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.

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From our travel community

Need advice on train tickets going from rome to assisi, florence, venice, milan, paris (express), lourdes, toulouse and flight (...) We are going to have 7 nights in Rome (with day trip to Naples), 2 nights in each Assisi, Florence, Venice, Milan then take a night express train to Paris. Train from Paris to Lourdes, Toulouse and flight back to Rome. (...)

Scott Hoang | 2019/03/25 complete | 6 Comments
Error processing credit card payment, now charged for trip, no tickets, no confirmation, nothing So I attempted to purchase rail tickets in amount of about 400€ using my credit card. Initial attempt I receive an error saying card wasn't accepted.....great, go back check over billing details....correct a few things I think might be wrong and (...)

Jason Hallman | 2019/03/24 complete | 5 Comments
Lucerne to vienna - can i use rail pass or do i have to buy a separate ticket? does Eurail Swiss-Austria pass allow you to travel from Lucerne to Vienna?

Nitin | 2012/06/10 complete | 3 Comments
Is there a train locker in the vienna station that would hold a 26" bag? We are taking an overnight trip to Prague and we dont want to take our bags with us.

Alma Bachrach | 2019/03/18 complete | 4 Comments
Misspelling of last name on train reservation? I booked a reservation though a travel agent. She spelled my last name wrong on our train reservation. Can I still use this e-ticket and get on the train without any problems?

Adrienne Vansevenandt | 2013/08/06 complete | 35 Comments

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FAQs

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. What should I do if I’m unable to print my e-ticket at the station ?

  • Q. What's the difference between a rail pass and a train ticket ?

  • Q. What do I do if no one comes to check my train ticket or rail pass ?

  • Q. How can I contact Rail Europe prior to my departure to Europe ?

  • Q. Will my luggage be safe, accessible, and in my line of sight throughout the duration of my trip ?

  • Q. Can I give or resell my train ticket to someone else ? Or can I travel with someone else’s ticket ?

  • Q. What do I need to show to the conductor when traveling by train with a rail pass ?

  • Q. I am taking a cruise while in Europe. How do I connect between the train station and port of call ?

  • Q. What does “Activate my rail pass mean and how do I do it ?

  • Q. Do the prices quoted on the website include all fees and taxes ?

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