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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

Can i take my bike on the day time intercity express trains from amsterdam to basel and then from basel to milan? i do have a bike (...) I need to get me and my bike from Amsterdam to Milan in July. Any help much appreciated! I'm happy to consider other routes, such as via Paris. Thanks!

David Charles | 18 May 2022 complete | 2 Comments
3 weeks travel, london-paris, paris-brugge, brugge-amsterdam, amsterdam-rotterdam, rotterdam-amsterdam schipol airport, (...) Hi I just purchase the Global Eurail Pass, here details on my itinerary1. London -> Paris2. Paris -> Brugge3. Brugge -> Amsterdam4. Amsterdam -> Rotterdam* Flight Amsterdam -> Venice5. Venice -> Florence6. Florence -> (...)

Nahum Jovan Aranda Lopez | 18 May 2014 complete | 15 Comments
Can we buy a rail ticket from belfast to dublin and get them as an e-ticket? we will be leaving for the UK this Sunday, and will be travelling from Belfast to Dublin on 13 June 2018. We want to buy 2 train tickets (singles) but if we have to have them physically mailed to us, we won't get them in time. Can't we get (...)

Tessie Wallace | 18 May 2022 | 1 Comments
Wrong age I a few minutes ago purchased two senior tickets, reference number HLNSY5. I noticed that the age of passenger Judi Hein is wrong. It should be 01/15/1949. How do i correct that or is that even a problem. Thank you for your help in (...)

jan p thomas | 18 May 2019 complete | 2 Comments
Wrong age a few minutes ago i purchased two tickets, reference number HLNSY5 and noticed the age of passenger Judi Hein is incorrect. it should be 01/05/1949. How do I correct this error ?

jan p thomas | 18 May 2019 complete | 1 Comments

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