic can cause a real problem for others. For instance, resting your feet on others' seats may be relaxing for one but annoying for others. Similarly, keeping the luggage in another's seat or aisle can cause problems to fellow passengers.

The idea is to maintain a bit of decorum in the sleeper train so that everyone can make a calming journey.

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Be Considerate With The Volume Of Personal Devices

Nobody likes noisy passengers. Even though people can withstand noisy children, it is also only up to a limit. Often travelers are found screaming into their phones or during conversations with other people around them. It is very annoying to hear a loud noise and pointless conversations.

Likewise, some tourists hear music at such a high volume that it interrupts others' peace. It is essential to check the volume of the phone even when headphones are used. Make sure the volume of the headphone is not audible to others. Furthermore, using a speaker inside the train is completely unacceptable. It only irks the other passengers.

Here, some important points to remember are-

  • Speak politely on the phone and do not inflict it on others
  • Move to the vestibule to have a conversation on the phone
  • Converse in a soft voice with the fellow passengers
  • Check the volume of the music

Efforts should be made to avoid loud conversations. At the same time, keeping the phone calls quiet and quick ensure that other travelers are not disturbed. It is good to arrange a better time to chat than inside the train.

Understand And Respect The Local Train Culture

Vacationing in another city is full of excitement and fun. However, getting equipped with their culture helps to make the voyage easy. For instance, vacationers in Japan may witness different train cultures wherein trains are very quiet with almost no voice. People are often seen whispering to others.

Respecting the local culture is the key to the best commute. Travelers may need to follow some special train rules in different countries. There are rules like-

  • Using only the dedicated cell phone talking areas for conversation
  • Cannot let children run inside the train
  • Drinking alcohol is prohibited
  • Cleanliness is expected on a higher level with fine as punishment
  • Cannot leave any kind of trash on the train

Such rules are imposed on travelers around the world in some countries. It is important to follow these rules no matter what or be ready for a penalty.

Often vacationers opt for long train rides to explore the city, witness the urban life, experience the localities, and learn the cultural differences. No matter for what reason traveler chose a train ride, it is important not to make things difficult for the fellow passengers. It is the key to a happy commute.

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