Regular trains

Traveling Around Europe By Train

  • Book up to 60 days in advance
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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.

Travel forum

From our travel community

Paris to geneva We're staying in Paris/Switzerland for 13 days. I'm not sure which pass would be best for us-I am thinking of purchasing the 3 day pass. Here is my sample itinerary: Paris-Geneva (via the high-speed train) Geneva-Chamonix (day trip) (...)

Navi Sandhu | 17a aŭgusto 2018 | 0 Comments
Travel days? hi there. Quick question. If i book a 8 days in a month does this mean that i can travel for free on those 8 days and get discounts on train tickets the days that go beyond those 8 days? Like when i book a ticket it will ask if i have a rail (...)

amneet brar | 16a aŭgusto 2018 | 0 Comments
Luggage limitations we will travel for 2 person and 4 big and 2 carry on bags. TGV will allows us?near airport any storage available for 7 days? How much charge for that?

shah | 16a aŭgusto 2018 | 0 Comments
Which pass? Hi, I will be flying into Geneva on 9/9, will spend just one night there. I have booked a hotel in Wengen. I want to spend 9/10-9/13 visiting Interlaken, Jungfrau, Grindelwald, Murren, etc. I want to take the train to Zurich on 9/13 to catch (...)

Maddiha Payami | 7a aŭgusto 2018 | 2 Comments
1st time europe trip and honeymoon Hi! I am planning our honeymoon from NY to Europe and want to visit the following countries in this order. 1 London 2 Paris 3 Amsterdam (maybe) 4 Germany (Rhine Valley) 5 Switzerland 6 Austria (Austrian Tirol & Innsbruck) 7 Italy (...)

Sury Martinez | 14a aŭgusto 2018 | 0 Comments

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FAQs

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Must I book a reservation for the TGV Lyria train ?

  • Q. How to reach a train station in the city center from the airport ?

  • Q. How do I validate or activate my Rail Pass ?

  • Q. How much time in advance, can I book tickets for AVE trains ?

  • Q. What is the main difference between STANDARD 1st class (1ÈRE) and STANDARD on the Lyria between Paris and Switzerland ?

  • Q. What does this means : 4 days in a 2 month-period ?

  • Q. Can I change the date of my sleeper reservation ?

  • Q. What are the restaurant facilities onboard trains ?

  • Q. Can I use more than one credit card to pay for my booking ?

  • Q. Are Family Passes available ?

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