Keep an eye on your belongings
Robbery is the most common safety threat on all rail systems, even in developed countries, says Jason Clampet, senior online editor at Frommer’s in New Jersey. But don’t let that deter you from rail travel.“Travel by rail is certainly safer than driving,” says Clampet. “And unlike on planes, your risk of catching an airborne disease isn’t as great because there are no airtight spaces, and you can usually change seats.”
Being alert will help you avoid being robbed. Most robberies on a train occur when you’re not paying attention, or the perpetrators create a distraction, such as pretending to sell a newspaper while another pickpockets your backpack, according to Clampet. Ways to help prevent robbery include traveling with someone and always keeping an eye on your belongings. If you are taking an overnight train, pay extra to book a private couchette. Finally, if you are traveling by rail in developing nations, the cost of going first class is minor compared to the improved health and safety conditions you’ll enjoy.