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Traveling Around Europe By Train
- Book up to 60 days in advance
- Regional 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.
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- 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.
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Classes of service
|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.|
Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. Is there a check-in before the departure of a Lyria train ?
A. No. There is no check-in before departure. However rail officials will control your ticket during the journey. Make sure you have all your valid travel documents with you while on board a TGV Lyria.
Q. Is there a check-in before the departure of Thalys train ?
A. No. There is no check-in before departure. However rail officials will control your ticket and passport during the journey. Make sure you have all your valid travel documents with you while on board a Thalys train. Please note that children under 12 years old are not allowed on board if they are travelling alone.
Q. Which European cities are served by the Eurostar ?
A. With Eurostar train you can reach Paris from London or vice-versa directly. Other major European cities and destinations can also be reached directly : Brussels, Lille and Disneyland Paris. The French town of Avignon and the Alps can be reached on a seasonal basis through a weekly connection.
Q. Can I change the date of my sleeper reservation ?
A. Yes, it is possible but it depends on availability. If you want to change the date or your reservation you must do so at the earliest. Go to the local train station at least 24 hours before departure, to change your dates. Changes are subject to a service fee and/or upgrade fees.
Q. How do I know which type of e-ticket I have ?
A. You will receive an acknowledgement email confirming the type of e-ticket that you have chosen ("Print @ home" ticket or "Print @ the station" ticket).
Q. Is there a smoking section on trains ?
A. Some trains may have smoking zones. However smoking zones are less and less common. High speed trains are completely non-smoking as well as for trains in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Q. What are the classes of service which are offered on the ICE train ?
A. Two classed of service are offered on board the ICE trains – First class and standard class. If you are travelling in First class, you can have individual video screens, power sockets for portable devices and DVD players. ICE trains have quiet zones for those who prefer to travel without any noise disturbance.
Q. How can I exchange my Trenitalia ticket ?
A. Exchanges can be made in accordance with the conditions of your ticket. If permitted, exchanges can only be processed in Italy at a self-service kiosk at the train station. Simply select the "Print & Change" option and then enter the e-ticket confirmation code (PNR) and the Booking Change Code. Both of these codes can be found on your Print at Home ticket. Changes can also be made at a ticket window at the station.
Q. What is the baggage limitation when travelling on board Thalys trains ?
A. A single passenger can carry up to 2 suitcases and 1 handbag. For your comfort and safety, avoid oversized bags on board Thalys trains. The largest side of your luggage must not exceed 85 cm.
Q. How can I contact Rail Europe prior to my departure to Europe ?
A. Please send us a message from our Contact Us page and we will respond to you via email within 24 to 48 hours.