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. What is the main difference between First class and Second class on the Thalys between Paris and Brussels or Amsterdam) ?
A. The Thalys First class includes comfortable reclining seats as well as food and beverages available at your seat.
The Thalys Second class includes spacious legroom as well as food and beverages available at your seat.
Q. Is a seat guaranteed when someone has a First Class ticket ?
A. -No. A First Class ticket only allows you to board a train. You need to have a reservation to be guaranteed of a seat on the train.
- Please note that some First Class tickets can included a reservation for a seat on a train.
Q. What are the differences between First class and Second class ?
A. - First class has fewer seats thus allowing more legroom and space. Seats are usually larger and can recline. Other services are available for free. For better comfort on long journeys, First class is preferred.
- Second class has more seats, with less legroom but they are usually 50% cheaper.
Q. Does the Swiss Pass offer any special of discounted fares ?
A. Yes, you can obtain a discount for ferry crossings or even a free ride. Holders of a Swiss Pass also benefit from great offers to visit museums, monuments, a 50 % discount for mountain top excursions and more. The discounts and other bonuses can be obtained locally by showing your Swiss Pass or you can choose to contact the company accepting the discounts in advance. You can benefit discounts during the period of validity of your Pass. You can travel without paying (free) by bus, train or ferry only on travel days which apply to your Swiss Pass.
Q. What is the definition of Swiss Pass ?
A. The Swiss Pass is a country pass which enables you to use the nation rail network of Switzerland and any public transport in Switzerland. The travel period ranges from 4 days to 1 month in over 40 cities.
Q. Why take an overnight train ?
A. Overnight trains allow sleeping and relaxing before starting your visit in a city afresh. You can have more day time to enjoy other activities plus it’s a good way to avoid booking a hotel.
Q. How to make a booking for three passengers who want to share a compartment ?
A. Book a room with 3 beds. If none is available you can book for a T4 (4 beds) or a T6 (6 beds).div>
Q. Which Spanish cities are served by the AVE trains ?
A. AVE trains connects most major cities of Spain. The high speed Spanish trains connect the city of Madrid to Barcelona and Sevilla as well as Malaga and Valencia. It take 2h20 for the AVE train to reach Barcelona from Madrid. Travel duration between Seville and Madrid is 2h20. Barcelona is 5h45 away from Malaga and 5h37 away from Seville by the AVE train.
Q. What are the classes of service which are offered on the Lyria train ?
A. TGV Lyria offers 3 classes of service, with various fare conditions, adapted to fit everyone’s needs
Second class, or STANDARD class, has 3 levels of flexibility and pricing. It boasts affordable prices, a service of food sold at your seat, and the comfort of travelling by train.
STANDARD 1st (1ÈRE )
This class offers the ideal quality/price ratio. It combines flexibility and superior comfort : spacious seats and a service of food sold at your seat.
BUSINESS 1st (1ÈRE)
This is the premium class ! 100% flexible for business travelers. High-end tailored services, a quiet space, and access to station lounges to ensure you have a productive trip. In this class, you will also enjoy a real meal served at your seat. A selection of Swiss, French and International magazines and newspapers are at your disposal, and you can even reserve a private car to pick you up prior to your train’s arrival at the station in Paris.
Q. Can I take my vehicule on the Eurostar ?
A. No. Eurostar does not transport any vehicule. However you can transport your car by using Le Shuttle. For reservations with Le Shuttle, please call 08705 35 35 35 or at www.eurotunnel.com