Regular trains

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.

Travel forum

From our travel community

Making last needed connection Just now on your reservations page, I could not get confirmed for 2 people on the train from Myrdal to Flam on June 12. There is room for us from Oslo to Myrdal. We prefer to leave Oslo about noon if possible. We have hotel paid for in Flam (...)

Kathy Bricker | 2019/05/25 | 0 Comments
Change ticket date request Hello, I am seeking to exchange my return ticket. I would like to return to Paris on June 25th leaving on the 6:29PM (18:29) train. What is the process for this? I tried to go through your website, but my message would not go through. I can be (...)

Sydney Dyer | 2019/05/25 | 0 Comments
Change ticket date I have a round trip train ticket from Paris to Geneva on June 25th-June 27th. I just want to change my ticket and not get a refund. I was wondering if I could leave June 25th that morning (same ticket) and come back to Paris that night (same (...)

Sydney Dyer | 2019/05/25 | 0 Comments
Refund request To whom it may concern, I have attempted to email this concern via your website but the process appears to not function. I have recently booked several tickets on your website. Subsequent to booking a ticket from Barcelona to Madrid on 7/22/19, (...)

Jeni E | 2019/05/25 | 0 Comments
Reservations with spain rail pass (valencia-seville, seville-cordoba-seville, and granada-barcelona) Our trip is coming up in early June, and we've purchased the 3-day Eurail Spain pass so that we can make the following trips for both myself and my husband.June 8th: Valencia --> SevillaJune 11th: Sevilla --> Cordoba --> SevillaJune (...)

Jerrica Werner | 2019/05/11 complete | 3 Comments

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FAQs

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. Will a National Rail Strike affect my train travel ?

  • Q. How do I use the bonuses that come with rail passes ?

  • Q. Is there a fee to take luggage on a train ?

  • Q. Where can I find more information about European train stations ?

  • Q. How far in advance can I buy my rail pass ?

  • Q. I have my train ticket. Do I also need to buy a reservation ?

  • Q. Why are e tickets not available for certain trips ?

  • Q. A rail strike in Europe prevented me from fully using my rail pass as intended. Can I get a refund on the unused days ?

  • Q. Do restaurant cars cater to specific dietary needs like vegetarian, diabetic or kosher ?

  • Q. Do I need to book a rail pass for everyone in my traveling party, including children and infants ?

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