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Traveling Around Europe By Train

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Overview

Regular trains

Many agree that traveling by train in Europe is the preferred method of getting between cities because train travel is part of the experience, not just a means of getting from one city to the next. Trains in Europe are sleek and efficient and offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere, generous legroom and typically, amazing scenery outside ! Whether you choose first or second class, you’re sure to have a great ride on-board a train in Europe.

On many trains in Europe, travelers can enjoy the company of other travelers in a bar-buffet car offering a complete selection of food and beverages for purchase. (These types of bar-buffet cars are available on many major routes but should be confirmed at the train station before the train departs.) European train stations are typically found in the city center, so when you depart or arrive, you’re right in the heart of the city – a major advantage over flying, no hassle or extra cost of going from an airport to downtown.

For longer journeys, night trains are a great option as they get you where you want to go while you sleep soundly, saving money on a hotel for the evening. Night trains vary according to route. The most common compartments are Singles, Doubles, and Couchettes. Some night trains offer T3, T4 and Deluxe sleeping compartments as well. You can read more about Night Train sleeping compartments by visiting our overnight accommodations page.



Practical information


Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.


Booking :
  • Regular trains tickets are open for booking 60 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

A class apart

Classes of service

Services & amenities offered
Second class First class
Regionals trains (Intercity, TER Express Regional Trains…) allow for more comfort in 1st class, offering spacious seating with generous legroom.
Regionals trains (Intercity, TER Express Regional Trains…) provide basic comfort in standard seats.

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From our travel community

Swiss pass & then basel to munich Hi myself and my wife will be traveling from Geneva to Interlaken May 24 then exploring that area for 3 days then on our 4th day may 27th heading to Munich to explore there for a few days. What would be best just to get train tickets for our (...)

Randy | 18 February 2018 complete | 5 Comments
Travel from ljublijana to prague june 2018 We are traveling from Ljublijana to Prague in June 2018. What is the fastest route? What is the most scenic route? Do we have to change trains? What are our ticketing options-it's a long trip and we want to be comfortable....Thank (...)

sandra | 18 February 2022 complete | 2 Comments
9 full days in switzerland, have quite a list of places to see - need train help :) arriving Zurich late June 11th want to see the following Mount Pilates Mt Titlis jungfrau top of the world train Trift Bridge Glacier express from St Moritz to Zermatt Matterhorn Geneva day trip from Geneva to Mount Blanc (...)

Shirley Novak | 18 February 2022 complete | 1 Comments
Zurich to interlaken, visit to jungfraujoch & lucerne before returning to zurich. benefits of swiss pass? I am planning to travel from Zurich to Interlaken. Visit to Jungfrau and Lucerne before returning Zürich. How can the Swiss pass help me?

Anupam Samanta | 18 February 2020 complete | 4 Comments

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FAQs

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. What is the main difference between Business Premier, Standard Premier and Standard Classes on the Eurostar between London and Paris or Brussels ?

  • Q. How do I know which type of e-ticket I have ?

  • Q. Can I reserve a seat if I have a Second Class ticket ?

  • Q. How can I validate my Swiss Travel Pass ?

  • Q. Is there a smoking section on trains ?

  • Q. Is 1 day used on a Rail Pass when benefiting from bonuses without travelling ?

  • Q. Is it possible to travel from Cologne to Brussels by ICE and back by Thalys with a German Rail Pass Extension coupon?

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  • Q. Does the Eurail Italy Pass offer any special of discounted fares ?

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