Regular trains

Traveling Around Europe By Train

  • Book up to 60 days in advance
  • Regional trains


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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

Closest train station to lisbon airport I will be arriving at Lisbon Airport and want to take the train directly to Porto. What is the most efficient way to go? Do I need to go into Lisbon to the train station or is there an easier way. Thank you for any help you can (...)

Linda | 11a aprilo 2014 | 2 Comments
Paris to amsterdam error message Hi I can't seem to make a reservation for ANY of the trips I had planned. Currently I am trying to book from Paris to Amsterdam on July 31 with my 4 country rail pass (france, benelux, italy, germany) but I keep getting the following message: (...)

Joni Danielson | 21a julio 2018 | 0 Comments
Give me the timetable for travelling from amsterdam to aachen july 25, 2018 I arrive in Amsterdam at 0805 hours and want to travel ASAP to Aachen please give me the schedule and routing

Elisabeth Lewke-Bogle | 21a julio 2018 | 0 Comments
Please help a family of 4 - itinerary aug 1-9...which travel pass??? Hi, we are a family of 4, 2 adults, 2 kids 16 under, travelling to Switzerland for 8 days on Aug 1-9. Our likely itinerary... Into Zurich on Aug 1, including FIFA Museum Into Lucerne on Aug 2, possibly including Transportation Museum Into (...)

Katherine Domont | 20a julio 2018 | 0 Comments
Why are the transfer times to change trains so short ? we are a family traveling on the train between france, switzerland and spain, we notice that the transfer times are VERY short , like 12 min - we will be traveling first class and wonder why are the transfer times so short when we have to (...)

clem soga | 20a julio 2018 | 0 Comments

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Common Questions, Simple Answers

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